(1) A foreign country may request the Attorney-General to assist in locating, or identifying and locating, a person who is believed to be in New Zealand.
(2) Where, on receipt of a request made under subsection (1) by a foreign country, the Attorney-General is satisfied—
(a) that the request relates to a criminal matter in the foreign country; and
(b) that there are reasonable grounds for believing that the person to whom the request relates—
(i) is or might be concerned in, or could give or provide evidence or assistance relevant to, the criminal matter; and
(ii) is in New Zealand,—
the Attorney-General may authorise, in writing, assistance in accordance with this section.
(3) Where, in relation to a request made under subsection (1), the Attorney-General authorises assistance in accordance with this section, the Attorney-General shall forward the request to the appropriate agency in New Zealand, and that agency shall use its best endeavours to locate or, as the case may be, identify and locate the person to whom the request relates, and shall advise the Attorney-General of the outcome of those endeavours.
(4) On receipt of such advice, the Attorney-General shall inform the requesting country of the result of the inquiries made pursuant to the request.
Section 30(1); amended, on 1 March 1999, by section 9 of the Mutual Assistance in Criminal Matters Amendment Act 1998 (1998 No 15).