Results of an Internal Affairs probe into false passports found on the property of Wayne Thomas Patterson.

Andrew kelly made this Official Information request to Department of Internal Affairs

The request was successful.

From: Andrew kelly

Dear Department of Internal Affairs,

On the 26th October 2006, the New Zealand Police executed a search warrant on the property of - subsequently-convicted benefit fraudster - Wayne Thomas Patterson in Massey, Auckland.

During the course of this search, the media reported the New Zealand Police had found a 'number' of New Zealand passports. It was also stated at the time that a probe would begin into how Wayne Thomas Patterson had obtained these 'different' passports.

However, the Department of Internal Affairs later announced - on 5th November 2006 - that, in fact, no false New Zealand passports had been found.

I would like to obtain a copy of the results of this 'probe', please.

On the understanding that this would have no effect on the outcome of any current court cases as Wayne Thomas Patterson pleaded guilty on all charges (November 2006) - and was subsequently sentenced to prison (October 2007).

Yours faithfully,

Andrew kelly

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From: passports NZ
Department of Internal Affairs

Dear Andrew

Thank you for your email.

Due to the nature of your enquiry, your email has been forwarded to a senior staff member who will respond within 15 working days.

Our Contact Centre is open Monday - Thursday 8.00am - 10.00pm; Friday 9.00am - 10.00pm and Saturday 9.00am - 2.00pm.

If you have any further enquiries, please contact us again by email or phone Call Free (NZ) 0800 22 50 50, or if overseas (+64 4) 463 9360 or visit our website:

Kind regards
Sarah Woodward
Client Information Officer - Kaipûrongo Kiritaki
Passport Office - Uruwhenua
Department of Internal Affairs - Te Tari Taiwhenua

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From: Lesley Tse
Department of Internal Affairs

Attachment OIA 27 Andrew Kelly.pdf
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Dear Andrew


Please find attached the response to your recent OIA request in relation
to false passports issued to Wayne Thomas Patterson.



Yours sincerely





Lesley Tse

Business Support Officer

Passports Uruwhenua

Service Delivery and Operations

The Department of Internal Affairs  Te Tari Taiwhenua

Direct Dial:  +64 4 381 8747

Fax:  +64 4 382 3403

120 Victoria Street

PO Box 10-526, Wellington

New Zealand



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