Vault 7: CIA Hacking Tools Revealed

Written By: - Date published: 10:00 am, March 8th, 2017 - 99 comments
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So the CIA  accesses phones and TVs and laptops. And the CIA has been passing its code (more than is used to run facebook) onto private contractors. It’s staggering just how far into so many lives the grubby fingers of the CIA can slime. There should be an immense amount of fall-out from this. But it seems sections of liberal media are already out with mops and buckets. This from ‘The Guardian’ – The US intelligence agencies are facing fresh embarrassment

You get that?

The fact that we seem to be living in a world akin to the Stasi on steroids – with instantly searchable and real time data as opposed to filing cabinets filled with ‘dob in your neighbour’ reports; that’s all a sideshow. The real concern is the CIA’s embarrassment. Expect more of a hullabaloo about the source of the documents than there will be about the contents of the documents. Expect arms to be thrown in the air at the CIA’s inability to keep secrets. Expect aspersions to be cast on either the authenticity of the documents or the relevance and/or efficacy of the codes and programmes revealed. Expect many versions of that old “nothing new and nothing to see” chestnut.

There’ll be a bit of descriptive reporting, but the hard questions will be washed out by a flow of tittle tattle and any attempt to focus on power will be dissipated by a 1001 “OMG! Is my Samsung TV watching me?” pieces of pap.

In other words, the liberal media will now dutifully execute its role as apologist and protector of power.

99 comments on “Vault 7: CIA Hacking Tools Revealed ”

  1. Tophat 1

    I don’t think any of this is new, it’s just confirmation that they are using it.

    ” “OMG! Is my Samsung TV watching me?””- The guns always loaded and the horse always kicks- is the best attitude to adopt if one is want to have these things in the home.

    • Bill 1.1

      From the post – Expect many versions of that old “nothing new and nothing to see” chestnut.

      From you – I don’t think any of this is new, it’s just confirmation that they are using it.

      Maybe I should draw up a fcking bingo! card?

      • Tophat 1.1.1

        Wow who laced your corn flaks with pepper this morning? Not saying nothing to see here just placing it in context as it is nothing to crow about either.
        Also saying that there is FUCK ALL you can do except treat all smart devices as loaded and watch in awe.

        • Muttonbird 1.1.1.1

          ‘Our masters know best’

          Spoken like a true conformist.

          • Tophat 1.1.1.1.1

            “‘Our masters know best’

            Spoken like a true conformist.”

            Either I am piss poor at explaining myself of you’re just an idiot. The former is possible the later is likely in any case.
            Let me try again.
            As these people will do what they do and because it is impossible to stop them exploiting these devices, it is best to treat everything as compromised anyway.
            If you don’t want to let a device spy on you simply don’t give it any information you don’t want associated to you.
            Treat your online activities like someone is reading over your shoulder, like you would back in the day on a party line.
            I don’t like it either but it is a fact we just cannot change.
            If it isn’t our own government, you can rest assured it is someone else’s or worse.

            • the pigman 1.1.1.1.1.1

              Nope, you’re not piss-poor at explaining yourself. Just a standard standard pile-on in action.

              It goes a bit far when someone magicks a quote out of thin air, attributes it to you, then cheekily describes the manner in which you said it, right?

              • Muttonbird

                Just calling a ‘that’s life’ shrugger a ‘that’s life’ shrugger.

                Saying there is nothing you can do about it is pathetic and betrays all the victories won by civil rights movements and resistance over the years.

                There’s something peculiarly devoid of humanity and devoid of aspiration about people like tophat and yourself.

  2. Sabine 2

    are the other spy agencies are doing the same, or are we just to render our garments and clutch our pearls when the CIA does it?

    Cause frankly, if in today’s world you expect not to be on some sort of surveillance i have some US Health Care Policies to sell you.

    • One Anonymous Bloke 2.1

      Yes, they are.

      • Sabine 2.1.1

        lol……. 🙂 thanks OAB, needed a laugh.

        here have some health care policies freshly minted in congress.

    • Bill 2.2

      Nothing to see here (again!) cause…everyone’s doing it Sabine, aye? You’d have been a relaxed East German citizen back in the day then? Stasi shmasi?

      I think you’re kind of failing to grasp the scale and depth of the surveillance we’re talking about here – to say nothing about oversight (or lack of) and accountability (or lack of).

      Neither are you taking into account that the various viruses and codes that the CIA have developed are more or less in the public domain. Think about that one for a sec.

      Instead of developing defensive software or alerting companies to vulnerabilities, the CIA went all offensive on it, spread its weapons around willy nilly and didn’t bother (it seems) to develop or encourage defensive measures because of some faith in MAD (mutually assured destruction)

      The MAD scenario might – just might – have played out of the only people able to access all this stuff were governments. But that’s not how it is.

      • Tophat 2.2.1

        “Instead of developing defensive software or alerting companies to vulnerabilities, the CIA went all offensive on it, spread its weapons around willy nilly and didn’t bother (it seems) to develop or encourage defensive measures because of some faith in MAD (mutually assured destruction)”
        What do you expect it’s the CIA not your local church script kiddie club.

        • Bill 2.2.1.1

          If Intelligence Agencies are doing nothing about defensive capabilities, then they’ve (in this case) made US concerns incredibly vulnerable to cyber attacks from people using the very software that US intelligence agencies developed.

          Maybe think of it like having the largest nuclear arsenal in the world but no standing army in a situation where you’ve passed out the blue prints for your nuclear systems to all and sundry.

          It’s beyond reckless.

          But as per the subject of the post, it’s the reaction of our media in coming days and weeks I’m more interested in for now.

          • Tophat 2.2.1.1.1

            You don’t think this could be a diversion from the U’S’ current political woes?
            I mean it’s not like wikileaks have an untarnished reputation…

          • Liberal Realist 2.2.1.1.2

            +1 Bill

            If Intelligence Agencies are doing nothing about defensive capabilities, then they’ve (in this case) made US concerns incredibly vulnerable to cyber attacks from people using the very software that US intelligence agencies developed.

            The horse has well and truly bolted.

            The most dangerous thing about the whole fiasco is that malicious forces (who knows who?) are likely now in possession of very destructive and dangerous tools.

      • Sabine 2.2.2

        mate, that is not what i said.

        Fristly:

        I said that i find the pearl clutching in regards to spying – especially if the us does it – a bit hypocritical as a. everyone does it, b. i am german so i am really biased when it comes to the quality of other agencys then the Stasi, c. everyone who has a smart phone/fb/messanger and that sort of stuff is essentially sitting an a Panopticon.

        Secondly:
        I think you’re kind of failing to grasp the scale and depth of the surveillance we’re talking about here – to say nothing about oversight (or lack of) and accountability (or lack of).

        again, Stasi, the whole point about spies is that you don’t know who is one and who they work for, so essentially you can turn a whole country into spies. Which is what is going to happen to the US unless and until eventually someone might ask the question Qui bono?

        Thirdly:
        The CIA does what the CIA does and guess what all the other Agencies are doing more or less the same shit. Kompromat, genosse, Kompromat is the word. Do i have shit on you? Can i get your co-operation for your shit?

        Fourth:
        MAD is currently underway and it is called Climate Change, global warming, or simply just shit coming our way with no way out.

        Fifth;
        I personally have lived now through two nuclear ‘accident’, Tschernobyl and Fukushima, am i supposed to be scared that the shitheads that run the world might blow us up? Seriosly? Why? If they do, we are toast, IF they don’t they kill us on slow flame. Retirement at 67? Have a look at the US where 80 year olds work to get health care.

        so yeah, excuse me if I get out the popcorn and don’t give a shit.

        • Cemetery Jones 2.2.2.1

          I feel like that post was a really long way of saying, “but Trump!”

          • Sabine 2.2.2.1.1

            nah. I have been saying now for a very long time, that I personally don’t care much about Trump.

            I don’t. I find him to be offensive as one can be, i think he is by far not as successful as some might think – and again success is different in the eyes of everyone. And frankly, if they could just stop lying about shit that they said, especially when there is a record of them saying shit.

            But, and that is a big but, the Reason i never did fall for the con of stopping World War 3 and him bringing freeance and peeance with the Russians is essentially the company that keeps.

            So if you care, i worry more about Pence and Ryan then Trump. Trump is a grifter who at the moment is raking it in. and why not, the ones that are supposedly are in oversight of the Presnit, are essentially enabling and indulging him in his ways.

            So yeah, i care more about women having access to female centric healthcare then the CIA.
            I care more about children getting good schooling then i care about the CIA.
            I care more about water quality, air quality then I care about the CIA.
            I care about no drilling in the Arctic, i care about renewable energy, i care about buying some time so that the younger ones coming after us old farts get at a minimum a fighting chance.

            Trump? He is an old fart, who sooner then later will die and most likely will never suffer teh consequences of his greed and avarice. Its his and our grandchildren who will pay his debt.

            so everyone who still wants to play cold war n shit, go ahead.

            Me i have popcorn, have a giggle at the outrage of people that the CIA does what the Cia does, which is the same as the Russians, the Germans, the Chinese, The Kiwis and other do, namely keep taps on people that could fuck it up for the so called elite.

            more popcorn please.

            • Cemetery Jones 2.2.2.1.1.1

              Well, I would most certainly agree with this!

              “So if you care, i worry more about Pence and Ryan then Trump.”

              They are pretty terrifying, especially the Ayn Rand worship of Paul Ryan. The writings of Ayn Rand are pretty much just economically codified Darwinistic Satanism in my opinion.

              “So yeah, i care more about women having access to female centric healthcare then the CIA.
              I care more about children getting good schooling then i care about the CIA.
              I care more about water quality, air quality then I care about the CIA.
              I care about no drilling in the Arctic, i care about renewable energy, i care about buying some time so that the younger ones coming after us old farts get at a minimum a fighting chance.”

              I understand that alright, but I believe that the intelligence agencies and their banking and military-industrial brethren are key to preventing any further advancement of humanity, inclusive of the issues you’ve cited there. The early CIA and their predecessor the OSS were very much joined at the hip with Wall Street.

              • Sabine

                mate, that might be all right if you are a bloke and you never ever have to deal with a pregnancy go south cause…man.
                seriously, these things for women are life and death, and looking at the fertility worshippers and forced birthers, these things are fucking important.

                More important then the CIA, or any of the other foreign spy agencies.

                and that is what pisses me of about this one sided conversation, namely that there are many blokes very happy to throw the needs of others namely women, children, old people, sick people etc under their bus with their fear of tomorrow.

                But hey, i am not a man, so clearly i don’t have it to just understand how much they are all linked together and how important it is that Trump blows it all up so that sunshine can disinfect it. And if a few more women die, if a few more colored children get shot, if a few more get locked up forever, its all good – cause collateral damage.

                guess waht, the people in East Germany knew they were spied upon and they knew that they were spies. This however did not prevent them from having medical health care, good schools, and enough to eat.

                • Oh, I wouldn’t want to come across as that being my emphasis – but I accept it may seem that way. I’ve seen some very dangerous health scares and devastating results in friends’ lives from pregnancies which went awry. But your East Germany story is interesting. Modern Germany has a welfare state to rival if not exceed that of the GDR (though I would agree that the analysis of this is often overly simplistic, and there are many things the GDR did very well). But now Germans face domestic surveillance of the blatantly pro-US Bruno Kahl: http://www.strategic-culture.org/news/2017/02/17/german-intel-clears-russia-interference.html

                  I don’t want there to be dead kids & women coloured or otherwise as the price of change, but as things are, they are certainly going to continue to be the price of the status quo. That’d I’d like to change big league. I just don’t see a way of it happening beyond a cosmetic level with the beast power of the MIC continuing its current course.

                  • weka

                    The problem I have with the focus on the military-industrial complex or what have you, is that the people who favour that generally won’t acknowledge that it’s theory developed by men under the patriarchy. So round and round we go.

                    If women were being listened to, or BLM in the US or Māori in NZ, or whoever is not at the top of the pile, if real power sharing was going on here, I’d have some hope that the mic analysis might be useful in the world Sabine is talking about.

                    • I most definitely acknowledge the value of patricarchy in any such analysis – I believe it’s a key element in the narratives of paternalistic authority and the familial concept of nationhood which numbs people to intelligence agencies and the veneer of inevitability which surrounds them and their activities.

  3. One Anonymous Bloke 3

    It confirms what we already knew.

    The question is what to do about it. Defunding the spies just gives the neighbours an unfair advantage. A Kiwi Bundesdatenschutzgesetz?

    1. Prohibition with reservation of permission:
    The collection, processing and use of personal data is strictly prohibited, unless it is permitted by the law or the person concerned gives consent (§ 4 I BDSG).
    2. Principle of immediacy:
    The personal data has to be collected directly from the person concerned. An exception of this principle is a legal permission or a disproportionate effort (§ 4 III BDSG).
    3. Priority to special laws:
    The BDSG supersedes any other federal law that relates to personal information and its publication (§ 1 III BDSG).
    4. Principle of proportionality:
    The creation of standards restrict the fundamental rights of the affected person. Therefore, these laws and procedures must be appropriate and necessary. A balancing of interests must occur.
    5. Principle of data avoidance and data economy:
    Through the use of data anonymization or pseudo-anonymization, every data processing system should achieve the goal to use no (or as little as possible) personally identifiable data.
    6. Principle of transparency:
    If personal data is collected, the responsible entity must inform the affected person of its identity and the purposes of the collection, processing or use (§ 4 III BDSG).
    7. Principle of earmarking:
    If data is permitted to be collected for a particular purpose, use of the data is restricted to this purpose. A new consent or law is required, if the data will be used for another purpose.

    Outlaw cookies?

  4. tuppence shrewsbury 4

    Much as i dislike trump for being a complete buffoon, this does give his claims some credence. the same claims that everyone rubbished him for.

    • One Anonymous Bloke 4.1

      That’s because his claim is bullshit. POTUS has no power to order surveillance of US citizens.

      • tuppence shrewsbury 4.1.1

        And yet the tools exist to do this? are you saying that because no explicit order was made, which lets be honest would be one of the most foolhardy things any POTUS could do, that it wasn’t done?

        All of a sudden the government and it’s agencies who possess the power are whiter than white because it’s Obama in charge?

        Deluded

        • McFlock 4.1.1.1

          I’m sure any international calls he made, especially to Russia, were tapped automatically, and might even have been reviewed by an actual human being.

          Like everyone in the US.

          Obama would not have explicitly or implicitly ordered surveillance on trump. If there was a targeted investigation on trump, Obama might have been informed. But even then, tapping/hacking his phone domestically would have required court orders and so on.

          Yes, the tools exist. Existence does not necessitate use in any specific instance.

        • One Anonymous Bloke 4.1.1.2

          No, that isn’t what I’m saying. What I said is perfectly clear, and I’ve expanded on it in other comments. Perhaps English comprehension 101 might help you.

      • Macro 4.1.2

        Then there is THIS! Donald Trump’s phone was the only one I DIDN’T tap, confirms Obama.

        Operatives out of the Utah Data Centre are understood to monitor every phone call in the United States, but they admitted that Trump had been overlooked as they hadn’t realised he was smart enough to remember a four-digit telephone passcode.

        “We were very lucky with Donald as he was the only person we weren’t listening to in the entire country,” Obama told us.
        –– ADVERTISEMENT ––

        “Normally when people are conspiring with a hostile foreign power they try to keep it quiet, but this is a guy who holds national security meetings in a golf course restaurant.

        “We didn’t have to work to listen to his private conversations, because he never has any.”

        /sarc

      • RJL 4.1.3

        Sure, but people in Trump Tower undoubtedly had their communications intercepted by US intelligence agencies. Every off-shore communication is intercepted, practically by definition. And we’ve had a Trump appointee resign because their communications with the Russian ambassador were intercepted (therefore revealing that they had lied about the existence of such communications).

        So, while Trump’s claim may be inaccurate in detail. The substance, that Trump Tower / Trump allies would be subject to surveillance during the election period *is* almost certainly true. Which is why Obama’s spokespeople are only claiming that the White House didn’t intercept Trump communications. Which is why for this argument Trump will win where it matters, with his supporters. Obama is already reduced to claiming that POTUS somehow isn’t responsible for the actions of US intelligence agencies, and relying on the testimony of Clapper (who is a proven liar in this arena).

        • One Anonymous Bloke 4.1.3.1

          Was POTUS responsible when the CIA illegally hacked the US intelligence committee?

          Ultimately as the commander in chief, probably a bit, yes. Does that mean he ordered them to do it? Probably not so much.

          This infantile view of an all-seeing all-powerful POTUS is just that: infantile.

        • Skeptic 4.1.3.2

          RJL – I think it’s pretty clear that US intelligence agencies didn’t target Trump – they did target who he was chatting to because he/she/they were a “person/people/group/nation of interest” – ie someone who has detrimental intentions towards the US. As such they are “fair game”, and Trump got trawled. Now, doesn’t that just make you wonder who Trump’s “controller” is – I’m guessing it’s a former KGB counter intelligence officer whose first name is Vladimir.

  5. I’m not saying it isn’t a big deal I just can’t work out why it is. I don’t think we live in a stasi world and my 3 closest rivers have shit in them.

    Anyone monitoring 99% of any communications including watching from turned off smart tv’s will be bored shoeless in 5 minutes.

    I do appreciate the post. Good to keep up with stuff I don’t normally keep too up to speed on or at least only at a msm indocrination level ☺

  6. Andre 6

    How many people happily hand over all kinds of info to private companies via their devices and then go OMFG the CIA can spy on me through my electronica?

    http://www.nzherald.co.nz/business/news/article.cfm?c_id=3&objectid=11813551

    • One Anonymous Bloke 6.1

      Facebook isn’t trying to destabilise nascent democracies.

      • Andre 6.1.1

        Give ’em time. They’ve yet to learn the great traditions of corporate America.

      • Sabine 6.1.2

        nah, they just allowed FB to be swamped with ‘fake’ news. And then there are those that claim Zuckerman to be a CIA asset.

        Fuck me, there is on thing Trump said that i agree with him. Don’t use email/phone if the information is sensitive use couriers.

        • One Anonymous Bloke 6.1.2.1

          HUMINT is just as good as a wiretap when everything Trump does is leaked by his own staff.

  7. Tory 7

    If all the “Left” had stayed with using their Russian produced Rubin TV then you would have nothing to worry about.
    Instead you embrace capitalism, buy all the “nice toys” us capitalists cherish and then cry foul when it turns out the CIA have been hijacking them.
    Stay true to your cause, ditch the “toys” and you have little to worry about.

  8. Obama did nothing wrong.

    • One Anonymous Bloke 8.1

      That’s right.

      …the bulk collection of Americans’ phone metadata by the NSA wasn’t in fact authorized by section 215 of the Patriot Act…

      Congress is the authority in question.

      • Y U link article about NSA in response to comment about a President in an article about the CIA?

        Especially when said article you linked ends thus:

        “Now that this program is finally being examined in the sunlight, the Executive Branch’s claims about its legality and effectiveness are crumbling. The President should end mass surveillance immediately. If not, Congress needs to finish the job and finally end this dragnet.”

        • One Anonymous Bloke 8.1.1.1

          POTUS has the power to amend and/or repeal acts of Congress? Your knowledge of the US constitution is so bigly 🙄

          • Cemetery Jones 8.1.1.1.1

            I was quoting the article you linked – big league. I guess don’t try and refute people with articles which don’t support your argument!

            EDIT: and just why are you still saying ‘bigly’? Everyone knows Trump’s catch phrase is ‘big league’. I guess you might need your hearing checked ‘bigly’?

            • One Anonymous Bloke 8.1.1.1.1.1

              Whereas your argument is the equivalent of blaming Helen Clark for the illegal actions of the Police during the Urewera raids.

  9. tc 9

    Then theres the vulnerabilities in firewalls, switches, servers etc that US vendors like cisco want to patch but cannot.

    As the CIA/NSA expolit them so US vendors sometimes have to wait in some cases for permission or the public domain pressure from users to fix it… if users know it exists.

  10. Philj 10

    The deflection of our MSM didn’t take long. RNZ had a
    US apologist implicating Russia for this Wikileak on Morning Report . Guyon was very accommodating and failed to ask for evidence. Or is the new journalism standard ‘anecdotal evidence’? Lol

  11. McFlock 11

    Haven’t gone through the actual wikileaks stuff, and probably won’t, but the “big deal” isn’t that agencies are hacking stuff. We know a lot of this stuff is at risk from even trivial efforts – anything with a mic is a bug, with a camera is a camera, and with an external connection is vulnerable. That’s why people are pissed about blackberries and android phones in the oval office, for example. Heck, entire tv shows revolve around cloning/hacking phones.

    The interesting stuff is in the corporate/intelligence relationships (apps and hardware), the international cooperation (or not), but also in that the source is apparently an informal discussion medium amongst IT hackers who should know better. The yanks are employing careless jerks. Compare that with China, which seems to run a disciplined military operation, and Russia, which seems to be more arms-length contracting: both of those seem reasonably secure from this kind of bullshit.

    Quis custodiet ipsos custodes, sort of thing…

    • The yanks are employing careless jerks.

      That’s the thing I find most concerning about this leak. It would be odd if the US government didn’t have people doing this kind of thing, so that’s nothing to write home about, but the fact that the people doing it are apparently far less careful and professional than their Chinese and Russian counterparts is a real worry.

      • One Anonymous Bloke 11.1.1

        Privatising military ops works just as well as privatising anything.

        • Bill 11.1.1.1

          What if one of those private contractors ‘leaves the farm’ as it were and unleashes a pile of this crap that no-one has defenses against? Or lets say a pile of it gets into the hands of deranged head-chopper types – what then?

          • McFlock 11.1.1.1.1

            well, the case in point is wikileaks, which on several occasions has released identifiable data of people who were still in harm’s way.

            Funnily enough, ISTR it was the contractor (Snowden) who leaked system-damaging but not life-threatening data, while the soldier’s (Manning) data wasn’t properly redacted by wikileaks.

            • Bill 11.1.1.1.1.1

              Ah, no. The ‘crap’ I’m referring to is the actual malware.

              • McFlock

                Same effect though.

                At least it’s not like the legacy PLCs that have an open IP and no access control. Think “stuxnet” but being able to access the system 24/7.

            • Andre 11.1.1.1.1.2

              Did Snowden give anything to wikileaks? ISTR he chose recipients with a bit more sense of responsibility, like The Guardian and Greenwald.

          • One Anonymous Bloke 11.1.1.1.2

            Um, yes: privatising governance is a mistake, a clusterfuck waiting to happen. The SOE notion isn’t just broken, it wasn’t a model to begin with.

            Models (try to) represent the world. The SOE notion simply articulates right wing thinks.

            To paraphrase PJ O’Rourke, when spying is bought and sold, the first things to be bought will be the spies.

            • One Anonymous Bloke 11.1.1.1.2.1

              Spies cannot be usefully employed without a certain intuitive sagacity.

              They cannot be properly managed without benevolence and straightforwardness.

              Without subtle ingenuity of mind, one cannot make certain of the truth of their reports.

              Be subtle! be subtle! and use your spies for every kind of business.

              Sun Tzu.

              That being so, what kind of fuckwit relies on the private sector for the work they do?

  12. Wayne 12

    The issue is not really the capabilities. Surely we are not surprised that the NSA/CIA has these kinds of capabilities.

    The real issue is who they are used against, and under what conditions.

    For that you look at the law, and the warrants that are required. The law has recently been strengthened. Also there are protocols between the Five Eyes nations. That is they do not surveil each others residents.

    New Zealand now has a pretty stringent warrant process.

    In reality GCSB and SIS are not interested in very many people. But they are interested in some, these days mostly would be (and actual) jihadists.

    To use this type of surveillance they have to get a warrant from the Inspector General with Ministerial approval (as I recall). There are strict criteria to justify a warrant. There is then a whole reporting process including to Parliament, at least as to the numbers obtained per year.

    That is why these sorts of things no longer provoke a “shock, horror” response. Most people expect intelligence agencies operating in the cyber domain to have pretty impressive capabilities. All this does is confirm that.

    • Bill 12.1

      The UK absolutely does not carry out work for US intelligence and US intelligence absolutely does not carry out work for NZ intelligence where one intelligence agency or another needs a degree of plausible deniability due to domestic laws. Roight.

      And the GCSB and SIS and NSA and who-ever are mostly interested in jihadists? Really? So not really interested in tapping the phone of Germany’s Chancellor, or monkey wrenching Iranian centrifuges, or gaining commercially sensitive information from foreign companies? Hmm.

      How many jihadists you reckon would there be sitting on an i-phone or whatever running apps while watching a big screen Samsung or whatever? Somewhere in the region of between ‘precious bloody few and none’ I’d reckon.

      There is next to no oversight of these fuckers and (apparently) next to no accountability riding right alongside next to no security. But you’re lines will be echoed or be an echo (it’s hard to tell which is which) of mainstream media commentary designed to distract, diffuse and bury.

      I see lines already touting it as a US v Russia thing and the tired old element of doubt seeking traction on the grounds that it’s wikileaks…

      That’s where the story is for me – in the reaction of different centres of power who share the common agenda of protecting the staus quo (current configurations of power) and palming anything and everything all off as normal and nothing to worry our silly little heads about.

    • McFlock 12.2

      OK, so the GCSB (as a completely hypothetical example) would never break its own laws in order to spy on a NZ citizen or permanent resident inside NZ’s borders?

      And (should they ever do this thing that they would never do) the law would never be changed by the parliament of the day to merely reflect and permit the extent to which the intelligence agencies exceeded their previous authority, rather than stiffening the penalties for individuals and directors of agencies that exceed their authority?

      Wayne, you really need your own personal “moment of truth”…

      • Wayne 12.2.1

        McFlock,

        Given that there has been a pretty intensive effort to improve the accountability over the last three years, with everything being tightened up, I cannot see Parliament doing what you suggest.

        Unless you think all that effort was all flim flam which the actual spies blithely ignore. That Sir Michael Cullen and Dame Patsy Reddy, were just that; patsies.

        • McFlock 12.2.1.1

          well, yes, the spies did blithley ignore their constraining laws (and not for the first time in the last 20 years or so).

          So no reason for that to change.

          And how many people were charged with unlawful interception of a communication when it came to KDC? Anyone? So yeah, doesn’t seem the minister in charge made heads roll.

          And were the constraints on the spies’ powers preserved, or simply expanded so they could legally do what they were previously doing illegally?

          You can see why some folks might be a little bit unimpressed.

        • One Anonymous Bloke 12.2.1.2

          “Unimpressed” is an understatement. It’s all very well for right wing fuckwits (like you, for example, Dr. Mapp) to have delusional notions of private sector grandeur (while bludging your wages from the taxpayer).

          It’s another thing entirely when you outsource military operations (like spying, for example) to “Libertarians” like Peter Thiel.

          That’s when your delusions become a threat to national security.

        • Jan Rivers 12.2.1.3

          Wayne,

          The problem was not with the Cullen Reddy report which was regarded by many as pretty good. Perhaps you are not aware that the current bill – the New Zealand Intelligence and Security Bill – currently in the House ignored many of those recommendations? I made a select committee presentation and here are a just a few of the problems I believe were introduced into the bill:

          The making legal of various things “which would otherwise be illegal” including
          the creation of false personal and corporate identities and absolving them from the legal consequences of actions taken in pursuit of their activities.

          New Zealand’s economic well-being is one 1 of 3 reasons for the legislation but economic well-being is not defined. The Cullen-Reddy report proposed that this apply only to foreign persons but it does not. It includes people acting ‘as the agent of a foreign power’ which would include NZ heads of international organisations and there are other classes of New Zealander for who domestic spying would be permitted. The Cullen Reddy report explicitly addressed the need to remove this problem.

          In any case this creates problems of contested territory. Is the legislation protecting the economic well-being of citizens like Graeme Hart or Peter Thiel or the 50% of New Zealanders who jointly own only 4% of the wealth in NZ or the 7% who are in net debt?

          Section 13 of the Bill provides for information collected to be provided to ‘any class of person here or overseas’ approved by the Minister and for co-operation with any person, company or government here or overseas. This could mean literally anything – another government, a security contractor, a commercial entity or even an covertly created organisation here or overseas.

          The direct holder and direct access agreements allow the security agencies to access information held by other agencies – and allow the new combined GCSB agency – to request any information of any private or public agency and to have access into government databases provided that there is an agreement between the relevant Ministers including much information about New Zealand citizens.

          I think that’s enough to be going on with but I note that the Cullen Reddy report was necessary because of the problems arising from the 2o13 changes to the original 2003 Act, put though under urgency, which made it unworkable.

  13. Canary 13

    As someone who was a Labour rights activist who in 2014 had someone sit down beside me in a foreign country and tell me what I and my ex-girlfriend did in bed, I know well how surveillance is used. The primary use of intelligence gathered is to intimidate, threaten, and derail those who have been foolish enough to go up against corporates who are protected for “New Zealand’s Security” by our intelligence agencies – or secret police bullies. It really is that simple. It will becoming increasingly common. You’ll see. Meanwhile I’ve been called crazy by anyone I told, had mocking letters sent to me by the GCSB and SIS both confirming that I was surveilled in a nasty and cold tone and without apology – but only after I threatened them with information. Until then they ignored me and, yes, told anyone who inquired I was crazy and a fantasist.

    From working hard in multiple arenas with promising prospects years on I am not far off broke and dead and that eventuates they are to blame.

  14. Wayne 14

    OAB
    Have we actually met somewhere?
    Your level of personal invective in this and many of your responses to me would seem to indicate some sort of grudge.

    • One Anonymous Bloke 14.1

      Your behaviour has given me a very low opinion of your character. McFlock has explained some of the reasons for that.

      I recall your saying that the increase in inequality these last thirty-odd years was deliberate. Then there’s the assault on human rights and the rule of law (as detailed by the Law Society) that you participated in while in Parliament. These aren’t some arbitrary political disagreements: you have done real harm.

      If the only consequence you face is being called a fuckwit in a political discussion forum, I can think of worse things.

  15. Ad 15

    It’s great that over 150 national constitutions mention the right to privacy in some form or other. But personally I don’t think it’s a strong value, I don’t think we value it as a society. I’m not even sure we should anymore.

    • the pigman 15.1

      And, just like that, the zenith has been reached.

    • weka 15.2

      “It’s great that over 150 national constitutions mention the right to privacy in some form or other. But personally I don’t think it’s a strong value, I don’t think we value it as a society. I’m not even sure we should anymore.”

      There is research to show that people want far more privacy rights than they have on things like social media, but feel that there is no real choice in the sense that they can’t just choose to stay off social media. So they sacrifice their privacy. That’s not the same as not valuing it or not wanting to keep it.

      Ask people about having CCTV in public bathrooms or their GP’s office and I think you’ll get an idea of how people feel about privacy. Or if they’re ok with their medical records being publicly accessible. Privacy is not that hard to understand as still being highly valued.

      “I’m not even sure we should anymore”

      Can I ask why you use a pseudonym here? Just if you feel like saying.

    • Bill 15.3

      What’s the point in valuing privacy of you’re feeling powerless? If we leave everything else aside, we’ll likely feel there’s nothing we can do about the intrusions of….well, power. And that’s the nub of it. Cut through the smash and focus on power. We can work on that 😉

  16. https://twitter.com/KimDotcom/status/839341564878970880

    Vault 8 will be pay dirt …subject NZ National Party….he he he. Can’t
    wait.

    • james 16.1

      Sorry Appleboy – But KDC has filed to deliver so, so, so many times – I just would hate to see you get upset when he lets you down – yet again.

  17. Skeptic 17

    There’s a lot of twaddle and disinformation/misinformation being parroted here. I’d refer readers to Nicky Hager’s book Secret Power and recommend earnestly that before you get fingers busy on keyboard, you read it thoroughly and digest it fully, asking yourself the implications behind what is revealed. The amount of email, text and conversations soaked up by “echelon” today is literally far to much to analyse properly unless it is culled/screened fully to filter out the dross. That said it is quite obvious that certain people/groups/nations etc are specifically targeted. Like what probably happened to Donald Trump, he was overheard talking/communicating with the wrong people – ie he wasn’t targeted, but the people he spoke to/communicated with were!!! Should Mr Joe Average be concerned? That obviously depends on what you’re up to – if you’re doing nothing illegal then it doesn’t matter who listens in. If they act on what they’ve overheard, they break the law big time – even if what you’re doing is controversial, but not illegal. If you’re paranoid-delusional, then by all means get really, really upset, up-tight and frothy at the mouth. But for the rest of us, well, even paranoids have enemies – eh.

    • Canary 17.1

      I thought I was paranoid until I put in a request and the
      agencies confirmed my fears.

      I thought I was just dealing with nasty people until they came right out and started telling me personal information that there was no way they could have known without CIA type collection powers.

      This was after being monitored closely by an Asian diplomat (weekly coffees with a friend) and interest from present and former diplomats and leaders of associations related to that country who were all invested in certain businesses for the greater good of the economy let’s say…

      You really are a naive. If you as perceived to be a threat to an industry practice, however wrong, you will have your career wrecked and suffer intimidation.

      • Skeptic 17.1.1

        Sorry, Canary, but I’m far,far too old and too well educated to be naive. I read with interest your story above and there are lots of questions and advise I could give you. As a starting point ask yourself, “were they interested in you, or someone you associated with? ” Then ask “what was I doing that might have attracted the interest of intelligence services?” “Which groups were I involved with that might have been under surveillance?”
        I noticed you were in another country when approached. Did you get legal advice at any stage? If so did any advice get acted on? Did you make any approach to the Privacy Commissioner? The Ombudsman?
        Really – NZ SIS and GCHQ have a lot on their plate to be making frivolous investigations. I have heard plenty of horror stories, but when pointed questions are asked there’s usually a damned good reason for the investigations or the stories are – how shall I say this – slight and not so slightly exaggerated. That’s not to say those agencies get it right all the time – the Urewera Raids are a case in point where a particular world view distorted a molehill into a mountain – the investigations into the NZ Communist Party during the 1950s and 1960s are another. However given the rather stringent parameters that NZ intelligence operates under, and our strict privacy laws, and the good old Kiwi Clobbering Machine/Tall Poppy Syndrome – they are under an extreme amount of pressure to “get it right” and by and large they do.
        How long ago did this happen? Seek legal advice if it wasn’t too far in the past. It’s free at the local Community Law Centre.

        • Canary 17.1.1.1

          Right… because Fullman was so clearly a bad guy as well.

          Economic protectionism (including ensuring “stability”) trumps human rights and democratic participation every time.

        • Canary 17.1.1.2

          and by the way being under pressure to “get it right” is meaninglesss when there is almost zero accountability and no scrutiny.

  18. tuppence shrewsbury 18

    It is incredible how quiet everyone on the left has been about trumps claims he was hacked and spied on since this came out.

    Just saying

    [lprent: Just saying that Trump hasn’t provided any evidence. ]

    • tuppence shrewsbury 18.1

      Just saying that the tools and the will were there. which doesn’t validate his claim, but does lend some credence.

      There is always an awful lot of suspicion and accusations made towards intelligence agencies when they aren’t attacking the so called enemies of the progressive………

  19. Tophat 19

    Better late than never I suppose.
    A few tips that I find soothes most surveillance issues for the private user are-

    Use a VPN from each separate device. Both android and ios have lists to choose from. For your smartTv too, google play have extensive software to choose from.
    Use a firewall from each individual device. I am trying, NoRoot, at the moment and have no issues, this software also incorporates it’s own VPN, it doesn’t use rooting it is simple to install. The downside is a massive loss of speed. But that’s the price sadly. When using andriod try to use only open source software that has it’s code available to the community. This usually discounts the chance of exploited software.
    Disable WebRTC, This little nasty will show your real ip and mac numbers even when using a VPN. It is on by default in all browsers and an addon is required to disable it from your browser.
    Andriod users may want to run anti root kit software to identify any issues that may need repairing. As ios is what it is, there is nothing you can do but wait for security updates from apple over the coming few days. I assume from what I have read that security updates closing the exposed exploits will be forthcoming. However be very aware that this list will be by no means complete.
    As the list of items that are connected to the ‘internetofthings,” grows we will be exposed to so many exploits it will be impossible to address them all before they are exposed, an up to date operating system may be the only thing between you and a compromised system.

    I hope this helps at least a little, be safe.

  20. Smilin 20

    Where do the CIA get the right to do this shit
    Are we so devoid of any idea of what is just that any govt can do this without having to answer to the voter
    Just seeing that creep Groser in the footer of this article reminds me of the lengths that shit and Key went to to put themselves in the UN , rorting this nations coffers to get themselves their for what a fucking genocidal war worse than anything previous

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    Nick’s KōreroBy Nick Rockel
    6 days ago
  • Trump’s Adopted Son.

    Waiting In The Wings: For truly, if Trump is America’s un-assassinated Caesar, then J.D. Vance is America’s Octavian, the Republic’s youthful undertaker – and its first Emperor.DONALD TRUMP’S SELECTION of James D. Vance as his running-mate bodes ill for the American republic. A fervent supporter of Viktor Orban, the “illiberal” prime ...
    6 days ago
  • The Kākā’s Journal of Record for Friday, July 19

    TL;DR: As of 6:00 am on Friday, July 19, the top six announcements, speeches, reports and research around housing, climate and poverty in Aotearoa’s political economy in the last day are:The PSA announced the Employment Relations Authority (ERA) had ruled in the PSA’s favour in its case against the Ministry ...
    The KakaBy Bernard Hickey
    6 days ago
  • The Hoon around the week to July 19

    TL;DR: The podcast above of the weekly ‘hoon’ webinar for paying subscribers last night features co-hosts and talking with:The Kākā’s climate correspondent talking about the National-ACT-NZ First Government’s release of its first Emissions Reduction Plan;University of Otago Foreign Relations Professor and special guest Dr Karin von ...
    The KakaBy Bernard Hickey
    6 days ago
  • Skeptical Science New Research for Week #29 2024

    Open access notables Improving global temperature datasets to better account for non-uniform warming, Calvert, Quarterly Journal of the Royal Meteorological Society: To better account for spatial non-uniform trends in warming, a new GITD [global instrumental temperature dataset] was created that used maximum likelihood estimation (MLE) to combine the land surface ...
    7 days ago
  • We're back again! Join us for the weekly Hoon on YouTube Live

    Photo by Gabriel Crismariu on UnsplashWe’re back again after our mid-winter break. We’re still with the ‘new’ day of the week (Thursday rather than Friday) when we have our ‘hoon’ webinar with paying subscribers to The Kākā for an hour at 5 pm.Jump on this link on YouTube Livestream for ...
    The KakaBy Bernard Hickey
    7 days ago
  • Gut Reactions.

    Trump Writes His Own Story: Would the “mainstream” media even try to reflect the horrified reaction of the MAGA crowd to the pop-pop-pop of the would-be assassin’s rifle, and Trump going down? Could it even grasp the sheer elation of the rally-goers seeing their champion rise up and punch the air, still alive, ...
    7 days ago
  • Dodging Bullets.

    Fight! Fight! Fight! Had the assassin’s bullet found its mark and killed Donald Trump, America’s descent into widespread and murderous violence – possibly spiralling-down into civil war – would have been immediate and quite possibly irreparable. The American Republic, upon whose survival liberty and democracy continue to depend, is certainly not ...
    7 days ago
  • 'Corruption First' Strikes Again

    There comes a point in all our lives when we must stop to say, “Enough is enough. We know what’s happening. We are not as stupid or as ignorant as you believe us to be. And making policies that kill or harm our people is not acceptable, Ministers.”Plausible deniability has ...
    Mountain TuiBy Mountain Tui
    7 days ago
  • The Kākā's Chorus for Thursday, July 18

    TL;DR: The top six things I’ve noted around housing, climate and poverty in Aotearoa’s political economy today are:The inside stories of KiwiRail’s iRex debacle, Westport’s perma-delayed flood scheme and Christchurch’s post-quake sewer rebuild, which assumed no population growth, show just how deeply sceptical senior officials in Treasury, the Ministry of ...
    The KakaBy Bernard Hickey
    1 week ago
  • What's that Jack Black?

    Ah-rah, deeSoo-guh-goo-gee-goo-geeGoo-guh fli-goo gee-gooGuh fli-goo, ga-goo-buh-deeOoh, guh-goo-beeOoh-guh-guh-bee-guh-guh-beeFli-goo gee-gooA-fliguh woo-wa mama Lucifer!I’m about ready to move on, how about you?Not from the shooting, that’s bad and we definitely shouldn’t have that. But the rehabilitation of Donald J Trump? The deification of Saint Donald? As the Great Unifier?Gimme a bucket.https://yellowscene.com/2024/04/07/trump-as-jesus/Just to re-iterate, ...
    Nick’s KōreroBy Nick Rockel
    1 week ago
  • June 2024: Earth’s 13th-consecutive warmest month on record

    This is a re-post from Yale Climate Connections by Jeff Masters and Bob Henson June 2024 was Earth’s warmest June since global record-keeping began in 1850 and was the planet’s 13th consecutive warmest month on record, NOAA’s National Centers for Environmental Information, or NCEI, reported July 12. As opposed to being focused in ...
    1 week ago
  • Connecting the dots and filling the gaps in our bike network

    This is a guest post by Shaun Baker on the importance of filling the gaps in our cycling networks. It originally appeared on his blog Multimodal Adventures, and is re-posted here with kind permission. In our towns and cities in Aotearoa New Zealand, there are areas in our cycling networks ...
    Greater AucklandBy Guest Post
    1 week ago
  • Webworm Down Under Photos!

    Hi,I wanted to share a few thoughts and photos from the Webworm popup and Tickled screening we held in Auckland, New Zealand last weekend.In short — it was a blast. I mean, I had a blast and I hope any of you that came also had a blast.An old friend ...
    David FarrierBy David Farrier
    1 week ago
  • The Kākā’s Pick 'n' Mix for Thursday, July 18

    TL;DR: My pick of the top six links elsewhere around housing, climate and poverty in Aotearoa’s political economy in the last day or so to 6:30 am on Thursday, July 18 are:News: Christchurch's sewer systems block further housing developments RNZ’s Niva ChittockAnalysis: Interislander: Treasury, MoT officials' mistrust of KiwiRail led ...
    The KakaBy Bernard Hickey
    1 week ago
  • The Kākā’s Journal of Record for Thursday, July 18

    TL;DR: As of 6:00 am on Thursday, July 18, the top six announcements, speeches, reports and research around housing, climate and poverty in Aotearoa’s political economy in the last day are:Verbatim: Climate Change Minister Simon Watts held a news conference in Auckland to release the Government’s Emissions Reduction Plan, including ...
    The KakaBy Bernard Hickey
    1 week ago
  • The politics of managed retreat

    Climate change deniers are now challenging the Government over a key climate change adaptation policy. That begs the question of whether New Zealand First will then support Government moves to implement processes to deal with a managed retreat for properties in danger of flooding because of sea level rise and ...
    PolitikBy Richard Harman
    1 week ago
  • Some changes are coming

    Warm welcome again to those who are here. The Mountain Tui substack was officially started on the 2nd of July. I wrote about what led me here on this post. Since then, it’s been a learning to navigate the platform, get to meet those in the community, and basically be ...
    Mountain TuiBy Mountain Tui
    1 week ago
  • About fucking time

    The US Supreme Court has been rogue for years, with openly corrupt judges making the law up as they go to suit themselves, their billionaire buyers, and the Republican Party. But now, in the wake of them granting a licence for tyranny, President Biden is actually going to try and ...
    No Right TurnBy Idiot/Savant
    1 week ago
  • Climate Change: False accounting and wishful thinking

    National released their draft 2026-2030 Emissions Reduction Plan today. The plan is required under the Zero Carbon Act, and must set out policies and strategies to meet the relevant emissions budget. Having cancelled all Labour's actually effective climate change policies and crashed the carbon price, National was always going to ...
    No Right TurnBy Idiot/Savant
    1 week ago
  • The Enemies Of Sunshine And Space.

    Our Houses? The Urban Density debate is a horrible combination of intergenerational avarice and envy, fuelled by the grim certainty that none of the generations coming up after them will ever have it as good as the Boomers. To say that this situation rankles among those born after 1965 is to ...
    1 week ago
  • Still the 5 Eyes Achilles Heel?

    The National Cyber Security Centre (NZSC), a unit in the Government Communications Security Bureau (GCSB) dedicated to cyber-security, has released a Review of its response to the 2021 email hacking of NZ members of the Inter-Parliamentary Alliance on China (IPAC, … Continue reading ...
    KiwipoliticoBy Pablo
    1 week ago
  • Britain's Devastating Electoral Slip.

    Slip-Sliding Away: Labour may now enjoy a dominant position in Britain’s political landscape, but only by virtue of not being swallowed by it.THE BRITISH LABOUR PARTY’S “landslide victory” is nothing of the sort. As most people understand the term, a landslide election victory is one in which the incumbent government, or ...
    1 week ago
  • Gordon Campbell on why right wingers think all governments (including their own) are incompetent

    Since open denial of climate change is no longer a viable political option, denial now comes in disguise. The release this week of the coalition government’s ‘draft emissions reductions plan” shows that the Luxon government is refusing to see the need to cut emissions at source. Instead, it proposes to ...
    WerewolfBy lyndon
    1 week ago
  • The Kākā's Chorus for Wednesday, July 17

    TL;DR: The top six things I’ve noted around housing, climate and poverty in Aotearoa’s political economy this morning are:Chris Penk is set to roll back building standards for insulation that had only just been put in place, and which had been estimated to save 40% from power costs, after builders ...
    The KakaBy Bernard Hickey
    1 week ago
  • Open Letter to Pharmac

    All this talk of getting oldIt's getting me down, my loveLike a cat in a bag, waiting to drownThis time I'm coming downAnd I hope you're thinking of meAs you lay down on your sideNow the drugs don't workThey just make you worse but I know I'll see your face ...
    Nick’s KōreroBy Nick Rockel
    1 week ago

  • Kiwis having their say on first regulatory review

    After receiving more than 740 submissions in the first 20 days, Regulation Minister David Seymour is asking the Ministry for Regulation to extend engagement on the early childhood education regulation review by an extra two weeks.  “The level of interest has been very high, and from the conversations I’ve been ...
    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
    2 hours ago
  • Government upgrading Lower North Island commuter rail

    The Coalition Government is investing $802.9 million into the Wairarapa and Manawatū rail lines as part of a funding agreement with the NZ Transport Agency (NZTA), KiwiRail, and the Greater Wellington and Horizons Regional Councils to deliver more reliable services for commuters in the lower North Island, Transport Minister Simeon ...
    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
    5 hours ago
  • Government moves to ensure flood protection for Wairoa

    Local Government Minister Simeon Brown has announced his intention to appoint a Crown Manager to both Hawke’s Bay Regional and Wairoa District Councils to speed up the delivery of flood protection work in Wairoa."Recent severe weather events in Wairoa this year, combined with damage from Cyclone Gabrielle in 2023 have ...
    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
    18 hours ago
  • PM speech to Parliament – Royal Commission of Inquiry’s Report into Abuse in Care

    Mr Speaker, this is a day that many New Zealanders who were abused in State care never thought would come. It’s the day that this Parliament accepts, with deep sorrow and regret, the Report of the Royal Commission of Inquiry into Abuse in Care.  At the heart of this report are the ...
    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
    20 hours ago
  • Government acknowledges torture at Lake Alice

    For the first time, the Government is formally acknowledging some children and young people at Lake Alice Psychiatric Hospital experienced torture. The final report of the Royal Commission of Inquiry into Abuse in State and Faith-based Care “Whanaketia – through pain and trauma, from darkness to light,” was tabled in Parliament ...
    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
    20 hours ago
  • Government acknowledges courageous abuse survivors

    The Government has acknowledged the nearly 2,400 courageous survivors who shared their experiences during the Royal Commission of Inquiry into Historical Abuse in State and Faith-Based Care. The final report from the largest and most complex public inquiry ever held in New Zealand, the Royal Commission Inquiry “Whanaketia – through ...
    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
    20 hours ago
  • Half a million people use tax calculator

    With a week to go before hard-working New Zealanders see personal income tax relief for the first time in fourteen years, 513,000 people have used the Budget tax calculator to see how much they will benefit, says Finance Minister Nicola Willis.  “Tax relief is long overdue. From next Wednesday, personal income ...
    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
    23 hours ago
  • Paid Parental Leave improvements pass first reading

    Workplace Relations and Safety Minister Brooke van Velden says a bill that has passed its first reading will improve parental leave settings and give non-biological parents more flexibility as primary carer for their child. The Regulatory Systems Amendment Bill (No3), passed its first reading this morning. “It includes a change ...
    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
    1 day ago
  • Rebuilding the economy through better regulation

    Two Bills designed to improve regulation and make it easier to do business have passed their first reading in Parliament, says Economic Development Minister Melissa Lee. The Regulatory Systems (Economic Development) Amendment Bill and Regulatory Systems (Immigration and Workforce) Amendment Bill make key changes to legislation administered by the Ministry ...
    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
    1 day ago
  • ‘Open banking’ and ‘open electricity’ on the way

    New legislation paves the way for greater competition in sectors such as banking and electricity, Commerce and Consumer Affairs Minister Andrew Bayly says. “Competitive markets boost productivity, create employment opportunities and lift living standards. To support competition, we need good quality regulation but, unfortunately, a recent OECD report ranked New ...
    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
    1 day ago
  • Charity lotteries to be permitted to operate online

    Minister of Internal Affairs Brooke van Velden says lotteries for charitable purposes, such as those run by the Heart Foundation, Coastguard NZ, and local hospices, will soon be allowed to operate online permanently. “Under current laws, these fundraising lotteries are only allowed to operate online until October 2024, after which ...
    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
    2 days ago
  • Accelerating Northland Expressway

    The Coalition Government is accelerating work on the new four-lane expressway between Auckland and Whangārei as part of its Roads of National Significance programme, with an accelerated delivery model to deliver this project faster and more efficiently, Transport Minister Simeon Brown says. “For too long, the lack of resilient transport connections ...
    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
    2 days ago
  • Sir Don to travel to Viet Nam as special envoy

    Sir Don McKinnon will travel to Viet Nam this week as a Special Envoy of the Government, Foreign Minister Winston Peters has announced.    “It is important that the Government give due recognition to the significant contributions that General Secretary Nguyen Phu Trong made to New Zealand-Viet Nam relations,” Mr ...
    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
    2 days ago
  • Grant Illingworth KC appointed as transitional Commissioner to Royal Commission

    Minister of Internal Affairs Brooke van Velden says newly appointed Commissioner, Grant Illingworth KC, will help deliver the report for the first phase of the Royal Commission of Inquiry into COVID-19 Lessons, due on 28 November 2024.  “I am pleased to announce that Mr Illingworth will commence his appointment as ...
    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
    2 days ago
  • NZ to advance relationships with ASEAN partners

    Foreign Minister Winston Peters travels to Laos this week to participate in a series of Association of Southeast Asian Nations (ASEAN)-led Ministerial meetings in Vientiane.    “ASEAN plays an important role in supporting a peaceful, stable and prosperous Indo-Pacific,” Mr Peters says.   “This will be our third visit to ...
    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
    2 days ago
  • Backing mental health services on the West Coast

    Construction of a new mental health facility at Te Nikau Grey Hospital in Greymouth is today one step closer, Mental Health Minister Matt Doocey says. “This $27 million facility shows this Government is delivering on its promise to boost mental health care and improve front line services,” Mr Doocey says. ...
    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
    2 days ago
  • NZ support for sustainable Pacific fisheries

    New Zealand is committing nearly $50 million to a package supporting sustainable Pacific fisheries development over the next four years, Foreign Minister Winston Peters and Oceans and Fisheries Minister Shane Jones announced today. “This support consisting of a range of initiatives demonstrates New Zealand’s commitment to assisting our Pacific partners ...
    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
    2 days ago
  • Students’ needs at centre of new charter school adjustments

    Associate Education Minister David Seymour says proposed changes to the Education and Training Amendment Bill will ensure charter schools have more flexibility to negotiate employment agreements and are equipped with the right teaching resources. “Cabinet has agreed to progress an amendment which means unions will not be able to initiate ...
    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
    2 days ago
  • Commissioner replaces Health NZ Board

    In response to serious concerns around oversight, overspend and a significant deterioration in financial outlook, the Board of Health New Zealand will be replaced with a Commissioner, Health Minister Dr Shane Reti announced today.  “The previous government’s botched health reforms have created significant financial challenges at Health NZ that, without ...
    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
    3 days ago
  • Minister to speak at Australian Space Forum

    Minister for Space and Science, Innovation and Technology Judith Collins will travel to Adelaide tomorrow for space and science engagements, including speaking at the Australian Space Forum.  While there she will also have meetings and visits with a focus on space, biotechnology and innovation.  “New Zealand has a thriving space ...
    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
    3 days ago
  • Climate Change Minister to attend climate action meeting in China

    Climate Change Minister Simon Watts will travel to China on Saturday to attend the Ministerial on Climate Action meeting held in Wuhan.  “Attending the Ministerial on Climate Action is an opportunity to advocate for New Zealand climate priorities and engage with our key partners on climate action,” Mr Watts says. ...
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    3 days ago
  • Oceans and Fisheries Minister to Solomons

    Oceans and Fisheries Minister Shane Jones is travelling to the Solomon Islands tomorrow for meetings with his counterparts from around the Pacific supporting collective management of the region’s fisheries. The 23rd Pacific Islands Forum Fisheries Committee and the 5th Regional Fisheries Ministers’ Meeting in Honiara from 23 to 26 July ...
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    5 days ago
  • Government launches Military Style Academy Pilot

    The Government today launched the Military Style Academy Pilot at Te Au rere a te Tonga Youth Justice residence in Palmerston North, an important part of the Government’s plan to crackdown on youth crime and getting youth offenders back on track, Minister for Children, Karen Chhour said today. “On the ...
    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
    5 days ago
  • Nine priority bridge replacements to get underway

    The Government has welcomed news the NZ Transport Agency (NZTA) has begun work to replace nine priority bridges across the country to ensure our state highway network remains resilient, reliable, and efficient for road users, Transport Minister Simeon Brown says.“Increasing productivity and economic growth is a key priority for the ...
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    5 days ago
  • Update on global IT outage

    Acting Prime Minister David Seymour has been in contact throughout the evening with senior officials who have coordinated a whole of government response to the global IT outage and can provide an update. The Department of the Prime Minister and Cabinet has designated the National Emergency Management Agency as the ...
    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
    6 days ago
  • New Zealand, Japan renew Pacific partnership

    New Zealand and Japan will continue to step up their shared engagement with the Pacific, Foreign Minister Winston Peters says.    “New Zealand and Japan have a strong, shared interest in a free, open and stable Pacific Islands region,” Mr Peters says.    “We are pleased to be finding more ways ...
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    6 days ago
  • New infrastructure energises BOP forestry towns

    New developments in the heart of North Island forestry country will reinvigorate their communities and boost economic development, Regional Development Minister Shane Jones says. Mr Jones visited Kaingaroa and Kawerau in Bay of Plenty today to open a landmark community centre in the former and a new connecting road in ...
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    6 days ago
  • 'Pacific Futures'

    President Adeang, fellow Ministers, honourable Diet Member Horii, Ambassadors, distinguished guests.    Minasama, konnichiwa, and good afternoon, everyone.    Distinguished guests, it’s a pleasure to be here with you today to talk about New Zealand’s foreign policy reset, the reasons for it, the values that underpin it, and how it ...
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    6 days ago
  • Delivering 24 hour pothole repairs

    Kiwis and freight operators will benefit from the Coalition Government delivering on its commitment to introduce targets that will ensure a greater number of potholes on our state highways are identified and fixed within 24 hours, Transport Minister Simeon Brown says.  “Increasing productivity to help rebuild our economy is a key ...
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    6 days ago
  • Peer Support Specialists rolled out in hospitals

    Five hospitals have been selected to trial a new mental health and addiction peer support service in their emergency departments as part of the Government’s commitment to increase access to mental health and addiction support for New Zealanders, says Mental Health Minister Matt Doocey.  “Peer Support Specialists in EDs will ...
    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
    1 week ago
  • Consultation opens for the Emissions Reduction Plan

    The Government’s draft Emissions Reduction Plan shows we can stay within the limits of the first two emissions budgets while growing the economy, Climate Change Minister Simon Watts says. “This draft Emissions Reduction Plan shows that with effective climate change policies we can both grow the economy and deliver our ...
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    1 week ago
  • Benefit stats highlight need for welfare reset

    The coalition Government is providing extra support for job seekers to ensure as many Kiwis as possible are in work or preparing for work, Social Development and Employment Minister Louise Upston says. “While today’s quarterly data showing a rise in the number of people on Jobseeker benefits has been long ...
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    1 week ago
  • School attendance continues to increase

    Provisional school attendance data for Term 2 2024 released today has shown more students are back in class compared to last year, with 53.1 per cent of students regularly attending, compared with 47 per cent in Term 2 2023, Associate Education Minister David Seymour says. “The Government has prioritised student ...
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    1 week ago
  • $22.7m of West Coast resilience projects underway

    Transport Minister Simeon Brown has welcomed news of progress being made by the NZ Transport Agency (NZTA) on the first of several crucial resilience projects underway on the South Island’s West Coast.“State highways across the West Coast are critical lifelines for communities throughout the region, including for freight and tourism. ...
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    1 week ago
  • Migrant school leavers to get part-time work rights

    The coalition Government is providing migrant school leavers with greater opportunities, by increasing access to part-time work rights for those awaiting the outcome of a family residence application, Immigration Minister Erica Stanford has announced.  “Many young people who are part of a family residence application process are unable to work. ...
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    1 week ago
  • Funding to support use of NZ Sign Language

    Seven projects have received government funding totalling nearly $250,000 to maintain and promote the use of New Zealand Sign Language (NZSL). Initiatives that received an NZSL Board Community Grants this year include camps that support the use of NZSL through physical and sensory activities, and clubs where Deaf people and ...
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    1 week ago
  • Inflation data shows progress in economic recovery

    Today’s Consumer Price Index data which has inflation at 3.3 per cent for the year to July 2024, shows we are turning our economy around and winning the fight against rampant inflation, Finance Minister Nicola Willis says.  “While today’s data will be welcome news for Kiwis, I know many New ...
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    1 week ago
  • Experts to advise Minister on Oranga Tamariki

    The Oranga Tamariki Ministerial Advisory Board has been re-established by the Minister for Children, Karen Chhour. “I look forward to working with the new board to continue to ensure Oranga Tamariki and the care and protection system, are entirely child centric,” Minister Chhour says. “The board will provide independent advice ...
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    1 week ago
  • Expectations set for improved medicines access

    Associate Health Minister David Seymour says he has set clear expectations for Pharmac around delivering the medicines and medical technology that Kiwis need.  “For many New Zealanders, funding for pharmaceuticals is life or death, or the difference between a life of pain and suffering or living freely. New cancer medicines ...
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    1 week ago
  • Regional Development Minister to host summits

    Regional Development Minister Shane Jones will hold a series of nationwide summits to discuss regional priorities, aspirations and opportunities, with the first kicking off in Nelson on August 12. The 15 summits will facilitate conversations about progressing regional economic growth and opportunities to drive productivity, prosperity and resilience through the ...
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    1 week ago

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