Security Intelligence Service
PO Box 900, Wellington
+64 4 472 6170
+64 4 472 8209
3 May 2022
Sebastian [FYI request #18833 email]
Tēnā koe Sebastian, Official information request
Thank you for your Official Information Act 1982 (OIA) request of 10 March 2022 seeking the
following information from the New Zealand Security Intelligence Service (NZSIS):
1. The NZSIS has previously released to me a copy of the 2011 document “The Terrorism
Threat to New Zealand”, which I understand is one of a series of “vectors of harm” papers
issued through the National Assessments Committee in 2011/12. I would like to request
copies of the “vectors of harm” papers produced by the NZSIS on these topics:
a. Sabotage and Subversion
c. Weapons of Mass Destruction
2. I would like to request a copy of the 2008 NZSIS Briefing to the Incoming Minister
On 4 April 2022 you were advised of an extension to the time limit for responding to this
request, to 22 April 2022, due to the consultations necessary to make a decision.
Unfortunately, due to the impact of Covid-19 on our operations we were unable to meet the
deadline. I apologise for the delay, and thank you for your patience while we prepared a
Vectors of harm papers
National Assessment Committee papers were all issued under the authority of the Director
of the National Assessments Bureau, who was the chair of the NAC. The National
Assessment's Bureau is part of the National Security Group, within the Department of the
Prime Minister and Cabinet (DPMC). I have transferred your request for copies of these
vectors of harm papers to DPMC for response, per section 14 of the OIA, as the information
requested is more closely connected with the functions of that department. You were
advised of this transfer on 29 March 2022.
2008 Briefing to the Incoming Minister
Please find a copy of this document attached. Some information has been withheld under
section 6(a) of the OIA, as the making available of the information would be likely to
prejudice the security or defence of New Zealand or the international relations of the
Government of New Zealand.
If you wish to discuss this decision with us, please feel free to contact [NZSIS request email].
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.
Te Tumu Whakarae mō Te Pā Whakamarumaru
Director-General of Security