New Zealand spy agency NZSIS intercepted multiple potential threats to 2020 general election | Mitchell Alexander/Newshub
As New Zealanders prepared to vote last year for who they thought should form the next Government, potential threats to the integrity of October’s general election were being intercepted. Newshub can reveal the New Zealand Security Intelligence Service (NZSIS) identified and responded to “fewer than 10” leads relating to the general election, which had been postponed due to COVID-19. A ‘lead’ is the initial information that indicates a potential threat to national security. The NZSIS wouldn’t confirm the exact number of leads and noted responding to them doesn’t necessarily constitute an active national security investigation. The NZSIS say it is responsible for collecting, analysing and assessing intelligence about foreign interference activities in New Zealand. “During the 2020 General Election, we focused on triaging any leads related to foreign interference, and assessing whether they could significantly impact the outcome of the election, or public confidence in the electoral process”.