Modern satellites have such tightly defined footprints, that you really need to be near your target.
The further away you are requires such huge antenna with no guarantee of reception.
NZ is a tad out of the way.
New Zealand's Government Communications Security Bureau (GCSB) – the nation's signals intelligence and infosec agency – will retire its Waihopai satellite communications interception station because it's no longer needed. "The nature of telecommunications has changed, and other needs and capabilities have overtaken the sort of …
That link gives this interesting message:
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With so many underwater cables and internet backbones tapped, the problem today is sort out junk from good intel. And storage for all that was collected.
Imagine - that funny cat picture collected 2 weeks ago and discarded? Was a plot to hit Pentagon headquarters, with instructions hidden in crypto + steganography.
Of course, street teams tapping specific fiber for high-value targets will still be applied for a looooong time. Word.
like Australia, Hong Kong, Singapore do, the UK spies might be more interested.
For more detailed information on this hardship post check out: “Secret Power: New Zealand’s Role In The International Spy Network” by Nicky Hage; https://theintercept.com/2015/03/07/new-zealand-ironsand-waihopai-nsa-gcsb/; https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Nicky_Hager.
The USA even has a base at Christchurch Airport.
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