Gordon Campbell | Parliament TV | Parliament Today | News Video | Crime | Employers | Housing | Immigration | Legal | Local Govt. | Maori | Welfare | Unions | Youth | Search


Release of Annual Report 2018/19

The Office of the Inspector-General of Intelligence and Security has released its annual report for 2018-19.

The Inspector-General (IGIS) provides independent oversight of the New Zealand Security Intelligence Service (NZSIS) and the Government Communications Security Bureau (GCSB).

“It has been another busy and productive year for the office,” says the Acting IGIS, Madeleine Laracy.

“We completed a major inquiry into whether the New Zealand agencies knew about, or were otherwise connected with, the CIA detention and interrogation programme that ran from 2001-2009. We made substantial progress in another major inquiry into the agencies’ role, if any, in relation to specific events in Afghanistan in 2009-2013.

“We also completed a review of a sample of NZSIS security clearance decisions; a review of NZSIS operational relationships with other agencies at the New Zealand border; and a report on the first warrants issued under the Intelligence and Security Act 2017. We reviewed 61 warrants issued to the agencies.”

“We have engaged closely with the agencies over the year on the requirements of the new legislation covering warrants, which empower the agencies to carry out covert activities including surveillance, interception, search and seizure.

“Effective oversight should have an impact and the crafting of warrants is one area where we have seen this happening,” says Ms Laracy. “Both agencies have improved their warrant applications in response to issues we have raised.”

The Office deals with public complaints against the agencies. It received 26 complaints during the reporting year, some of which required substantial inquiries.

In the Annual Report the Acting IGIS certifies that, overall, the NZSIS and GCSB have sound compliance procedures and systems in place.

Ms Laracy also pays tribute to Cheryl Gwyn, whose tenure as Inspector-General ended during 2018-19 when she became a High Court judge.

“In nearly six years as Inspector-General Cheryl transformed intelligence oversight in New Zealand. She was internationally recognised as setting formidable standards for independence, rigour and transparency.”

The process of appointing a new Inspector-General is under way.

The annual report is available at  www.igis.govt.nz/publications/annual-reports

[Scoop copy of report: AnnualReport2019.pdf]

© Scoop Media

Parliament Headlines | Politics Headlines | Regional Headlines

Gordon Campbell : On Dealing With Impeccable, Impeachable Lies

By now, the end game the Republican Senate majority has in mind in their setting of the rules for the impeachment trial of Donald J. Trump is pretty clear to everyone: first deny the Democrats the ability to call witnesses and offer evidence, and then derisively dismiss the charges for lack of evidence. For his part, does former security adviser John Bolton really, really want to testify against his former boss? If there was any competing faction within the Republican Party, there might be some point for Bolton in doing so – but there isn’t. More>>

Published on Werewolf


WINZ Quarterly Report: More People Getting Into Work

The December quarter benefit numbers released today show the Government’s plan to get people off the benefit and into work is starting to pay off,” Social Development Minister Carmel Sepuloni said. More>>


Changing lives: Boost In Whānau Ora Funding

Whānau throughout New Zealand are set to benefit from an extra three million dollars that will go directly to Whānau Ora Commissioning Agencies, the Minister for Whānau Ora Peeni Henare announced today. More>>


PGF Kaikōura $10.88M: Boost In Tourism & Business

The Provincial Growth Fund (PGF) is investing $10.88 million to boost business and tourism opportunities in Kaikōura, Parliamentary Undersecretary for Regional Economic Development, Fletcher Tabuteau announced today. More>>


Whitebaiting: Govt Plans To Protect Announced

With several native whitebait species in decline the Minister of Conservation Eugenie Sage has today released proposals to standardise and improve management of whitebait across New Zealand. More>>


Education: Resource For Schools On Climate Change

New resource for schools to increase awareness and understanding of climate change... More>>


In Effect April: New Regulations For Local Medicinal Cannabis

Minister of Health Dr David Clark says new regulations will allow local cultivation and manufacture of medicinal cannabis products that will potentially help ease the pain of thousands of people. More>>


Gordon Campbell: On What An Inquiry Might Look Like

Presumably, if there is to be a ministerial inquiry (at the very least) into the Whakaari/White Island disaster, it will need to be a joint ministerial inquiry. That’s because the relevant areas of responsibility seem to be so deeply interwoven... More>>






InfoPages News Channels