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CFIUS/'excepted foreign state investor' documentation

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From: Ali Anwar

Dear Ministry of Foreign Affairs and Trade,

Earlier this year, you announced that New Zealand had been added to a list of 'CFIUS Excepted Foreign States' by the US government. This addition eased legal requirements that made it more costly for 'dual' citizens like Peter Thiel and Larry Page to invest in corporations connected to the US intelligence establishment.

Section 800.1001 of US CFR Title 31 specifies that states which wish to attain this status must abrogate their sovereignty and allow US intelligence to further surveil their citizens and corporations.

I am requesting:
* all documents relating to the decision to pursue this status
* all documents relating to the concessions made as part of this negotiation
* any communications with 'New Zealand citizens' and their representatives lobbying for this change- including those from paper citizens like Thiel and Page

Thanks,
Ali

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[UNCLASSIFIED]

Tēnā koe Ali Anwar,

 

I am writing concerning your OIA request below. This email is to advise
that we will need to extend the time limit for responding to you by 25
working days, to Friday 12 August 2022. This is because responding to your
request 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 Friday 12 August 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:

·             [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

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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Tēnā koe

 

Please see the attached correspondence regarding your recent Official
Information Act request.

 

Ngā mihi

 

Executive Services Division
New Zealand Ministry of Foreign Affairs & Trade | Manatū Aorere
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195 Lambton Quay, Private Bag 18901, Wellington 5045, New Zealand
[1]www.mfat.govt.nz | [2]www.safetravel.govt.nz

[3]cid:image002.png@01D6D7B1.EB2768A0

[4]www.mfat.govt.nz | [5]www.embassy.govt.nz | [6]www.aid.govt.nz |
[7]www.safetravel.govt.nz

 

 

From: ESD
Sent: Friday, 8 July 2022 10:42 am
To: [FOI #19627 email]
Subject: RE: Official Information request - CFIUS/'excepted foreign state
investor' documentation

 

Tēnā koe Ali Anwar,

 

I am writing concerning your OIA request below. This email is to advise
that we will need to extend the time limit for responding to you by 25
working days, to Friday 12 August 2022. This is because responding to your
request 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 Friday 12 August 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:

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

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

If you have any questions, you can contact us by email at:
[10]DM‑[email address]. You have the right to seek an investigation and
review by the Ombudsman of this decision by contacting
[11]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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195 Lambton Quay, Private Bag 18901, Wellington 5045, New Zealand

[12]www.mfat.govt.nz | [13]www.safetravel.govt.nz

[14]cid:image001.png@01D762BA.46DA26E0

 

 

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