Sex Offender Register

Joshua Grainger made this Official Information request to Department of Corrections

Department of Corrections did not have the information requested.

From: Joshua Grainger

Dear Department of Corrections,

I would like to request under the Official Information Act some information related to the proposal to develop a sex offender register, reported today at

I would like to request:

a) All papers (including Cabinet Papers), proposals, memos, or other documents that explain this proposal.

b) All correspondence with MPs, including Ministers and their staff, over this proposal. If there have been oral conversations over this issue I would like to request the times and dates at which these occurred, and the subjects discussed.

c) All correspondence with agencies outside the Department of Corrections over this issue, including both governmental and nongovernmental agencies.

d) All costings available on this proposal.

e) If it is not covered in the answer to request (a) I would like to request the proposed criteria for inclusion of people on this register, including 1) what offences qualify for inclusion on this register, 2) whether inclusion on the register will be retrospective, 3) if a conviction is necessary for inclusion on the register, or whether other sentences, like a discharge without conviction will qualify, 4) whether people remain on this register for life, or whether they fall off after a time period, 5) wheher youth offenders will be included on this register.

To clarify in terms of timeframe, as I am aware a similar issue was raised from 2003-2006 around the Sex Offender Register Bill, which was ultimately rejected, I am interested in only this recent proposal, and so such information related to this bill can be rejected, unless it plays an impact in the development of this latest proposal.

Feel free to contact me if you wish me to clarify my request. I look forward to receiving your response by the statutory deadline, which according to the Ombudsmen's Calcuator ( is the 24th of May.

Yours faithfully,

Joshua Grainger

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From: OCE Corrections Info
Department of Corrections

Thank you for your email. A further response will be made at the earliest
possible opportunity. Due to the volume and nature of correspondence
received by the Department, responses can take some time to be finalised.

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Department of Corrections

Good Morning

Thank you for your email of 26 April 2012 requesting information under
the Official Information Act (OIA) about the proposal to develop a sex
offender register. The Department of Corrections is unable to answer
these questions as the information is held by Police. Therefore your
request has been transferred to Police under section 14 of the OIA, and
they will contact you regarding this.

Emma Sturmfels
Ministerial Advisor | Office of the Chief Executive | Department of
Ext. 68573 | DD: 04 8199573

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Joshua Grainger left an annotation ()

Note that in this response the Department of Corrections said they did not possess any information I requested. However, this response from the NZ Police ( reveals that DoC possessed an email that came within the scope of question C of my request dated the 3rd of April.

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