Intelligence and Security Act 2017

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Part 1 Preliminary provisions

3 Purpose

The purpose of this Act is to protect New Zealand as a free, open, and democratic society by—

(a)

establishing intelligence and security agencies that will effectively contribute to—

(i)

the protection of New Zealand’s national security; and

(ii)

the international relations and well-being of New Zealand; and

(iii)

the economic well-being of New Zealand; and

(b)

giving the intelligence and security agencies adequate and appropriate functions, powers, and duties; and

(c)

ensuring that the functions of the intelligence and security agencies are performed—

(i)

in accordance with New Zealand law and all human rights obligations recognised by New Zealand law; and

(ii)

with integrity and professionalism; and

(iii)

in a manner that facilitates effective democratic oversight; and

(d)

ensuring that the powers of the intelligence and security agencies are subject to institutional oversight and appropriate safeguards.