Northland state highway roadblocks

Grant Carroll made this Official Information request to New Zealand Police

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From: Grant Carroll

Dear New Zealand Police,
Last Wednesday, 25th March, online news media and television news bulletins reported road blocks being set up by former MP Hone Harawira and supporters at two sites on state highways in Northland to block tourists entering the Far North to protect locals from the spread of coronavirus. Police were clearly seen being involved in the setting up of these checkpoints and were said to be vetting motorists as they travelled through them.
These events occurred before New Zealand moved to Covid-19 Alert Level 4 or a State of National Emergency was declared.

Pursuant to the Official Information Act 1982 I would like to ask:
1) Was the setting up of these road blocks lawful and if it was what legislation or New Zealand law permits this? If they were unlawful what police action is being taken against those involved in setting them up?
2) What was the role of the police officers involved with the checkpoints?
3) It was also stated that police Far North Area Commander, Inspector Riki Whiu, visited at least one of these roadblocks - what orders or advice was given by him to the police officers involved with the checkpoints?

I confirm that I am a New Zealand citizen resident in New Zealand.

Many thanks for your help with this.

Yours faithfully,

Grant Carroll.

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New Zealand Police

Dear Grant.
 
I acknowledge receipt of your Official Information Act (OIA) request
attached.
 
Police are needing to redeploy staff in the face of unprecedented
circumstances as we respond to Covid-19. This will have a severe impact on
our ability to respond to requests for information under the Official
Information Act 1982 and Privacy Act 1993 in a timely fashion.  
 
However Police recognizes that your request is likely to be a matter of
high public interest, and we will do our best to respond as soon as we
can. Thank you for your understanding.
 
 
Kind regards
Ministerial Services
PNHQ

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From: "Grant Carroll" <[FOI #12550 email]>
Date: 30/03/2020 01:06PM
Subject: Official Information request - Northland state highway roadblocks

Dear New Zealand Police,
Last Wednesday, 25th March, online news media and television news
bulletins reported road blocks being set up by former MP Hone Harawira and
supporters at two sites on state highways in Northland to block tourists
entering the Far North to protect locals from the spread of coronavirus.
Police were clearly seen being involved in the setting up of these
checkpoints and were said to be vetting motorists as they travelled
through them.
These events occurred before New Zealand moved to Covid-19 Alert Level 4
or a State of National Emergency was declared.
Pursuant to the Official Information Act 1982 I would like to ask:
1) Was the setting up of these road blocks lawful and if it was what
legislation or New Zealand law permits this? If they were unlawful what
police action is being taken against those involved in setting them up?
2) What was the role of the police officers involved with the checkpoints?
3) It was also stated that police Far North Area Commander, Inspector Riki
Whiu, visited at least one of these roadblocks - what orders or advice was
given by him to the police officers involved with the checkpoints?
I confirm that I am a New Zealand citizen resident in New Zealand.
Many thanks for your help with this.
Yours faithfully,
Grant Carroll.
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Kia ora Grant

 

Please find attached the response to your correspondence of  30 March
2020.

 

Police's response to Covid-19 has had a severe impact on our ability to
respond to your request in a timely manner. We appreciate this will be
frustrating for you, and we thank you for your understanding.

 

Kind regards

Ministerial Services

PNHQ

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From: Grant Carroll

Dear New Zealand Police,
My OIA request consisted of three questions. I have received some information in relation to my second and third questions but there seems to be no response to the first one.

I would be very grateful if I could receive a response to my first question.

Thank you for this.

Yours faithfully,

Grant Carroll.

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New Zealand Police

Dear Mr Carroll
 
Please accept my apologies for our failure to provide a reply to the
following question in our response:
 
"1) Was the setting up of these road blocks lawful and if it was what
legislation or New Zealand law permits this? If they were unlawful what
police action is being taken against those involved in setting them up?"
 
A response to the outstanding question is now being compiled and will be
forwarded to you as soon as possible.
 
Kind regards
Ministerial Services
PNHQ
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<[New Zealand Police request email]>
From: "Grant Carroll" <[FOI #12550 email]>
Date: 05/05/2020 03:45PM
Subject: Re: Official Correspondence from New Zealand Police

Dear New Zealand Police,
My OIA request consisted of three questions. I have received some
information in relation to my second and third questions but there seems
to be no response to the first one.
I would be very grateful if I could receive a response to my first
question.
Thank you for this.
Yours faithfully,
Grant Carroll.

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