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Why spying for another country matters

This morning the New Zealand Herald in conjunction with Edward Snowden, Glenn Greenwald and Nicky Hager have alleged that the GCSB (Government Communications and Security Bureau) has been spying on countries in the Pacific. The spying is allegedly not just for our benefit, we are spying on these countries on the behalf of the United States and other members of the Five Eyes security alliance.

New chairperson - why civil liberties matter and what we need to do

We recently held our AGM and I'm proud to have been elected as the new Chairperson for the NZ Council for Civil Liberties.

Civil liberties matter to me. I believe that a freedom and rights-based democracy is the best way to build a society that gives everyone the chance to be the best they can be. Furthermore I believe that New Zealand can be that society.

Claudia Geiringer Inaugural Lecture - Human Rights

This lecture was particularly informative as well as being very entertaining. The link provides an insightful look at the origins of the NZ Bill of Rights Act as well as the nuances and challenges associated with it. Importantly, it also looks towards the future and how progress may continue to be made [albeit rather slowly at times].

Video of Claudia Geiringer's inaugural lecture.

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