GCSB Warrant extension to spy on President Trump

Mark Allen made this Official Information request to Jacinda Ardern

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From: Mark Allen

Dear Jacinda Ardern,

Did you sign off on the extension (or renewal) of the GCSB's warrant to spy on President Trump?

Yours faithfully,

Mark Allen

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I am writing on behalf of the Prime Minister, Jacinda Ardern, to acknowledge receipt of your Official Information Act request.

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Dear Mr Allen


On behalf of Raj Nahna, I attach a letter in response to your OIA request
received on 20^th November 2020.


Yours sincerely




Jo Pettitt

Executive Assistant │Office of Prime Minister’s Chief of Staff

DDI  : + 64 4 817 9732 │Mobile : + 64 21 229 9436

9-038 Executive Wing, Parliament Buildings, Wellington 6011



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From: Mark Allen

Dear Jo Pettitt,

Thank you for finally responding to the request, literally on the final hours of the 20th working day. I would just like to get it on the record that according to the Ombudsmans Office guide "The LGOIMA for local government agencies - A guide to processing requests and conducting meetings" document on page 17, it states under the heading 'Timeframe for making and communicating a decision'

"An agency must make a decision and communicate it to the requester ‘as soon as reasonably
practicable’ and no later than 20 working days after the day on which the request was

The decision must state whether the request will be granted, and if so in what manner and for
what charge (if any).

The agency’s primary legal obligation is to notify the requester of the decision on the request
‘as soon as reasonably practicable’. The reference to 20 working days is not the de facto goal
but the absolute maximum (unless it is extended appropriately)."

Considering the response given was fairly short and simple, it doesn't appear that this request's response was given "as soon as reasonably practicable" so I do hope that in future requests, more effort and professionalism will be made to get a more timely response.

Yours sincerely,

Mark Allen

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