Informants within the Wellington Region

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From: Amy Ferguson

Dear New Zealand Police,

This is a request for information, made under the provisions of ss4 and 5 of the Official Information Act 1982 (“the Act”). I therefore would like the following information;

1. Over the past 36 months, how many Paid & Non Paid Police informants have been active within the Wellington Region. Could you please break this down into Areas? & outline the number of paid & unpaid informants. Also the percentage of which are Male & which are Female & also a summary of the demographic detail.

2. How are they remunerated: and

3. How much are they, on average, remunerated per interaction; and

4. What legal relationship do the Police have with the informants? Are they employed, with a contract or are they paid "under the table"; and

5. Please provide any NEW and current policy document or manual for Police dealing with informants.

Please CONFIRM receipt of this email to prevent unnecessary follow-up emails and extensions requested.
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As required by s12(1) of the Act, I am a New Zealand citizen. I will provide confirmation of this, if required. However, since all of our correspondence will be published on the FYI.org.nz site, I will only do so over the phone or email, with which you provide. This would only be for the purpose of citizenship confirmation, and nothing further related to this request.

As required by s12(3) of the Act, I shall provide reason(s) why this request should be treated as URGENT. The questions above raise important issues of accountability of the Government, its departments and agents. Any and all information provided as a result of this request could and may be published either by the writer online to a wide audience or passed onto media outlets for publication so that the public can be kept informed on important issues of transparency.

As required by s13(c) of the Act, if this request “has not been made … to the appropriate department or Minister of the Crown or organisation or local authority”, it is your duty to give reasonable assistance to me to direct my request to the appropriate department or Minister of the Crown or organisation or local authority.

Further to the above statutory requirement, under s14 of the Act, if the information I seek is either not held or you believe it is more closely connected with another department or Minister of the Crown or organisation, or of a local authority you shall promptly, and in any case not later than 10 working days after the day on which the request is received, transfer the request to the other department or Minister of the Crown or organisation, or to that local authority, AND inform me accordingly.

As required under s15A of the Act, if you believe that a time extension is warranted for this request, you must under ss15A(2),(3) and (4) give notice to me of this extension within 20 working days after the day on which my request was received. In that notice, you should state; the period of the extension, give reasons for the extension and remind me of my right to complain to the Ombudsman under s28(3). Finally, the extension must be for a reasonable time, having regards to the circumstances.

As required by s18B of the Act, you must consider consulting me before refusing my request under the provisions of ss18(e) and (f) which relate to a document not being able to be found or existing or where substantial collation and research would be required for my current request.

As required by s19(a)(i), you must provide reasons if you refuse any parts of this request.

I will, if required, complain to the Ombudsman, as is my right under s28(3) of the Act, if any of the above statutory requirements on you are not complied with. Further to this, if your reply is not “as soon as reasonably practicable, and in any case not later than 20 working days after the day on which the request is received” as required under s15(1) of the Act, I will also complain to the Ombudsman.

This request is made through the site FYI.org.nz. All correspondence will be automatically forwarded to me through the site and published online immediately. I require, where appropriate, all electronic copies of all documents in your response. For more information on how the site works, please visit www.fyi.org.nz/help/about.

Yours faithfully,

Amy Ferguson

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New Zealand Police

Dear Amy Ferguson

I acknowledge receipt ofyour Official Information Act 1982 (OIA) request
for the below information.
Your request is being actioned pursuant to the OIA.

Ngā mihi

Ministerial Services
PNHQ

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From: Amy Ferguson <[FOI #11511 email]>
Date: 22/10/2019 11:12AM
Subject: Official Information request - Informants within the Wellington
Region

Dear New Zealand Police,
This is a request for information, made under the provisions of ss4 and 5
of the Official Information Act 1982 (“the Act”). I therefore would like
the following information;
1. Over the past 36 months, how many Paid & Non Paid Police informants
have been active within the Wellington Region. Could you please break this
down into Areas? & outline the number of paid & unpaid informants. Also
the percentage of which are Male & which are Female & also a summary of
the demographic detail.
2. How are they remunerated: and
3. How much are they, on average, remunerated per interaction; and
4. What legal relationship do the Police have with the informants? Are
they employed, with a contract or are they paid "under the table"; and
5. Please provide any NEW and current policy document or manual for Police
dealing with informants.
Please CONFIRM receipt of this email to prevent unnecessary follow-up
emails and extensions requested.
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As required by s12(1) of the Act, I am a New Zealand citizen. I will
provide confirmation of this, if required. However, since all of our
correspondence will be published on the FYI.org.nz site, I will only do so
over the phone or email, with which you provide. This would only be for
the purpose of citizenship confirmation, and nothing further related to
this request.
As required by s12(3) of the Act, I shall provide reason(s) why this
request should be treated as URGENT. The questions above raise important
issues of accountability of the Government, its departments and agents.
Any and all information provided as a result of this request could and may
be published either by the writer online to a wide audience or passed onto
media outlets for publication so that the public can be kept informed on
important issues of transparency.
As required by s13(c) of the Act, if this request “has not been made … to
the appropriate department or Minister of the Crown or organisation or
local authority”, it is your duty to give reasonable assistance to me to
direct my request to the appropriate department or Minister of the Crown
or organisation or local authority.
Further to the above statutory requirement, under s14 of the Act, if the
information I seek is either not held or you believe it is more closely
connected with another department or Minister of the Crown or
organisation, or of a local authority you shall promptly, and in any case
not later than 10 working days after the day on which the request is
received, transfer the request to the other department or Minister of the
Crown or organisation, or to that local authority, AND inform me
accordingly.
As required under s15A of the Act, if you believe that a time extension is
warranted for this request, you must under ss15A(2),(3) and (4) give
notice to me of this extension within 20 working days after the day on
which my request was received. In that notice, you should state; the
period of the extension, give reasons for the extension and remind me of
my right to complain to the Ombudsman under s28(3). Finally, the extension
must be for a reasonable time, having regards to the circumstances.
As required by s18B of the Act, you must consider consulting me before
refusing my request under the provisions of ss18(e) and (f) which relate
to a document not being able to be found or existing or where substantial
collation and research would be required for my current request.
As required by s19(a)(i), you must provide reasons if you refuse any parts
of this request.
I will, if required, complain to the Ombudsman, as is my right under
s28(3) of the Act, if any of the above statutory requirements on you are
not complied with. Further to this, if your reply is not “as soon as
reasonably practicable, and in any case not later than 20 working days
after the day on which the request is received” as required under s15(1)
of the Act, I will also complain to the Ombudsman.
This request is made through the site FYI.org.nz. All correspondence will
be automatically forwarded to me through the site and published online
immediately. I require, where appropriate, all electronic copies of all
documents in your response. For more information on how the site works,
please visit www.fyi.org.nz/help/about.
Yours faithfully,
Amy Ferguson
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