ANPR Tracking - Auror - Surveillance Device Warrants (re-request)

John Walter made this Official Information request to New Zealand Police

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From: John Walter

Dear New Zealand Police,

Another FYI user was recently refused several requests due to his excessive number of requests. I now seek a portion of the same information as he had originally. (

Please provide:

1. On what date did the Police first use the Auror or VIBE (vGRID) application to set up a live alert?

2. When was the first Surveillance Device Warrant (tracking warrant) applied for to use either Auror or VIBE (vGRID) as a tracking device?

3. How many tracking warrants have the Police applied for to use either Auror or VIBE (vGRID) as a tracking device? This information should be readily available in light of the on-line Search and Surveillance system portal used for warrant applications and reports.

4. How many Auror or VIBE (vGRID) live alerts have the Police set up?

5. Does Auror allow for a warrant number and case identifier to be entered with an ANPR search or live alert and what verification procedures (such as an email to a supervisor) are conducted to ensure the validity of a live alert request before data is available?

a. Please provide a screenshot of the Auror portal for entering a live alert.

6. How many audits have been completed for ANPR searches conducted by the police on third party hosted databases including Auror and VIBE (vGRID)?

a. In recent media statements to RNZ and the Herald the Police stated they conducted 327,000 ANPR checks last year alone. ( ( Please provide all information and correspondence from when this figure was obtained (presumably a dataset or audit?) and any further particulars of this figure (Was it only Police's ANPR checks or third party Auror & vGRID checks too)?

b. If an audit was conducted, please provide the figures for each type a ANPR search (retrospective vs live).

7. Have there been any investigations into the misuse of ANPR searches? How many, when, who by, and what was the search for?

8. The number of ANPR cameras providing data to the Police when they conduct retrospective or live ANPR searches through Auror and VIBE / vGRID, two companies which have contracted to the Police (and developed) a direct access portal exclusively for Police access.

a. This request is made pursuant to the Official Information Act 1982, s 2(5), where "any information held by an independent contractor engaged by any public organisation in his capacity as such contractor shall, for the purposes of this Act, be deemed to be held by the public organisation."

b. Alternatively, the request is made for information held directly by the police as provided in proposals or marketing materials.

Yours faithfully,
John Walter

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From: Ministerial Services
New Zealand Police

Tēnā koe John

I acknowledge receipt of your Official Information Act 1982 (OIA) request below, received by Police on 15 November 2022.

Your reference number is IR-01-22-35618.

You can expect a response to your request on or before 13 December 2022 unless an extension is needed.

Ngā mihi
Ministerial Services
Police National Headquarters

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From: John Walter

Dear Ministerial Services,

Have you got a response?

This is now overdue.

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From: Ministerial Services
New Zealand Police

Kia ora John

I can confirm that your request has been drafted and is currently progressing through the end portion of our internal consultation process. Although I am unable to confirm a release date at this stage, in normal circumstances this process can take up to ten working days.

Please accept our apologies for the delay in providing you with a response to your query, especially as it goes beyond the extended period of time. We are endeavouring to provide this to you as soon as possible.

Ngā mihi
Julián (He/Him)
Ministerial Services Advisor
NZ Police National Headqurters Wellington

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Kia ora

Please find attached the response to your Official Information Act
request, received by New Zealand Police on 15 November 2022.

Please accept our apologies for the delay in providing you with this

Kind regards, Brittany
Ministerial Services PNHQ





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