Video Here of the GCSB Bill Public Meeting – Monday Night


This video is courtesy of SlipStream.

Stop The GCSB Bill - Auckland Public Meeting - image by @KimDotcom.
Stop The GCSB Bill – Auckland Public Meeting – image by @KimDotcom.
The Auckland Town Hall was packed to capacity last night as thousands turned up to show their opposition to the Government’s GCSB legislation and to send the National-led Government, ACT, and United Future a stern message.

Tens of thousands more went online to The Daily Blog to watch and debate the issue. Here is video of the event.

IF YOU DID NOT MAKE IT to the Auckland Town Hall on Monday night you can watch the entire debate here on The Daily Blog.

The Coalition to Stop the GCSB Bill organised this public meeting at the Auckland Town Hall with a powerful line-up of speakers – each explains why this GCSB Bill is bad for our country.

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The speakers were:

  • Dr Rodney Harrison QC (lawyer)
  • Kim Dotcom (the most high profile victim of illegal GCSB spying)
  • Jon Stephenson (journalist and war correspondent)
  • Seeby Woodhouse (Founder of Orcon ISP and 2004 NZ Young Entrepreneur of the Year)
  • Helen Kelly (CTU President)
  • Professor Jane Kelsey (Law Faculty Auckland University)
  • Marama Davidson (Maori activist and blogger)
  • David Shearer (Labour Party Leader)
  • Russel Norman (Green Party Leader)
  • Winston Peters (NZ First leader)
  • Hone Harawira (Mana Party Leader)
  • Nicky Hagar (investigative journalist).

Prime Minister John Key intends to rush these new spying powers through Parliament this week, relying on MP Peter Dunne and ACT’s John Banks to vote for it. This would give the National Party, ACT, and United Future MPS a one-vote majority.

Labour and New Zealand First say the legislation does not provide New Zealanders with important assurances that they will not needlessly be spied on.

The Green Party wants a complete overhaul and reform of our spy agencies to make sure they operate in the interests of New Zealanders, as does the Mana Party which wants the GCSB shut down.

All parties say New Zealanders have not been given enough opportunity to debate these changes and have been shut out of the debate.

Unless one National Party MP votes against this Bill our country’s GCSB spies will be able to extend their powers to spying on New Zealanders, permanent residents, tourists, businesses, NGOs, even intercept discussions between lawyers and clients.

It is expected that all our communication, private or otherwise, will be uploaded to the United States via PRISM, Xkeyscore or other platforms we have yet to find out about.

All this will be made possible due to National MPS toeing the party line, and John Banks and Peter Dunne giving National their vote.


  1. Reaction from Mercosur, the Southern Common Market, regarding NSA US exceptionalist prerogatives ‘allowing’ wholesale surveillance as ‘a matter of course’.

    ‘Expression of outrage contained in the “Annex to the note verbale dated 22 July from the Permanent Mission of the Bolivarian Republic of Venezuela to the United Nations addressed to the Secretary-General, which stated:
    “Decision rejecting the acts of espionage conducted by the United States in the countries of the region.” “The President of the Argentine Republic, the President of the Plurinational State of Bolivia, the President of the Federative Republic of Brazil, the President of the Eastern Republic of Uruguay and the President of the Bolivarian Republic of Venezuela, having met in Montevideo, Eastern Republic of Uruguay, on 12 July, 2013, within the framework of the presidential summit of the Southern Common Market (MERCOSUR), Condemning the acts of espionage carried out by intelligence agencies of the United States of America , which affect all countries in the region, strongly rejecting the interception of telecommunications and the acts of espionage carried out in our countries, which constitute a violation of the human rights, the right to privacy and the right to information of our citizens, and which also constitute unacceptable behavior that violates our sovereignty and is detrimental to the normal conduct of relations among nations.

  2. Hiya Daily Blog is the video from this meetup on the GCSB Bill going to be posted a bit later? It would be good to be able to access it and pass onto the rest of Aotearoa.

    Brilliant meet and speakers and good crowd..

    Well done to all..

  3. Streaming is cool but I didn’t even know about the meeting ’til about 8:30pm :). Is this going to be posted somewhere?

  4. The spy bill, is at its worst a licence to kill. People who are innocent and their families are being Killed all over the world, as we speak. This is called Murder. However the GCSB and American authorities would rather call it ‘Disposing of’. Or an accident, sorry.

  5. Congrats To all who organised the meeting and streamed it on the still free World Wide Web – bloody good line up too
    Thank you

  6. PRISM, X Keyscore… and then the replacement to ‘Carnivore’


    NarusInsignt improves upon previously used technology by being able to track users use of web browsing and Instant messages, monitoring VoIP traffic and supports real-time precision targeting, capturing and reconstruction of webmail (previous technology used external storage to record data).

  7. This bill has a great parallel in history.
    I it was rushed through, like this bill, its negative for people’s wellbeing, destroys lives and it gives too much power to a few.
    It is the “Federal Reserve Bank act” passed in 1913.
    It hands the power to control the “life blood” of nations, the money, to a private entity. Those create money out of thin air and lent it with interest to nations…..
    “Compound interest is the eighth wonder of the world. He, who understands it, earns it … he who doesn’t … pays it.” Albert Einstein

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