The broad definition of security is long-standing, introduced around the same time as the SIS botched break in of Aziz Choudry’s house in Christchurch at the time of an APEC meeting there.
We have always argued that it is intended for use against the critics of neoliberal economic agreements. That likelihood intensified with the expansion of the GCSB powers.
I expressed concerns about the implications for fellow activists offshore in countries where there are greater risks than in NZ. That has been borne out by this finding.
We can expect that they are monitoring all our activities in relation to TPPA, TiSA, RCEP, WTO and any other negotiations.
Note that it involves a subjective assessment of ‘New Zealand’s international and economic wellbeing’.
Open spying season on critics of other international positions of the government and Maori putting pressure internationally on New Zealand’s failings in NZ and internationally is also now official.
As an overseas diplomat whom I sent this too also noted, it licenses the spying on other sovereign countries taking opposite positions to NZ in various negotiations, including at the WTO.
This is an outrage and Labour needs to publicly commit to repealing this legislation, which they were (unwittingly?) complicit in expanding over the years.