Breakdown of Dr Verrall’s fees and reimbursements

OIA response

Thank you for your request dated 26 June 2023 under the Official Information Act 1982 (OIA) for information relating to Dr Ayesha Verrall’s fees and reimbursements. You requested:

Can you please break down the $9110.00 fees for me? 

Could you please confirm the following:

  1. How much was Ayesha Verrall paid each year? If Ayesha Verrall was paid $650 a day for a sub-committee meeting and $95 per hour, can you please break this down too. ie: 2017 = 4 days at $650 and XX hours at $95 per hour.
  2. Was this GST exclusive or inclusive?
  3. In the four years that Ayesha Verrall was on the sub-committee, did she expense $47.50 in total?
  4. Do these fees include the total sum of money Ayesha Verrall invoiced Pharmac as an individual, or was she remunerated in any other way or through any other vehicle – for eg: a limited liability company.

Could you also please confirm when Ayesha Verrall was officially appointed to the sub-committee, and when that appointment ceased.

We are pleased to provide you with the information you requested in this letter.


Fees paid ($ GST exclusive)





2018 (2 meetings)


2019 (2 meetings)




Please note:

  • At the time that Dr Verrall was on the Immunisation subcommittee, members were paid $600 a day for attending and $95 per hour for preparation.
  • The fees paid to committee members are based on the Cabinet Fees Framework [PDF](external link)

The reimbursement of $47.50 in costs represents the total expenses claimed by Dr Verrall in the four years that she was on the Immunisation subcommittee. Furthermore, the amounts of $9110.00 plus $47.50 are the sum totals of all monies paid directly or indirectly to Dr Verrall by Pharmac for her role on the Immunisation subcommittee.

Dr Verrall was officially appointed to the Committee on 15 August 2016. On 29 July 2020, Dr Verrall notified us of her conflict of interest and stopped attending the Immunisation subcommittee meetings while the election process was taking place. Once the outcome of the election had been reached, Dr Verrall officially resigned from the subcommittee on 23 October 2020.

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