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Making Official Information Request.
Police Intimidate Man
Making Official Information Request
© Peter Zohrab 2009
(Open Letter to the Ombudsmen)
I am writing to ask if you could kindly investigate and review the failure
of the New Zealand Police to reply within 20 working days after the date on
which I assume that they received my request for Official
Information (copy enclosed). My request was sent to the Minister of Police
on 17 August 2009, and she passed it on to the New Zealand Police.
There is an equally important issue in connection with this request which
I would like to bring to your attention: I was telephoned by some male (whose
name I did not take note of) who claimed to be from the Police and went into
detail, enquiring exactly what statistics I wanted, given the particular ways
that Police statistics are collected. During that telephone call, he used
as an example the scenario of the Police coming to my
house on a domestic violence matter and finding some cannabis there. The ostensible
reason for his mentioning that scenario was the issue that the Police would
classify that as a domestic violence event, even if any arrest was actually
on a cannabis matter.
I assert that his reference to a scenario of the Police coming to my house
was unnecessary, deliberate, and an attempt to intimidate me. I
have experienced harassment for my political views by Police Headquarters
staff when working for a different organisation in the Police Headquarters
building, and I have had a false charge of obstruction laid against me by
Police when they were illegally in my house and took objection to a political
remark which I had made. Therefore, I have reason to believe that politically
motivated intimidation is something that the Police are perfectly capable
I do not know of any specific jurisdiction which you have in the matter
of the intimidation of people making requests for information, but
it seems to me that you must be interested if attempts are made to pervert
the operation of the Official Information Act, which you administer.
Peter D. Zohrab
(Prior letter to Minister of Police)
Dear Judith Collins,
The Police webpage:
(last accessed on 17 August 2009) is entitled "Prevention and Reduction
of Family Violence, November 2008: an Australasian Policing Strategy."
"Family violence is a gendered issue. That is, men are predominantly
the perpetrators, whilst women and children are predominantly the victims.
This finding has been established through extensive research on the issue,
and figures supporting these findings are duly reflected in the statistics
That is a lie. Not only is it a lie, but it is also defamatory towards
men, discriminatory against men, and a breach of the Government's fiduciary
duty towards its male citizens not to wage a Lesbian-inspired war on them.
I refer you to Professor Fiebert's annotated bibliography of Family Violence
research at http://www.csulb.edu/~mfiebert/assault.htm.
Under the Official Information Act, could you please send me a copy of the
most recent document which proves that more men than women are actually arrested
for Family Violence in New Zealand. My understanding is that such figures
are not actually collected. If you do have figures to prove that, then the
Government is in breach of the law for not making sure that the same proportion
of women and men are arrested for Family Violence as the reasearch proves
actually commits it – i.e. the numbers of women and men arrested should
be roughly equal. The Government also lays itself open to the charge that
it increases the level of Family Violence by refusing to address female violence
and giving men no support against violent females. I note that the level of
Family Violence has been rising, because of Governmnet policies.
Peter D. Zohrab
4 August 2015