Contact between Beehive and Treasury on Tuesday 28 May

Matthew Hooton made this Official Information request to Jacinda Ardern

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From: Matthew Hooton

Dear Prime Minister

My request concerns the background to announcements made by the Treasury and the Minister of Finance on the evening of 28 May about a decision to refer to the police a complaint that the Treasury’s IT systems had been hacked.

The complaint was linked to statements made earlier in the day by the Opposition, but was quickly found by the police to not refer to any illegal activity.

To say the least, it is highly controversial for a government department to make a police complaint about the opposition, especially one that turns out to be unfounded, with or without its minister’s knowledge, acquiescence and/or encouragement. There is enormous public interest in all the background to the decision becoming public as soon as possible in order to explain what looks like, on the face of it, a politically motivated attempt to use an unfounded police allegation to interfere with what turned out to be legitimate activity by the opposition.

I therefore request under the OIA a timeline of all contact between all Treasury and DPMC officials and staff (including seconded staff) in the PMO and the offices of the Minister and Associate Ministers of Finance between 5pm and 9pm on 28 May.

This includes face-to-face discussions, phone calls, emails whether on public or private email addresses, texts, private WhatsApp, FaceBook or other similar messages, and any other communications whatsoever.

I do not at this stage seek information on the content of these communications.

I am sure you agree that it is desirable this matter be cleared up as soon as possible in order to protect your government’s and New Zealand’s reputation and therefore ask that this request be dealt with as a matter of urgency.

Yours faithfully,

Matthew Hooton

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From: Rt. Hon Jacinda Ardern

Kia ora,


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From: Rt. Hon Jacinda Ardern

I am writing on behalf of the Prime Minister, Jacinda Ardern, to acknowledge receipt of your Official Information Act request.

Your request will be responded to under the provisions of the Official Information Act 1982.

Yours sincerely

Dinah Okeby
Office of the Prime Minister

Authorised by Rt Hon Jacinda Ardern MP, Parliament Buildings Wellington 6012

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Kia ora,


The Department of the Prime Minister and Cabinet (DPMC) are supporting the
Prime Minister’s Office (PMO) in the processing of your Official
Information Act request, which was received by their Office on 4 June


We are looking to clarify whether you seeking copies of:

·         all correspondence between PMO (including any staff from DPMC
and Treasury based in our Offices) and the Minister of Finance/Associates

·         all correspondence between PMO and the Minister of
Finance/Associates, all correspondence between Treasury and the Minister
of Finance/Associate and all correspondence between DPMC and the Minister
of Finance/Associates.


Ngā mihi,


Ministerial Advisor
Ministerial Services
Strategy, Governance and Engagement
Department of the Prime Minister and Cabinet
E    [1][email address]
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From: Matthew Hooton

Dear Information [DPMC],

My request was quite clear. I do not require any correspondence. I am seeking a list of all communications involving those named in the tlme period named; eg, “6.21 pm PMO Chief of Staff sent text message to Secretary of Treasury.” But I do not require the detail of any of these communications, just a list of all of them.

Yours sincerely,

Matthew Hooton

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From: Jo Pettitt

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Dear Matthew


On behalf of Raj Nahna,  I attach a letter in response to your OIA request
received on 4^th June 2019.


Kind regards





Jo Pettitt

Executive Assistant │Office of Prime Minister’s Chief of Staff

DDI  : + 64 4 817 9732 │Mobile : + 64 21 229 9436

9-038 Executive Wing, Parliament Buildings, Wellington 6011



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