Management of the Dec 2019 Whakaari/White Island Erution Response (2)

Alan Thompson made this Official Information request to New Zealand Police

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From: Alan Thompson

Dear New Zealand Police,

In response to an OIA dated 21 Jan 2020 NZ Police advised that the National Emergency Management Agency (NEMA) were not the Lead Agency for the Whakaari/White Island eruption response which included the search for, rescue and recovery of victims of the tragedy. NZ Police further advised to you were “a service operating to support the Lead Agency using its prescribed command and control practices which are aligned to fit with the CIMS framework”. You referred this OIA to Civil Defence.

NEMA have now advised that they were not the Lead Agency and that Bay of Plenty Emergency Management Group (BOPEMG) were the lead.

Examination of the daily Incident Action Plans (IAPs) produced by the Lead Agency (BOPEMG) identify that the incident was variously recorded as:
1. A “joint response with NZ Police”;
2. A “joint operation with NZ Police”.
3. That “NZ Police are coordinating recovery and reconciliation”;
4. “Police (independent response) were Lead Agency for rescue and reconciliation functions”

The daily BOPEMG IAPs include no other references to the planning, resources, tasks or other operations that NZ Police undertook with respect to the search, rescue and recovery functions of the response. The IAPs only address the logistics and welfare functions that BOPEMG undertook.

It would seem then that your response to my OIA (your ref IR-01-20-2005) may not be correct in that these records clearly identify NZ Police as the Lead Agency for the major component of the response (the search, rescue and recovery). This was a multi-agency response requiring the Coordinated Incident Management System (CIMS) to by implemented (eg as per Pike River).

In light of the apparent error in your response I would like to re-submit my Official Information Request for your further consideration and further response/confirmation.

Alan Thompson
NZ Resident
Lower Hutt

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From: Alan Thompson

Dear New Zealand Police,

In my OIA I have made a typo in the first paragraph which I wrote as:
"In response to an OIA dated 21 Jan 2020 NZ Police advised that the National Emergency Management Agency (NEMA) were not the Lead Agency for the Whakaari/White Island eruption response which included the search for, rescue and recovery of victims of the tragedy. NZ Police further advised to you were “a service operating to support the Lead Agency using its prescribed command and control practices which are aligned to fit with the CIMS framework”. You referred this OIA to Civil Defence."

This first para should have read:

In response to an OIA dated 21 Jan 2020 NZ Police advised that the National Emergency Management Agency (NEMA) were the Lead Agency for the Whakaari/White Island eruption response which included the search for, rescue and recovery of victims of the tragedy. NZ Police further advised that you were “a service operating to support the Lead Agency using its prescribed command and control practices which are aligned to fit with the CIMS framework”. You referred this OIA to Civil Defence.

My apologies for this error. Can you please note the correction as set out above in your response.

Yours faithfully,

Alan Thompson

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From: Alan Thompson

Dear New Zealand Police,

I am concerned that you have not acknowledged the OIA as above that I submitted via FYI on 17 March 2020 as is your usual practice. Can you please confirm that you have my OIA and will respond in accordance with the timeframe as required by the Official Information Act.

Yours faithfully,

Alan Thompson
NZ Resident

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New Zealand Police

Dear Mr Thompson
 
I acknowledge receipt of your Official Information Act (OIA) request
below. Your request is being actioned pursuant to the Act.
 
Kind regards
Ministerial Services
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From: "Alan Thompson" <[FOI #12461 email]>
Date: 17/03/2020 02:42PM
Subject: Re: Official Information request - Management of the Dec 2019
Whakaari/White Island Erution Response (2)

Dear New Zealand Police,
In my OIA I have made a typo in the first paragraph which I wrote as:
"In response to an OIA dated 21 Jan 2020 NZ Police advised that the
National Emergency Management Agency (NEMA) were not the Lead Agency for
the Whakaari/White Island eruption response which included the search for,
rescue and recovery of victims of the tragedy. NZ Police further advised
to you were “a service operating to support the Lead Agency using its
prescribed command and control practices which are aligned to fit with the
CIMS framework”. You referred this OIA to Civil Defence."
This first para should have read:
In response to an OIA dated 21 Jan 2020 NZ Police advised that the
National Emergency Management Agency (NEMA) were the Lead Agency for the
Whakaari/White Island eruption response which included the search for,
rescue and recovery of victims of the tragedy. NZ Police further advised
that you were “a service operating to support the Lead Agency using its
prescribed command and control practices which are aligned to fit with the
CIMS framework”. You referred this OIA to Civil Defence.
My apologies for this error.  Can you please note the correction as set
out above in your response.
Yours faithfully,
Alan Thompson

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From: "Alan Thompson" <[FOI #12461 email]>
Date: 17/03/2020 10:39AM
Subject: Official Information request - Management of the Dec 2019
Whakaari/White Island Erution Response (2)

Dear New Zealand Police,
In response to an OIA dated 21 Jan 2020 NZ Police advised that the
National Emergency Management Agency (NEMA) were not the Lead Agency for
the Whakaari/White Island eruption response which included the search for,
rescue and recovery of victims of the tragedy.  NZ Police further advised
to you were “a service operating to support the Lead Agency using its
prescribed command and control practices which are aligned to fit with the
CIMS framework”.  You referred this OIA to Civil Defence.
NEMA have now advised that they were not the Lead Agency and that Bay of
Plenty Emergency Management Group (BOPEMG) were the lead.
Examination of the daily Incident Action Plans (IAPs) produced by the Lead
Agency (BOPEMG) identify that the incident was variously recorded as:
1. A “joint response with NZ Police”;
2. A “joint operation with NZ Police”.
3. That “NZ Police are coordinating recovery and reconciliation”;
4. “Police (independent response) were Lead Agency for rescue and
reconciliation functions”
The daily BOPEMG IAPs include no other references to the planning,
resources, tasks or other operations that NZ Police undertook with respect
to the search, rescue and recovery functions of the response.  The IAPs
only address the logistics and welfare functions that BOPEMG undertook.
It would seem then that your response to my OIA (your ref IR-01-20-2005)
may not be correct in that these records clearly identify NZ Police as the
Lead Agency for the major component of the response (the search, rescue
and recovery).  This was a multi-agency response requiring the Coordinated
Incident Management System (CIMS) to by implemented (eg as per Pike
River).
In light of the apparent error in your response I would like to re-submit
my Official Information Request for your further consideration and further
response/confirmation.
Alan Thompson
NZ Resident
Lower Hutt
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