Christchurch terror attacks situation reports

Scott made this Official Information request to New Zealand Police

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From: Scott

Dear New Zealand Police,

I would like to make a request for documents relating to Police’s support for the government response to the 2019 Christchurch terror attacks and memorial service (Operation Deans and Operation Unity).

A document recently released by DPMC refers to situation reports and intelligence summaries produced by Police National Headquarters for these operations and distributed across government:

“To support decision-making and situational awareness, a series of ‘situation reports’ and ‘intelligence summaries’, were released from the NCMC and the Police National Headquarters several times per day.”

The document can be accessed here (quote on page 12):

I would like to request copies of the following documents:

ONE: All situation reports and intelligence summaries produced by Police National Headquarters for Operations Deans and Unity, dated 15 March to 3 April 2019.

TWO: All other documents produced by Police and submitted to the Operations Deans and Unity ODESC meetings, dated 15 March and 3 April 2019.

Yours faithfully,


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From: Ministerial Services
New Zealand Police

Tēnā koe Scott

I refer to your request of 27 September 2022 for the below informaiton.

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 30 November 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 [email address].

Ngā mihi
Ministerial Services
New Zealand Police National Headquarters Wellington

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From: Scott

Dear New Zealand Police,

I am following up for an update on this request, which on 26 October you let me know would receive your response by 30 November. Can you please let me know when I can expect to receive your response?

Yours sincerely,


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