NZ Police Classification of Individuals as having "Far-right" Political Views

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From: Wes

Dear New Zealand Police,

My request is four fold,

First, I am requesting the definition used by NZ Police for the term "Far-right" in the context of political alignment. For example, "This individual has freely admitted holding views which could be considered far right by the NZ Police".

Second, I am requesting a list of criteria, as well as details on those criteria, that the NZ Police uses to determine whether or not, an individual could be considered to have "far-right political views". These criteria could be, but not limited to, specific "Political views", "Books", "YouTube channels" or "Websites", please provide a comprehensive list.

Third, I am requesting a list government agencies, 3rd party independent entities, independent organisations, not-for-profits or businesses that have provided the NZ Police, at any level, with training for the purpose of aiding staff on political views and what would indicate "far-right" political alignment.

Finally, if training is being received or filtered down to frontline NZ Police Officers, are Officers asked to use a specific list in order to gauge "far-right" political alignment. If frontline NZ Police Officers are not provided with training, are they asked to determine whether a person has "far-right" political views based on their personal opinion?

Kind Regards,


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Kia ora Wes


I acknowledge receipt of your Official Information Act 1982 (OIA) request
below, received by New Zealand Police on 28 May 2021.


Your request is being actioned pursuant to the OIA.


You can expect a response to your request on or before 28 June 2021.


Ngā mihi

Ministerial Services
New Zealand Police National Headquarters Wellington

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