An offer to pay for a cybersecurity evaluation centre controlled by the GCSB is Huawei's latest proposal as it seeks to win its way back into the lucrative 5G network contract market.
In November, Andrew Little, the Minster of Justice turned down Spark's proposed use of Huawei technology in the company's 5G network. He said it would raise significant national security risks. This followed a Government Communications Security Bureau assessment.
There have also been suggestions from the USA that the company's technology is used by China to spy on other countries. Earlier this month a Huawei employee was arrested in Poland on spying charges.
Tom Pullar-Strecker at Stuff reports the Chinese company could invest millions in the centre. If built, the centre would allow GCSB officials to check Huawei kit before it is installed in key telecommunications networks.
A similar arrangement is already operating in Britain where Huawei pays for a cybersecurity evaluation centre that's overseen by the UK's National Cyber Security Centre.
Pullar-Strecker's story says GCSB director-general Andrew Hampton is aware of the British centre, but had a cool response to the local plan. So far the GCSB had turned down Huawei's requests for discussions.