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Former judges will oversee spy agencies

NZ Newswire logoNZ Newswire 5/04/2017

Two former senior judges have been appointed Commissioners of Intelligence Warrants.

Prime Minister Bill English announced the appointment of former Court of Appeal Judge Sir Bruce Robertson and former High Court Judge Warwick Gendall.

Under the new laws covering the agencies, surveillance warrants are issued under a "triple lock" system.

They must be approved by the attorney-general and a commissioner of intelligence warrants, and reviewed by the inspector-general of intelligence and security.

Mr English said the commissioners would provide "critical oversight" of the work of New Zealand's intelligence agencies.

The appointments were made after consultation with Labour leader Andrew Little.

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