Date of ministerial approvals for SAS deployment to Iraq during 2014-2015.

Jon Knox made this Official Information request to New Zealand Defence Force

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From: Jon Knox

Dear New Zealand Defence Force,

I seek to determine the dates of Ministerial approval for deployment of members of the NZ SAS to Iraq during the period between 1/1/2014, up to the current date.

I would also be interested in deployment dates & information pertaining to describe the scope of activities permitted for the same period.

Yours faithfully,

Jon Knox.

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From: Ministerial Services
New Zealand Defence Force

Attachment OIA 2015 2183 Knox SAS in Iraq Signed.pdf
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Dear Mr Knox,
I refer to your OIA request of 26 February 2015, in which you sought
information about the activities of the NZSAS. Please find attached a
response to your request.
Best regards,
Corporate and Ministerial Services
Office of the Chief of Defence Force
Freyberg House | New Zealand Defence Force
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Response indicates no Ministerial approval for a deployment of the NZSAS between 1 January 2014 and the present (3 March 2015).

Tends to suggest either Ministerial approval was provided outside the stated period, or perhaps that Ministerial approval is not required for deployments of this nature, or that the NZSAS has not been deployed to Iraq during the period specified.

If the NZSAS has been deployed to Iraq as I have heard suggested via the likes of Paul Buchanan & Jon Stephenson in public broadcasts, then the response provide to this OIA suggests that no Ministerial Approval was provided during the specific period stated in the request.

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