Prime Minister of New Zealand|
Incumbent: Bill English
Since 12 December 2016
• New Zealand Defence Force|
• New Zealand Security Intelligence Service
• New Zealand Broadcasting Standards Authority
• Government Communications Security Bureau
|Member of||Global Counter Terrorism Forum, UKUSA|
New Zealand is an island state next to Australia which "has become a preferred bolthole for the ultra rich". Its position in the far southern hemisphere renders it less vulnerable to, for example, radioactive pollution released in the northern hemisphere.
Lying about Mass Surveillance
In 2013 New Zealand Prime Minister John Key promised expresly that if the Government Communications Security Bureau were found to have conducted mass surveillance, he would resign, together with GCSB chief, Ian Fletcher. In 2015, following revelations by Edward Snowden, Nicky Hager proved that GCSB does carry out such surveillance. Indeed, former GCSB chief, Bruce Ferguson, admitted as much. John Key ignored his vow and did not resign.
Trans-Pacific Strategic Economic Partnership Agreement
New Zealand was a signatory to the "Trans-Pacific Strategic Economic Partnership Agreement", a treaty to abrogate state power by elevating the rights of corporations. A poll conducted in December 2012 showed that 64% of New Zealanders thought trade agreements, such as the TPP, which allow corporations to sue governments, should be rejected.
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- "New Zealanders wary of TPP". 3 News NZ. 12 December 2012.