22 Aug 2013

Mana expects to be targeted by GCSB

6:35 am on 22 August 2013

The Mana Party says it fully expects its caucus will be targeted by theGovernment Communications Security Bureau, now that its powers have been expanded.

The Government Communications Security Bureau and Related Legislation Amendment Bill was passed by 61 votes to 59 at 7.45pm on Wednesday, allowing the bureau to spy on New Zealand citizens.

Mana co-vice president John Minto says the legislation will undoubtedly target activists and that has serious implications for a democratic society.

He said it's inevitable some Mana members will be watched by the bureau, because the party exists to challenge the economic structure of New Zealand, and advocates for change.