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New Zealand Case Studies


Governmental Science Advice

Proactive release, New Zealand Government
Cabinet papers released proactively by the New Zealand Government to show the decision-making process on COVID-19 policy. This includes the decision to implement national lockdown(s) as well as decisions on finance, health and social response.

Proactive Release, Department of the Prime Minister and Cabinet
Cabinet paper from the above compendium. It is specifically about the advice to enter a Level 3 then 4 lockdown in New Zealand in March 2020.

COVID-19 Modelling and Other Commissioned Reports
Reports commissioned by the New Zealand Ministry of Health. In particular there are working papers on case an contact management, mitigation strategies, as well as key modelling reports.

Rapid Audit of Contact Tracing for Covid-19 in New Zealand
Report written by Dr. Ayesha Verall - an infectious disease physician and now Government Cabinet Minister. The Report was done rapidly to determine the state of New Zealand’s contract tracing system.

Supporting the COVID-19 pandemic response: Surveillance and Outbreak Analytics
Surveillance and Outbreak Analytics reports for the Ministry of Health

Office of the Prime Minister's Chief Science Advisor
Documents prepared in the office of the Prime Minister’s Chief Science Advisor, Juliet Gerrard, regarding the COVID-19 pandemic.


Media Reports on Science Advice

COVID-19 Q & A With New Zealand’s Chief Science Advisor, Forbes
An Interview with Dr. Juliet Gerrard, Prime Minister’s Chief Science Advisor, that discusses the New Zealand response to COVID-19.

Covid 19 coronavirus: Top science adviser says there is mounting evidence NZ needs to go into 'extreme shutdown', New Zealand Herald
The New Zealand Herald documenting advice from Science Experts regarding New Zealand action



Academic Studies

Te Pūnaha Matatini
Modelling done by Te Punaha Matatini - A research centre at the University of Auckland led by Shaun Hendy. In particular, this information was used to determine the mathematical modelling of the potential scope of the pandemic and how certain interventions could change these models.

COVID-19 Content from the University of Otago, Wellington
Papers written by professors at the University of Otago that have assisted in the advice given to the government regarding COVID-19