2 Sep 2022

NZSIS, GCSB Minister to visit all Five Eyes partners

12:28 pm on 2 September 2022
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Photo: RNZ / Samuel Rillstone

Minister for NZSIS and GCSB Andrew Little is set to visit all four other members of the Five Eyes intelligence partnership this month.

He will visit Canberra, Washington, Ottawa and London - departing on Sunday 4 September and returning 10 days later on Wednesday 14 September - to meet with counterparts and intelligence committee members, visit agency headquarters, and attend the Billington Cyber Security Summit.

In a statement, he said face-to-face contact after the resumption of international travel would reinforce the partnership at a time of global instability and geostrategic competition.

"Quality intelligence informs good policy decisions and operational delivery across government agencies, and helps keep us safe. New Zealand has been part of the Five Eyes since 1956 and the partnership gives us access to more intelligence, support, and better technology," he said.

"Just recently New Zealand has benefited from the information gathered and shared from our partners around Russia's illegal invasion of Ukraine, including the cybersecurity implications."

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