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From: Harold

Dear Office of Nanaia Mahuta,

I would like to make a request for copies of the following reports received by the Minister's office:

19/02/2021 "Briefing: Minister of Foreign Affairs Meeting with Officials – Xinjiang"
24/03/2021 "Submission covering Cabinet Paper Solomon Islands – Provincial Airfield Upgrades"
30/03/2021 "Submission: Solomon Islands - Domestic Resource Mobilisation"
8/04/2021 "Aide Memoire: Solomon Islands Provincial Airfield Upgrades"
9/04/2021 "Submission: Ukraine and the Crimean Peninsula"
15/04/2021 "Submission: Escalating Tensions in Ukraine"
23/04/2021 "Submission: Solomon Islands – Supporting Economic and Financial Reform"
3/05/2021 "Submission: Legal Process for Genocide Determinations"
6/05/2021 "Aide Memoire: Co-sponsorship of Xinjiang side event, New York, 12 May 2021"
13/05/2021 "Submission: Pacific Climate-Change Related Displacement and Migration – Update"
27/05/2021 "Briefing: A3 Annex 1- Climate Migration Action Plan: Programme at a Glance, May 2021"
8/07/2021 "Aide Memoire: The Process for Considering Requests for Entry of Foreign Warships into New Zealand Internal Waters – Revised"
27/07/2021 "Submission: COVID-19 Origins: The Next Phase"
10/08/2021 "Aide Memoire: Autonomous Sanctions"
28/11/2021 "Aide Memoire: Oral Item to Cabinet 29 November 2021 - Solomon Islands unrest - Aotearoa New Zealand support"
30/11/2021 "Brief for Call Solomon Islands Minister of Foreign Affairs and External Trade, Hon Jeremiah Manele, 30 November 2021"
1/12/2021 "Submission: Solomon Islands unrest - New Zealand Deployment"
2/12/2021 "Submission: Potential US diplomatic boycott of the 2022 Beijing Winter Olympics"
3/12/2021 "Submission: Escalating tensions in Ukraine"
21/12/2021 "Submission: Solomon Islands unrest - request for extension of mandate"
28/01/2022 "Submission: Russia-Ukraine - Aotearoa New Zealand’s response to the mounting crisis"

Yours faithfully,

Harold

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Tēnā koe Harold,

I acknowledge receipt of your official information request dated 25/02/22.

We received your request on 25/02/22. We will endeavour to respond to your request as soon as possible and in any event no later than 25/03/22, being 20 working days after the day your request was received.

If we are unable to respond to your request by then, we will notify you of an extension of that timeframe.

If you have any queries, please feel free to contact our office. If any additional factors come to light which are relevant to your request, please do not hesitate to contact us so that these can be taken into account.

Ngā mihi
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Tçnâ koe Harold

Thank you for your email of 25 February 2022 in which you request the
following under the Official Information Act 1982 (OIA):

 

19/02/2021 "Briefing: Minister of Foreign Affairs Meeting with Officials –
Xinjiang"

24/03/2021 "Submission covering Cabinet Paper Solomon Islands – Provincial
Airfield Upgrades"

30/03/2021 "Submission: Solomon Islands - Domestic Resource Mobilisation"

8/04/2021 "Aide Memoire: Solomon Islands Provincial Airfield Upgrades"

9/04/2021 "Submission: Ukraine and the Crimean Peninsula"

15/04/2021 "Submission: Escalating Tensions in Ukraine"

23/04/2021 "Submission: Solomon Islands – Supporting Economic and
Financial Reform"

3/05/2021 "Submission: Legal Process for Genocide Determinations"

6/05/2021 "Aide Memoire: Co-sponsorship of Xinjiang side event, New York,
12 May 2021"

13/05/2021 "Submission: Pacific Climate-Change Related Displacement and
Migration – Update"

27/05/2021 "Briefing: A3 Annex 1- Climate Migration Action Plan: Programme
at a Glance, May 2021"

8/07/2021 "Aide Memoire: The Process for Considering Requests for Entry of
Foreign Warships into New Zealand Internal Waters – Revised"

27/07/2021 "Submission: COVID-19 Origins: The Next Phase"

10/08/2021 "Aide Memoire: Autonomous Sanctions"

28/11/2021 "Aide Memoire: Oral Item to Cabinet 29 November 2021 - Solomon
Islands unrest - Aotearoa New Zealand support"

30/11/2021 "Brief for Call Solomon Islands Minister of Foreign Affairs and
External Trade, Hon Jeremiah Manele, 30 November 2021"

1/12/2021 "Submission: Solomon Islands unrest - New Zealand Deployment"

2/12/2021 "Submission: Potential US diplomatic boycott of the 2022 Beijing
Winter Olympics"

3/12/2021 "Submission: Escalating tensions in Ukraine"

21/12/2021 "Submission: Solomon Islands unrest - request for extension of
mandate"

28/01/2022 "Submission: Russia-Ukraine - Aotearoa New Zealand’s response
to the mounting crisis"

This email advises that the timeframe for responding to your request is
being extended by 20 working days, to 27 April 2022. This is because
consultations necessary to make a decision on your request are such that a
proper response cannot reasonably be made within the original time frame
(section 15A(1)(a) of the OIA refers).

However, if this process is completed before 27 April 2022, the response
will be sent to you as soon as possible.

You have the right to seek an investigation and review by the Ombudsman of
this decision by contacting [1]www.ombudsman.parliament.nz or freephone
0800 802 602.

 

Nâku noa

 

[2]cid:image002.jpg@01D6B683.B93AFC70 Office of Hon Nanaia Mahuta
Minister of Foreign Affairs |
Minister of Local Government |
Associate Minister for Mâori
Development

DDI: +64 4 817 8711

Private Bag 18041, Parliament
Buildings, Wellington 6160, New
Zealand

 

 

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Tçnâ koe Harold

Thank you for your email of 25 February 2022 in which you request the
following under the Official Information Act 1982 (OIA):

1.    19/02/2021 "Briefing: Minister of Foreign Affairs Meeting with
Officials – Xinjiang"

 2. 24/03/2021 "Submission covering Cabinet Paper Solomon Islands –
Provincial Airfield Upgrades"
 3. 30/03/2021 "Submission: Solomon Islands - Domestic Resource
Mobilisation"
 4. 8/04/2021 "Aide Memoire: Solomon Islands Provincial Airfield Upgrades"
 5. 9/04/2021 "Submission: Ukraine and the Crimean Peninsula"
 6. 15/04/2021 "Submission: Escalating Tensions in Ukraine"
 7. 23/04/2021 "Submission: Solomon Islands – Supporting Economic and
Financial Reform"
 8. 3/05/2021 "Submission: Legal Process for Genocide Determinations"
 9. 6/05/2021 "Aide Memoire: Co-sponsorship of Xinjiang side event, New
York, 12 May 2021"
10. 13/05/2021 "Submission: Pacific Climate-Change Related Displacement
and Migration – Update"
11. 27/05/2021 "Briefing: A3 Annex 1- Climate Migration Action Plan:
Programme at a Glance, May 2021"
12. 8/07/2021 "Aide Memoire: The Process for Considering Requests for
Entry of Foreign Warships into New Zealand Internal Waters – Revised"
13. 27/07/2021 "Submission: COVID-19 Origins: The Next Phase"
14. 10/08/2021 "Aide Memoire: Autonomous Sanctions"
15. 28/11/2021 "Aide Memoire: Oral Item to Cabinet 29 November 2021 -
Solomon Islands unrest - Aotearoa New Zealand support"
16. 30/11/2021 "Brief for Call Solomon Islands Minister of Foreign Affairs
and External Trade, Hon Jeremiah Manele, 30 November 2021"
17. 1/12/2021 "Submission: Solomon Islands unrest - New Zealand
Deployment"
18. 2/12/2021 "Submission: Potential US diplomatic boycott of the 2022
Beijing Winter Olympics"
19. 3/12/2021 "Submission: Escalating tensions in Ukraine"
20. 21/12/2021 "Submission: Solomon Islands unrest - request for extension
of mandate"
21. 28/01/2022 "Submission: Russia-Ukraine - Aotearoa New Zealand’s
response to the mounting crisis"

The documents within your request have been numbered for ease of
reference.

On 25 March 2022, due to further consultation being required before a
response could be provided, the timeframe for responding to your request
was extended by 20 working days, to 27 April 2022. Thank you for your
patience while this process was concluded.

The following documents are publicly available and, accordingly, your
request for these documents has been refused under section 18(d) of the
OIA:

Document 5: 9/04/2021 "Submission: Ukraine and the Crimean Peninsula"

Document 19: 3/12/2021 "Submission: Escalating tensions in Ukraine"

Document 21: 28/01/2022 "Submission: Russia-Ukraine - Aotearoa New
Zealand’s response to the mounting crisis"

These documents can all be found on the Ministry of Foreign Affairs and
Trade website at the following link: [1]Proactive Release of
Ukraine-Russia advice to Ministers | New Zealand Ministry of Foreign
Affairs and Trade (mfat.govt.nz)

Attached are documents 6, 8, 9, 12 and 18. Some portions of these
documents are withheld under the following sections of the OIA: 

6(a): to avoid prejudicing the security or defence of New Zealand or the
international relations of the New Zealand Government;

6(b): to protect the passing of information from another government on a
confidential basis;

9(2)(a): to protect individuals’ privacy;

9(2)(f)(iv): to protect the confidentiality of advice tendered by
Ministers of the Crown and officials;

9(2)(g)(i): to protect the free and frank expression of opinions by
departments; and

9(2)(h): to maintain legal professional privilege.

Documents 1, 13 and 14 are withheld in full under the following sections
of the OIA:

6(a): to avoid prejudicing the security or defence of New Zealand or the
international relations of the New Zealand Government; and

9(2)(f)(iv): to protect the confidentiality of advice tendered by
Ministers of the Crown and officials.

We have made a decision on documents 2, 3, 4, 7, 10, 11, 15, 16, 17 and
20. Some portions of these documents have been withheld under the
following sections of the OIA:

6(a): to avoid prejudicing the security or defence of New Zealand or the
international relations of the New Zealand Government;

6(b): to protect the passing of information from another government on a
confidential basis;

9(2)(a): to protect individuals’ privacy;

9(2)(f)(iv): to protect the confidentiality of advice tendered by
Ministers of the Crown and officials;

9(2)(g)(i): to protect the free and frank expression of opinions by
departments; and

9(2)(j): to avoid prejudice to negotiations

Where the information has been withheld under section 9 of the OIA, no
public interest in releasing the information has been identified that
would override the reasons for withholding it.

These documents are in the final stages of preparation and will be
released to you by 11 May 2022. 

You have the right to seek an investigation and review by the Ombudsman of
this decision by contacting [2]www.ombudsman.parliament.nz or freephone
0800 802 602.

 

Nâku noa

 

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Minister of Foreign Affairs |
Minister of Local Government |
Associate Minister for Mâori
Development

DDI: +64 4 817 8711

Private Bag 18041, Parliament
Buildings, Wellington 6160, New
Zealand

 

 

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Tçnâ koe Harold

On 27 April 2022, tranche one of the documents for your OIA request dated
25 February 2022 was provided to you, and you were informed that the
remaining documents were in the final stages of preparation and would be
released to you by 11 May 2022.  Thank you for your patience while these
documents were finalised.

Attached are documents 2, 3, 4, 7, 10, 11, 15, 16, 17 and 20 of your
request. Some portions of the documents are withheld under the following
sections of the OIA: 

6(a): to avoid prejudicing the security or defence of New Zealand or the
international relations of the New Zealand Government;

6(b): to protect the passing of information from another government on a
confidential basis;

6(c): to avoid prejudice to the maintenance of the law, including the
prevention, investigation, and detection of offences, and the right to a
fair trial;

6(d): to avoid endangering the safety of any person;

9(2)(a): to protect individuals’ privacy;

9(2)(g)(i): to protect the free and frank expression of opinions by
departments; and

9(2)(j): to avoid prejudice to negotiations.

Where the information has been withheld under section 9 of the OIA, no
public interest in releasing the information has been identified that
would override the reasons for withholding it.

You have the right to seek an investigation and review by the Ombudsman of
this decision by contacting [1]www.ombudsman.parliament.nz or freephone
0800 802 602.

 

Nâku noa

 

[2]cid:image002.jpg@01D6B683.B93AFC70 Office of Hon Nanaia Mahuta
Minister of Foreign Affairs |
Minister of Local Government |
Associate Minister for Mâori
Development

DDI: +64 4 817 8711

Private Bag 18041, Parliament
Buildings, Wellington 6160, New
Zealand

 

 

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