Government welcomes interim Rena report
Hon Gerry Brownlee
8 March 2012 Media
Government welcomes interim Rena
Transport Minister Gerry Brownlee has
welcomed this morning’s release of the Transport Accident
Investigation Commission’s interim report of its
independent inquiry into the grounding of the container ship
Rena on Astrolabe Reef on 5 October 2011.
“Today’s report shows good progress is being made
investigating how this accident occurred.
establishes some verified facts that will enlighten ongoing
investigations,” Mr Brownlee said.
findings and recommendations stemming from the Rena incident
will be subject to the Commission’s final report, which is
due next year.
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Arguably Reassuring: Inspector-General Finds GCSB "Arguably" Legal
Of the 88 individuals:
• 15 cases involving 22 individuals did not have any information intercepted by GCSB.
• another four cases involving five individuals were the subjects of a New Zealand Security Intelligence Service warrant and the GCSB assisted in the execution of the warrants. The Inspector-General is of the view that there were arguably no breaches and the law is unclear.
• the Bureau only provided technical assistance which did not involve interception of communications, involving three of the individuals, so no breach occurred.
• the remaining cases involved the collection of metadata, and the Inspector-General formed the view that there had arguably been no breach, noting once again that the law is unclear.