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Correspondence relating to Gaza

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From: Ms. Anderson

Tēnā koe Rt Hon Minister Peters,

Thank you for your response on 29 January 2024 relating to correspondence received about Gaza.

I would like to make a follow up request for all correspondence that you or your office has received in your capacity as Minister of Defence from the date of my last request (10 December 2023) to today, 3 February 2024 (correspondence meaning any emails and physical mail), relating to the below subjects. Please provide separate numbers for correspondence in support of Palestine vs those that are in support of Israel.

Subjects of interest:

- Gaza
- Palestine
- Israel's actions towards Gaza/Palestine
- Operations in the Red Sea, or against Yemeni Houthi rebels.

Regarding phone calls received by the Minister's office, is there a process by which concerns relating to the Minister's portfolios are relayed to him? If there is, can you please describe this?

Thank you,

Ms. Anderson

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From: Winston Peters (MIN)
Winston Peters

Dear Correspondent  

 

Thank you for contacting Rt Hon Winston Peters, Deputy Prime Minister,
Minister of Foreign Affairs and Minister for Racing.  

 

The Deputy Prime Minister considers all correspondence important and
appreciates you taking the time to write.   

 

Please note that since the Deputy Prime Minister receives a large amount
of correspondence, it is not always possible to personally reply to all
emails. 

 

The following guidelines apply: 

 

·         Invitations and requests to meet with the Deputy Prime Minister
will be processed as soon as possible and a staff member will be in
contact with you in due course. 

·         Media queries will be responded to by a staff member. 

·         Requests for official information will be managed in accordance
with provisions of the Official Information Act 1982, which may include
transfer to a more relevant Minister or agency. 

·         If your email falls outside of the Deputy Prime Minister's
portfolio responsibilities, expresses a personal view, or is copied to
multiple Members of Parliament, then your opinion will be noted and your
correspondence may be transferred to another office, or there may be no
further response to you. 

·         If your correspondence is to the Minister as the Member of
Parliament or Party Leader of New Zealand First, this may be referred to
the New Zealand First Leader’s office. 

 

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Regards 

 

The Office of Rt Hon Winston Peters

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Dear Ms. Anderson, 

I acknowledge receipt of your Official Information Act (OIA) request dated
3 February 2024, in which you requested the following: 

“I would like to make a follow up request for all correspondence that you
or your office has received in your capacity as Minister of Defence from
the date of my last request (10 December 2023) to today, 3 February 2024
(correspondence meaning any emails and physical mail), relating to the
below subjects. Please provide separate numbers for correspondence in
support of Palestine vs those that are in support of Israel.

 Subjects of interest:

 - Gaza

- Palestine

- Israel's actions towards Gaza/Palestine

- Operations in the Red Sea, or against Yemeni Houthi rebels.

Regarding phone calls received by the Minister's office, is there a
process by which concerns relating to the Minister's portfolios are
relayed to him? If there is, can you please describe this?”

We received your request on 5 February 2024. We will endeavour to respond
to your request as soon as possible and in any event no later than 5 March
2024, 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.

Kind regards, 

Private Secretary.

Office of Rt Hon Winston Peters
Deputy Prime Minister

Minister of Foreign Affairs |

Minister for Racing |

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

 

 

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Dear Ms Anderson

 

Further to your email of 3 February, we would appreciate clarification
that:

 

 a. your OIA request is indeed to the Minister of Foreign Affairs not
Minister of Defence as noted in your request? 

 

 b. if your request is to the Minister of Foreign Affairs, please confirm
that you are wanting details on the number of correspondence received,
rather than the physical letters/emails?

 

 

Thanks and regards

 

Foreign Affairs Private Secretary

 

Office of Rt Hon Winston Peters

Deputy Prime Minister |

Minister of Foreign Affairs | Minister for Racing |

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

 

 

 

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From: Ms. Anderson

Tēnā koe,

Thanks for seeking clarification. I had meant to write Minister of Foreign Affairs. Can you please define your use of correspondence? I would include emails and physical mail under correspondence.

Thank you,

Ms. Anderson

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From: Ms. Anderson

Kia ora,

Could you please provide an update on the status of this request? I would like to know the number of correspondence received, counting both emails and physical mail.

Nā,

Ms. Anderson

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Dear Ms Anderson,

 

Per your last correspondence dated 9 February 2024, in which you clarified
that your original request was to the Minister for Foreign Affairs, I can
advise that we will respond as soon as possible and, in any event, no
later than 8 March 2024, being 20 working days after the day the request
was received. 

 

Kind regards, 

Private Secretary. 

 

Office of Rt Hon Winston Peters
Deputy Prime Minister

Minister of Foreign Affairs |

Minister for Racing |

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

 

 

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Dear Ms Anderson

 

Please find attached a letter regarding your OIA request of 3 February
2024.

 

Kind regards

 

Foreign Affairs Private Secretary

 

Office of Rt Hon Winston Peters

Deputy Prime Minister |

Minister of Foreign Affairs | Minister for Racing |

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

 

 

 

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Dear Ms Anderson

 

Please find attached a response from the Minister of Foreign Affairs to
your email of 3 February 2024.

 

Kind regards

 

Foreign Affairs Private Secretary

 

Office of Rt Hon Winston Peters

Deputy Prime Minister |

Minister of Foreign Affairs | Minister for Racing |

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

 

 

 

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From: Ms. Anderson

Tēnā koe,

Thank you for your reply. Can you please confirm that the aspect of this request that warrants refusal under section 18(f) is identifying the number correspondence of the total that are in support of Palestine vs Israel? I note that the office was able to answer my previous OIA for the number of correspondence relating to Gaza without this differentiation.

Nā,

Ms. Anderson

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Dear Ms Anderson

 

Thank you for your follow-up query.

 

Yes, that is correct. We are unable to provide a breakdown of
correspondence along the lines you have requested, as providing resource
to do so would have an unreasonable impact on this office's ability to
carry out its other functions. This part of your request was therefore
refused under section 18(f) of the OIA, as the information requested
cannot be made available without substantial collation or research.

 

Kind regards

 

Foreign Affairs Private Secretary

 

Office of Rt Hon Winston Peters

Deputy Prime Minister |

Minister of Foreign Affairs | Minister for Racing |

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

 

 

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