Inquiry Regarding UAP and UFO Phenomena

Andrew Arkins made this Official Information request to Nanaia Mahuta

Nanaia Mahuta did not have the information requested.

From: Andrew Arkins

Dear Nanaia Mahuta,

I hope this message finds you well. I am writing to kindly request information on the Unidentified Aerial Phenomena (UAP) and Unidentified Flying Object (UFO) phenomena within the scope of the New Zealand Ministry of Foreign Affairs.

As an individual with a keen interest in matters of national security and international relations, I am intrigued by recent discussions surrounding UAP and UFO sightings globally. In light of this, I would greatly appreciate your assistance in providing clarity on the following points:

1. The New Zealand government's official stance or policy on investigating and reporting UAP and UFO incidents.

2. Any available data, reports, or documentation related to UAP and UFO sightings in New Zealand airspace.

3. Any collaborative efforts or engagements with international counterparts on the matter.

4. Procedures in place for reporting and documenting UAP and UFO incidents by civilian or military personnel.

I understand that the UAP and UFO phenomena are complex topics that may involve sensitive information. However, I believe that addressing these inquiries would contribute to a better understanding of these occurrences and their potential implications. Your insights would be invaluable in helping to shed light on this matter.

If there are specific channels or departments within the Ministry that handle inquiries of this nature, I kindly request guidance on how to proceed.

Thank you for your attention to this matter. Your time and consideration are greatly appreciated. I look forward to your response at your earliest convenience.

Yours faithfully,

Andrew Arkins

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From: N Mahuta (MIN)
Nanaia Mahuta

Tçnâ koe,

On behalf of Hon Nanaia Mahuta,
thank you for your email.  Please accept this as acknowledgement that your
email has been received by my office.

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Thank you for the taking the time to write.

Nga mihi,


Office of Hon Nanaia Mahuta

Minister of Foreign Affairs | Minister of Disarmament and Arms Control,
Minister for Mâori Development

DDI: 04 817 8711

Private Bag 18041, Parliament Buildings, Wellington 6160, New Zealand


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From: N Mahuta (MIN)
Nanaia Mahuta

Tēnā koe Andrew,

I acknowledge receipt of your official information request dated Thursday 10 August.

We received your request on Thursday 10 August. We will endeavour to respond to your request as soon as possible and in any event no later than Thursday 7 September, being 20 working days after the day your request was received. If we are unable to respond to your request by then, we will notify you of an extension of that timeframe.

If you have any queries, please feel free to contact our office. If any additional factors come to light which are relevant to your request, please do not hesitate to contact us so that these can be taken into account.

Ngā mihi

Office of Hon Nanaia Mahuta
Elizabeth Nickel
Private Secretary Executive Support | Office of Hon Nanaia Mahuta
DDI: 04 817 8711
Private Bag 18041, Parliament Buildings, Wellington 6160, New Zealand
Authorised by Hon Nanaia Mahuta, Parliament Buildings, Wellington

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Kia ora Andrew Arkins


Please find attached a response to your OIA request from the Minister of
Foreign Affairs to your email of 10 August 2023.


Ngā mihi nui,



Foreign Affairs Private Secretary


Office of Hon Nanaia Mahuta
Minister of Foreign Affairs | Minister for Disarmament and Arms Control |

Associate Minister for Māori Development

Private Bag 18041, Parliament Buildings, Wellington 6160, New Zealand

DDI: +64 4 817 8711



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