Security history analysis
Victoria University Professor Richard Hill has been awarded Marsden funding to compile an analysis of covert intelligence gathering in New Zealand, the only Western country to have no academic study on the history of its security intelligence.
Hill will investigate the surveillance of New Zealanders between 1907 and 2007, examining how strategies changed during key periods and what the trade- offs were between state security requirements and civil liberties.
He will be working with Dr David Burke from Cambridge University, an expert on espionage, and David Filer, a New Zealand military historian.
Hill said that though there had been books written about aspects of New Zealand’s security intelligence services, the Marsden funding would support the first sustained and integrated academic scrutiny of New Zealand’s security surveillance institutions and their operations, and lead to publication of the first comprehensive overview of covert intelligence gathering in this country.
He has been awarded funding of $495,000 for the project.
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