“I understand people may be unaware their information could be gathered up in this way,” Kitteridge said.
“This is a timely reminder to everyone to check the security settings on their social media accounts and review the amount of information they are sharing on the internet.”
Foreign Affairs Minister Winston Peters said New Zealand’s leaders needed to understand what they were dealing with.
“I think it’s long-since time that the leadership of this country gave up its level of naivety and understood who they were dealing with and what they were dealing with,” he told Magic Talk.
Professor Anne Marie Brady, a Chinese politics expert from the University of Canterbury, said issues like this have not historically been taken seriously by the New Zealand government.
“We’ve been talking about foreign interference in New Zealand for three years now and the government speaks about it in code language [and] avoids mentioning China,” she told Newshub on Wednesday.
The Prime Minister’s office earlier said activity of this nature does occur but Ardern wouldn’t comment on this particular case. A spokesperson for Ardern told Newshub the Prime Minister doesn’t comment on individuals, including those close to her.
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