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RFI surrounding the stationing of Singaporean aircraft in New Zealand

Alex Hill made this Official Information request to New Zealand Defence Force

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From: Alex Hill

Dear New Zealand Defence Force,

It is understood that the New Zealand Defence Force has undertaken a study whether or not it is feasible for Republic of Singapore Air Force (RSAF) aircraft to be based out of RNZAF Base Ohakea. Under the Official Information Act I ask for the following information to be handed over -

1 - The Office itself
1.1 - The name, organisational structure and budget of the investigating office or team;
1.2 - The Terms of Reference developed for the study;
1.3 - All communications between this office and any service persons present at Base Ohakea; for the sole purpose of the feasibility study;
1.4 - All communications between this office and any headquarters staff (CDF, VCDF, CAF, CN, CA, COMJFNZ and it's components);

Note: For point 1.1 above, organisational structure is to include internal structure (roles, sub-offices) and the office's external reporting structure.

2 - The Study itself
2.1 - The final report, any interim report or briefing provided to headquarters staff, other internal Directorates, Ministries or Ministers;
2.2 - All briefings on the study provided to personnel at RNZAF Base Ohakea (such as the Base Commander/XO/Adj.);
2.3 - All communications surrounding the results of the study;

3 - Other
3.1 - All communications between the Defence Directorate of Security (DDS) and the investigating office;
3.1.1 - Including but not limited to briefings, meetings, emails etc.
3.2 - All communications between any Defence Intelligence directorates/units and the investigating office;
3.2.1 - Including but not limited to briefings, meetings, emails etc.
3.3 - All communications between Defence Public Affairs and the office;

I understand that some of the information that I've requested may be classified. I request that every effort is made to either redact or declassify due to the significant public interest in this case. If significant information is withheld, the Ombudsman will be contacted.

I also expect names of personnel to be withheld, which is perfectly fair. However, I ask that any ranks are left in the communications, so that it can be distinguished at what strategic level that comment is being made. With regard to the names of the personnel within the Office (Para 1), I am more than satisfied with rank only.

In the context of this document, communications is to mean any information sharing between two parties through any medium (digital or physical).

With regards to my eligibility to make a request under the OIA; I am a New Zealand citizen currently living in New Zealand.

Yours faithfully,

Alex Hill

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From: Alex Hill

Dear New Zealand Defence Force,

You have failed to respond to my request within the time period detailed in the Official Information Act. You have also failed to notify me of any extensions, or any reasonable excuse as to why the information has not been provided to me.

This OIA will now be referred to the Ombudsman. I believe it is important to hold the NZDF to account when answering to the public.

I eagerly await your response to my request.

Yours faithfully,

Alex Hill

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Alex Hill left an annotation ()

The Ombudsman has been notified of the delay in answering the request.

It's fairly typical of the NZDF to have compiled the response on time, but fail to release it to the requestor within the time period. I suspect that is what's happened here, as that's been the case with at least three requests I've made in the past.

The fact that the Ombudsman has been involved should fix things.

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Alex Hill left an annotation ()

Further to my previous annotation, I'll be launching another Official Information Act request seeking all communications relating to this OIA.
I'll annotate in a link when this is done.

The Office of the Ombudsman has also confirmed that the OIA request is under investigation.

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