Births, Death, Marriages and Relationship Registration Bill 2017

Rich Seager made this Official Information request to Tracey Martin

The request was partially successful.

From: Rich Seager

Dear Tracey Martin,

in an announcement on 1st August 2019 where you stated that your government would no longer charge fees (including subsidising courier fees of the applicants) for those who wanted to change their sex on official documents. Leaving aside the consequences of such a move (that it could be seen as an incentive) as a part of this announcement you also stated that "a group has also been established to provide advice on how to further reduce barriers to changing registered sex via the current process".

https://www.beehive.govt.nz/release/gove...

I note that this group has no 'gender critical' voices among its members. So I have a few requests of you;

1. Did you advise any 'gender critical' groups or persons of your intention to set up such a group?
2. Did you invite any 'gender critical' participation in such a group?
3. How will you be making sure that you receive input and advice from 'gender critical' voices on this very charged topic?

Yours faithfully,

Rich Seager

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From: T Martin (MIN)
Tracey Martin

Dear correspondent

On behalf of Hon Tracey Martin, thank you for your email.

While the Minister considers all correspondence to be important and all
messages are carefully read and considered, it is not possible to provide
a personal response to every email which is received.

Where the Minister has portfolio responsibility for the issues that you
have raised, your correspondence will be considered and responded to where
appropriate.

Thank you for taking the time to write.

Regards

Office of Hon Tracey Martin

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From: T Martin (MIN)
Tracey Martin

Dear Rich Seager

On behalf of Hon Tracey Martin, Minister of Internal Affairs, thank you for your email of 2 August 2019 and request for information.

Minister Martin is considering your request and will respond in due course.

Kind regards,
Annika

Annika Rodstrom | Private Secretary - Executive Support | Office of Hon Tracey Martin
Minister for Children | Minister for Seniors | Minister of Internal Affairs | Associate Minister of Education

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From: Rich Seager

Dear T Martin (MIN),

Hi Tracy/Annika (thanks for your response).

please append to my request the following;

Please provide all correspondence in all forms (email, telephone, text, voice etc) on this issue from January 1st 2019 to the current date.

Yours sincerely,

Rich Seager

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From: T Martin (MIN)
Tracey Martin

Dear Rich

On behalf of Hon Tracey Martin, Minister of Internal Affairs, thank you for your additional request received 7 August 2019.

Minister Martin is considering your request and will respond in due course.

Kind regards,
Annika

Annika Rodstrom | Private Secretary - Executive Support | Office of Hon Tracey Martin
Minister for Children | Minister for Seniors | Minister of Internal Affairs | Associate Minister of Education
Parliament Buildings | Wellington 6160 | New Zealand |Tel +64 4 817 8718 | [email address]

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From: Rich Seager

Thanks Annika.

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From: Erica Mangin


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Dear Mr Seager

 

Attached is a response to your request of 2 August 2019 for information
under the Official Information Act.

 

Kind regards,

 

Erica Mangin

Private Secretary for the Minister of Internal Affairs

Hon Tracey Martin

 

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From: Rich Seager

Dear Erica Mangin,

everyone is impacted by any changes that are made to these laws. In some cases it may be necessary for a Minister to reject changes that supposedly 'improve' someones 'rights' if in fact that 'improvement' comes at a very large cost to the majority of people in the country, women especially.

And I definitely feel that this is the case here so I am very disappointed that Tracey Martin did not see fit to make sure that the board was representative of everyone affected by these proposed law changes and not just the very small minority (less than 1%?) that trans activists make up of the total population of New Zealand.

Also I deliberately restricted the 4th part of my request to a timeframe so as not to trigger the out clause used frequently of 'substantial collection and research'. I will definitely be reframing this request and resubmitting it.

So even though I have marked this 'partially successful' I am disappointed with this response.

Yours sincerely,

Rich Seager

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