It was opened in 1982, replacing an earlier facility at Irirangi, near Waiouru. According to the Federation of American Scientists (FAS), the facility is part of ECHELON, the worldwide network of signals interception facilities run by the UKUSA (UK-USA Security Agreement) consortium of intelligence agencies (which shares global electronic and signals intelligence among the Intelligence agencies of the US, UK, Canada, Australia and NZ); its role in this capacity was first identified publicly by peace researcher Owen Wilkes in 1984, and investigated in detail by peace activist and independent journalist Nicky Hager. The equipment at the Tangimoana facility "is equally capable of receiving signals transmitted by radio and satellite which do not include foreign intelligence and which are domestic concerning and involving NZ citizens."
- Waihopai Station
- New Zealand intelligence agencies
- New Zealand Security Intelligence Service
- Centre for Critical Infrastructure Protection
- Anti-Bases Campaign
- About us. Government Communications Security Bureau.
- Ministry of Justice: publications and reports: 2005: Directory of Official Information 2005-2007: Government Communications Security Bureau (GCSB)
- Secret Power - Press and Praise
- Chapter Two: Hooked up to the spy network: The UKUSA system
- Government Communications Security Bureau [GCSB] New Zealand - Intelligence Agencies
- Hager, Nicky (1996). Secret Power: New Zealand's Role in the International Spy Network. Nelson, NZ: Craig Potton Publishing. ISBN 0-908802-35-8.