Account of Mr Key's personal detail in regards to the Ponytail pulling.

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From: Mathew H

Dear New Zealand Police,

I would like to receive an account of what happened from the security detail that had escorted the Prime Minister on Saturday, 28th February to the cafe where the alleged pony tail pulling happened.

I would like to seek this to clarify the validity of the account made by the victim.

Please consider this request urgent.

Yours faithfully,


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From: Mathew H

Dear New Zealand Police,

You are required to respond under law. I look forward to further communication.

Yours faithfully,

Matthew H

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From: MCMAHON, Teresa
New Zealand Police

Dear Matthew H


I refer to your request dated 23 May. You refer in the title of your
request to "An account of Mr Key's personal detail in regards to the
Ponytail pulling."  It is unclear what information you are seeking that
might be held by Police.  


In addition in order to satisfy itself that you are eligible under section
12 of the Official Information Act 1982, Police requests that you provide
supporting information as to eligibility, such as your NZ postal address,
personal email address indicating a NZ domain, NZ phone number on which I
can contact you, or any identity documentation. I would be happy to
receive further information by post, email or phone (my contact details
are below). 


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Teresa McMahon

Ministerial Services

Police National Headquarters

PO Box 3017


O4 474 9499




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