Se­cu­rity his­tory anal­y­sis

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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.

Photo: JIM CHIPP

Clean streams: Johnsonville Mall man­ager Ger­ard Earl, left, and Alis­tair Mee try out a free car wash site the mall has made avail­able for char­i­ties to use for fundrais­ing pur­poses.

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