News Video | Policy | GPs | Hospitals | Medical | Mental Health | Welfare | Search

 

Waihopai Spybase Protest - Update

JANUARY 21- 23, 2000

The Waihopai electronic intelligence gathering base is located in the Waihopai Valley, near Blenheim. First announced in 1987, it is operated by New Zealand's Government Communications Security Bureau (GCSB) in the interests of the foreign Powers grouped together in the super-secret UKUSA Agreement (which shares global electronic and signals intelligence between the intelligence agencies of the US, UK, Canada, Australia and NZ). Its two satellite interception dishes (shielded from public view by giant domes) intercept a huge volume of telexes, faxes, electronic mail and computer data communications. It gathers this data from our Asia/Pacific neighbours, and forwards it on to the major partners in the UKUSA Agreement, specifically the US National Security Agency. Its targets include international communications involving New Zealanders. The second and newer dish enables Waihopai to intercept international phone calls, including New Zealanders'. It spies on our neighbours, people such as the Bougainvilleans and Timorese.

New Zealand is an integral, albeit junior, part of a global spying network, a network that is ultimately accountable only to its own constituent agencies, not governments, and certainly not to citizens.

It does not operate in the interests of New Zealand or our neighbours. To all intents and purposes, it is a foreign spybase. Waihopai is not in the public interest, therefore it must be closed.

We invite people from around the country to join us at the weekend of protest at this spybase. Come prepared for a weekend of roughing it and camping out. We've hired portaloos and a marquee. We provide the food. Bring sleeping bag, groundsheet, a tent, torch, water bottle, eating utensils, clothing for all weather, and $20 (if you haven't registered in advance). Absolutely no open fires. We are planning a range of activities to suit all tastes.

How to find our camp. Take Highway 6 out of Blenheim (the Nelson road); just before Renwick, change, on the left, to Highway 63 (the Nelson Lakes road). A few kms down that, turn left down the Waihopai Valley road (winery on corner). The spybase is about 10 kms up the valley (you can't miss it - 2 huge white domes). Our camp is about 1.5 kms past the base on the left. Look for the ABC sign.

ABC can be contacted on ph/fax (03) 3663988 (Murray Horton) until the morning of Friday 21. After that it’s mobile 021 2641440.

PO Box 2258, Christchurch

______________________________

WAIHOPAI PROTEST PROGRAMME

* FRIDAY 21

Afternoon & evening. Arrive at campsite; set up camp; general housekeeping and settling in. Dinner. To find our camp. Take Highway 6 out of Blenheim (the Nelson road); just before Renwick, change, on the left, to Highway 63 (the Nelson Lakes road). A few kms down that, turn left down the Waihopai Valley road (winery on corner). The spybase is about 10 kms up the valley (you can’t miss it - 2 huge white domes). Our camp is about 1.5 kms past the base on the left. Look for the ABC sign. Be prepared for a weekend of roughing it. We’ve hired portaloos, a marquee and provide the food. Bring sleeping bag, groundsheet, air mattress, a tent, torch, water bottle, eating utensils, clothing for all weather, $20 (if you haven’t registered in advance), placards and banners. Absolutely no open fires.

* SATURDAY 22

Morning. Breakfast; introductions; discussion of the weekend’s programme, tactics and new ideas; walk to the base for an on the spot explanation of what it does. An advance group will go into town and leaflet the Blenheim public. Late morning – travel to Blenheim, march through central business district.

12 noon – Seymour Square, Blenheim. Spies Picnic, including sausage sizzle & Best Dressed Spy Contest (don’t forget to bring your spy costume with you for the weekend). We will also be issuing and stamping passports for the Undemocratic Republic of UKUSA (seeing as Waihopai is not really part of New Zealand).

2.30 p.m. – peaceful protest at the base. Back to camp, dinner.

8 p.m. – video screening, Community Trust Centre (25 Alfred St, use back entrance off High St carpark, Blenheim, go upstairs). We are screening the 1999 Australian TV documentary “Big Brother Is Listening”, about Waihopai and the global spybase network of which it is but a small part. Overnight – possible activities at base.

* SUNDAY 23

Morning – breakfast; evaluation; discussion of the future of the campaign; possible activities at base. Lunch; dismantle camp; leave by early afternoon.


<><><><><><><><><><><><><><><><><><><><><>

Peace Movement Aotearoa
PO Box 9314, Wellington, Aotearoa / New Zealand
tel +64 4 382 8129, fax +64 4 382 8173, pma@xtra.co.nz
http://www.converge.org.nz/pma/
the national networking group for peace people

<><><><><><><><><><><><><><><><><><><><><>


© Scoop Media

 
 
 
Culture Headlines | Health Headlines | Education Headlines

 
Howard Davis Article: A Musical Axis - Brahms, Wagner, Sibelius

Brahms' warm and exquisitely subtle Symphony No. 3 in F major, Wagner's irrepressibly sentimental symphonic poem Siegfried Idyll, and Sibelius' chilling and immensely challenging Violin Concerto in D minor exemplify distinct stages of development in a tangled and convoluted series of skirmishes that came to define subsequent disputes about the nature of post-Romantic orchestral writing well into the following century. More>>

ALSO:

Scoop Review Of Books: A Pale Ghost Writer

Reviewed by Ruth Brassington, Richard Flanagan's new novel is about a novelist hastily ghost-writing the biography of a crook about to go to trial. The reader is kept on a cliff-edge, as the narrator tries to get blood out of his stone man. More>>

Negotiations Begin: Equal Conditions For Men & Women In Professional Football

The trade union representing New Zealand's professional footballers has initiated bargaining for an agreement securing equal terms and conditions for men and women. If negotiated, it will be the first agreement of its kind in the world. More>>

ALSO:


New Zealand Wars Commemoration: Witi Ihimaera's Sleeps Standing Moetū

The second of several articles to mark Rā Maumahara, remembering the New Zealand Land Wars. The first was a Q&A with Vincent O’Malley, author of The Great War for New Zealand: Waikato 1800–2000. More>>

ALSO:


Howard Davis Review: Conflict & Resistance - Ria Hall's Rules of Engagement

From the aftermath of war through colonisation to her own personal convictions, Hall's new CD addresses current issues and social problems on multiple levels, confirming her position as a polemical and preeminent voice on the indigenous NZ music scene. More>>

 
 
 
 
 

LATEST HEADLINES

  • CULTURE
  • HEALTH
  • EDUCATION
 
 
  • Wellington
  • Christchurch
  • Auckland