|London, Monday, October 18, 2004
[ 2:09 pm]
NZIS Instruction to Qantas airline not to
allow me to board flight to Auckland.
As you may be aware, on September 16 I was
denied boarding on a flight from Los Angeles to
Auckland, for the purposes of accepting an
invitation to lecture to the National Press Club
and researching in the national archives. This
outrageous ban has attracted criticism from every
major newspaper in NZ.
I was given no official advance notice of a ban.
The Qantas check-in official was verbally
instructed by the NZIS
Service] -- whom she was instructed to
phone -- to inform me that I must apply to your
embassy (in Washington) for a "Special Permit."
I am a UK citizen, permanently resident in the
UK, with a valid passport and no criminal record.
Having returned to the UK on October 9, I am
beginning the process specified, though I confess I
do not understand why.
Please inform me, now, what form the application
must take and what information you require. I do
not accept that Section 7(1)(d)(v) applies.
I have retained legal advisers in Auckland. If
my application is denied, I shall seek legal
remedies in the NZ courts. Please take notice, and
pass it to your superior authorities in New
Zealand, that my solicitors will then make
application for disclosure (Discovery) of all
relevant files, including those of the Hon.
Helen Clark; the authorities concerned will
know that any attempt to destroy documents in
contemplation of proceedings is a criminal
I reserve my rights, including the right to seek
to recover damages from the NZ government for the
events of September 16 referred to above.
- attn.: Bruce Burrows, Market Manager
- The NZ High Commission
- New Zealand House,
- 80 Haymarket,
- London SW1Y 4TE