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More budget cash for spies and defence

NZ NewswireNZ Newswire 26/05/2016



* GCSB and SIS, which now get $51m a year, to get an extra $178.7m over four years. Also revealed is $120m over four years for government encryption technology, which was actually approved last year ahead of the business case for it.

The government says the money is needed for the intelligence community to remain effective.

"New Zealand is not immune to global threats such as cyber-attacks and the risks posed by extremist groups such as ISIL." - GCSB and SIS Minister Chris Finlayson


* The army, navy, air force, whose current annual budget is about $3 billion, to get an extra $301m over four years

The Defence Force says it needs the cash to do its job properly. Imminent White Paper will spell out where the funds should go, but no mention yet of selling the four unsuitable inshore patrol vessels.

"It will also enable the continued introduction into service of new and upgraded capabilities and the regeneration of Defence properties." - Defence Minister Gerry Brownlee

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