ANPR tracking - vGRID live / 'real time alerts' - new function?

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From: Manraj

Dear New Zealand Police,

Another user that I follow recently made this same request unsuccessfully. I am interested in the matter also and am now requesting the information as follows.


Detective Lynch, in relation to real time tracking via ANPR, stated:
"as of 3 months ago [June 2022] we are able to access the entirety of the ANPR network without needing to flag vehicles as stolen"


It has previously been stated that:
- only the stolen vehicle subset of the Vehicle of Interest (VOI) list on the NIA is shared with third party ANPR providers.
- vGRID was not been described as having a real time alert function in the Police user guide for non-stolen vehicles (as Auror does)
- Vehicle mounted ANPR cameras (police cars) do not link into ANPR databases (Auror & vGRID) and are only accessible through the boss system at the end / start of each shift for 48 hours. Police also stated that the VOI list for vehicle mounted ANPR is uploaded through the boss system at the end / start of a shift, not on a 15-minute cycle linked to the NIA like Auror and vGRID.

Questions and Information requested:
1. Are the Police now sharing more VOI lists than just the stolen vehicle subset?
2. Please expand on meant by "in its entirety". Include a list of what the "ANPR network" is comprised of.
3. There was no mention of real time / live alerts for sought vehicles (rather than stolen) in the vGRID police user guide, please provide any updated version of this and any information or material related to the new function.
4. Any information related to a difference of fact from that listed above. If there is substantive documents, emails, or material, please provide a list of all available.


It was also noted that new Auror features were proposed for trial in 2021, as suggested by OIA responses IR-01-22-27626 ( and IR-01-22-22232 ( The OPC also provided their feedback on this in August 2021.

Please provide:
5. Details on the "additional features". What were they?
6. Who provided expert opinions on the new features?
7. It is stated that several specific words of some acts required further consideration and advice during your considerations with the OPC and other experts. Please provide the specific words at issue and their respective section of statute.

Yours faithfully,

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From: Ministerial Services
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Tēnā koe Manraj

I acknowledge receipt of your Official Information Act 1982 (OIA) request below, received by Police on 22 November 2022.

Your reference number is IR-01-22-36335.

You can expect a response to your request on or before 20 December 2022 unless an extension is needed.

Ngā mihi
Ministerial Services
Police National Headquarters

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Please find attached the response to your Official Information Act
request, received by New Zealand Police on 22 November 2022.

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

Kind regards, Brittany
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