Ministry of Health briefings received by the Minister for COVID-19 Response – August 2021

Publication date: 17 January 2023

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  • 6(b)(i) - if the making available of that information would be likely to prejudice the entrusting of information to the Government of New Zealand on a basis of confidence by the Government of any other country or any agency of such a Government
  • 9(2)(a) - to protect the privacy of natural persons, including that of deceased natural persons
  • 9(2)(b)(ii) - to protect information where the making available of the information would be likely unreasonably to prejudice the commercial position of the person who supplied or who is the subject of the information
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  • 9(2)(f)(iv) - to maintain the constitutional conventions for the time being which protect the confidentiality of advice tendered by Ministers of the Crown and officials
  • 9(2)(g)(i) - 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 public service agency or organisation in the course of their duty
  • 9(2)(h) - to maintain legal professional privilege.


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