New Zealand's response to the threat of terrorism since "9-11" 2001 : submitted in partial fulfilment of the requirements for the degree of Master of Philosophy in Defence and Strategic Studies at Massey University, New Zealand
This thesis discusses New Zealand (NZ) government responses to the threat of terrorism since the terrorist attacks on icons of power within the United States of America (USA) on 11 September 2001. The thesis describes the preventative methods and practices adopted by NZ government agencies towards protecting NZ borders against terrorists and surreptitious attempts to violate border rules and regulations. Methods of border control reflect the government's assessment of the risks of "international terrorism" against New Zealanders' well-being and environment. The study is based on qualitative research drawing on a range of sources including newspaper articles, journals, submissions to the NZ Terrorism (Bombings and Financing) Bill, interviews with defence and security experts, ministerial reports. Hansard, and relevant texts on terrorism. Findings highlight the challenging perceptions of new-age terrorism, the wide-ranging terrorist targets vital to the well-being of nations, the silent and merciless lethality of biological terrorism, the growing NZ involvement in counterterrorism, and issues surrounding state security versus human rights.