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Thursday, May 16, 2019 - 17:42

The Green Party is deeply concerned by today’s report highlighting MSD’s gross intrusion into the private lives of New Zealanders, Green Party spokesperson on Human Rights Golriz Ghahraman said today.

The Privacy Commissioner has released a report into illegal behaviour that saw phone records, birthing records and intimate images handed over to the state.

“We need to be clear that this sort of privacy breach by the state is completely unacceptable. Human rights cannot be suspended just because people are in need of state support” Golriz said.

Maram Davidson, Green Party MP
Friday, January 25, 2019 - 14:41

Green Party Co-leader Marama Davidson will be speaking at the annual Waihopai spy base demonstration this Saturday January 26, protesting against international spying which puts the human rights and privacy of global citizens at risk.

“The Waihopai spy base represents a worrying culture of spying that is dangerous to society. There would be outrage if the state or corporations reached into our letter box and opened up our mail, why is it okay online?” Green Co-leader Marama Davidson said today.

Tuesday, August 16, 2016 - 15:58

The Green Party will not support new spy legislation proposed by the Government yesterday.

The New Zealand Intelligence and Security Bill will bring spy legislation under one single Act, breaching the traditional demarcation between the Government Security Communications Bureau (GCSB) and the Security Intelligence Service (SIS).  It will expand the powers of the GCSB, allowing it to spy on New Zealanders.

Tuesday, June 28, 2016 - 16:41

The review of the Search and Surveillance Act should be focused on strengthening Kiwis’ rights, not extending dodgy surveillance powers, the Green Party said today.

This afternoon National announced the terms for the mandatory review of the Search and Surveillance Act by the Ministry of Justice and the Law Commission, which will report back to the Government on whether the law is fit for purpose. The Act gave Police and a laundry list of other agencies power to covertly record conversations and install video cameras in private spaces.

Thursday, April 7, 2016 - 15:17

The Green Party is concerned that another report into actions of the spy agencies show them acting outside their own policies.

The Inspector General of Intelligence and Security (IGIS) has found that information given to the SIS to vet people for jobs is also being used, in some cases, without permission, for activities such as counter-intelligence. The report has also found that there were a large number of people with access to the confidential information and that there was inadequate recording of who accesses the information.

Monday, April 4, 2016 - 10:28

John Key has many questions to answer at his post cabinet meeting today, after refusing this morning to provide key information to back up his claims about ‘jihadi brides”, the Green Party said today.

The Green Party has revealed that the Prime Minister knew on May 25 2015 - six months prior to first introducing the notion of Kiwi “jihadi brides” at the December Select Committee hearing - that no women had left New Zealand to join fighters in the Middle East.

Saturday, April 2, 2016 - 10:07

The Green Party can reveal that John Key has known since May 2015 that no women left New Zealand to go to the Middle East as so called “jihadi brides”, making the damage he inflicted on Islamic women even more calculating.

Thursday, March 17, 2016 - 15:01

The Prime Minister deliberately misled the New Zealand public into believing women had left New Zealand to join terrorist groups and become what he described as “jihadi Brides”, the Green Party says.

In Parliament today, Government Minister Gerry Brownlee confirmed the Prime Minister knew, before the Intelligence and Security Committee hearing in December 2015, that no Kiwi women had left New Zealand to become “jihadi brides”.

Wednesday, March 9, 2016 - 13:46

The Green Party absolutely stands against any expansion of the powers of the spy agencies to intrude on the private lives of ordinary New Zealanders.

“This proposal today represents the most significant erosion of New Zealanders’ right to privacy in modern times,” Green Party Co-leader Metiria Turei said.

“The Green Party stands for the protection of New Zealanders’ privacy and civil liberties.

“The Prime Minister has said he wants to seek broad political consensus and we will be very active in seeking a limit to the spy agencies powers.

Monday, March 7, 2016 - 12:58

The Government should seek the support of all political parties if it is to change any laws following the first regular review of New Zealand’s security and intelligence agencies, said the Green Party today.

The Intelligence and Security Committee (ISC), which is comprised of only National and Labour, will meet later this week to discuss the findings of the intelligence and security review. The Prime Minister has indicated there will probably be law changes stemming from the review and he will seek the support of Labour.