Disarmament and arms control briefings

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From: Harold

Dear Office of Phil Twyford,

I would like to make a request for copies of the following briefings received by the minister in his role as Minister for Disarmament and Arms Control:

1) 7/12/2020 Approval for Foreign Military Aircraft to Land in New Zealand in 2021
2) 14/12/2020 First Meeting of Parties to the South Pacific Nuclear Free Zone Treaty
3) 15/12/2020 Addendum to Briefing on First Meeting of Parties to the South Pacific Nuclear Free Zone Treaty
4) 12/02/2021 Saudi Arabia: Export of Controlled Items
5) 16/02/2021 Proposed overflight by US Air Force B-52 aircraft
6) 16/02/2021 The Process for Considering Requests for Entry of Foreign Warships into New Zealand Internal Waters
7) 15/03/2021 Air New Zealand: Control and Export Status of US Navy Engines
8) 21/06/2021 Operation Burnham: National Detention Policy
9) 21/06/2021 Briefing for call with Hon Jeremiah Manele, Minister of Foreign Affairs and External Trade (Solomon Islands)
10) 18/10/2021 - Submission: United Nations General Assembly: First Committee on Disarmament and International Security
11) 6/12/2021 - Brief for Meeting - Pacific Roundtable on the Treaty on the Prohibition of Nuclear Weapons – Updated Briefing Materials
12) 08/12/2021 - Submission - Nuclear Non-Proliferation Treaty Review Conference – Aotearoa New Zealand Approach
13) 10/12/2021 - Brief for Meeting - Treaty of Rarotonga Consultative Committee – 15 December 2021, 11am-3pm
14) 23/12/2021 - Aide Memoire - Nuclear legacy in the Pacific – Advancing our work
15) Finally, in response to Written Parliamentary Question 43291 (2021): “What reports, briefings, memos, aides-memoire, notes or written advice, if any, has the Minister received about nuclear-armed submarines?” The minister replied “None to date, but I understand briefing is under preparation” (as at 23 September 2021). I would like to request a copy of the briefing referred to here.

Yours faithfully,

Harold

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Kia Ora Harold,

 

We acknowledge receipt of your official information request which we
received today for the following information;

 

1) 7/12/2020 Approval for Foreign Military Aircraft to Land in New Zealand
in 2021

2) 14/12/2020 First Meeting of Parties to the South Pacific Nuclear Free
Zone Treaty

3) 15/12/2020 Addendum to Briefing on First Meeting of Parties to the
South Pacific Nuclear Free Zone Treaty

4) 12/02/2021 Saudi Arabia: Export of Controlled Items

5) 16/02/2021 Proposed overflight by US Air Force B-52 aircraft

6) 16/02/2021 The Process for Considering Requests for Entry of Foreign
Warships into New Zealand Internal Waters

7) 15/03/2021 Air New Zealand: Control and Export Status of US Navy
Engines

8) 21/06/2021 Operation Burnham: National Detention Policy

9) 21/06/2021 Briefing for call with Hon Jeremiah Manele, Minister of
Foreign Affairs and External Trade (Solomon Islands)

10) 18/10/2021 - Submission: United Nations General Assembly: First
Committee on Disarmament and International Security

11) 6/12/2021 - Brief for Meeting - Pacific Roundtable on the Treaty on
the Prohibition of Nuclear Weapons – Updated Briefing Materials

12) 08/12/2021 - Submission - Nuclear Non-Proliferation Treaty Review
Conference – Aotearoa New Zealand Approach

13) 10/12/2021 - Brief for Meeting - Treaty of Rarotonga Consultative
Committee – 15 December 2021, 11am-3pm

14) 23/12/2021 - Aide Memoire - Nuclear legacy in the Pacific – Advancing
our work

15) Finally, in response to Written Parliamentary Question 43291 (2021):
“What reports, briefings, memos, aides-memoire, notes or written advice,
if any, has the Minister received about nuclear-armed submarines?” The
minister replied “None to date, but I understand briefing is under
preparation” (as at 23 September 2021). I would like to request a copy of
the briefing referred to here.

 

 

We will endeavour to respond to your request as soon as possible and in
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Regards,

 

Office of Hon Phil Twyford

Minister for Disarmament & Arms
Control | Minister of State for
Trade & Export Growth

Associate Minister for the
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Immigration

MP for Te Atatū
Private Bag 18-041, Parliament
Buildings, Wellington 6160 |
[2][email address

Phone: (04) 817 9794

 

 

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Dear Harold,

Please see attached a letter from Minister Twyford.

Yours sincerely,

Office of Hon. Phil Twyford
Minister for Disarmament & Arms Control | Minister of State for Trade & Export Growth
Associate Minister for the Environment | Associate Minister of Immigration
MP for Te Atatū
Private Bag 18-041, Parliament Buildings, Wellington

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Kia ora Harold

 

Please find attached a response to your Official Information Act (OIA)
request from the Minister of Foreign Affairs to your email of 1 August
2022.

 

Ngā mihi

 

 

Foreign Affairs Private Secretary

 

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Minister of Foreign Affairs |
Minister of Local Government |
Associate Minister for Māori
Development

DDI: +64 4 817 8711

Private Bag 18041, Parliament
Buildings, Wellington 6160, New
Zealand

 

 

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From: Hon Phil Twyford

Dear Harold,

Thank you for your email of 1 August 2022 in which you request the following under the Official Information Act 1982 (OIA):

I would like to make a request for copies of the following briefings received by the minister in his role as Minister for Disarmament and Arms Control:

2) 14/12/2020 First Meeting of Parties to the South Pacific Nuclear Free Zone Treaty
3) 15/12/2020 Addendum to Briefing on First Meeting of Parties to the South Pacific Nuclear Free Zone Treaty
9) 21/06/2021 Briefing for call with Hon Jeremiah Manele, Minister of Foreign Affairs and External Trade (Solomon Islands)
10) 18/10/2021 - Submission: United Nations General Assembly: First Committee on Disarmament and International Security
11) 6/12/2021 - Brief for Meeting - Pacific Roundtable on the Treaty on the Prohibition of Nuclear Weapons – Updated Briefing Materials
12) 08/12/2021 - Submission - Nuclear Non-Proliferation Treaty Review Conference – Aotearoa New Zealand Approach
13) 10/12/2021 - Brief for Meeting - Treaty of Rarotonga Consultative Committee – 15 December 2021, 11am-3pm
14) 23/12/2021 - Aide Memoire - Nuclear legacy in the Pacific – Advancing our work

On 29 August 2022, due to the necessity for further consultation and review, the timeframe for responding to your request was extended by 20 working days, to 27 September 2022. Thank you for your patience while this process was completed.

This email advises that a set of documents will be released to you. Some portions of the documents are being withheld under the following sections of the OIA:
6(a): to avoid prejudicing the security or defence of New Zealand or the international relations of the New Zealand Government;
6(b)(i): to protect the passing of information from another government on a confidential basis;
9(2)(a): to protect individuals’ privacy; and
9(2)(g)(i): to protect the free and frank expression of opinions by departments.

Where information has been withheld under section 9 of the OIA, no public interest in releasing the information has been identified that would override the reasons for withholding it.
Please note that documents two and three of your OIA request were the same document, a reporting error caused this to be recorded under two separate names. Therefore seven documents will be provided to you.
The relevant documents are in the final stages of preparation, and will be sent to you as soon as possible.
You have the right to seek an investigation and review by the Ombudsman of this decision by contacting www.ombudsman.parliament.nz or freephone 0800 802 602.

Yours sincerely,

Office of Hon. Phil Twyford
Minister for Disarmament & Arms Control | Minister of State for Trade & Export Growth Associate Minister for the Environment | Associate Minister of Immigration MP for Te Atatū Private Bag 18-041, Parliament Buildings, Wellington

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