History of Estonian and New Zealand Diplomatic Relations

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From: Isla Stewart

To the Ministry of Foreign Affairs and Trade,

I write to request the following documents under the Official Information Act.

1. All correspondence from and to the Estonian government and their representatives since 1918 to present day.
2. Any working documents, papers, or records relating to foreign relations between New Zealand and Estonia.

Thank you in advance for your assistance.

Yours faithfully,

Isla Stewart

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From: ESD
Ministry of Foreign Affairs and Trade

[UNCLASSIFIED]

Kia ora Isla Stewart

 

Thank you for your OIA request received on 25 January 2023 for:

1. All correspondence from and to the Estonian government and their
representatives since 1918 to present day.

2. Any working documents, papers, or records relating to foreign relations
between New Zealand and Estonia.

 

This email confirms receipt of your request and advises that we will
respond to it as soon as reasonably practicable, and in terms of the
timeframes and requirements of the OIA.

 

Please note that our response letter to you (with your personal details
redacted), and any enclosed documents, may be published on the Ministry’s
website.

 

Ngâ mihi

 

Executive Services Division
New Zealand Ministry of Foreign Affairs & Trade | Manatû Aorere

 

 

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From: ESD
Ministry of Foreign Affairs and Trade

[UNCLASSIFIED]

Tēnā koe Isla Stewart

I am writing concerning your Official Information request below, to advise that responding to your request as currently framed would require the review of a significant amount of information.

As such, it is likely that your request will be refused under section 18(f) of the OIA, as it would require substantial collation and research.

Your request covers a time period of over 100 years, and lacks the due particularity required under the OIA (section 12(2) refers).

Can you please provide a refined request for the specific information you would like by Tuesday 7 February 2023? If we do not hear from you by this date, we will proceed with your original request.

Ngā mihi

Executive Services Division
New Zealand Ministry of Foreign Affairs & Trade | Manatū Aorere

195 Lambton Quay, Private Bag 18901, Wellington 5045, New Zealand
www.mfat.govt.nz | www.safetravel.govt.nz

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From: Isla Stewart

Kia ora,

Thanks for your response. Please update the OIA request to just the following:

- Documents issued between 1976 - 1978 related to the recognition of the Soviet annexation of Estonia.
- Documents related to recognition of Estonia in 1991.
- Communications between Estonia and New Zealand between 1921 and 1923.

Thanks in advance.

Yours sincerely,

Isla Stewart

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