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NZ Police brand manual

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From: Joe

Dear New Zealand Police, I am requesting the "NZ police brand manual".

Yours faithfully,
Joe McCaine

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From: Ministerial Services
New Zealand Police

Dear Joe

Thank you for your request on 9 April 2022 (below) where you asked for the 'NZ police brand manual'.

The document you have requested, 'NZ police brand manual', does not exist. Police has a series of documents (collectively referred to as ‘Police Instructions’) which details the instructions and guidance for administrative and operational aspects of policing in chapters including nationally consistent standard operating principles, practices, policies and procedures. A request for this document in its entirety would likely be refused pursuant to section 18 (f) of the OIA in that the information requested cannot be made available without substantial collation

To enable Police to respond, your original request will need to be clarified or amended. Could you please specify the topic area or areas you are interested in, so we can provide you with the relevant Police Manual chapters.

Kind regards

Catherine
Advisor: Ministerial Services
Police National Headquarters

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From: Joe

Dear Ministerial Services NZ Police, there's a project on the known website Behance, it describes a "NZ Police Brand Manual", it focus on the visual identity, it's possible to see a part of manual, with colours of logo, cars, tips when taking photos and etc.

Website with the project:
https://www.behance.net/gallery/86564523...

Could you confirm if this manual existed before? If not, there's any similiar content on the "Police Instructions"?

Yours sincerely,

Joe

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From: Ministerial Services
New Zealand Police

Tēnā koe Joe

Thank you for clarifying your request. I acknowledge receipt of your Official Information Act (OIA) request below, received by NZ Police on 9 April 2022 and clarified on 13 April 2022.

Your request is being actioned pursuant to the Act.

You can expect a response to your request on or before 16 May 2022.

Ngā mihi
Fiona
Ministerial Services
Police National Headquarters

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From: Ministerial Services
New Zealand Police

Tēnā koe Joe

I refer to your request of 13 April 2022 for the following information:

There's a project on the known website Behance, it describes a "NZ Police Brand Manual", it focus on the visual identity, it's possible to see a part of manual, with colours of logo, cars, tips when taking photos and etc.
Website with the project: https://www.behance.net/gallery/86564523...
Could you confirm if this manual existed before? If not, there's any similiar content on the "Police Instructions"?

Unfortunately we were not be able to meet the due date of 16 May 2022.

I can confirm that a response to your request is being drafted and will then progress through our internal consultation process. I am unable to confirm a release date at this stage.

Please accept our apologies for the delay in providing you with a response to your query. We are endeavouring to provide this to you as soon as possible.

Many thanks, Brittany
Ministerial Services, PNHQ

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New Zealand Police


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Tēnā koe Joe                                       

Please find attached the response to your Official Information Act
request, received by New Zealand Police on 13 April 2022.

Please accept our apologies for the delay in providing you with this
response.

Ngā mihi,

 

Penni

Penni Davenport | Senior Advisor

Ministerial Services | Policy & Partnerships | PNHQ

 

 

 

 

 

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Mark Hanna left an annotation ()

This is a confusing response. It sounds like NZ Police found the document you were looking for, arranged for it to be taken down, and then told you it doesn't exist?

Whether they consider it an "official New Zealand Police brand document" or not, Section 2(5) of the OIA is clear that:

"Any information held by an independent contractor engaged by any public service agency or Minister of the Crown or organisation in his capacity as such contractor shall, for the purposes of this Act, be deemed to be held by the public service agency or Minister of the Crown or organisation."

https://www.legislation.govt.nz/act/publ...

So if this document was created by this graphic designer while they were engaged as a contractor by NZ Police, then the OIA would consider it to be held by them and therefore their s18(e) refusal would not be justified.

However, there may be some complexity around whether or not this "design awards entry" work mentioned by NZ Police in their response to you would be sufficient for this graphic designer to have been considered "an independent contractor engaged by" NZ Police.

I recommend you consider laying a complaint with the Ombudsman so they can investigate this refusal and form an opinion.

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