5 April 2018
fyi-request-7 [email address]
Dear A Chela
Official Information Act request relating to Child Poverty Reduction: second level BIMs
Thank you for your Official Information Act 1982 (the Act) request received on 14 March
2018. You requested:
copies of any second level BI Ms on child poverty reduction that have been received.
I have interpreted your request to be for a Briefing for the Incoming Minister (BIM) specifically
on child poverty reduction, prepared by the Department of the Prime Minister and Cabinet
(DPMC). DPMC is only in a position to respond in relation to information held by DPMC that
is relevant to your request.
I can confirm that Rt Hon Jacinda Ardern was not provided a portfolio Briefing for the
Incoming Minister in her capacity as the Minister for Child Poverty Reduction. Accordingly,
your request is declined under section 18(e) of the Act on the basis "that the document
alleged to contain the information does not exist ... "
Given your request relates to information and advice provided to the Minister for Child
Poverty Reduction, you might like to know that DPMC has published a suite of documents
that formed the basis of decisions on the Child Poverty Reduction Bill. This includes:
• advice from officials that was submitted to the Minister for Child Poverty Reduction by
• Cabinet Committee papers from the Minister for Child Poverty Reduction and
These documents relate to the purpose, content and consultation on the Bill, in the period
leading up to the Bill's introduction into the House. The documents are available from the
Further, outlined below are links to press releases from the Beehive website on child poverty
reduction, and a link to the Child Poverty Reduction Bill on the Parliament website (this
includes a link to the Bill itself and information on how to make a submission to the Select
Executive Wing, Parliament Buildings, Wellington, New Zealand 6011
W 64 4 817 9700 Facsimile 64 4 472 3181 www.dpmc.govt.nz
30 January 2018 'Taking action to reduce child poverty"
https: //www. beehive. g ovt. nz/release/taki ng-action-red uce-chi Id-poverty
31 January 2018 "Historic commitment to reduce child poverty"
https://www. beehive. govt. nz/release/h istoric-comm itment-red uce-ch ild-poverty
DPMC's Policy Advisory Group has also provided the Prime Minister with briefings on
matters in relation to child poverty, including in the early weeks of the new Government.
Briefings from the Policy Advisory Group are provided to the Prime Minister in confidence, in
order to support her in her role as leader of the Government and Chair of Cabinet. These
briefings are withheld in their entirety (including their titles) under the following sections of the
Official Information Act:
Section 9(2)(f)(ii) as withholding the information is necessary to "maintain the
constitutional conventions for the time being which protect collective and individual
Section 9(2)(f)(iv) as withholding the information is necessary to "maintain the
constitutional conventions for the time being which protect the confidentiality of advice
tendered by Ministers of the Crown and officials."
Section 9(2)(g)(i) as withholding the information is necessary to "maintain the effective
conduct of public affairs through the free and frank expression of opinions by or
between or to Ministers of the Crown or members of an organisation or officers and
employees of any department or organisation in the course of their duty."
Where information has been withheld, no public interest in releasing the withheld information
has been identified that would be sufficient to override the reasons for withholding it.
You have the right to ask the Ombudsman to investigate and review my decision under
section 28(3) of the Act.
Deputy Chief Executive, Policy