New Zealand War Reserve Equipment

Simon Ewing-Jarvie made this Official Information request to Ministry of Defence

The request was partially successful.

From: Simon Ewing-Jarvie

Dear Ministry of Defence,
I request a summary of the type, nature and quantity of all military and related service platforms, equipment and items currently held in war reserve or similar status. I also request any documents relating to New Zealand's war reserve between 1 October 2008 and the date of your reply to this request.

Yours faithfully,

Simon Ewing-Jarvie

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Dear Mr Ewing-Jarvie

Thank you for your Official Information Act request. Please find attached a transfer letter.

Kind regards

Analyst, Ministry of Defence

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Simon Ewing-Jarvie left an annotation ()

MoD has transferred this to NZDF on 19 Sep.

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Good afternoon Mr Ewing-Jarvie
Please find attached a response to your request of 16 September 2018:
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Richard left an annotation ()

It does not look as though NZDF looked to engage on its concern that the second part of your request was broad and could therefore be refused per section 18. This lack of engagement goes against the Ombudsman's guidelines and expectations prior to relying on refusing requests on substantial collation and research.
The reason for relying on section 6 also looks weak, but it is probably another aspect that would attract a section 6 withholding provision. I doubt the NZDF would publicize exactly what it holds in reserves - for national security reasons.

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Simon Ewing-Jarvie left an annotation ()

The substantive part of the information request was to confirm that there are no hardware reserve stocks. I'll be posting an article about our lack of a war reserve on later today. The response to the second part of the question, regarding documents, was predictably weak. I will be redirecting that part to the Defence Minister. Thanks

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