Student Loan Scheme Amendment Act 2014 and Passport Renewal

Jay Maxwell made this Official Information request to Department of Internal Affairs

The request was refused by Department of Internal Affairs.

From: Jay Maxwell

Dear Department of Internal Affairs,

In 2013 it was reported that it was being examined whether people who default on their student loans will face not having their passports renewed. I would like to request under the Official Information Act:

* all advice on whether people who default on their student loans shouldn't have their passports renewed. Especially given any changes under the Student Loan Scheme Amendment Act 2014.

I am particularly interested in any human rights considerations, given that Minister Dunne stated "There are also some disadvantages about what you might describe broadly as human rights issues - the rights of New Zealanders to a passport, but it certainly has been looked at, yes." I would like to request any information pertaining to freedom of movement, potential statelessness or potential illegal immigration statuses of NZ citizens
refused passport renewal in other nations.

I would like to know of any policy changes since your OIA reply here:

In the event that any documents are withheld I would like to request the dates and titles of the documents.

I would prefer to receive an electronic response. Queries about this request will be automatically forwarded to me by the website.

Yours faithfully,

Jay Maxwell

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From: Sothea Tep
Department of Internal Affairs

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Dear Mr Maxwell


Please see attached response to your request of 11 June 2014 for

Kind regards,


Sothea (Sol) Tep | Graduate Policy Analyst | Policy Group

The Department of Internal Affairs Te Tari Taiwhenua

Direct Dial: +64 4 495 9430 | Extn: 5430

46 Waring Taylor St | PO Box 805, Wellington 6140, New Zealand |




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Good afternoon Jay Maxwell,


Please find attached a response to your Official Information Act request.

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