This is an HTML version of an attachment to the Official Information request 'Communication between private contractors, or subcontractors, and Police regarding He Aranga Ake and Know the Signs'.

26 September 2023 
[FYI request #24024 email] 
Dear John 
Request for information 
Thank you for your Official Information Act 1982 (OIA) request of 3 September 2023. You 
I am requesting the correspondence between paid or unpaid parties (such as 
individuals and organisations listed below) and New Zealand Police (or any 
associated organisations such as CTAG) as it pertains to 'He Aranga Ake' or 
'Know the Signs' 
I am specifical y interested in any correspondence between these individuals 
or organisations and Police 
In relation to the part of your request that seeks all correspondence regarding He Aranga 
Ake, this would require Police to examine large volumes of communications, estimated to 
be more than 10,000 items. Each of these, once identified and collected, would require 
careful examination, including review and consultation with multiple partner agencies. 
This work could only be conducted by the smal  Police team responsible for He Aranga 
Ake and would endanger the delivery of the programme over the time this work might 
take. Police considers this information cannot be made available without substantial 
collation and is therefore withheld under section 18(f) of the OIA. 
If you provide contact details that al ow Police to directly discuss this matter with you it 
may be possible to identify a way to refine your request to one Police is able to meet, and 
that wil  satisfy your requirements. 
In relation to the part of your request that seeks all correspondence between Police and 
other entities as it pertains to the NZSIS publication “Know the Signs”, Police considers 
the information sought would expose sensitive information about operational tradecraft 
and methodology and is therefore withheld under section 6(a) of the OIA, where the 
release would be likely to prejudice the security of New Zealand. Police also considers  
this information includes the free and frank expression of opinions between employees of 
a department or organisation in the course of their duty, and therefore also withholds this 
information under section 9(2)(g)(i) of the OIA to maintain the effective conduct of public 
Police considers the interests requiring protection by withholding the information are not 
outweighed by any public interest in release of the information. 

You have the right to seek an investigation and review by the Ombudsman of this 
decision. Information about how to make a complaint is available at or freephone 0800 802 602. 
Yours sincerely 
Sean Hansen 
Detective Superintendent 
New Zealand Police