12 April 2022
New Zealand Council for Civil Liberties [FYI request #18491 email]
Tēnā koe Andrew Ecclestone
Discussion paper regarding the dimensions of security vs. transparency
Thank you for your email dated 8 February 2022 requesting information under the Official
Information Act 1982 (the Act). Your request relates to an OIA response
from the New
Zealand Security Intelligence Service:
“Stats NZ had done some work with Customs New Zealand and written a discussion
paper regarding the dimensions of security vs. transparency.”
The Council is requesting a copy of the ‘discussion paper regarding the dimensions
of security vs. transparency’ referred to in that note of the meeting.
I would like to apologise for the delay in my response to your request. Unfortunately, there
was an administration error and the request was not correctly logged. I acknowledge that
you sought this information under urgency, and I apologise for the inconvenience we have
To address your request, I can confirm that Stats NZ has undertaken a thorough search for
the ‘discussion paper regarding the dimensions of security vs. transparency’.
Stats NZ has
been unable to locate the paper or any records internally of the paper’s existence. We have
contacted Customs NZ seeking a copy of the paper and they have confirmed they are
unable to locate the paper. For this reason, we have determined that the discussion paper
referred to does not exist and refuse your request under section 18(e) of the Act.
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.
It is our policy to proactively release our responses to official information requests where
possible. This letter, with your personal details removed, will be published on the Stats NZ
website. Publishing responses creates greater openness and transparency of government
decision-making and helps better inform public understanding of the reasons for decisions.
Ngā mihi nui
Kate Satterthwaite Senior Manager, Executive and Government Relations
Office of the Chief Executive