Photos taken in Wellington on 9-13 October

stuart yeatse made this Official Information request to New Zealand Police

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From: stuart yeatse

Dear New Zealand Police,

On the 10th and 11th of October 2017 there is an event in Wellington which in previous years has seen Police action against peace protesters, the NZDIA Weapons Expo.

I would like to request copies of written documents, reports, memos, plans, letters, notes, emails and draft documents and photography (including digital and conventional; still and video) held by the police now or at any time in the next month in relation to this event or to actions potentially believed to be directed towards it.

I would like the content in the highest quality available to the police. For photography, this means the highest resolution images with EXIF and other metadata; for documents this means original emails, word or PDF documents rather than scanned paper documents. Metadata in these documents is part of what I am requesting.

In the case that some material is refused due to on-going police action(s), I request a multiple-part response, that material not covered being sent as soon as practically possible, and that material covered as soon as the related action(s) has terminated.

I am a Wellington resident.

Yours faithfully,

stuart yeates

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New Zealand Police

Dear Mr Yeates

Your request of 7 October 2017 for the following information is being
processed pursuant to the Official Information Act 1982.  You asked:

 

On the 10th and 11th of October 2017 there is an event in Wellington which
in previous years has seen Police action against peace protesters, the
NZDIA Weapons Expo.

I would like to request copies of written documents, reports, memos,
plans, letters, notes, emails and draft documents and photography
(including digital and conventional; still and video)  held by the police
now or at any time in the next month in relation to this event or to
actions potentially believed to be directed towards it.

I would like the content in the highest quality available to the police.
For photography, this means the highest resolution images with EXIF and
other metadata; for documents this means original emails, word or PDF
documents rather than scanned paper documents. Metadata in these documents
is  part of what I am requesting.

In the case that some material is refused due to on-going police
action(s), I request a multiple-part response, that material not covered
being sent as soon as practically possible, and that material covered as
soon as the related action(s) has terminated.

 

Ministerial Services

Police National Headquarters / New Zealand Police / Nga Pirihimana O
Aotearoa

180 Molesworth Street, PO Box 3017, Wellington 6140  [1]www.police.govt.nz

 

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From: BANKS, Neil
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Hello Stuart

 

I refer to your OIA request dated 7^th October.

 

I note that you have made a broad request for written documents, reports,
memos, plans, letters, notes, emails and draft documents and photography.

 

In order to fulfil this request in full there would be a significant cost
of Police time as the operation was planned over a 6 month period and
involved almost 100 staff.

We wonder if you would be willing to make your request more specific which
will allow us to comply with it without delay and possible costs being
sought from you.

I would be willing to release a copy of the Operation Order with a few
redactions that remove information about Police tactics.

 

In regard to the Police photography there will be significant number of
photos and video that captures private individuals and would for privacy
reasons not be able to be released.

Also as there are a number of people charged and still facing criminal
proceedings much of the photographs and video may be required for
evidential purposes.

 

I would be happy to discuss further with you to enable us to meet your
request as soon as possible.

 

I look forward to hearing from you.

 

NGB

 

 

 

 

 

   

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Inspector Neil Banks
Operations Manager

Wellington District
Headquarters, 41 Victoria
Street, PO Box 693,
Wellington 6011.

DDI +64 4 3812104 | Ext 
49304 I MOB +64 21 1917743 

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From: stuart yeatse

To clarify my request, I'm happy to limit my request to:

(a) a copy of the Operation Order, as you suggest;
(b) copies of all photos that meet the requirements in your FAQ at https://web.archive.org/web/201704160509... and a count of how many photographs don't meet those requirements and why; and
(c) copies of any materials released to any other party under the OIA covered by the scope in the original request.

I would like the content in the highest quality available to the police. For photography, this means the highest resolution images with EXIF and other metadata; for documents this means original emails, word or PDF documents rather than scanned paper documents. Metadata in these documents is part of what I am requesting.

In the case that some material is refused due to on-going police action(s), I request a multiple-part response, that material not covered being sent as soon as practically possible, and that material covered as soon as the related action(s) has terminated.

Yours sincerely,

stuart yeates

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From: BANKS, Neil
New Zealand Police


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Hi Stu

 

Please see attached response to your OIA request.

 

Regards

 

NGB

 

 

 

   

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Inspector Neil Banks
Operations Manager

Wellington District
Headquarters, 41 Victoria
Street, PO Box 693,
Wellington 6011.

DDI +64 4 3812104 | Ext 
49304 I MOB +64 21 1917743 

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stuart yeatse left an annotation ()

I have laid a complaint with the Ombudsman.

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Richard left an annotation ()

Hello,
Is there an update on the Ombudsman investigation into withholding provisions being relied on?
I would be surprised that the withheld imagery could continue to be withheld per Section 9(2)(a), as the imagery would have been taken in publicly accessible areas.
The only imagery that could potentially be withheld would have been covertly captured, but this would be a Section 6 withholding provision.
I am contributing to an article on this subject matter, so would appreciate any update you may be able to provide.

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stuart yeatse left an annotation ()

The Ombudsman's reference is 467908. The last I've heard is on April 9 (with personal details removed):

Dear Dr Yeates

I refer to previous correspondence regarding this complaint.

The Chief Ombudsman received a report from the Police regarding its decision on 23 January 2018.

Due to the nature of the work that your complaint requires, it has been transferred to our Investigations team, where it is now awaiting allocation to an investigator to progress through to conclusion.

While I cannot give you a precise date as to when your complaint will be allocated, as that will be determined by the complaint closure rate and where your complaint sits in the queue, as soon as your complaint is allocated, the investigator whom is responsible will contact you to advise you of the planned course of action.

In the meantime, if the circumstances relating to your complaint change, please let us know by email at info@ombudsman.parliament.nz.

Kind regards

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stuart yeatse left an annotation ()

About a week ago I got this update:

Dear Dr Yeates
Official Information Act investigation – 467908
Decision on request for photos and video footage from NZDIA Expo protest
I write further to Leanne Stewart’s email of 9 April 2018, regarding your complaint about the Police decision on your request.
I have been asked to assist the Chief Ombudsman with this investigation. Please find my contact details below.
Having reviewed the file, it is evident that further enquiries will need to be made with the Police. I will be in touch again when there is progress to report but if you have any queries in the meantime, please feel free to contact me.
Regards,
Anna Down

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Thank you for updating this request.
I continue to be interested in any outcome that the Ombudsman comes to.

Kind regards

Richard

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New Zealand Police

Hello Dr YEATES

This email relates to your request for information relating to the NZDIA
Weapons Expo in Wellington on the 10^th and 11^thof October 2017.

I have 3x DVD disks containing MP4 and video files alongwith images which
are too large to be sent by email to your email address:
[1][FOI #6652 email]

Could I please arrange time and date with you for these disksto be
uplifted from Wellington Central Police Station?

Kind regards

Brendon Ronald                              

Official Information Requests

WELLINGTON DISTRICT

Level 5, 39 Victoria Street, Wellington

Mail to: c/- Level 5,

39 Victoria Street |PO Box 693         

Wellington 6011|DX: SX11220              

DDI: 04 381 2000

[2][email address]          

             

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From: stuart yeatse

Dear Brendon

Do these DVDs contain all material that meets my request criteria or has some material been withheld? If so, how much and why?

Yours faithfully,

stuart yeates

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stuart yeatse left an annotation ()

I have been contacted by the Office of the Ombudsman to see whether my complaint is resolved.

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From: WALKER, Clint
New Zealand Police


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Kia Ora Dr Yeates

 

This email is a follow up to the communication sent by Sgt Brendan Ronald
last week.

 

Can you please advise what is the preferred means by which the material
you requested an be made available to you.

 

Until I am notified of your preferences,  I have left the discs that
contain the images at the public counter of the Wellington central Police
station with a letter addressed to you enclosed.

 

Nga mihi

 

Clint Walker

 

Clint WALKER

Inspector

Operations group

District headquarters, Wellington
 

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M  +64 21 192 1794

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From: stuart yeatse

Dear WALKER, Clint,

Thank you Clint.

I should be down to collect during my lunch hour today.

Yours sincerely,

stuart yeates

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Luke left an annotation ()

It would be interesting to know whether all 166 photographs and 21 video clips of various length are included on the DVDs.

What was the Ombudsman's rationale for releasing or withholding any of the images and videos?

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stuart yeatse left an annotation ()

Notes:

Have received 3 DVDs from NZ Police with the photos and videos mentioned above.

The photos' EXIF data confirmed that they were sequential images from the same camera body with none missing from the sequence (except perhaps from the end, since there was no way of checking for that).

I have confirmed to the Ombudsman that I have received the the material and they have sent me the documentation confirming that they have closed the investigation (Case ID 467908).

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