Recognition of Myanmar over Burma

Joshua Grainger made this Official Information request to Ministry of Foreign Affairs and Trade

The request was successful.

From: Joshua Grainger

Dear Ministry of Foreign Affairs and Trade,

It was revealed in the press recently that New Zealand has recognized the country that John Key has recently visited as Myanmar. This was apparently a reversal of a policy decision two years ago to intead recognize the country as Burma. I would like to request under the Official Information Act some information related to this.

I would like to request:

* Any Cabinet papers, briefings, reports, aide memoire, or other such documents on the recent decision to recognize Myanmar over Burma

* Any Cabinet papers, briefings, reports, aide memoire, or other such documents on the decision of approximately two years ago to recognize Burma over Myanmar

If my request is big enough to trigger a s18(f) refusal or a charge (or if it is just easier), I would like to instead request a list of the titles of documents and dates so that I can narrow down my request. If any documents are withheld in full I would also like to instead request the titles and dates of these documents.

Feel free to contact me if you wish me to clarify my request. I've had problems with emails not being received by MFAT before, so can I please have an acknowledgement email?

Yours faithfully,

Joshua Grainger

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From: MORRIS, Janet (IMD/ESD)
Ministry of Foreign Affairs and Trade


Dear Joshua

Thank you for your OIA request which has been directed to the relevant area within the Ministry of Foreign Affairs and Trade to answer.

Kind regards

Janet Morris
Ministry of Foreign Affairs and Trade
Private Bag 18 901
195 Lambton Quay
Level 15 | HSBC Tower | Wellington
P + 04 439 8195 | X 8195

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From: Joshua Grainger

Dear MORRIS, Janet (IMD/ESD),

Can I please have an update on the status of my OIA request? According to the Ombudsman's calculator a response was due on the 21st of December, and it has now been a month since then.

Yours sincerely,

Joshua Grainger

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G Christian left an annotation ()

You should request a review.

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Joshua Grainger left an annotation ()

I've got a complaint in with the Ombudsman at the moment.

I suspect that there maybe a political motive for withholding: I filed a complaint in January, and in my experience delay-denial complaints are resolved rather quickly.

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Good Afternoon,


Please find attached a response to your OIA request from Hon Murray




Aimee Crooks



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Minister of Foreign Affairs | Minister for Sport and Recreation

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