New Zealand Public Health and Disability Act 2000

6 Minister may authorise disclosure of information


If the Minister is satisfied that information relates to conduct (whenever occurring) that constitutes or may constitute a serious offence, the Minister may, by notice in writing signed by the Minister, give a ministerial authority authorising the disclosure of the information, in the manner, and subject to any conditions, specified in the notice, for 1 or more of the following purposes:


for the purposes of the investigation and prosecution of offences:


for the purposes of a Royal Commission, or a commission of inquiry appointed by an Order in Council made under the Commissions of Inquiry Act 1908:


for the purposes of an inquiry to which section 6 of the Inquiries Act 2013 applies.


However, a ministerial authority may be given for information of a non-factual nature (for example, expressions of opinion) only if that information consists only of matter contained in a report or advice prepared by the mortality review committee.


The Minister may at any time—


revoke a ministerial authority; or


revoke, amend, or add to any condition or conditions to which a ministerial authority is subject.


A ministerial authority authorising the disclosure of information does not of itself—


require the disclosure of that information; or


create a duty to disclose that information.

Compare: 1995 No 95 s 72

Schedule 5 clause 6(1)(c): inserted, on 27 August 2013, by section 39 of the Inquiries Act 2013 (2013 No 60).