Assessments from the New Zealand Security Intelligence Service

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From: Azad Khan

Dear New Zealand Security Intelligence Service,

Can I please get a copy of all the assessments by New Zealand Security Intelligence Service from 2017 to 2019.

These assessments are referred to on page 457 in the Ko tō tātou kāinga tēnei: Royal Commission of Inquiry into the terrorist attack on Christchurch masjidain on 15 March 2019, was released to the public on 8 December 2020.
 
From 2010–2019 the intelligence assessments of the National Assessments Bureau and the
Combined Threat Assessment Group considered the terrorist threat to New Zealand and
New Zealanders as coming largely from Islamist extremism. So too did assessments from the
New Zealand Security Intelligence Service and New Zealand Police.

Yours faithfully,

Azad Khan

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New Zealand Security Intelligence Service

Thank you for your email. We will respond after 6 January 2021.

 

Kind regards

 

NZSIS

 

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New Zealand Security Intelligence Service

Tēnā koe,

Thank you for your Official Information Act request.

We will endeavour to respond to your request as soon as possible and, in any event, no later than 20 working days after the day that your request was received. If we are unable to respond to your request by then, we will notify you of an extension of that timeframe.

If you have any queries, please feel free to contact [NZSIS request email].

Ngā mihi,
NZSIS

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New Zealand Security Intelligence Service

Dear Azad,

Thank you for your Official Information Act request for all assessments by the NZSIS from 2017 to 2019.

As your request references the Royal Commission of Inquiry into the Christchurch attack we believe you are specifically interested in assessments related to counter-terrorism. However, as your request is currently framed, there are a significant number of documents that would be in scope of the request, many of which would be unrelated to counter-terrorism.

The NZSIS produces a large number of documents about a variety of topics each year which contain assessments. Topics covered include counter-terrorism, foreign interference or espionage, protective security and security vetting. As your request is currently framed, we would need to assess a significant number to confirm whether or not they meet the scope of your request, and it would be very difficult to meet your request without substantial collation or research.

In order to provide you with the most relevant information to your request, would you be happy to refine the request to: all NZSIS Security Intelligence Reports and CTAG Threat Assessments relating to domestic counter-terrorism from 2017 to 2019. If this does not accurately reflect the information you are seeking, please let us know.

Kind regards
NZSIS

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From: Azad Khan

Dear OIA Privacy,

Thanks for the update.
Yes, I am happy to refine the request to: all NZSIS Security Intelligence Reports and CTAG Threat Assessments relating to domestic counter-terrorism from 2017 to 2019.

Yours sincerely,
Azad Khan

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New Zealand Security Intelligence Service

Hi Azad,

Thank you for your quick response. We will process your request and provide a response in due course.

Kind regards,
NZSIS

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New Zealand Security Intelligence Service

Dear Azad,

We refer to your official information request dated 4 January 2021 as outlined below.

The Official Information Act 1982 requires that we advise you of our decision on your request no later than 20 working days after the day that we received your request. Unfortunately, it will not be possible to meet that time limit and we are, therefore, writing to notify you of an extension of the time to make our decision, to 30 April 2021.

This extension is necessary because your request necessitates a search through a large quantity of information and meeting the original time limit would unreasonably interfere with our operations; additionally, consultations necessary to make a decision on your request are such that a proper response cannot reasonably be made within the original time limit.

If you wish to discuss any aspect of your request with us, including this decision, please feel free to contact [NZSIS request email].

You have the right to seek an investigation and review by the Ombudsman of this decision. Information about how to make a complaint is available at www.ombudsman.parliament.nz or freephone 0800 802 602.

Kind regards
NZSIS

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