Communications in regards Andy Foster's decision to support genocide of Palestinians

Mohammed Khan made this Official Information request to Ministry of Foreign Affairs and Trade

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From: Mohammed Khan

Dear Ministry of Foreign Affairs and Trade,

An article published today reports that Wellington Mayor Andy Foster chose to veto a commemoration of the Nakba, the ongoing ethnic cleansing and genocide of the Palestinian people from their homeland, after "Foster took advice from Mfat" ( https://www.stuff.co.nz/dominion-post/ne... ).

Please provide all correspondence, emails, agendas, briefing notes, text messages etc
1) between MFAT and Mayor Foster and his office and the Wellington City Council.
2) within MFAT regarding this matter.
3) between MFAT and other government bodies/ministers.
4) between MFAT and foreign lobby groups, such as the 'Israeli' 'Embassy', American Embassy, 'Israel Institute of NZ', the so-called 'Indigenous Coalition for Israel', or individuals acting on behalf of foreign powers such as Juliet Moses.

Yours,
Mohammed Khan

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[UNCLASSIFIED]

Kia ora Mohammed Khan

 

Thank you for your OIA request received on 16 May 2022 for:

An article published today reports that Wellington Mayor Andy Foster chose
to veto a commemoration of the Nakba, the ongoing ethnic cleansing and
genocide of the Palestinian people from their homeland, after "Foster took
advice from Mfat" (
https://www.stuff.co.nz/dominion-post/ne...
).

 

Please provide all correspondence, emails, agendas, briefing notes, text
messages etc

1) between MFAT and Mayor Foster and his office and the Wellington City
Council.

2) within MFAT regarding this matter.

3) between MFAT and other government bodies/ministers.

4) between MFAT and foreign lobby groups, such as the 'Israeli' 'Embassy',
American Embassy, 'Israel Institute of NZ', the so-called 'Indigenous
Coalition for Israel', or individuals acting on behalf of foreign powers
such as Juliet Moses.

 

This email confirms receipt of your request and advises that we will
respond to it as soon as reasonably practicable, and in terms of the
timeframes and requirements of the OIA.

 

Please also be advised that the organisational impacts of implementing the
COVID-19 Protection Framework, together with the Ministry’s leadership of
the Government's response to Russia's invasion of Ukraine, mean that we
may have reduced capacity to process OIA requests. We will do our best to
make decisions on your OIA request as soon as practicably possible, and to
keep you informed of progress if there are likely to be delays.

 

For your information, the Chief Ombudsman has published updated guidance
on OIA requests during this time:

·       [1]Chief Ombudsman's statement on official information response
times during implementation of the COVID-19 Protection Framework

·       [2]FAQs about official information requests during COVID-19

 

Please note that our response letter to you (with your personal details
redacted), and any enclosed documents, may be published on the Ministry’s
website.

 

Ngâ mihi

 

Executive Services Division
New Zealand Ministry of Foreign Affairs & Trade | Manatû Aorere

 

 

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[UNCLASSIFIED]

 

Tēnā koe Mohammed Khan,

 

I am writing concerning your OIA request of 16 May 2022, below.

 

Please provide all correspondence, emails, agendas, briefing notes, text
messages etc

1) between MFAT and Mayor Foster and his office and the Wellington City
Council.

2) within MFAT regarding this matter.

3) between MFAT and other government bodies/ministers.

4) between MFAT and foreign lobby groups, such as the 'Israeli' 'Embassy',
American Embassy, 'Israel Institute of NZ', the so-called 'Indigenous
Coalition for Israel', or individuals acting on behalf of foreign powers
such as Juliet Moses.

 

This email is to advise that we will need to extend the time limit for
responding to you by 20 working days, to 13 July 2022. This is because of
both the:

·       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)(b) of the OIA refers)

·       responding to your amended request still necessitates review of a
large quantity of information, and meeting the original time limit would
unreasonably interfere with the operations of the Ministry (section
15A(1)(a) of the OIA refers)

However, if this process is completed before 13 July 2022, the response
will be sent to you as soon as possible.

 

Please also be advised that the organisational impacts of implementing the
COVID-19 Protection Framework, together with the Ministry’s leadership of
the Government's response to Russia's invasion of Ukraine, mean that we
may have reduced capacity to process OIA requests. We will do our best to
make decisions on your OIA request as soon as practicably possible, and to
keep you informed of progress if there are likely to be delays.

 

For your information, the Chief Ombudsman has published updated guidance
on OIA requests during this time:

o [1]Chief Ombudsman's statement on official information response times
during implementation of the COVID-19 Protection Framework
o [2]FAQs about official information requests during COVID-19

 

If you have any questions, you can contact us by email at:
[3]DM‑[email address]. You have the right to seek an investigation and
review by the Ombudsman of this decision by contacting
[4]www.ombudsman.parliament.nz or freephone 0800 802 602.

 

 

Ngā mihi

 

Executive Services Division
New Zealand Ministry of Foreign Affairs & Trade | Manatū Aorere

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[5]www.mfat.govt.nz | [6]www.safetravel.govt.nz

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