Whakaari/White Island Response (as a Supporting Agency)

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From: Alan Thompson

Dear New Zealand Police,

In your response to a previous OIA Request (your reference IR-01-20-8787) NZ Police confirmed that you were not the Lead Agency for the White Island/Whakaari response and that NEMA was Lead. Under OIA Request, NEMA subsequently advised that they were not the Lead but that the Bay of Plenty Emergency Management Group were Lead Agency. You will appreciate that as the major agency involved in the response it is a little surprising that NZ Police did not know who was the Lead Agency and who then was coordinating your supporting role in the response.

This is compounded by the EBOPEMG daily Incident Action Plans where it is various recorded that:
- it was a “joint response” with NZ Police (IAP 01 and all subsequent IAPs))
- it was a “joint operation” with NZ Police (IAP 01)
- EBOPEMG’s EOC was “supporting” NZ Police as necessary (IAP 01)
- Police were undertaking an independent response (IAP 01)
- Police were the Lead Agency for rescue and reconciliation functions (IAP 01)
- Police are coordinating recovery and reconciliation (IAP 02)
- The EBOPEMG EOC’s Mission was to “provide appropriate welfare related support function” (IAP 03)
- it was the Objective of the EOC to “Support the NZ Police” (IAP 03).

Nowhere in the IAP records ( ie Mission, Objectives, Intent, etc) from EBOPEMG is there any reference to any role that they had as the Lead Agency to coordinate NZ Police in the "search, rescue and recovery phase of the Whakaari/White Island operation “ as per your advice of the 13th May. In this regard the NZ Coordinated Incident Management System is quite specific with respect to the role of the Lead Agency, the appointed Incident Controller and the process for planning, documenting and issuing Mission, Objectives, Structure, Roles, Tasks, etc.

To assist to clarify your advice that NZ Police were tasked to facilitate the search, rescue and recovery phase of the Whakaari/White Island operation I request (under the provisions of the Official Information Act) the following covering the first 5 days of the response:

1. The IAPs as issued to NZ Police by the Lead Agency that set out the Mission, Objectives, Structure, Roles, Tactics, Tasks, Resources, Communications Plan, Medical Plan, Safety Plan, etc for all parties (including NZ Police).
2. If not included in the above, the tasking or other documentation specifically issued to NZ Police (as a supporting agency) by BOPEMG (as Lead Agency) assigned your task(s) as a supporting agency to search, rescue and recover victims of the Whakaari/White Island incident (refer NZ CIMS Framework).

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, received by NZ Police on 16 June 2020.
 
Your request is being actioned pursuant to the Act.
 
Kind regards
Fiona
Ministerial Services
PNHQ

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From: "Alan Thompson" <[FOI #13101 email]>
Date: 16/06/2020 12:20PM
Subject: Official Information request - Whakaari/White Island Response (as
a Supporting Agency)

Dear New Zealand Police,
In your response to a previous OIA Request (your reference IR-01-20-8787)
NZ Police confirmed that you were not the Lead Agency for the White
Island/Whakaari response and that NEMA was Lead.  Under OIA Request, NEMA
subsequently advised that they were not the Lead but that the Bay of
Plenty Emergency Management Group were Lead Agency.  You will appreciate
that as the major agency involved in the response it is a little
surprising that NZ Police did not know who was the Lead Agency and who
then was  coordinating your supporting role in the response.
This is compounded by the EBOPEMG daily Incident Action Plans where it is
various recorded that:
- it was a “joint response” with NZ Police (IAP 01 and all subsequent
IAPs))
- it was a “joint operation” with NZ Police (IAP 01)
- EBOPEMG’s EOC was “supporting” NZ Police as necessary (IAP 01)
- Police were undertaking an independent response (IAP 01)
- Police were the Lead Agency for rescue and reconciliation functions (IAP
01)
- Police are coordinating recovery and reconciliation (IAP 02)
- The EBOPEMG EOC’s Mission was to “provide appropriate welfare related
support function” (IAP 03)
- it was the Objective of the EOC to “Support the NZ Police” (IAP 03).
Nowhere in the IAP records ( ie Mission, Objectives, Intent, etc) from
EBOPEMG is there any reference to any role that they had as the Lead
Agency to coordinate NZ Police in the  "search, rescue and recovery phase
of the Whakaari/White Island operation “ as per your advice of the 13th
May.  In this regard the NZ Coordinated Incident Management System is
quite specific with respect to the role of the Lead Agency, the appointed
Incident Controller and the process for planning, documenting and issuing
 Mission, Objectives, Structure, Roles, Tasks, etc.
To assist to clarify your advice that NZ Police were tasked to facilitate
the search, rescue and recovery phase of the Whakaari/White Island
operation I request (under the provisions of the Official Information Act)
the following covering the first 5 days of the response:
1.  The IAPs as issued to NZ Police by the Lead Agency that set out the
Mission, Objectives, Structure, Roles, Tactics, Tasks, Resources,
Communications Plan, Medical Plan, Safety Plan, etc for all parties
(including NZ Police).
2.  If not included in the above, the tasking or other documentation
specifically issued to NZ Police (as a supporting agency) by BOPEMG (as
Lead Agency) assigned your task(s) as a supporting agency to search,
rescue and recover victims of the Whakaari/White Island incident (refer NZ
CIMS Framework).
Alan Thompson
NZ Resident
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