Reason why Constable Neil Pimenta from Auckland Central made an unsolicited phone call to me to ask about when I am organising a protest.

Sapna Samant made this Official Information request to New Zealand Police

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From: Sapna Samant

Dear New Zealand Police,
I received a call from Constable Neil Pimenta on 9/6/20 at 17.28 hours today and when I could not take the call he messaged (17.29hours) to say I should call him when I can.
I replied at 17.39 hours that I could talk to him and he called me at 17.41 hours.

After greeting each other he asked:
1-If I was going to attend the Black Lives Matter march scheduled on 14th June in Auckland.
2-He asked when I was going to organise another protest (I have liaised with him previously for a protests organised in December 2019 and February 2020 and a march in January 2020.
3-He said he would like enough notice so he could help us better.
4-He also said he was happy to talk to the team to give information about organising a protest.

I would like to know:
1-Is it routine for NZ Police to call civilians asking if they are going to attend a protest?
2-Is it routine for NZ Police to ask when they are going to organise protests?
3-Is it routine for NZ Police to voluntarily offer to talk to protest organisers without being approached?
4-Can you please explain the reason behind this phone call and whether you called other civilians seeking the same information?

Yours faithfully,
Dr Sapna Samant

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