Proactive release of Papers relating to development of the buy-back scheme

Proactive release of Papers relating to development of the buy-back scheme

Date Published: 
August 2019

On 20 June 2019 the Minister of Police Hon Stuart Nash and the Minister of Finance Hon Grant Robertson announced a compensation scheme for firearms, parts and magazines prohibited by the Arms (Prohibited Firearms, Parts and Magazines) Amendment Act 2019.

The following papers include advice on options provided to Ministers and Cabinet on the development of the compensation scheme and show the process of reaching final decisions. The Arms (Prohibited Firearms, Parts and Magazines) Amendment Regulations 2019 set out how the compensation scheme has been implemented.

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Key to sections of the Official Information Act 1982 under which information has been withheld.

Certain information in the documents has been withheld under one or more of the following sections of the Official Information Act 1982:

  • Information is withheld under section 6(b) where making it available would be likely to prejudice the entrusting of information to the Government of New Zealand on a basis of confidence by any other country.
  • Information is withheld under section 6(c) where making it available would be likely to prejudice the maintenance of the law, including the prevention, investigation, and detection of offences, and the right to a fair trial.
  • Information is withheld under section 9(2)(a) to protect the privacy of natural persons.
  • Information is withheld under section 9(2)(b)(ii) where making it available would be likely unreasonably to prejudice the commercial position of the person who supplied or who is the subject of the information.
  • Information is withheld under section 9(2)(f)(iv) in order to maintain the constitutional conventions for the time being which protect the confidentiality of advice tendered by Ministers of the Crown and officials.
  • Information is withheld under section 9(2)(g)(i) in order to maintain the effective conduct of public affairs through the free and frank expression of opinions.
  • Information is withheld under section 9(2)(h) in order to maintain legal professional privilege.

Cabinet papers and related documents

Advice to Ministers and related documents