The Media Party thinks that whether your skin is brown or not, or whether you have a vagina and boobs is more important than your abilities at cryptography or other essential skills needed to work at the SIS or GCSB.
While nearly 15 percent of New Zealand’s population is Maori, they account for just 7.4 percent of staff at the Government Communications Security Bureau (GCSB) while even fewer work for the Security Intelligence Service (SIS), according to research by a Massey University masters student.
Pacific Islanders accounted for just two and four percent at the SIS and GCSB respectively.
The report found diversity at spy agencies was not “an accurate reflection of New Zealand’s population”, with staff at the agencies saying they had been subjected to unnecessary racist jokes at their expense.
“Although it was not a pressing issue, staff did note that often at times this type of banter was excessive, unnecessary and that it would not be tolerated if the same was done to those of non-ethnic descent,” the report written in 2014 said.
Maori and Pacific people who “come from open, honest, trusting families and communities” being uncomfortable with the secrecy associated with a spy agency may also make recruitment unattractive to them.
Despite this, the report goes on to commend the NZIC for its efforts to address inequality, but says there is still much room for improvement.
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