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Request for communication between Jacinda Ardern, cabinet, NZ Police and Commissioner Andrew Coster

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From: Vanessa

Dear Department of the Prime Minister and Cabinet,

I am writing to request under the 'Official Information Act 1982' copies of all communication, via email, telephone calls, test messages or minutes of meetings held between the Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern, and/or her cabinet ministers, Police Commissioner Andrew Coster or other members of the NZ Police/NZ Defence Force and the contents of the discussions, emails, text messages, phone calls and minutes of meetings between the below mentioned ODESC.

Communications sought above are directly related to the Wellington Protest between 1st February 2022 and Current date of writing for transparency. These communications requested also need to include any debriefs held between any of the above mentioned parties of interest specifically once the Wellington Protest ended.

I make reference to a statement quoted by the Prime Minister on 17th February 2022 at a press conference and published by Newshub.
( https://www.newshub.co.nz/home/politics/... )

""I'll be absolutely consistent on this: the way that the protest and the occupation are managed is for the police," she said.

"It is so important that you don't have politicians stepping into the space where we're seen to give instruction on that. It's a convention we won't break."
"A spokesperson for the Department of Prime Minister and Cabinet (DPMC) confirmed to Newshub the Officials Committee for Domestic and External Security Coordination (ODESC) was convening on Thursday.
ODESC provides strategic advice to the Prime Minister on security and intelligence matters. The group includes bosses from police, the two spy agencies, foreign affairs, and the Defence Force."

Police Commissioner Andrew Coster was interviewed by Jack Tame of Q&A where a link to the video interview was posted on their Facebook page 07/03/2022.
( https://www.facebook.com/NZQandA/videos/... )

He was asked " Have you spoken to the Prime Minister after Wednesday?" (I make reference to this being Wednesday 2nd March 2022 when NZ Police shut down the protest"
To which Andrew Coster replied " Of course we've spoken regularly"

It is imperative that New Zealand know the nature of the communications between all parties, especially between Jacinda Ardern as our Prime Minster, and Andrew Coster our Police Commissioner, that there was no cross over that would be deemed a conflict of interest or that Jacinda Ardern had any unreasonable and unjustifiable influence of the NZ Police operations over the course of the Wellington Protest, especially since videos have emerged of Police Brutality against her constituents.

I appreciate your prompt response to this request as it is a matter of public interest.
Yours faithfully,

Vanessa Warren

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Kia ora koe,

 

Please see the attached letter regarding your recent OIA request.

 

Ngā mihi,

 

Ministerial Coordinator
Ministerial and Business Services
Strategy, Governance and Engagement
Department of the Prime Minister and Cabinet
E    [1][DPMC request email]
 
 
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Tēnā koe,

 

On behalf of Raj Nahna, I attach a letter in response to your OIA request.

 

Ngā mihi,

 

Private Secretary (Executive Support)

Office of the Prime Minister

Authorised by Rt. Hon Jacinda Ardern MP, Parliament Buildings, Wellington

 

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