Lone wolf killers are the most elusive of terrorists, say intelligence sources, as it emerges our spies were yet to finalise a plan to tackle far-right extremism.

It wasn't far off finished, says Andrew Little, who is Minister for the NZ Security Intelligence Agency.

"It was last year they started explicitly doing work on alt-right stuff that was starting to bubble up."

Little recalls the issue coming up mid-2018 at a time when the intelligence community was setting New Zealand's National Intelligence Priorities.

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