Government department hires company to spy on South Taranaki iwi

Iwi slams Oranga Tamariki

Security company Thompson & Clark Investigations was asked to monitor “issue motivated groups” such as the South Taranaki iwi Ngāti Ruanui.

That’s according to a new State Services Commission report commissioned by Energy and Resources Minister Megan Woods.

The security company was given the profiles and newsletters of groups opposing oil and gas exploration and iron-sand mining – and Ngāti Ruanui was one of the main opponents.

“The report says we were monitored and the only other word for that is spying,” Te Rūnanga o Ngāti Ruanui CEO/kaiarataki Debbie Ngarewa-Packer said.

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