New Zealand Public Health and Disability Act 2000

6 Minister may authorise disclosure of information

(1)

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:

(a)

for the purposes of the investigation and prosecution of offences:

(b)

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:

(c)

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

(2)

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.

(3)

The Minister may at any time—

(a)

revoke a ministerial authority; or

(b)

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

(4)

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

(a)

require the disclosure of that information; or

(b)

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).