Government Grants to Sanitarium

Helen Winterbottom made this Official Information request to Minister for Sport and Recreation

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From: Helen Winterbottom

Dear Minister for Sports and Recreation,

According to documents filed with the Charities Commission, in 2009,2010 and 2011, Sanitarium (Seventh Day Adventist Church in New Zealand, AKA, Australasian Health Conference) had income of $1.614m, $1.915m and $581,225 which is listed as being from Government Grants and Contracts.

1/ Was any of this money from the Minister of Sport & Recreation?
2/ If so, How much?
3/If not, please advise, to the best of the Minister's knowledge, which department was responsible for the grants or contracts.
4/ What was the purpose of the Grant(s) from the ministry?
5/ Did the ministry perform any checks or audits on the expenditure of any such funds, and what was the outcome?
6/ Please provide correspondence including emails and letters and any notes or minutes from meetings in relation to the ministry’s decision to make any such grants to Sanitarium.

Yours faithfully,

Helen Winterbottom

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From: M McCully (MIN)
Minister for Sport and Recreation

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From: Aimee Crooks

Dear Helen Winterbottom,


On behalf of Hon Murray McCully, Minister of Foreign Affairs, thank you
for your correspondence of 26 October 2012 requesting information
regarding Government Grants to Sanitarium.


You will receive a reply within 20 working days as required by the
Official Information Act. 




Yours sincerely




Aimee Crooks

Ministerial Secretary

Office of Hon Murray McCully




Aimee Crooks | Ministerial Secretary | Office of Hon Murray McCully

Minister of Foreign Affairs | Minister for Sport and Recreation

Phone +64 4 817 9409 | Email: [email address]

6.1 Executive Wing Beehive | Parliament Buildings | Wellington 6160 | New




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From: Helen Winterbottom

Dear Aimee Crooks,

Would like to chase this request for information under the OIA please, as it now overdue. Could you please look into this?

Yours sincerely,

Helen Winterbottom

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From: Nicky Sherriff

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Please find attached Sport NZ’s response to your request for information
about grants to Sanitarium.



Nicky Sherriff

Senior Policy Advisor

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