Response Report: Hager says NZ spying bad for Pacific relations (PMC Audio)

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Investigative journalist, Nicky Hager. Image: PMC.

Reporter: Alistar Kata.

AUCKLAND: It’s no secret that NZ is spying on its Pacific neighbours.

Investigative journalist Nicky Hager says intercepted communications from countries such as Fiji, Samoa and Tonga and Vanuatu are captured as “full-take collection” by the Government Communications Security Bureau (GCSB) and passed onto the US National Security Agency.

In an extended interview with journalist Selwyn Manning on the newly launched EveningReport.nz website, Hager says New Zealand’s position is “arrogant”. (ref. ER episode 1)

He says the New Zealand move will prove bad for future relations with Pacific governments.

“It’s those small countries, the ones were we don’t have a good excuse and we are just selling them out, where I think it’s going to be bad,” he says.

    Interviewees:
    Investigative journalist Nicky Hager
    Journalist and EveningReport editor Selwyn Manning
    Pacific Studies Professor Steve Ratuva (Canterbury University)

    Pacific Media Centre, School of Communication Studies, AUT University.

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Selwyn Manning, BCS (Hons.) MCS (Hons.) is an investigative political journalist with 23 years media experience. He specializes in reportage and analysis of socioeconomics, politics, foreign affairs, and security/intelligence issues. Selwyn has extensive experience as a commentator and has provided live political analysis to a wide range of television and radio organizations broadcasting in New Zealand, Australia and globally including the BBC (Five Live, London) and BBC (World Service). He is currently a correspondent to Australia's FiveAA radio, and is a regular live-on-air panelist on Radio New Zealand's The Panel with broadcaster Jim Mora.

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