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Deradicalisation programme: He Aranga Ake business case, privacy impact assessment and other documents

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From: Harold

Dear New Zealand Police,

I would like to make a request for documents relating to the He Aranga Ake deradicalisation programme. I would like to request:

ONE: The He Aranga Ake Working Group Terms of Reference

TWO: The Business Case

THREE: The Privacy Impact Assessment

FOUR: Any presentations or reports submitted to the DPMC Counter Terrorism Coordination Committee or Security Intelligence Board on the topic of He Aranga Ake and its development, dated since the beginning of August 2021

FIVE: If any feedback on He Aranga Ake has been received from the Christchurch Royal Commission of Inquiry ministerial advisory group Kāpuia, I would like to request copies of it (e.g. a letter from the group containing feedback, or records of a meeting where feedback was supplied)

SIX: If any feedback on He Aranga Ake has been received from the Police Muslim Communities Reference Group, I would like to request copies of it as well

Yours faithfully,

Harold

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From: Ministerial Services
New Zealand Police

Tēnā koe  Harold

I acknowledge receipt of your Official Information Act 1982 (OIA) request.

 

Your reference number is IR-01-22- 25762.

You can expect a response to your request on or before 15 September 2022,
unless an extension is needed.

 

Ngā mihi

Sophie

Ministerial Services

Police National Headquarters

 

 

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Tēnā koe Harold

 

I refer to your request of 18 August 2022 for the following information:

 

I would like to make a request for documents relating to the He Aranga Ake
deradicalisation programme. I would like to request:

ONE: The He Aranga Ake Working Group Terms of Reference

TWO: The Business Case

THREE: The Privacy Impact Assessment

FOUR: Any presentations or reports submitted to the DPMC Counter Terrorism
Coordination Committee or Security Intelligence Board on the topic of He
Aranga Ake and its development, dated since the beginning of August 2021

FIVE: If any feedback on He Aranga Ake has been received from the
Christchurch Royal Commission of Inquiry ministerial advisory group
Kāpuia, I would like to request copies of it (e.g. a letter from the group
containing feedback, or records of a meeting where feedback was supplied)

SIX: If any feedback on He Aranga Ake has been received from the Police
Muslim Communities Reference Group, I would like to request copies of it
as well

 

I have been asked to advise you that Police requires an extension of time
in which to respond to your request, pursuant to section 15A(1) of the
Official Information Act 1982 (OIA). Specifically, section 15A(1)(b),
consultations necessary to make a decision on the request are such that a
proper response to the request cannot reasonably be made within the
original time limit.

 

Police requires until 27 October 2022 to provide a substantive response to
your request. We are endeavouring to provide this to you as soon as
possible.

You have the right, under section 28(3) of the OIA, to make a complaint to
an Ombudsman about this extension.

 

If you wish to discuss any aspect of your request with us, including this
decision, please feel free to contact
[1][email address].

 

Ngā mihi
Brittany

Ministerial Services
New Zealand Police National Headquarters Wellington

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subject to the provisions of section 50 of the Policing Act 2008, which
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are not the intended recipient of this message or have received this
message in error, you must not peruse, use, distribute or copy this
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Kia ora Harold,

 

Thank you for your request related to He Aranga Ake.

 

Work is progressing on your substantial request, as it requires
collaborating with a number of other groups and agencies. For this reason
you were advised last month that an extension was being applied to your
request to enable this work to occur.

 

Due to the wide nature of this request, I would also like to ensure you
meet the legislative provision under the Official Information Act, section
12 concerning who is entitled to request information. Could you please
provide a surname and personal email, for attaching to our Police response
records. Likewise I am also willing to speak to you on the phone, which
may help me understand the interest you have in this important work and
what you are seeking to learn more about. When He Aranga Ake becomes
operational, those we are seeking to help will need to feel confident of
their personal privacy and safe in the knowledge that they will not be
further stigmatised within society. For this reason, as per earlier
responses you can expect withholding provisions will be applied to the
information released.

 

Thank you in advance for your assistance in processing this request.

 

 

Ngā mihi

Fleur

 

Inspector Fleur de Bes
Prevention Manager: National Security (CT)
* Police National Headquarters | 180 Molesworth Street | PO Box 3017 |
Wellington 6011 DX SX11149

* Email: [1][email address] (021 192 2040

 

Äraia të he i ngä katoa / Taking every opportunity to prevent harm

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

   

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WARNING

The information contained in this email message is intended for the
addressee only and may contain privileged information. It may also be
subject to the provisions of section 50 of the Policing Act 2008, which
creates an offence to have unlawful possession of Police property. If you
are not the intended recipient of this message or have received this
message in error, you must not peruse, use, distribute or copy this
message or any of its contents.

Also note, the views expressed in this message may not necessarily reflect
those of the New Zealand Police. If you have received this message in
error, please email or telephone the sender immediately

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Mark Hanna left an annotation ()

It seems quite suspect for NZ Police to have only decided to challenge your eligibility under the OIA once 20 working days have passed. It makes me think they don't have a real interest in whether or not you are eligible, but are instead doing this as a stonewalling/intimidation tactic in an attempt to get you to withdraw your request.

The Ombudsman's guideline on requests made online contains a section on establishing eligibility: https://www.ombudsman.parliament.nz/reso...

"Agencies are entitled to make reasonable enquiries to satisfy themselves that a requester is eligible to make a request under the OIA. However, the eligibility requirement is not about imposing unnecessary barriers to legitimate requests. Agencies should only query eligibility if there is a genuine need to do so, and they should be mindful of their obligation to provide reasonable assistance to requesters. Time taken to confirm eligibility may mean less time is available for processing a request that is subsequently confirmed to be valid. With that in mind, agencies should endeavour to resolve any doubts about a requester’s eligibility as soon as possible."

"Even if the requester turns out to be ineligible to make a request under the OIA agencies should still provide a reasonable response... Agencies may also decide it doesn’t really matter whether the requester is eligible or not, because they’d be perfectly happy to supply the information to any person regardless of eligibility."

I suggest you consider complaining to the Ombudsman about this, as well as asking NZ Police why they consider there is a genuine need to ascertain your eligibility under the OIA.

In the vast majority of OIA requests sent to NZ Police on FYI, NZ Police don't demand that the requester prove their eligibility under the OIA. And, as you will of course be aware, NZ Police was quite happy to respond to an OIA request from you earlier this year without demanding that you prove your eligibility: https://fyi.org.nz/request/19184-new-tec...

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