ANPR alert's lawfulness? - Operation HIKING Documents (Northland COVID Women)

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From: M B

Dear New Zealand Police,

In the recent OIA response related to Operation HIKING, page 344 it is stated that the women the "stolen" NIA alert for women's vehicle was entered on 14/10/2021 at 8.12 am. On page 201 it is then stated that the stolen alert was removed by detective Murray Spiers on 29/10/2021 (14 days later).

In response to several media requests in the previous weeks, the Police have stated that this alert was lawful under the emergency powers of the search and surveillance act to prevent public health risks. Presumably the police are referring to s 48(2)(b) emergency powers relying on s 14(2)(b): a risk to life or safety that requires an emergency response.

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1. How many hours was the 'stolen' alert on the vehicle which the Police were live tracking?

2. What "lawful" statutory power were the police exercising to track the women?

3. Was a report, required by the Search and Surveillance act, s 60, provided to a judge within a month of exercising the s 48 emergency powers to use the tracking device?

4. If so, please provide a redacted copy.

5. if there were multiple vehicles listed as 'stolen' please provide the above information for each.

Yours faithfully,

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Tēnā koe Mason

I acknowledge receipt of your Official Information Act 1982 (OIA) request below, received by Police on 29 September 2022.

Your reference number is IR-01-22-29982.

You can expect a response to your request on or before 28 October 2022 unless an extension is needed.

Ngā mihi
Ministerial Services
Police National Headquarters

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