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From: Katherine Raue

Dear Ministry of Health,

We request all information regarding interaction between the MOH and its subsidiaries (DHBs, etc) and an organisation calling themselves "Nga Hau E Wha" or "NHEW".

To avoid confusion with the large number of nebulous orgs using this name, we refer to the org using the website "nhew.org.nz". During previous discussions with Vicki Blake of the Ministry we made a formal complaint regarding one of the profiles on this website which infers that one of the representatives of this org has around 20 years experience as a "clinician", when it has been confirmed by the head of the org, Victoria Roberts, that the person is not and has never been a clinician. What is the definition of the term "clinician" as recognised by the Ministry, and in the context of the current legislation (such as the Mental Health Act and the Criminal Proceedings Mentally Impaired Persons Act) - which refers to, and grants considerable unbridled power, to "Responsible Clinicians", including the power to detain persons (such as Ashley Peacock, and myself) indefinitely and arbitrarily despite overwhelming and damning evidence that such action is unethical, unacceptable and unjust?

Vicki Blake indicated that Nga Hau E Wha is "not a legal entity" but that the Ministry have provided them with funding. What is the Ministry's policy on funding non legal entities?

How much funding has been provided to this organisation through the Ministry, directly or indirectly through various DHBs, etc?

Vicki Blake stated that a letter had been sent to NHEW regarding the claims made in the profile on the website (at the link nhew.org.nz/tuis-profile.html) that this person has 20 years experience "working in Mental Health . . . as a clinician and project manager" when these claims are clearly untrue and highly misleading. We request a copy of that letter and all other correspondence and other information regarding these matters.

This request is URGENT because of the possible harm caused to vulnerable people on the basis of the untrue claims, and the allocation of available funding to such flawed initiatives. It is also URGENT because we have become aware of two letters to the Prime Minister which contain gross inaccuracies and false claims, these letters are from NHEW, and the actions of NHEW are preventing and hindering a number of people from making submissions to the current mental health inquiry.

Yours faithfully,

Katherine Raue

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Dear Ms Raue

Thank you for your request for official information, received by the
Ministry of Health on 7 June 2018. The Ministry's reference number for
your request is: H201804206
If you need to contact us at any stage about your request, please quote
this reference number in your correspondence.

You requested:

We request all information regarding interaction between the MOH and its
subsidiaries (DHBs, etc) and an organisation calling themselves "Nga Hau E
Wha" or "NHEW".  

What is the definition of the term "clinician" as recognised by the
Ministry, and in the context of the current legislation (such as the
Mental Health Act and the Criminal Proceedings Mentally Impaired Persons
Act)  

What is the Ministry's policy on funding non legal entities?

How much funding has been provided to this organisation through the
Ministry, directly or indirectly through various DHBs, etc?

We request a copy of that letter [sent to NHEW regarding the claims made
in the profile on the website] and all other correspondence and other
information regarding these matters.

Your request has been logged and you can expect a reply no later than 5
July 2018 as required under the Official Information Act 1982.

Please note that a working day is defined in the Act as ‘any day of the
week other than a Saturday, Sunday, Good Friday, Easter Monday, Anzac Day,
Labour Day, the Sovereigns birthday, Waitangi Day and a day in the period
commencing 25 December in any year and ending 15 January in the following
year.

If a large amount of information has been requested or if the Ministry
needs to consult in order to make a decision, we may need to extend this
date (this is provided for in section 15A of the Act).  We will advise you
if such an extension is necessary.

Yours sincerely,

Claire Renwick
Advisor

[Ministry of Health request email]
Ministerial Services  l  Government Services  l  Office of the Director
General

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Dear Ms Raue

Thank you for your request for official information, received on 7 June
2018 requesting:

We request all information regarding interaction between the MOH and its
subsidiaries (DHBs, etc) and an organisation calling themselves "Nga Hau E
Wha" or "NHEW".  

What is the definition of the term "clinician" as recognised by the
Ministry, and in the context of the current legislation (such as the
Mental Health Act and the Criminal Proceedings Mentally Impaired Persons
Act)  

What is the Ministry's policy on funding non legal entities?

How much funding has been provided to this organisation through the
Ministry, directly or indirectly through various DHBs, etc?

We request a copy of that letter [sent to NHEW regarding the claims made
in the profile on the website] and all other correspondence and other
information regarding these matters.

We have decided to extend the period of time available to respond to your
request under section 15A(1)(b) of the Official Information Act 1982 (the
Act), as further consultations with an external party are necessary to
make a decision on the request.

You can now expect a response to your request on, or before, 13 July 2018.

You have the right, under section 28 of the Act, to ask the Ombudsman to
review my decision to extend the time available to respond to your
request.

Yours sincerely

Zoe Royden
Principal Advisor
OIA Services
Office of the Director-General
[Ministry of Health request email]  

Ministry of Health
[1]www.health.govt.nz

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Hello,

Please find your response to your request for official information.
Kind regards,
Lisa Petraschuk
Team Administrator
Mental Health
System Outcomes
Service Commissioning
Ministry of Health
DDI: 04 816 3377

[1]http://www.moh.govt.nz
[2]mailto:[email address]

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From: Katherine Raue

Dear Ministry of Health,

The file which you have provided titled Documentation cannot be viewed.

Attempts to view this file are met with the notice: "File cannot be opened, file is corrupted, or not a pdf file." No preview is available either.

Please provide an accessible version of the Documentation without delay and update this request, providing information which has been received or created since the original request.

We note that this organisation has recently shut down its website, following a change to remove a fictitious claim that a certain individual was a "clinician" - an individual who is clearly delusional and a danger to other people - and an organisation which continues to refuse to engage constructively with its stakeholders and we respectfully demand an inquiry into this organisation and various apparent conflicts of interest involving individuals associated with it, including its Chairperson, Victoria Roberts, who is apparently a consumer advisor for the Health and Disability Commission - https://www.hdc.org.nz/about-us/our-team... - "Victoria has extensive personal and professional knowledge of the mental health sector. She is currently Chair of Nga Hau e Wha, a mental health sector consumer advisory group that is contracted to the Ministry of Health. She also works as an advocate for the Benefit Rights Service in Wellington. Victoria also has strong links to the community NGO sector in Wellington.
Victoria is recognised for her ability to work at a national and regional level. She is a leader in the mental health sector, able to effectively analyse issues and communicate with a diverse range of people. In her spare time, Victoria enjoys Wellington's beaches, reads, and tends to her garden."
Apparently, Ms Taurua-Peihopa has now given our information to another person, not associated with Nga Hau E Wha, a person who certainly has no right to the information whatsoever.
Attempts to engage in polite and constructive dialogue regarding the matters resulted in violence and threats in response to our lawful, reasonable, requests and enquiries.
It is important that there is an urgent inquiry into these matters without delay.
Yours faithfully,

Katherine Raue

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Good morning Katherine

Thank you for your email.

As requested, please find the attachments below

Please let us know if you need further assistance viewing these documents.

Furthermore, there is no new information received or created since the
last OIA response we've provided you as the contract has ended.

Yours sincerely
Jan Torres
Advisor
Ministerial Services (OIA)
[Ministry of Health request email]  

Government Services
Office of the Director-General
Ministry of Health
[1]www.health.govt.nz

From:        Katherine Raue
<[FOI #8001 email]>
To:        OIA/LGOIMA requests at Ministry of Health <[Ministry of Health request email]>,
Date:        02/12/2018 04:04 p.m.
Subject:        Re: Response to your request for official information

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Dear Ministry of Health,

The file which you have provided titled Documentation cannot be viewed.  

Attempts to view this file are met with the notice: "File cannot be
opened, file is corrupted, or not a pdf file."  No preview is available
either.  

Please provide an accessible version of the Documentation without delay
and update this request, providing information which has been received or
created since the original request.

We note that this organisation has recently shut down its website,
following a change to remove a fictitious claim that a certain individual
was a "clinician" - an individual who is clearly delusional and a danger
to other people - and an organisation which continues to refuse to engage
constructively with its stakeholders and we respectfully demand an inquiry
into this organisation and various apparent conflicts of interest
involving individuals associated with it, including its Chairperson,
Victoria Roberts, who is apparently a consumer advisor for the Health and
Disability Commission -
[2]https://scanmail.trustwave.com/?c=5305&a...
-  "Victoria has extensive personal and professional knowledge of the
mental health sector. She is currently Chair of Nga Hau e Wha, a mental
health sector consumer advisory group that is contracted to the Ministry
of Health. She also works as an advocate for the Benefit Rights Service in
Wellington. Victoria also has strong l
inks to the community NGO sector in Wellington.
Victoria is recognised for her ability to work at a national and regional
level. She is a leader in the mental health sector, able to effectively
analyse issues and communicate with a diverse range of people. In her
spare time, Victoria enjoys Wellington's beaches, reads, and tends to her
garden."
Apparently, Ms Taurua-Peihopa has now given our information to another
person, not associated with Nga Hau E Wha, a person who certainly has no
right to the information whatsoever.  
Attempts to engage in polite and constructive dialogue regarding the
matters resulted in violence and threats in response to our lawful,
reasonable, requests and enquiries.
It is important that there is an urgent inquiry into these matters without
delay.
Yours faithfully,

Katherine Raue

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Dear Katherine

Please find attached. Please note the original attachment had been split
into 9 parts to reduce the file size (for ease of viewing).

Please let us know if you need further assistance.

Kind regards,
OIA Services
Ministerial Services (OIA)
[Ministry of Health request email]  

Government Services
Office of the Director-General
Ministry of Health
[1]www.health.govt.nz

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