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From: John

Dear New Zealand Security Intelligence Service,

On the paragraph 16 of section 8.3 How border agencies identify terrorism threats, Volume 3 of report for the "Royal Commission of Inquiry into the terrorist attack on Christchurch masjidain on 15 March 2019":

it states that "Immigration New Zealand rely on national security instructions to determine if a visa applicant requires a National Security Check before their visa application can be processed. The national security instructions include a list of countries or territories of possible security concern, including those known for extremism. This list is primarily focused on people who have connections with African, Asian and Middle Eastern countries. If a National Security Check is required, this is carried out by the New Zealand Security Intelligence Service."

I would like to request the "list of countries or territories" mentioned on the above paragraph.

Yours faithfully,

John Robertson

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From: OIA Privacy
New Zealand Security Intelligence Service

Tēnā koe,

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Ngā mihi,
NZSIS

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From: OIA Privacy
New Zealand Security Intelligence Service

Dear John

We refer to your official information request dated 11 June 2021 as outlined below.

In accordance with section 14 of the Official Information Act 1982 (OIA) we have transferred your request to the Ministry of Business, Innovation and Employment (MBIE). This is because the information you are requesting is believed to be more closely connected with the functions of the Immigration New Zealand (a unit of MBIE).

You will hear further from MBIE regarding your request. They can be reached at [email address].

Kind regards
NZSIS

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From: Ministerial Services

Ref: 2021-2551

 

Dear John,

 

On behalf of the Ministry of Business, Innovation and Employment I
acknowledge your email of 11^th June 2021, transferred to the Ministry
from the New Zealand Security Intelligence Service on the 14^th June,
requesting under the Official Information Act 1982 (the Act), the
following:

 

‘On the paragraph 16 of section 8.3 How border agencies identify terrorism
threats, Volume 3 of report for the "Royal Commission of Inquiry into the
terrorist attack on Christchurch masjidain on 15 March 2019": it states
that "Immigration New Zealand rely on national security instructions to
determine if a visa applicant requires a National Security Check before
their visa application can be processed. The national security
instructions include a list of countries or territories of possible
security concern, including those known for extremism. This list is
primarily focused on people who have connections with African, Asian and
Middle Eastern countries. If a National Security Check is required, this
is carried out by the New Zealand Security Intelligence Service." I would
like to request the "list of countries or territories" mentioned on the
above paragraph.’

 

Your request is being processed in accordance with the Act and a response
will be sent to you in due course.

 

If you have any enquiries regarding your request, or its urgency, feel
free to contact us via email at [1][email address].

 

Nâku noa, nâ

MINISTERIAL SERVICES

               

Corporate, Governance and Information

Ministry of Business, Innovation and Employment

Level 4, 15 Stout Street, PO Box 1473, Wellington 6140

NZBN 9429000106078

 

 

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services

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