Crown research institute GNS Science almost hired controversial private investigators Thompson & Clark to provide security for an offshore research project - only to pull the pin over fears of bad media coverage. Sam Sachdeva reports.
An official inquiry into Government use of private investigators has been expanded to include the entire state sector, after revelations of more ties between agencies and the firm.
Emails released to Newsroom under the Official Information Act suggest taxpayer-funded spying probably took place at a public meeting of Christchurch earthquake victims in 2014. David Williams reports.