Intelligence and Security Act Review

The Intelligence and Security Act 2017 sets out the objectives, functions and powers for the intelligence and security agencies, the New Zealand Security Intelligence Service (NZSIS) and the Government Communications Security Bureau (GCSB).

Section 235 of the Intelligence and Security Act 2017 requires that the Act and the intelligence and security agencies be reviewed every five to seven years. 

The statutory review of the Intelligence and Security Act 2017 and the intelligence and security agencies is underway.

The review is considering whether the legislation can be improved to ensure it continues to be clear and effective, as well as considering relevant matters that were raised by the Royal Commission of Inquiry into the terrorist attack on Christchurch masjidain on 15 March 2019.

The Prime Minister has appointed Sir Terence Arnold KNZM and Matanuku Mahuika to undertake the review. She has also appointed Dr Penelope Ridings as special advisor to support the review. More information about the reviewers and special advisor can be found here.

The Review Report will be delivered to the Intelligence and Security Committee by 20 December 2022.

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The Ministry of Justice has a statutory responsibility to provide the reviewers with administrative, secretarial and other support necessary to conduct the review.

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