Kitteridge to head up SIS

November 12th, 2013 at 11:33 am by David Farrar

has announced:

Prime Minister John Key today announced the appointment of to the position of Director of Security, New Zealand Security Intelligence Service (NZSIS).

Ms Kitteridge will replace Dr Warren Tucker, who is retiring next year.

“Ms Kitteridge is a highly respected and professional public servant with experience in senior roles,” Mr Key says.

“She is currently Secretary of the Cabinet and Clerk of the Executive Council at the Department of the Prime Minister and the Cabinet (DPMC), and has served under four Prime Ministers and four Governors-General while at DPMC.

“Ms Kitteridge was also seconded to conduct a high profile compliance review of the Government Communications Security Bureau (GCSB) late last year.

This is an excellent appointment.

With the increasing focus on the intelligence agencies, public confidence is critical. Kitteridge’s background as a totally impartial Cabinet Secretary, but also as someone who is meticulous about following the law, due process, good procedure etc is just what the needs.

The PM is obviously very determined that there be no more stuff ups of the Kim Dotcom variety.

Both the SIS and GCSB have tended to be headed up by those from a military or foreign affairs background. Now both are headed up by long-term career civil servants.

Also Kitteridge is the first woman to head up the SIS, and I suspect will be the youngest Director also by a considerable margin.

Slightly ironically, Kitteridge is going from one job where she can not talk publicly about most of her day to day work, to perhaps the one job where you can talk even less about what your day in the office was like. At least she’ll be used to it!

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59 Responses to “Kitteridge to head up SIS”

  1. Jack5 (4,840 comments) says:

    If Kitteridge is on her toes perhaps she can find out whether the Don Brash email burglary which led to his political demise was the result of help from, or work by, a rogue-Leftist within the GCSB.

    The GCSB had the expertise for the task.

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  2. jackinabox (767 comments) says:

    Louise Nicholas was highly critical of the Police so they put her on the payroll.

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  3. Redbaiter (8,001 comments) says:

    “Both the SIS and GCSB have tended to be headed up by those from a military or foreign affairs background. Now both are headed up by long-term career civil servants.”

    Really, I can’t see this as an improvement. There were errors at the spy agencies for sure but putting career public servants in charge who lack the wide global knowledge of the Military or Foreign Affairs personal is IMHO a big mistake.

    What does Kittridge know of the “Great Game”?

    The problems with our spy agencies lie with politicians from Labour and National who have no respect for traditional freedoms stemming from as far back as Magna Carta.

    The armed raid on Dotcom’s mansion and the resulting theft of his possessions and his incarceration was gross over reach that was abusive in terms of citizens rights. Under sophisticated and aware management this would never have happened.

    I can’t see anything about Kitteridge to suggest she will provide a solution to this contempt for traditional freedoms.

    The people behind that raid should be jailed.

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  4. thedavincimode (6,589 comments) says:

    I’m not so sure redbaiter. It seems to me that this role really requires a woman’s touch don’t you think? MI 6 had Dame Judy Dench after all.

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  5. Redbaiter (8,001 comments) says:

    Oh, you mean like a quota?

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  6. thedavincimode (6,589 comments) says:

    No no, just a woman’s touch. Flowers in the office, general tidy up and some decent furniture – get rid of all that depressing cold war era stuff. New kitchen – ditch the old formica and a dishwasher so that the sink doesn’t look so messy with all the old coffee cups.

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  7. wreck1080 (3,800 comments) says:

    Actually, I think spies need to operate outside the law.

    She’ll be a disaster.

    We really need someone like Jack Bauer from 24… if he’d followed the law Los Angeles would be a smoking radioactive hole.

    Not that i’m confusing fantasy or reality or anything like that.

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  8. thedavincimode (6,589 comments) says:

    wreck

    It’s not a “spy” thing . It’s more about just “happening” to overhear peoples’ conversations. Woman are good at that sort of stuff whereas men just stand around drinking beer and talking about rugby.

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  9. RRM (9,638 comments) says:

    What does Kittridge know of the “Great Game”?

    I understand she’s read everything by Tom Clancy, that should at least put her on a level playing field with you 007.

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  10. thedavincimode (6,589 comments) says:

    RRM

    Stop it. Redbaiter is trying to be on his best behaviour and there you go teasing him.

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  11. gazzmaniac (2,319 comments) says:

    Reddy’s here. Should we start another flame war?!

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  12. gazzmaniac (2,319 comments) says:

    Really, I can’t see this as an improvement. There were errors at the spy agencies for sure but putting career public servants in charge who lack the wide global knowledge of the Military or Foreign Affairs personal is IMHO a big mistake.

    What would you do differently Red?

    The problems with our spy agencies lie with politicians from Labour and National who have no respect for traditional freedoms stemming from as far back as Magna Carta.

    A bit like the conservatives, who want to confiscate property to develop it.

    The armed raid on Dotcom’s mansion and the resulting theft of his possessions and his incarceration was gross over reach that was abusive in terms of citizens rights. Under sophisticated and aware management this would never have happened…

    The people behind that raid should be jailed.

    The only difference between that raid and the policy of the Conservative party is that the conservatives won’t have helicoptors or a swat team.

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  13. Nigel Kearney (915 comments) says:

    I’m sure it’s a good appointment if the goal is to prevent activity that is basically ok but technically in breach of the law and may cause embarrassment to the government. If the goal is to support our security agencies to do the vitally important work of keeping us safe, we’ll probably never know if this appointment helps or not.

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  14. martinh (1,164 comments) says:

    “Slightly ironically, Kitteridge is going from one job where she can not talk publicly about most of her day to day work, to perhaps the one job where you can talk even less about what your day in the office was like. At least she’ll be used to it!”

    Unlike DPF this is what concerns me most, i think she has being bought for her ability to keep silent. Perhaps she was told when she was doing the report that if she omitted a few things she would get this plum job when it soon came up

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  15. martinh (1,164 comments) says:

    Gazzmaniac
    How on this site do you do quotations from past comments like you have done above?

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  16. Redbaiter (8,001 comments) says:

    “If the goal is to support our security agencies to do the vitally important work of keeping us safe, we’ll probably never know if this appointment helps or not.”

    Basically what I was trying to say. Except I think its clear that Kitteridge would not have the same degree of knowledge in this are that military staff would have.

    Second point was (as someone else above has already mentioned) that her report was pretty weak really. Much more criticism was due and there should have been far greater repercussions to the over reach of these agencies.

    I can’t see it helping much.

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  17. cha (3,852 comments) says:

    # martinh

    Third down, quoted text:

    http://www.ironspider.ca/format_text/paragraphs.htm

    Bold and italics:

    http://www.ironspider.ca/format_text/fontstyles.htm

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  18. martinh (1,164 comments) says:

    # martinh

    Third down, quoted text:

    Thanks Cha

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  19. cha (3,852 comments) says:

    You’re welcome.

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  20. big bruv (13,552 comments) says:

    So, the obvious question is this.

    Did she get the job on merit or is this a PC appointment to appease the femenazi’s?

    Sadly this question will be keep being asked while we have the rabid feminists demanding appointments based on sex rather than ability. Yes it might be a tad unfair to Kitteridge to ask this question but it is the inevitable result of the policy.

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  21. Redbaiter (8,001 comments) says:

    “Reddy’s here. Should we start another flame war?!”

    An ignoramus like you might think that a good idea because you simply lack the refinement necessary to appreciate that this is someone else’s blog.

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  22. thedavincimode (6,589 comments) says:

    It’s clearly because she knows where the bodies are BB and perhaps the boss was impressed with what she did. Plus she also likely learned how the tin cans and the string worked when she did he review. Oh, and of course, the need for a bit of a spring clean and a do up.

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  23. gazzmaniac (2,319 comments) says:

    You’re getting warmed up I see Reddy.

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  24. Redbaiter (8,001 comments) says:

    No need for any warming up with an opponent as effete as yourself.

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  25. Redbaiter (8,001 comments) says:

    =p

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  26. gazzmaniac (2,319 comments) says:

    Ooh the insult generator is out already!

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  27. Redbaiter (8,001 comments) says:

    As I said yesterday, all I ever do is tell the truth about progressives, and it is this that incenses you so much.

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  28. gazzmaniac (2,319 comments) says:

    Your version of the truth makes me laugh Red.

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  29. Redbaiter (8,001 comments) says:

    Oh good, I like making progs laugh.

    It must be so sad for you without me.

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  30. gazzmaniac (2,319 comments) says:

    Not really. I would be just fine if you went away forever.

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  31. Redbaiter (8,001 comments) says:

    But you said I make you laugh.
    And that you enjoy fouling threads with pointless flame wars.
    So how does that work?

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  32. gazzmaniac (2,319 comments) says:

    You are merely a source of entertainment, and a pretty insignificant one at that. Your flame wars don’t have a monopoly on my entertainment.

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  33. Redbaiter (8,001 comments) says:

    I think they do. This is the second time you have so selfishly destroyed a thread just so you can be laughing and “enjoying yourself”.

    Your words. Its why I called you an ignorant ill mannered pig yesterday.

    I left out selfish, which in fact is just as important as the other criticisms.

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  34. gazzmaniac (2,319 comments) says:

    It takes two to tango Red. It’s a joint effort to derail a thread.

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  35. Redbaiter (8,001 comments) says:

    No its not. You stated above it was your intent just as you did yesterday. You’re just a selfish ignorant troll with nothing to say on anything that’s worth more than a pinch of goat shit.

    These flame wars you need so badly are the only way an incoherent intellectually crippled loser like you can get any attention.

    Don’t try and pretend there’s anything more to it.

    Just an attention seeking baby.

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  36. gazzmaniac (2,319 comments) says:

    You’re loving all the attention Red.
    Like I said, it takes two to tango. I wouldn’t be doing it if you didn’t react.

    Your fire is out by the way.

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  37. Redbaiter (8,001 comments) says:

    “You’re loving all the attention Red.”

    Ha ha, you’re kidding yourself.

    I get plenty of attention without any need for it from a solitary whining dummy sucking baby like you.

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  38. gazzmaniac (2,319 comments) says:

    Then why do you keep coming back to this thread and replying?

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  39. Redbaiter (8,001 comments) says:

    You ask me that question?

    You wanted a flame war arsehole, as you wanted one yesterday. So stop complaining and get on with it you hypocritical disgusting little coward.

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  40. gazzmaniac (2,319 comments) says:

    Off you go.
    I see the insults haven’t got any better.

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  41. Redbaiter (8,001 comments) says:

    Why would that be?

    You say your laughing and enjoying yourself so you shouldn’t be complaining.

    It makes it seem like those claims are a lie.

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  42. gazzmaniac (2,319 comments) says:

    They are unoriginal Red. Your flame is going out. The report to take home to your mum reads “could try harder”

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  43. Redbaiter (8,001 comments) says:

    Man you’re so weak and unoriginal.

    And you have the gall to call me that.

    Whatever makes you think you have any capability to wage any kind of flame war?

    You’re as weak as piss.

    Keep enjoying yourself.

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  44. gazzmaniac (2,319 comments) says:

    Your face is weak and unoriginal.

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  45. thedavincimode (6,589 comments) says:

    Man you’re so weak and unoriginal.

    :roll:

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  46. thedavincimode (6,589 comments) says:

    gazzmaniac

    Tell him his mother and father must have been donkeys. That’s a really good one. You won’t find that on the insult generator.

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  47. Redbaiter (8,001 comments) says:

    Gosh, all the threads and all the subjects on which to comment on Kiwiblog, and the Vaseline boy is drawn to this one.

    Another sick demented obsessive coward with no argument that holds water on any real issue.

    You’ll do well as a partner for Garry.

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  48. Redbaiter (8,001 comments) says:

    Gary, you’re just lapsing into baby talk you poor incapable bore.

    Maybe you should top up with another suck of your Mum’s tit before you keep going.

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  49. gazzmaniac (2,319 comments) says:

    You’ll do well as a partner for Garry.

    That’s funny, I thought you two were married. You bicker like a married couple. After all it’s legal now.

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  50. gazzmaniac (2,319 comments) says:

    I’ll leave the baby milk to you Red.

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  51. Redbaiter (8,001 comments) says:

    He’s with you Gary, which given your behaviour patterns, is not unexpected.

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  52. gazzmaniac (2,319 comments) says:

    Is that the best you’ve got? Saying that davinci and I are gay together?
    You really must be running out of ideas. Turn the insult generator back on.

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  53. Redbaiter (8,001 comments) says:

    What, Davinci is queer?

    And you are too?

    Fancy that.

    You learn something every day.

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  54. thedavincimode (6,589 comments) says:

    Still pulling stuff out of your arse reddy? Hardly surprising given what gets shoved in there. Have you found Kris K’s tongue yet? kowtow’s?

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  55. gazzmaniac (2,319 comments) says:

    You need to be more like davinci Red. At least his comebacks are funny.

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  56. Redbaiter (8,001 comments) says:

    You need to make your mind up.

    Just about every time you post you tell me how much I make you laugh.

    I know I’m dealing with a deranged loon.

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  57. gazzmaniac (2,319 comments) says:

    The last few have been pretty useless Red. You need to try harder, but that might be too hard since you’re past it.

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  58. Redbaiter (8,001 comments) says:

    I’m not past anything Gary, just getting started.

    Keep coming.

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  59. tvb (4,246 comments) says:

    She will be a safe pair of hands operating within fairly tight frameworks. There will be much emphasis on process which lawyers tend to do. I hope she is not overly methodical and prevents any real imagination being displayed. I do not know how good her management skills are. That tends to be underplayed in these high level appointments – which is a mistake.

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