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Information for the purpose of participating in the Royal Commission inquiry into the attack on Christchurch Mosques.

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From: Mahrukh Sarwar

Dear New Zealand Customs Service,
We request the following information for the purpose of participating in the Royal Commission inquiry into the attack on Christchurch Mosques.

Relevant Operative Mentions:
1. Copies of Customs documents, correspondences and addresses (including but not limited to emails, letters, presentations), for periods A, B, C and D, referring to any of the following terms:
a. Arab / Muslim / Islam / Islamist / Islamicist / Jihadist /
b. Terrorists / Extremists / Radical / Far-right / White supremacy
Training

2. What professional cultural advice or training or resources has Customs requested or received on Islam or Muslims for periods A, B, C and D?

3. Who is Custom’s on-hand cultural advisor/negotiator/facilitator for:
a. On-going strategy
b. Emergency Situations

4. Do all of your staff receive comprehensive cultural intelligence and full competency training and review?

Intelligence Principles
5. What proven intelligence principles is your work based on?

Contact with Mr Tarrant
6. What contact did customs have with Mr Tarrant?

Policy
7. What policies did customs have in respect of extremism?

8. What policies does Customs have in respect of far-right extremism?

9. What other forms of religious extremism do customs have a screening policy and strategy for?

Actions and White Supremacy threats
10. How many white extremists have Customs stopped at their borders over the periods A, B, C and D?

11. How many people have Customs stopped or picked up as sympathisers with Serb-nationalism or Bosnian Genocide?

Consultation with or regarding the Muslim Community
12. How many experts on the Muslim Community or faith have you engaged or consulted over the periods A, B, C and D?

Consultation regarding Far-Right Extremism
13. How many experts on far-right extremism have you engaged or consulted over the periods A, B, C and D?

General Consultation
13. How many experts on other ethnic or religious nationalism or extremism have you engaged or consulted over the periods A, B, C and D?

Diversity
14. What is the ethnic cultural composition over the periods A, B, C and D of your
a. senior management
b. senior operational staff

15. What diverse perspectives have been embraced and resulted in reform of organisational culture that promotes diverse experiences and perspectives?

We request information for the following time periods:
Period A: October 2017 – present
Period B: November 2008 – October 2017
Period C: December 1999 – November 2008
Period D: November 1990 – November 1999

For the requests that ask for information from Periods A, B, C and D please note we do not require that all the information come through at once.
We request in order of this priority: Period A, then B, then C and finally period D.
Word-specific requests: please include variant spellings for these. E.g. For a request pertaining to “Muslim”, please include variants such as “Moslem”.

We appreciate that our requests are extensive. However, they are not disproportionate to the significance of the matters we are engaging in with the Royal Commission.

We look forward to hearing from you soon.

Yours faithfully,

Mahrukh Sarwar

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New Zealand Customs Service

Good afternoon Mahrukh Sarwar

Thank you for your email dated 13 September 2019.

Customs acknowledges receipt of your email and will treat your request under the Official Information Act 1982, which provides 20 working days for Customs to respond.

Yours sincerely

Correspondence, Reviews and Ministerial Servicing
New Zealand Customs Service

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New Zealand Customs Service

Good afternoon Mahrukh Sarwar

 

 

The New Zealand Customs Service (Customs) is in the process of preparing
the information you have requested under the Official Information Act
1982.

 

However, it is not possible to complete your request within the original
20 working day timeframe due to the large quantity of information
requested and meeting the original time limit would unreasonably interfere
with the operations of the department, and the consultations necessary to
make a decision on your request are such that a proper response to the
request cannot reasonably be made within the original time limit.
Therefore, Customs is extending the timeframe for a response by an
additional 20 working days (counted from 11 October 2019, which was the
statutory date it was initially due), as provided for in sections
15A(1)(a) and 15A(1)(b) of the Act.

 

The new due date for your request is 11 November 2019. That said, Customs
will provide you with a response as soon as possible.

 

You have the right, by way of complaint to the Office of the Ombudsman
under section 28(3) of the Act, to seek an investigation and review of the
decisions conveyed in this email. 

 

 

Yours sincerely

 

Correspondence, Reviews and Ministerial Servicing

New Zealand Customs Service

 

 

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