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Number of staff handling OIA requests

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From: Alex Harris

Dear New Zealand Police,

Today RNZ reported on a case where the police treated a request for a family harm report to support an urgent protection order during lockdown as an OIA request, resulting in it being delayed ("Police treated protection request during lockdown as OIA", RNZ, 2 June 2020). In this story, the victim says she was told by police staff that "the trouble is at the moment we only have one person handling all the information requests and they've been inundated". I would like to request the following information under the OIA:

* How many staff did police have handling OIA requests each day from 20 April to 10 May?
* How many staff do police have handling OIA requests now?
* How many staff did police have handling OIA requests on 20 April 2019?

These three answers should give an idea of usual staffing, lockdown staffing, and whether things are back to normal yet.

I would prefer to receive an electronic response. Queries about this request will be automatically forwarded to me by the fyi.org.nz website.

With regards to s12 of the OIA, I am an NZ citizen and in NZ.

Yours faithfully,

Alex Harris

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New Zealand Police

Dear Alex
 
I acknowledge receipt of your Official Information Act (OIA) request
below, received by NZ Police on 2 June 2020.
 
Your request is being actioned pursuant to the Act with a response due to
you on or before 30 June 2020.
 
Kind regards
Ministerial Services
PNHQ
-----"Alex Harris" <[FOI #12999 email]> wrote:
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To: "OIA/LGOIMA requests at New Zealand Police"
<[New Zealand Police request email]>
From: "Alex Harris" <[FOI #12999 email]>
Date: 02/06/2020 12:11PM
Subject: Official Information request - Number of staff handling OIA
requests

Dear New Zealand Police,
Today RNZ reported on a case where the police treated a request for a
family harm report to support an urgent protection order during lockdown
as an OIA request, resulting in it being delayed ("Police treated
protection request during lockdown as OIA", RNZ, 2 June 2020). In this
story, the victim says she was told by police staff that "the trouble is
at the moment we only have one person handling all the information
requests and they've been inundated". I would like to request the
following information  under the OIA:
* How many staff did police have handling OIA requests each day from 20
April to 10 May?
* How many staff do police have handling OIA requests now?
* How many staff did police have handling OIA requests on 20 April 2019?
These three answers should give an idea of usual staffing, lockdown
staffing, and whether things are back to normal yet.
I would prefer to receive an electronic response. Queries about this
request will be automatically forwarded to me by the fyi.org.nz website.
With regards to s12 of the OIA, I am an NZ citizen and in NZ.
Yours faithfully,
Alex Harris
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Dear Alex
 
We want to be able to respond appropriately to your request.
 
Could you please clarify whether you are seeking national police figures
or figures for a specific police district.
 
Can you also please confirm that the date you require figures for in your
third question is 20 April 2019.
 
Kind regards
Fiona
Ministerial Services
PNHQ

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To: "Alex Harris" <[FOI #12999 email]>
From: [email address]
Date: 05/06/2020 09:59AM
Cc: Ministerial Services/POLICE/NZ@NZPOLICE
Subject: OIA Request Acknowledgement IR-01-20-15122: Number of staff
handling OIA requests

 
Dear Alex
 
I acknowledge receipt of your Official Information Act (OIA) request
below, received by NZ Police on 2 June 2020.  
 
Your request is being actioned pursuant to the Act with a response due to
you on or before 30 June 2020.  
 
Kind regards
Ministerial Services
PNHQ

-----"Alex Harris" <[FOI #12999 email]> wrote:
-----  
To: "OIA/LGOIMA requests at New Zealand Police"
<[New Zealand Police request email]>
From: "Alex Harris" <[FOI #12999 email]>
Date: 02/06/2020 12:11PM
Subject: Official Information request - Number of staff handling OIA
requests

Dear New Zealand Police,

Today RNZ reported on a case where the police treated a request for a
family harm report to support an urgent protection order during lockdown
as an OIA request, resulting in it being delayed ("Police treated
protection request during lockdown as OIA", RNZ, 2 June 2020). In this
story, the victim says she was told by police staff that "the trouble is
at the moment we only have one person handling all the information
requests and they've been inundated". I would like to request the
following information     under the OIA:

* How many staff did police have handling OIA requests each day from 20
April to 10 May?
  * How many staff do police have handling OIA requests now?
* How many staff did police have handling OIA requests on 20 April 2019?

These three answers should give an idea of usual staffing, lockdown
staffing, and whether things are back to normal yet.

I would prefer to receive an electronic response. Queries about this
request will be automatically forwarded to me by the fyi.org.nz website.

With regards to s12 of the OIA, I am an NZ citizen and in NZ.

Yours faithfully,

Alex Harris

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This is an Official Information request made via the FYI website.

Please use this email address for all replies to this request:
[FOI #12999 email]

Is [New Zealand Police request email] the wrong address for Official
Information requests to New Zealand Police? If so, please contact us using
this form:
  [1]  https://fyi.org.nz/change_request/new?bo...

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the internet. Our privacy and copyright policies:
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ask your web manager to link to us from your organisation's OIA or LGOIMA
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From: Alex Harris

Dear New Zealand Police,

In response to your questions, I am seeking national figures. The date for the 3rd question is indeed 20 April 2019 - I am seeking a historical comparison, and a year before the lockdown started seemed appropriate.

Yours faithfully,

Alex Harris

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New Zealand Police

Dear Alex
 
Thank you very much for the clarification.
 
Kind regards
Fiona
Ministerial Services
PNHQ

-----"Alex Harris" <[FOI #12999 email]> wrote:
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To: "OIA/LGOIMA requests at New Zealand Police"
<[New Zealand Police request email]>
From: "Alex Harris" <[FOI #12999 email]>
Date: 10/06/2020 03:31PM
Subject: Re: Request for clarification IR-01-20-15122: Number of staff
handling OIA requests

Dear New Zealand Police,
In response to your questions, I am seeking national figures. The date for
the 3rd question is indeed 20 April 2019 - I am seeking a historical
comparison, and a year before the lockdown started seemed appropriate.
Yours faithfully,
Alex Harris

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From: Alex Harris

Dear New Zealand Police,

According to FYI a response to this request was due by 8 July 2020. You are now more than a week overdue. Will I be getting a response, or do I need to go to the Ombudsman?

Yours faithfully,

Alex Harris

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New Zealand Police

Good morning Mr Harris. My apology that this response is overdue. I have
just checked into it for you and I can advise that it is just going
through the formal review period. I anticipate having it to you by mid
next week.
 
Kind regards Megan

-----"Alex Harris" <[FYI request #12999 email]> wrote:
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To: "OIA/LGOIMA requests at New Zealand Police"
<[New Zealand Police request email]>
From: "Alex Harris" <[FYI request #12999 email]>
Date: 17/07/2020 10:40AM
Subject: Re: Re: Request for clarification IR-01-20-15122: Number of staff
handling OIA requests

Dear New Zealand Police,
According to FYI a response to this request was due by 8 July 2020. You
are now more than a week overdue. Will I be getting a response, or do I
need to go to the Ombudsman?
Yours faithfully,
Alex Harris

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Kind regards
Hannah
Ministerial Services
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