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References in cabinet papers to the treaty of waitangi

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From: James Watson

Dear Department of the Prime Minister and Cabinet,

Can I please have all cabinet papers which refer to the Treaty of Waitangi.

Yours faithfully,

James

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From: Information [DPMC]
Department of the Prime Minister and Cabinet

[IN-CONFIDENCE]

Kia ora James,

Thank you for your request under the Official Information Act 1982 which was received on 19 March 2020, copied below. A response will be provided in accordance with the Act (please see the Office of the Ombudsman Website for more details -  http://www.ombudsman.parliament.nz/).

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Ngā mihi,
Anna.

Ministerial Coordinator
Ministerial Services
Strategy, Governance and Engagement
Department of the Prime Minister and Cabinet

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Tçnâ koe James Watson

 

Thank you for your Official Information Act 1982 (the Act) request of 19
March 2020 for:

 

“… all cabinet papers which refer to the Treaty of Waitangi.”

 

The Department of the Prime Minister and Cabinet (DPMC) holds all Cabinet
papers as the Cabinet Office is a business unit within DPMC. However,
Cabinet documents belong to the portfolio Minister or Ministers that
submitted them to the Cabinet or Cabinet Committee for consideration and
DPMC is required to transfer requests for Cabinet documents to the
relevant Minister(s). For Cabinet documents from a previous
Administration, DPMC would usually transfer the request to the relevant
government department or agency for response.

 

There are guidelines agreed by Cabinet for policy-makers to consider the
Treaty of Waitangi/Tiriti o Waitangi in policy development and
implementation. Therefore, Cabinet papers will usually refer to the Treaty
of Waitangi in the paper even if it is to advise that no Treaty of
Waitangi implications had been identified for the matters proposed in the
paper. In the 2018/2019 year there were more than 1,600 papers considered
by Cabinet Committees and Cabinet. Because of the need to consider the
Treaty of Waitangi, the vast majority of these papers would be likely to
refer to the Treaty of Waitangi and be in scope of your request. This
covers just one year of Cabinet papers.

 

You have not provided any timeframe for your request and to respond to
your request would require DPMC to assess all Cabinet papers it holds
going back over all years for relevance and then consult with relevant
Ministers’ Offices and departments on transfers of each paper in scope of
your request.

 

Given the volume of Cabinet documents that would need to be assessed,
consulted on and transferred, I invite you to consider refining your
request. You would need to refine it by timeframe as well as considering
subject area or portfolio. Furthermore, given that DPMC would need to
transfer requests for Cabinet papers, you may wish to send your refined
request directly to the relevant Minister or department. A list of all
Members of Parliament including Ministers and their portfolios (with
contact details) can be found on the Parliament website at:
[1]www.parliament.nz/en/mps-and-electorates/members-of-parliament. A list
of government department Chief Executives with links to their departments
can be found on the State Services Commission (SSC) website at:
[2]ssc.govt.nz/our-work/psces/ce-photo-file.

 

If you are going to refine your request, please get back to us by 27 March
2020. If we have not heard from you by this date, we will consider your
request as it is currently framed, and it is likely to be declined under
section 18(f) of the Act. You can contact us by return email to
[3][DPMC request email].

 

 

Nâku noa, nâ

 

Anna Whiskin
Senior Ministerial Advisor
Department of the Prime Minister and Cabinet

 
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From: James Watson

Dear Information [DPMC],

Thanks very much. I would like

(a) all Cabinet papers since 2005 which discuss the constitutional status of the Treaty of Waitangi.
(b) all caninet papers relating to the foreshore and seabed act 2004
(c) all cabinet papers relating to the establishment of the Maori-Crown portfolio.

I'd be happy for you to transfer these requests to the relevant govt agency according to your usual practice.

Yours sincerely,

James Watson

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Kia ora James

 

Please see the attached letter regarding your recent OIA request.

 

Ngā mihi

 

Ministerial Coordinator
Ministerial Services
Strategy, Governance and Engagement
Department of the Prime Minister and Cabinet
 
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communication of the Department of the Prime Minister and Cabinet. If you
are not the intended recipient you must not disclose, copy or distribute
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in error, please destroy the email and notify the sender immediately.

 

 

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Tēnā koe

 

On behalf of Hon Kelvin Davis, Minister for Māori Crown Relations: Te
Arawhiti, please find attached a response to your Official Information Act
1982 request of 20 March 2020 referred to Hon Davis by the Department of
Prime Minister and Cabinet.

 

Nāku noa, nā

Geneveine Wilson | Private Secretary (Māori Crown Relations: Te Arawhiti)

Office of Hon Kelvin Davis

 

Private Bag 18041 | Parliament Buildings | Wellington 6160 | New Zealand

[1]www.parliament.nz

 

Āta whakaarohia a Papatūānuku i mua i tō tānga i tēnei ī-mēra

 

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Hi James

 

Please find attached an extension letter regarding your OIA request.

 

Kind regards, Jerram

 

   

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Communications Services
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M 027 291 3518 P 04 918
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