Snowden files: GCSB’s secret Bangladesh spy mission

Secret documents reveal New Zealand has shared intelligence collected through covert surveillance with Bangladesh despite that country’s security forces being implicated in extrajudicial killings, torture and other human rights abuses.

Snowden files: How spy agency homed in on Groser’s rivals

A top secret document reveals New Zealand’s surveillance agency spied on candidates vying to be the director-general of the World Trade Organisation (WTO), a job sought by National Government minister Tim Groser.

Revealed: The names NZ targeted using NSA’s XKeyscore system

Why did the GCSB intercept emails to and from Solomon Island officials? Nicky Hager and Ryan Gallagher report

Snowden files: Inside Waihopai’s domes

NICKY HAGER AND RYAN GALLAGHER Last updated 07:47, March 8 2015 Sunday Star-Times The Waihopai intelligence base looks oddly alien and out of place: huge white “golf ball” radomes like a moon station and silent buildings within two fences of razor wire, all dropped in the midst of vineyards and dry hills in New Zealand’s [...]

Digging up dirty deeds, Nicky Hager writing in Walkley Magazine

Political journalists had long suspected
links between the prime minister’s office and these
bloggers, but the activities were well hidden and
denied. The book shows a series of attacks and
manufactured scandals: researched and coordinated
by government staff and then fed to journalists via
the attack bloggers. It is a classic example of where
a leak was crucial for the story getting out

New Zealand elections: dirty tricks helped John Key win another term

An orchestrated attack has painted Key’s political opponents as dodgy, untrustworthy or incompetent. This is not how democracy should work

New Zealand elections: dirty tricks helped John Key win another term

An orchestrated attack has painted Key’s political opponents as dodgy, untrustworthy or incompetent. This is not how democracy should work: Nicky Hager writes in The Guardian

Trevor Clarke, tax haven architect and current-day user

This article, published by Matariki FM in the Cook Islands, is about tax haven activities of that nation’s richest man….

Who Uses the Offshore World

Secret records obtained by the International Consortium of Investigative Journalists reveal tens of thousands of people in more than 170 countries and territories linked to offshore companies and trusts. Here are some examples from around the world. By Marina Walker Guevara, Nicky Hager, Mar Cabra, Gerard Ryle and Emily Menkes

How do you make sense of more than a million leaked documents?

The story behind the massive leak of documents revealing the extent to which the world’s wealthy go to avoid and evade tax and New Zealand’s part in the investigations

Money trail leads home to New Zealand, Sunday Star-Times

Leaked documents reveal one of New Zealand’s richest families was for a time at the heart of a major international tax haven company that hit the news in the United States last week.

Secret Files Expose Offshore’s Global Impact

Dozens of journalists sifted through millions of leaked records and thousands of names to produce ICIJ’s investigation into offshore secrecy
By Gerard Ryle, Marina Walker Guevara, Michael Hudson, Nicky Hager, Duncan Campbell and Stefan Candea

Bruce Jesson Lecture, Maidment Theatre, Auckland

The second part of the lecture will be about investigative journalism. But before that, I want to use the opportunity of this lecture to talk much more widely, sharing some thoughts about the state of politics in New Zealand today.

US free-trade deal suspect

New Zealand’s chief trade negotiator Mark Sinclair privately told a visiting US State Department official that New Zealand had little to gain from a free-trade agreement. This view – recorded in a confidential US embassy cable released by WikiLeaks – differs from the one the public has been given.

Visiting Wikileaks in December 2010

I HAVE had many careful meetings with sources during the last 20 years, but never anything as cautious and mysterious as this. I was heading overseas to meet the WikiLeaks team in the midst of heavy threats from the United States government and more imminent threats of police action.

Wikileaks: US tried to change nukes stand in 2005

THE WIKILEAKS cables reveal American ambassador Charles Swindell worked ahead of the 2005 election to pressure New Zealand into changing its nuclear-free policy.

“Where are you, ethically?” A speech to the to the Records Management Association of Australasia conference, 10 September 2007

It is a sad truth in politics, and maybe all human activity, that when people believe they are acting in secret they do things that they would never do if they believed other people might find out. Often good record keeping and the availability of those records is the best protection we have against deception, dishonesty and corrupt behaviour by people in positions of influence. I hope you recognise this important and powerful effect of your work

Seeds of Distrust, The story of a GE coverup

Seeds of Distrust - Nicky HagerThe book tells the story of how the New Zealand government handled the unwelcome news of contamination of corn crops with genetically-engineered seeds. Officials succumbed to industry lobbying, quietly changed the regulations to “allow” contaminated crops. ‘managed’ the risk of politicians and the public objecting by keeping the whole incident secret. The book is not about the corn but about the political management. It takes readers step-by-step through the crisis, based on original documents from an unhappy insider.

“A researcher’s view of New Zealand’s Official Information Act”, International Symposium on Freedom of Information and Privacy

New Zealand’s Official Information Act is a powerful tool that allows access to a lot of important information. However, my experience has been that the act also has major limitations. New Zealand is overdue for a thorough review of the freedom of information laws.