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Andrew Riddell made this Official Information request to Winston Peters

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From: Andrew Riddell

Dear Winston Peters,

Please provide all copies of all assessments, reports, cabinet papers, emails, phone and meeting records and all other documentation since October 7 2023 relating to the very recent decision to extend the 'terrorist' designation to the social services part of the Palestinian organisation commonly known as Hamas.

Nga mihi,

Andrew Riddell

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From: Winston Peters (MIN)
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From: Winston Peters (MIN)
Winston Peters

Dear Andrew Riddell,

I acknowledge receipt of your Official Information Act (OIA) request dated 29 February 2024, in which you requested the following:

"Please provide all copies of all assessments, reports, cabinet papers, emails, phone and meeting records and all other documentation since October 7 2023 relating to the very recent decision to extend the 'terrorist' designation to the social services part of the Palestinian organisation commonly known as Hamas."

We received your request on 29 February 2024. We will endeavour to respond to your request as soon as possible and in any event no later than 28 March, 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 Andrew Riddell

 

Please find attached a letter regarding your OIA request of 29 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: Andrew Riddell

Dear Minister of Foreign Affairs

I have read the reply received today dated 8 March 2024 to my information request of 29 February.

I am concerned that there appears to be a pattern in responses by the Ministry of Foreign Affairs and Trade and, now, from the Minister of Foreign Affairs to threaten to refuse to provide requested information unless the requesting party agrees to a reduced scope request which suits the Ministry or Minister as the case may be.

This is not consistent with the principle of availability set out in the Official Information Act. Providing information is not to be determined by what is convenient to provide by a ministry/minister.

Therefore I do not agree to reduce the scope of the request, although I no longer require copies of the documents linked at the end of your letter dated 8 March 2024.

Cheers,

Andrew Riddell

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From: Winston Peters (MIN)
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Dear Andrew Riddell

 

Please find attached a letter regarding your OIA request of 29 February
2024 to the Minister of Foreign Affairs.

 

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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Andrew Riddell left an annotation ()

Have had two responses so far. The first was to say the request was too broad and wanting its scope reduced to what they were happy to release.

I did not agree to this so within 24 hours the request is transferred to the PM.

I strongly suspect a reluctance to answer the request resulting in delaying tactics on the government's part.

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Andrew Riddell left an annotation ()

I have made several information requests to this government re Israel's genocidal actions.

The repsonses follow the same pattern. First, seek to reduce the scope of the request. Second, extend the time to respond because consultation.

Rinse and repeat for each request.

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