28 June 2021
Te Ariki Paitai
Email: [FYI request #15639 email]
Dear Te Ariki
Request for information
Thank you for your request dated 2 June 2021 asking information in regards to
the Youtube video posted on 24 May 2021 by user IAMTHE TRUTH.
1. Please provide any publicly releasable internal and/or external
correspondence regarding the youtube video uploaded by user JAM
THETRUTH to youtube on Monday the 24th of May 2021.
2. I understand details of an open case can not be released, however I am
looking for info1111ation on when and how NZ Police were notified of the video,
and how the decision to not make any public statement was made.
Your request has been considered in accordance with the Official Information Act
In regards to both questions, you are correct that we are unable to release
substantive details regarding a matter that Is currently under investigation or
prosecution, which this case is. I must therefore withhold correspondence and
documents relating to this matter, under section 6(c) of the OIA, as the making
available of this information is likely to prejudice the maintenance of the law
including the prevention, investigation and detection of offences and the right to a
In regard to your second question, I can provide the following information:
On Monday 24 May 2021, Police began receiving a number of complaints
regarding the Youtube video. By the evening of that same day, local Police had
identified and questioned the person believed to have uploaded the video, as well
as seizing, pursuant to search warrant, all that person's computing devices found
at their home address. In addition, the video had been removed from Youtube
and was no longer publicly accessible via that medium. Therefore the immediate
source of harm was removed, and investigators continued to gather evidence and
determine if prosecution was possible and appropriate.
Police National Headquarters
180 Molesworth Street. Thomcton, Wellington SX11149
Telephone: (04) 474 9499. www.pollcc.govt.nz