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NZSA Newsletter – March 2024

CEO’s REPORT

Welcome to our March 2024 newsletter.

Whilst we have been favoured by the weather gods over recent months, we only have to look back to events one year ago and the catastrophic flooding throughout the North Island and in particular, the East Coast and parts of Auckland.

Recent press coverage has highlighted how many of these communities are struggling with property owners displaced, uncertainty with regards to the buyout of condemned houses and formerly productive land still silt covered and unusable.

Unfortunately, the way that security providers stepped up and played a significant role in ensuring the safety of people and property impacted by the flooding went largely un-noticed and unreported at the time. There are many stories of our members and their employees going well beyond their normal responsibilities and providing critical services that benefitted local communities and whilst somewhat belated, it is important that we pass on our thanks and recognition to all who assisted at the time.

 

Financial Health Update
As we head into the new financial year, we are pleased to report that the NZSA is in a very sound financial position, even after incurring unbudgeted costs relative to the now repealed Fair Pay Agreement legislation. Under the guidance of our board, the executive team have over recent years implemented a number of strategic measures that have ensured we are well placed financially and positioned us for the future success and growth of our organisation.

We are also very mindful that many businesses are under considerable cost pressures and that as a voluntary member organisation we need to provide ongoing value and benefit to our members.

Given our sound financial position and the challenging current trading conditions, we are pleased to advise that there will be no increase to our membership fees for the 2024/2025 financial year.

 

Member Benefit Programmes
The NZSA provides a wide range of benefit programmes for our members, details of which can be found later within this newsletter, and on our website.

We are thrilled to advice that we have added a further benefit programme to our offering, with our partnership with The Dog Safe Workplace Ltd launched this month.

Many roles within the security industry involve attending premises where dogs may be present and whilst most interactions are non-threatening, dog attacks are not uncommon, and staff should possess the skills and knowledge on how to accurately recognise and interpret dog signals. This knowledge empowers them to proactively mitigate risks and ensure their safety whilst encountering dogs as part of their job.

 

Update on death of security officer Ramandeep Singh
In our January newsletter we reported on the tragic death of security officer Ramandeep Singh. Ramandeep was a patrol officer for a contractor to Armourguard and was fatally assaulted whilst conducting a check on a park in Massey.

Whilst the police investigation is ongoing, two offenders have been arrested and appeared in court and it seems likely that further arrests and charges are likely.

We would like to thank those who have passed on their condolences and provided support via the Give-a-Little page established for the benefit of Ramandeep’s family

 

Changes to Minimum Wage and Median Wage
The following changes have recently been announced:

Minimum Wage will increase to $23.15 per hour, effective 1 April 2024. This is an increase of 2% on the current rate of $22.70.

Immigration NZ has confirmed that from 28 February 2024, the new Median Wage will be set at $31.61. This is based on StatsNZ data and will be adopted into parts of the immigration policy.

For some visa types, the new median wage will be used as the qualifying threshold and given the complexity of the work visa system we recommend that any members who are AEWV registered, or utilise sector agreements, should seek guidance from Immigration NZ.

We also note that the Living Wage remains at $26.00 per hour (effective from 1 September 2023).

 

PSPLA (Private Security Personnel Licensing Authority) Decisions
There is a commonly held perception that the licensing authority that oversees security workers is ineffective and has no teeth.

The reality however is that the PSPLA, under the stewardship of registrar Trish McConnell, has adopted an increasingly strong position in enforcing the Act and imposing appropriate penalties, including the cancellation of licenses and imposing financial fines.

Decisions by the PSPLA are also published on their website which has introduced a high level of transparency to the process and provides access to the media, public and stakeholders.

Recent examples that have been published in the press include a patched Head Hunters gang member being denied a certificate of approval for security work and a fine imposed on Rotorua based emergency housing figure Raymond (Tiny) Deane and his security business Tiger Security after being found guilty of misconduct.

 

Importance of purchasing technology via authorised NZ channels
It is important that installers are aware that if they directly source imported equipment, there is a strong likelihood that they will not receive support from authorised NZ channel suppliers.

This could cause significant issues for both installers and end users, particularly in the longer term.

We recommend that installers should talk to their local channel partners to clarify the availability of support and conduct appropriate due diligence if sourcing imported equipment.

 

Strategic Partnership – MBIE
We are pleased to have formalised a Strategic Partnership with MBIE that will allow us to provide timely and relevant information on employment matters for our members, along with access to employer resources.

This relationship adds to our existing partnerships with ACC, MSD, Ringa Hora and Waihanga Ara Rau.

We recommend that members should utilise available MBIE resources to ensure they are compliant with minimum employment standards in the workplace.

These include:

 

Guiding principles for the ethical use of Automated Facial Recognition
Facial recognition technology has been with us for some time but has come into media and public focus recently with trials being conducted by Foodstuffs in a number of their stores.

We commend Foodstuffs for working with the Privacy Commissioner on the trial and it will certainly be interesting to see the outcomes.

The use of AFR (Automated Facial Recognition) technology does also present some challenges for the security industry. Most facets of the electronic security industry are compliance driven with well documented standards, guidelines and codes of practice however AFR is an emerging and rapidly developing technology with minimal supporting guidance on how it should be used ethically.

Our Australian counterpart, ASIAL, has recently circulated a draft document titled “Guiding principles for the ethical use of Automated Facial Recognition for industry and stakeholder feedback”. The document is largely based on a 2021 guidance document released by the BSIA (British Security Industry Association).

The NZSA has taken the opportunity to update the draft document to reflect New Zealand legislation and sought feedback from a number of local industry providers and stakeholders.

We hope to have the final version ready for release in the next few months and will ensure a copy is available for access under the Guidelines, Codes of Practice and Standards tab on our website.

As always, we welcome all comments and feedback on NZSA or industry issues and activity.

Keep safe and well.

Kind Regards
Gary Morrison
CEO

 

NZSA / Security Industry updates

NZSA Membership Subscriptions

We are very aware of the financial pressure some of our members are currently facing. Therefore, we have made the decision not to increase our membership subscription pricing for the 2024/25 financial year, to ensure that our services and support remains accessible to as many members as possible. As an industry organisation, together we are stronger.

We will review the subscriptions for 2025/2026 following the AGM (scheduled for August 2024).

 

NZSA partnering with The Dog Safe Workplace

NZSA has partnered with The Dog Safe Workplace. They work with companies to help reduce the number of dog-related incidents that occur when workers enter premises where dogs may be present.

The Dog Safe Workplace offers you and your staff the opportunity to mitigate risks when you encounter dogs on properties.

In 2005 ACC reported 4,250 dog bites and by 2023 it has increased to over 14,000.

We work with companies where dog bites have become a Health & Safety risk and many are struggling to understand how to combat the issue. We have a team of adult educators, canine behaviourists, vets and dog trainers that helped develop a course that explains why dogs do what they do.

We look at what the customer requires, what their staff do when they are entering properties. Are they going into the house or just the yard? What are they carrying with them? How long are they going to be on the property? What are they doing while they are on the property? Is it a delivery or will they be there for a prolonged period of time. When we have all of the information we then customise the course to suit their requirements.

We offer three styles of training Face-2-Face, Microsoft Teams or Zoom training and an Online course. Each training program is fully customised to suit your requirements.

NZSA members will receive a minimum 10% discount, volume-based.

For more information and to register please visit the NZSA Training Hub.

 

COA Conflict Management Training

Train the Trainer and Refresher Training for Trainers

Call for registrations

As the industry peak body, the NZSA has assumed responsibility for the current delivery of the Conflict Management Refresher and Train the Trainer training programmes.

We have contracted subject matter experts to deliver the Conflict Management Training in accordance with specified standards and to ensure that trainers of the unit standards possess the necessary skills and competence.

For further information and to register please email [email protected].

Please note: the Conflict Management Refresher course includes assessment activity.

 

New Zealand Security Magazine

The New Zealand Security Magazine is now online only and physical magazines are no longer being printed.

To subscribe or access the latest issue please visit the NZSM website.

Women in Security Awards Aotearoa makes International Women’s Day return

Support International Women’s Day by nominating a deserving female security professional for the 2023-24 Women in Security Awards Aotearoa. Nominations due 8th March!

International Women’s Day is coming up on 8th March, and what better way to recognise the contribution of women to the security of Aotearoa New Zealand than nominating a colleague or employee in the 2023-24 Women in Security Awards Aotearoa!

Defsec New Zealand (publishers of Line of Defence Magazine and New Zealand Security Magazine), the New Zealand Security Sector Network (NZSSN), and Women in Security & Resilience Alliance (WISECRA) have announced that nominations for the 2023-24 Women in Security Awards Aotearoa are being accepted.

Nominations already submitted in the late 2023 nomination round are not required to be submitted again and will be assessed along with new nominations received between now and the new submission deadline date.

The Women in Security Awards Aotearoa (WiSAA) initiative was established in 2020 to promote the role of women in sectors where they are still significantly under-represented, and to recognise women who are advancing Aotearoa New Zealand’s security, risk and resilience sectors.

“What makes WiSAA uniquely special is the fact that it cuts across security domain boundaries and across the public, private, and community sectors in a way that no other awards programme in our sector does,” said NZSM Chief Editor Nicholas Dynon. “The awards are also unquestionably independent, which means no sponsorships and no paid promotions.”

The nine categories for WiSAA 2023-24 are:

  1. Preventing crime and protecting communities
  2. Securing organisations and infrastructure
  3. Safeguarding networks and people online
  4. Countering incivility and violent extremism
  5. Contributing to defence and international security
  6. Combatting fraud and misrepresentation
  7. Protecting borders, trade, and biosecurity
  8. Responding to natural disaster events
  9. Building resilient communities

Nominations are encouraged from across the private, public (including government, education, military, and law enforcement) and community sectors. It is important to note that these awards are open to the broader security sector, not just ‘industry’. Self-nominations are welcomed.

For more information, including detailed descriptions of each award category, visit the DefSec website.

The deadline for nominations is 4:00pm, Friday 08 March 2024, and nominations of no more than 1,000 words (including supporting material) are to be emailed to [email protected].

Partner updates

Ringa Hora

Be part of building the pathway for the next generation of leaders
New Zealand businesses stand or fall on the ability of its leaders. But is there more room to improve the leadership skills that the economy needs?

This country has diverse enterprises, including numerous small and micro businesses and a thriving Māori business ecosystem. Their success provides employment and income opportunities, delivers goods and services that keep communities thriving, and helps showcase New Zealand to the world.

For these enterprises to succeed, growing and nurturing future leaders at all levels of business is crucial.

Improving leadership capability provides an opportunity to drive further growth in New Zealand’s productivity, and to positively impact businesses and the economy.

As a workforce development council (WDC), Ringa Hora works with the Service sector to review and develop qualifications that meet industry and workforce development needs.

Te Manu Arataki Leadership project, led by Ringa Hora, is now underway for all sectors supported by Ohu Ahumahi Workforce Development Councils. “Te Manu Arataki i te kāhui” is a Māori metaphor that acknowledges one’s leadership qualities and compares them to a bird leading a flock, often seen when birds fly in a ‘Skein’ or ‘V’ formation.

The project aims to enhance the quality of leadership training credentials by:

  • reviewing existing leadership credentials across the vocational education sector
  • developing new products where appropriate
  • facilitating career pathways into leadership.

Together, we can make a difference and lead our businesses and the New Zealand economy towards a brighter future. Sign up to be involved and stay informed about the project.

For registration of interest please see the Ringa Hora website.

Help us shape the future of Service skills
New Zealand’s Service sector grows excellent communicators, problem solvers, collaborators and leaders. The changing nature of work is increasing the demand for these people and the soft skills they possess. We’ve heard that our industries want and value people with essential and transferrable skills, and are looking for short, sharp, stackable credentials.

We will soon be making an application to NZQA for the approval of the New Zealand Certificate in Service Sector Skills (Level 3) [Working title] and require your feedback and support (stakeholder attestations). We are also looking for a great name for this qualification.

Please provide feedback, attestations and qualification name suggestions to [email protected] with ‘Future of Service skills’ in the subject line.

More information can be found on our website – Shaping The Future of Service Skills – Ringa Hora

 

ACC – Have a Hmmm

As we enjoy the warmer months, ACC is asking people to ‘Have a hmmm’ while out and about enjoying recreational summer activities. Injuries not only mean less fun over summer, but can also impact friends, family, workmates, and employers.

To keep people safe, and ensure they return home to their whanau every day, healthy and injury-free, ACC has launched a summer ‘Have a hmmm’ campaign. It aims to remind people that most injuries can be prevented and to ‘have a hmmm’ before they jump in.

ACC has identified the most common summer injuries and created some top tips to keep people safe. From now until April you’ll see these tips across social media, on digital channels and at some of our summer hot spots.

While two-thirds of injuries happen outside of work, these recreational injuries still have an impact on businesses and an injured employee’s workmates.

 

Ministry of Social Development

Changes to MSD’s Flexiwage

There has been a review of MSD’s Flexi-wage, and some changes have been made in response to feedback from employers and staff. They focus on strengthening criteria so that the support goes to where it’s needed most. That means a client must not meet the entry-level requirements of a role and need training to do the job.

What’s Flexi-wage again?

Flexi-wage provides a wage subsidy and extra assistance to support employers to take on people who don’t meet the job’s entry-level requirements and otherwise have trouble getting a job. It helps people get skills and experience to get and stay in unsubsidised work. Flexi-wage has different payment bands, based on how much training and upskilling support an employer needs to provide.

Interested in Flexiwage: check out the MSD website for more employer information: Flexi-wage subsidy – employer information – Work and Income

Some of the changes

  • MSD has amended the eligibility wording. To be eligible, the job seeker must not meet the job’s entry-level requirements and needs training and upskilling to do the job.
  • The Short-term Training Allowance has increased from $1,000 to $2,000, to give more support to employers to pay for training.
  • Flexi-wage band amounts have changed. Band 1 has reduced from $6624 to $5638 over 24 weeks, while Band 2 has increased from $9936 to $11,277 over 36 weeks.
  • The limit for Flexi-wage support applies to the employer in respect to their worker, rather than the worker themselves. That means that, if an employee loses their job due to unforeseen circumstances, their next period of employment can still be eligible for flexiwage support should they need it.

 

NZSA Membership

We welcome the following new Corporate Members:

Prestige Protection Ltd

Savvy Security Ltd

Skye Secure Ltd

 

and the following new Associate Company Member:

Chevtrain Ltd

 

and the following new Associate Individual Member:

Israel MacDonald

 

 

Events

Women in Compliance Conference

Women In Compliance aims to spotlight the pivotal role that women play within the building compliance industry.

  • Hear from women who have overcome obstacles and shown remarkable resilience as leaders in their specific field and highlighting their achievements and lessons learnt.
  • Provide a platform for professionals to connect, collaborate and share insights on how to enhance compliance processes through effective networking and partnerships.
  • Address the importance of mentorship and skill development which will empower women to excel in their roles fostering growth and inclusivity.

By attending this conference, delegates will gain valuable insights, exchange knowledge and collaborate on strategies that empower women to thrive in building compliance roles.

For further information and to register please visit the website.

 

FPANZ Get it Right seminars

The Fire Protection Association NZ is running Get it Right Seminars in early April covering Fire Protection and Alarm Systems in Buildings NZS 4512:2021.

The workshops will be very relevant to those members who are involved in the installation of fire alarm systems as part of their service offering.

NZSA Members will qualify for FPA Member rates.

For dates and details refer to the flyer: Get_it_Right_Alarm_Systems_Flyer_2024_Form

 

NZISF breakfast meeting

Topic:  Navigating the world of cybersecurity micro consulting services

Micro-consulting is revolutionising the cybersecurity landscape by offering agile, targeted services that cater to specific needs without the overhead of traditional consulting. This innovative approach allows for rapid deployment of cybersecurity expertise, facilitating immediate and effective responses to cybersecurity needs. It empowers New Zealand businesses of all sizes, enabling them to address challenges efficiently and cost-effectively. Join us as we explore the concepts and methodologies behind micro-consulting in the realm of cybersecurity.

Speaker: Francois Marais

When: 8:00am Thursday 14 March 2024 via zoom

For further information and to register please see NZISF.

 

Member Benefits

 

NZSA HR Advisory Service

A reminder to members that SuccessHR are human resource consultants available for any employment support regarding your employees.

Support offered at no expense to our members is telephone communication support eg. disciplinary, performance. You also have access to individual employment agreements. Any additional support would be charged to you accordingly.

For any support or further information please contact:

Susan Beange
Human Resources Team Lead
[email protected]
021 929 528

 

Strategic Defence

Strategic Defence provides specialist protective products to members of the security industry. These products include stab/ballistic vests, boots, fog-free protective eyewear, hand-held metal detectors, flashlights, and many more. NZSA members qualify for between 10-20% discount. Expert advice, support, and unmatched service.

For more information see the Strategic Defence website.

 

Guardhouse

Guardhouse is an end-to-end workforce management system custom built for NZ security companies. Founded in Australia, Guardhouse is Australia’s leading security specific workforce solution, bringing our product innovation and unique workflow optimisation to the NZ market saving our clients both time and money. Our values that drive your success are customer obsessed, developing unique partnerships, simple yet powerful product design and consistent innovation and R&D.

Some of the funcationality includes, Rostering, Time & Attendance, Payroll & Invoicing + integration to accounting and payroll systemts, Welfare Checks, Incident Reporitng, Compliance Management, Company and Site SOPs with digitial signiture, Customer Portal Access, Tours and Patorls module and much more.

For more information see the Guardhouse website.

Building Networks Compliance Guidance

Building Networks are the leading authority on building compliance and they are offering a 20% discount for members: Building Networks website.

For industry news, updates, tips and opinions from the frontline, sign up to the Building Networks newsletter or visit their YouTube channel.

 

Mobilcard

NZSA have an agreement with Mobilcard offering members fuel discounts

Key Benefits:

  • Up to 16 cents per litre (including GST) discount off the pump price for all diesel and petrol purchased at a discounted Mobilcard acceptor sites. Minimum discount of 12 cents per litre (including GST).
  • Available at 330+ sites nationwide. View www.mobilfuelfinder.co.nz to find an acceptor site near you.
  • No card or transaction fees.
  • No need to manage receipts for tax purposes, all managed under one account.
  • Costs can be tracked easily with one monthly invoice. You can also have online access to multiple reports including the fuel consumed by individual vehicles.
  • PIN number and purchase restrictions for added security.
  • You must be a member of the NZSA to qualify for this offer.

A vehicle consuming 100 litres per week using a discount of up to 6 cents per litre = $6 discount per week..

A vehicle consuming 100 litres per week using the NZSA MOBILCARD discount of up to 16cents per litre = $16 discount per week

For a company fleet of 20 vehicles that’s potentially an annual saving of over $10,000 per annum.

The discount level is dependent on volume of fuel used per annum.

For further information please email [email protected].

 

First Aid and Refresher Training

Life Care Consultants have extensive experience with first aid training in the security industry and are offering NZSA members a 10% discount on all first aid and refresher training.

For further information please email Russell Taylor [email protected].

 

Keeping your team up to date

Like many organisations we are constantly looking for ways to ensure we can communicate effectively with our members and their teams. The best way to stay up to date on NZSA and industry news is via our newsletter. The more people from each company who receive our newsletter, the higher the chance of updates being communicated within the industry.

With this in mind, we welcome you to send us any company contacts who would like to receive our newsletter and we will add them to our distribution list.

Please email any contacts to [email protected].

 

NZSA member referral – strength in numbers

NZSA’s membership has grown strongly over the past year and each new member not only strengthens the Association and the security community, it also enables us to provide you with more benefits and services and a greater voice for the industry. So help grow your community and strengthen your Association by referring a prospective new member.

To refer a prospective member please email details to [email protected].

For details on member benefits please see the NZSA website.

 

NZSA Newsletter – January 2024

CEO Report

Welcome to our January 2024 newsletter.

I trust that your Christmas and New Year have gone well and that you and your team have been able to enjoy the good weather that has finally arrived.

Unfortunately, 2023 closed on a very sad note with the murder of security officer Ramandeep Singh a week before Christmas. Ramandeep was a security patrolman working for a contractor to Armourguard and was conducting a patrol of Royal Reserve in Massey when attacked. Police have charged a 26-year-old with murder and have yet to rule out further arrests or charges.

Whilst this is a shocking incident and evidences the increased risks being faced by many security staff, it is important that we are in full possession of all the facts before determining what measures can be taken by the industry to improve the safety of our workers. This will obviously be a priority for us as the peak body for the security industry and outcomes will be included in the Security Services Good Practice Guideline document.

Armourguard have provided support to the family and friends of Ramandeep and have also set up a Give-a-Little page for his family. You can access this page here.

The lead into Christmas also saw the repealing of the Fair Pay Agreement legislation as had been signalled as policy by National, ACT and NZ First prior to the election.

We are fully supportive of this decision and in our opinion, the FPA Legislation was poorly drafted and would have negatively impacted any industry sector under coverage.

As always, we welcome all comments and feedback on NZSA or industry issues and activity.

Keep safe and well.

Kind Regards
Gary Morrison
CEO

 

NZSA / Security Industry updates

90-day trials are back
In an important change to employment law, the Employment Relations (Trial Periods) Amendment Act 2023 was passed by Parliament prior to Christmas and has now come into affect.

This Act amends the Employment Relations Act 2000, reversing the limitation of 90-day trials to employers with fewer than 20 employees (which was effective from 6 May 2019).

This change mean all businesses can now include a 90-day trial period in a new employee’s employment agreement, reducing the risks associated with hiring a new employee. It should also increase the opportunities available to job seekers.

So, in practical terms what does this mean for employers who have been excluded from using the 90-day trial clause since 6 May 2019?

It means a revision of any employment agreements to now include the 90-day trial period and also a review of policies that govern their operation.

It is important to remember, however, that even with 90-day trials, there are still matters of process that you need to get right – including negotiating the inclusion of a trial period clause, having adequate notice periods in place and ensuring fair and equitable treatment.

 

OSPA’s nominations open
The OSPAs are designed to be both independent and inclusive; providing an important opportunity to recognise and celebrate the work of those dedicated companies, individuals and teams who deliver outstanding security products and services.

The 2024 New Zealand OSPAs will take place on 5 April 2024 in conjunction with the annual ASIS New Zealand Certification Dinner.

Further details of the awards night will come in due course however get your nominations in quick!

Nominations close on 30 January 2024

For further information and to make a nomination please see the OSPAs website.

 

Partner updates

Waihanga Ara Rau
Participation in Electronic Security qualification review and skill standards development

Waihanga Ara Rau are pleased to be working with the electronic security industry representatives and providers to review the New Zealand Certificate in Electronic Security (Level 4) and replace the existing unit standards with skill standards.

They would like your input in the electronic security qualification review and development of new skill standards.

Unit standards have reached the end of their life cycle and need to be replaced with skill standards to ensure greater flexibility in learning and assessment activities.

Documents can be found here.

Please email your expression of interest or any questions or comments to [email protected] or click here by 2 February 2024.

If you know of any else that my be interested in this review, please feel free to forward these details.

 

Events

Safe and Security Facilities Conference
The world is constantly changing, and so are the threats to our safety and security. In today’s environment, it is more important than ever for those responsible for protecting facilities, infrastructure and places to stay up to date on the latest trends and technologies.

The 3rd Safe & Secure Facilities, Infrastructure & Places Conference is the premier event for security professionals from all industries and there are many reasons why you should attend:

  • Be informed of developing Government strategies
  • Stay up-to-date on the latest trends and technologies
  • Network with other security professionals

Date:     26 & 27 March, 2024

Venue:  Ellerslie Events Centre, Auckland

15% NZSA Member Network Discount

NZSA Members / recipients of this email are entitled to a 15% discounted rate to the 3rd Safe & Secure Facilities, Infrastructure & Places Conference to be held at the Ellerslie Events Centre, Auckland on 26-27 March 2024. To qualify, enter the promotional code NZSA15 while booking online at brightstar.co.nz/safesecure.

Congratulations to NZSA Saved a Life Medal recipients

We are thrilled to announce the following recipients of the NZSA Saved a Life Medal.

Gloria Peea, Armourguard Security
Gagan Bhalla, Armourguard Security
Neil Tomuli and Pule Talia, Armourguard Security
Sinapati Tuugasala and Fuarosa Oloaga, Armourguard Security

To read their stories please visit the NZSA website.

 

To make a nomination please see the NZSA website.

From the NZSA team

NZSA Newsletter – November 2023

CEO’s REPORT

Welcome to our November 2023 newsletter.

Congratulations to all the finalists and award winners at this year’s New Zealand Security Awards held on 15 September at Te Pae in Christchurch.

We had close to 200 attendees and whilst I was unable to attend due to contracting Covid, the feedback has been fantastic with many saying it was the best event yet. Whilst the venue, the food, and our MC Doug Kamo all got rave reviews, the standout was undoubtably the calibre of the category winners, and in particular the Security Professional of the Year, Neekita Prakash from First Security.

Details on the award winners, including their citations, can be found on the NZSA website.

I can confirm that the 2024 New Zealand Security Awards event will be held in Auckland on Friday 20 September at the Crowne Plaza. Make sure you have the date in your diary.

 

FPA (Fair Pay Agreement) update
Whilst the exact structure and composition of the new government will not be known until early November at best, it appears certain that the FPA legislation will be repealed with some haste.

That does however leave the respective bargaining parties under those FPA’s that are in progress in a degree of limbo where they are obligated to comply with the existing legislation and to act in good faith.

Our position is that it is perfectly in good faith for employer associations to take time to properly understand the impact of the election, consider what actions the new government (once formed) intends to take; and to consult with the employers we are representing about the actions they wish for us to take as their representative.

It is also fair to say that the view of the NZSA board, and various industry employers that I have talked to post the election, is that we do not want to commit further time and cost to a process that almost certainly will not progress.

We have conveyed this message to both MBIE and Etu (as the employer bargaining party) and will maintain ongoing communications with them and our impacted members over coming weeks.

 

Application for inclusion of Security Technicians on Green List
It was very disappointing to find out from MBIE that our application for the inclusion of Security Technicians onto the Green List was unsuccessful. It is our understanding that only 14 applications were approved from a substantial list of submissions, and it looks like prioritisation was based on those positions with the greatest demand (based on historical applications) and those deemed to be nationally significant (such as important to health outcomes or pivotal to established value chain).

We have requested further clarification from MBIE on the opportunity to apply via other ANZSCO codes where applicants in specialised jobs may be able to apply under an existing Green List role if their job description is a substantial match and they meet the skill requirements.

Similarly, we are waiting advice on any possible changes to the Green List under the incoming government.

We will keep members posted on any developments.

 

Licensing requirements – Wheel Clampers and Process Servers
Members may have seen recent press articles concerning PSPLA decisions relating to Wheel Clampers and Process Servers.

The following communication has been provided by our Registrar, Trish McConnell, to provide clarity.

Wheel Clampers
Third party operators who are in the business of patrolling car parks and clamping cars or issuing tickets fit within the definition of property guard, provided they are being paid to do so. The payment can be a contractual amount from the owners of the car park or payments by way of fees directly from the drivers of the cars clamped or ticketed.

Owners or legal occupiers of parking areas or buildings who patrol or clamp vehicles infringing parking restrictions do not fit within the definition of property guard. In addition, their employees are not property guard employees as defined in S17 of the PSPPI Act.

If the owners or occupiers contract the patrolling and enforcement of parking restrictions to a third party, then the third party must hold a security licence in the class of property guard. Any of their employees who carry out patrolling, ticketing and clamping also need to hold a CoA in that class.

Similarly, if a party takes it upon themselves to enforce parking restrictions in areas where they have no ownership or occupation rights they must have a licence in the class of property guard if they are collecting fees or payments from the drivers or owners of the cars they ticket or clamp.

Process Servers
It is clear from the class definitions that serving documents, whether for the court or re debt collection work, does not need to be carried out by a Private Investigator, and therefore does not require the individual or company providing the services to be licensed. The reason why the work is often done by a licensed Private Investigator is that professional process servers will often also do work in tracking people down in order to serve them. It is the tracing and tracking work that requires a licence in the Private Investigator class, not the document service itself.

 

Changes to Building Code
Those who are installing smoke detectors into residential properties, or supplying to the market, are reminded that changes to the Building Code come into force in November.

Key points are:

  • The adoption of interconnected smoke alarms as the minimum fire safety system in household units. (Interconnected smoke alarms work by sending signals between the smoke alarms in a house and can be wired or wireless).
  • Smoke alarms shall be located in all bedrooms, living spaces, hallways, and landings within the building.

Smoke alarms must also comply with at least one of the following:

  • UL217, CAN/ULC S531, BS EN 14604, ISO 12239, or AS 3786
  • All wiring between the power supply and the smoke alarms shall be supervised.
  • Power supply and Backup shall comply with:
  • NZS 4512 or AS/NZS 2201.1

Other key requirements are:

  • Each smoke alarm should be tested at least once per month by activating the “test” function.
  • Each smoke alarm should be inspected and cleaned every 6 months with a soft brush attachment of a vacuum cleaner (without disassembling).
  • A long life (minimum 10 years) non removeable, sealed battery.

Note: We are seeking industry views re the 10-year battery life and based on feedback received, may approach MBIE for consultation and review. If you wish to have a say on this, please contact Gary on [email protected].

 

School Gateway Programme and attendance at CATE Conference
Over the last few weeks, we have been trialling our initial School Gateway Programme in partnership with The Learning Place (TLP). Under the programme, TLP provide a cohort of students with three to four days training and covering health and safety and the three-unit standards that make up the Certificate of Approval. On completion, the credits are registered on the students record of achievement, meaning they can apply for a CoA once they turn 18, and the students are paired with several of our members for on-job work experience.

The students can perform services as they are acting as volunteers but must be strictly supervised and not placed into at-risk situations. Whilst predominantly targeted at students interested in the guarding sector, TLP will also identify those with a technical aptitude, and we will look to match with members providing electronic services.

The benefit for our members is that they have the opportunity to talk to the students about career opportunities and where applicable to be able to offer employment to those considering leaving school.

We will formally launch the School Gateway Programme whilst attending the CATE Conference (Careers and Transitional Education Association) over the three days 22 to 24 November in Whangarei.

This conference is attended by approximately 600 school career advisors and allows us to talk directly to those who engage regularly with year 11 and 12 students across the country.

Our plan for next year is to provide a calendar on our website listing those schools and locations that TLP will be attending and inviting members to register their participation in the programme.

 

Partnership with ETCO re Apprentice Security Technician Placements

The NZSA has partnered with ETCO (Electrical Training Company) so that we can offer their Electrical Apprentices employment opportunities as entry level Security Technicians/Apprentices with NZSA members.

The candidates are currently “employed” by ETCO as apprentices whilst working towards the New Zealand Certificate in Electrical Engineering Theory and Practice (Trade) Level 4. Given that the qualification has relevance to security technician duties and can easily be changed over, and the current work vacancies within the electronic security sector, it makes sense that we look to find full-time work placements for those candidates who are open to a direction change with our members.

An added benefit for our members is that all candidates have successfully completed core training requirements such as Site Safe and First Aid, have on-job work experience and have their own tool kits.

If you are looking to employ an entry level/apprentice Security Technician, watch out for regular listings with candidate details.

 

Guiding principles for the ethical use of Automated Facial Recognition
Automated Facial Recognition (AFR) is a technology capable of matching a human face from a digital image or a video frame against a database of faces. It has been designed to improve the safety and wellbeing of people, as well as providing a tool to assist and speed up operational processes, typically being used to authenticate users through ID verification services and works by pinpointing and measuring facial features from a given image.

AFR is one of many data analysis technologies which sit under the overarching umbrella of Artificial Intelligence (AI).

The ethics of AI and its application need to be regularly reviewed to ensure that it is not allowed to act autonomously without human oversight, and it should not be used in any way which causes harm to individuals.

The NZSA is closely monitoring the development of overseas guidelines on this and in particular, work by the British Security Industry Association and Australian Security Industry Association respectively. We expect to have a draft guideline specific to New Zealand legislation available for circulation and feedback by the first quarter of 2024 but in the meantime welcome any expressions of interest from parties who may wish to have input.

 

Changes to NZSA Rules/Constitution

The new Incorporated Societies Act 2022 came into force on 5 October 2023 however Incorporated Societies such as the NZSA have until April 2026 to register and make sure they are compliant with the new Act.

Our current Rules and By-Laws are robust and have been fit for purpose however there will be a significant number of changes to be made, some simple such as changing the wording from Rules to Constitution, and others more complex such as including a member Disputes and Complaints Process.

Our current planning is that we will work through all necessary changes and amendments early next year and document them fully, with explanation, for our members well prior to the 2024 AGM where they can be voted on.

 

As always, we welcome all comments and feedback on NZSA or industry issues and activity.

Keep safe and well.

Kind Regards
Gary Morrison
CEO

 

NZSA / Security Industry updates

Foundation Security Core Skills on the NZSA Training Hub
Created by Quinton Swanson of Hard Target, this course covers understanding of legislation, tactical communication, body language and projection, weapon awareness, teamwork and tactical awareness.

To register please visit the NZSA Training Hub.

 

School gateway programme
Our thanks to the teams at Alarm Solutions and Alpha Protection Services who attended the Careers Expo and Gateway Programme at St Bede’s College in Christchurch during September. We look forward to further member engagement when we officially launch our School Gateway Programme in partnership with The Learning Place in early 2024.

 

New Zealand Security Awards 2023
Congratulations to all the nominees, finalists and Award winners of the 2023 New Zealand Security Awards.

To read the winner’s stories please visit the NZSA website.

 

Partner updates

Ringa Hora

Ringa Hora would like to invite you to read the 2023 Workforce Development Plan.

Workforce development is pivotal in bolstering industry resilience, particularly in the face of an increasingly uncertain operating environment. This underscores the need for a skilled and adaptable workforce that can effectively navigate disruptions and contribute to the overall sustainability of industries.

This Workforce Development Plan presents:

  • A high-level summary of the people working in the Service sector today
  • The things that are top of mind for the sector
  • A future vision
  • Key areas of focus and actions we can take to develop the future workforce together.

Read about the Workforce Development Plan

A shared roadmap for Service sector industries

The Workforce Development Plan looks across the Service sector and sets out the major factors shaping the sector and an overarching vision for the future.

Alongside this Ringa Hora have created a Security Workforce Action Plan that focuses on the characteristics and dynamics of the industry and its workforce. It describes what the future could look like for the Security workforce, the current challenges faced by the industry, and sets out the actions we can take to tackle this wero | challenge.

How you can get involved

To make this Workforce Development Plan a reality, it needs to be driven by people who know the Service sector best – people like you. By continuing to work together, we can grow in the knowledge and understanding of the sector and its industries and create real change for the Service sector.

 

ACC – Teamwork Makes Recovery Work

When an employee is injured, it can have a significant impact – not only for the injured person, but their workmates, team morale and a business’ productivity.

In many cases and with some temporary adjustments, people can safely recover from injury while working. But it takes a team – the injured person, their health provider, employer and ACC.

Recovering at work following an injury helps people get better sooner compared to staying at home and has further benefits for them and for businesses.

For an injured person, alternative duties or modified hours are good for physical and mental wellbeing, provides structure and routine, social connection and a sense of purpose which all make a positive difference to recovery.

Supporting an injured person to stay connected to the workplace means they’re more likely to return to their usual work. For business owners, it can mean hanging on to their skills and expertise, saving on recruiting and training new staff, helps build a positive work environment and shows a commitment to employee wellbeing.

Many injured employees are keen to continue working. Most ACC clients who had a positive recovery at work experience say it helped them return to normality, increase their strength and mobility, and boost their mental and psychological health.

Employers can pay for their injured employee’s productive hours and can be topped up by ACC’s weekly compensation. It means the employee could earn up to 100% of their pre-injury income rather than 80% on weekly compensation alone.

ACC has developed new resources and videos for employers to understand their role in recovery at work, and practical quick guides to help them do it successfully.  Visit the ACC website.

 

Ministry of Social Development

Below is a summary of products/programmes from MSD to help you attact, train and retain good staff (click on the links for further details).

Mana in Mahi
Mana in Mahi matches employers with people who are keen to start a career and need extra support to begin and maintain their work and training journey.

Skills for Industry
If candidates need industry specific skills for a job, we may be able to offer funding and support to help with short-term pre-employment or in-work training. Training can be delivered by employers to meet your requirements. We work with you to develop the best approach.

Flexi-Wage
Flexi-wage helps you hire staff and get them the skills needed to do the job. You get a wage contribution, while they get training and ongoing support. The job must continue after the Flexi-wage has finished.

 

MBIE – Climate Action Plan

Create your climate action plan.

With the Climate Action Toolbox, you’re 3 steps away from having a positive impact.

  • Learn where you can reduce emissions.
  • Measure your carbon footprint, set a target and track progress.

Act on your step-by-step plan to reduce emissions—from quick wins you can act on today, to major changes you can prepare for.

For further information please see the Climate Action Plan Toolbox.

 

 

NZSA Membership

We welcome the following new Corporate Members:

Armitage Group Limited

Defence Security Limited

Fahey Fence Hire Limited

NPE-Tech (2021) Limited

One Man Army Security Limited

SecuriSure Limited

Total Security Limited

 

and the following new Associate Individual Member:

Clyde Field

 

Events

2023 AGM

The NZSA 2023 Annual General Meeting will be held at 8.45am on Tuesday 21 November at the Auckland Rose Park Hotel in Parnell.

If you are a member and have not received a notification please email [email protected].

 

Waihanga Ara Rau – “Inclusion In” Leadership Rōpū Hui

Calling all people passionate about progressing equity, diversity, and inclusion within construction & infrastructure. We’d love you to join us to connect, share, and make plans on how we can make change together.

Waihanga Ara Rau are hosting a hui to bring people together, with a plan to share any work we’re doing, find projects to collaborate on, and use our shared voice to influence progress in construction & infrastructure. Hosted by us, but created together.

Objectives are:

  • to understand what organisations and individuals are working on to progress equity, diversity, and inclusion in construction & infrastructure in Aotearoa
  • to collaborate on systemic change projects and advocate for legislation change
  • to use our collective voice to influence more change
  • to create a ‘one stop shop’, where anyone can find out about all our organisations and the work we’re doing to reach equity within construction & infrastructure
  • to share each other’s mahi, and promote what each other are doing
  • to support each other to continue this mahi, through wellbeing, education, and sharing experiences.

This will be the first of many hui, both online and in person. Hopefully you can make it! Feel free to share this invite with others who are working and/or passionate about making construction & infrastructure inclusive for all.

For further information please visit the website.

 

NZISF breakfast meeting

Topic:  Like ISO/IEC 27001 but backwards

As a consultant, Stephen Coates has witnessed a number of failed ISMS implementation projects. These are often due to a combination of focussing on the ISO/IEC 27001 mandatory clauses in sequence (from 4 to 10), treating these as a project plan and running out of steam, and trying to reimplement all of the Annex A controls at once. In this talk Stephen examines some of those failures and proposes working backwards, so that improvements, reviews, audits, metrics and operation are addressed earlier, rather than later or not at all.

When: 8:00am Thursday 9 November 2023 via zoom

For further information and to register please see NZISF.

 

Member Benefits

Strategic Defence
We are pleased to announce a new partnership with Strategic Defence.

Strategic Defence provides specialist protective products to members of the security industry. These products include stab/ballistic vests, boots, fog-free protective eyewear, hand-held metal detectors, flashlights, and many more. NZSA members qualify for between 10-20% discount. Expert advice, support, and unmatched service.

For more information see the Strategic Defence website.

 

Guardhouse
We are pleased to announce a new partnership with Guardhouse.

Guardhouse is an end-to-end workforce management system custom built for NZ security companies. Founded in Australia, Guardhouse is Australia’s leading security specific workforce solution, bringing our product innovation and unique workflow optimisation to the NZ market saving our clients both time and money. Our values that drive your success are customer obsessed, developing unique partnerships, simple yet powerful product design and consistent innovation and R&D.

Some of the funcationality includes, Rostering, Time & Attendance, Payroll & Invoicing + integration to accounting and payroll systemts, Welfare Checks, Incident Reporitng, Compliance Management, Company and Site SOPs with digitial signiture, Customer Portal Access, Tours and Patorls module and much more.

For more information see the Guardhouse website and blog.

 

NZSA HR Advisory Service
A reminder to members that SuccessHR are human resource consultants available for any employment support regarding your employees.

Support offered at no expense to our members is telephone communication support eg. disciplinary, performance. You also have access to individual employment agreements. Any additional support would be charged to you accordingly.

For any support or further information please contact:

Susan Beange
Human Resources Team Lead
[email protected]
021 929 528

Emma Johnston
Human Resources Specialist
[email protected]
021 659 456

 

Building Networks Compliance Guidance
Building Networks are the leading authority on building compliance and they are offering a 20% discount for members: Building Networks website.

For industry news, updates, tips and opinions from the frontline, sign up to the Building Networks newsletter or visit their YouTube channel.

 

Mobilcard
NZSA have an agreement with Mobilcard offering members fuel discounts.

Key Benefits:

  • Up to 16 cents per litre (including GST) discount off the pump price for all diesel and petrol purchased at a discounted Mobilcard acceptor sites. Minimum discount of 12 cents per litre (including GST).
  • Available at 330+ sites nationwide. View www.mobilfuelfinder.co.nz to find an acceptor site near you.
  • No card or transaction fees.
  • No need to manage receipts for tax purposes, all managed under one account.
  • Costs can be tracked easily with one monthly invoice. You can also have online access to multiple reports including the fuel consumed by individual vehicles.
  • PIN number and purchase restrictions for added security.
  • You must be a member of the NZSA to qualify for this offer.

A vehicle consuming 100 litres per week using a discount of up to 6 cents per litre = $6 discount per week..

A vehicle consuming 100 litres per week using the NZSA MOBILCARD discount of up to 16cents per litre = $16 discount per week

For a company fleet of 20 vehicles that’s potentially an annual saving of over $10,000 per annum.

The discount level is dependent on volume of fuel used per annum.

For further information please email [email protected].

 

First Aid and Refresher Training

Life Care Consultants have extensive experience with first aid training in the security industry and are offering NZSA members a 10% discount on all first aid and refresher training.

For further information please email Russell Taylor [email protected].

 

Keeping your team up to date

Like many organisations we are constantly looking for ways to ensure we can communicate effectively with our members and their teams. The best way to stay up to date on NZSA and industry news is via our newsletter. The more people from each company who receive our newsletter, the higher the chance of updates being communicated within the industry.

With this in mind, we welcome you to send us any company contacts who would like to receive our newsletter and we will add them to our distribution list.

Please email any contacts to [email protected].

 

NZSA member referral – strength in numbers

NZSA’s membership has grown strongly over the past year and each new member not only strengthens the Association and the security community, it also enables us to provide you with more benefits and services and a greater voice for the industry. So help grow your community and strengthen your Association by referring a prospective new member.

To refer a prospective member please email details to [email protected]. For details on member benefits please see the NZSA website.

 

NZSA update – changes to the Building Code

Installing Smoke Detectors in homes?

Changes to the Building Code take place next month that you need to be aware of.

Key points:

  • The adoption of interconnected smoke alarms as the minimum fire safety system in household units. Interconnected smoke alarms work by sending signals between the smoke alarms in a house. These can be wired or wireless.
  • Smoke alarms shall be located in ALL bedrooms, living spaces, hallways, and landings within the building.

Remembering of course – that Smoke alarms shall comply with at least one of the following:
UL217 ; CAN/ULC S531 ; BS EN 14604 ; ISO 12239 ; or AS 3786

All wiring between the power supply and the smoke alarms shall be supervised. Power Supply and Backup shall comply with:
NZS 4512 or AS/NZS 2201.1

  • Each smoke alarm should be tested at least once per month by activating the ‘test’ function.
  • Each smoke alarm should be inspected and cleaned every 6 months with a soft brush attachment of a vacuum cleaner (without disassembling).
  • A long life (minimum 10 years) non removable, sealed battery

For further information see the Building Code website.

The NZSA team.

NZSA Newsletter – September 2023

CEO Report

Welcome to our September 2023 newsletter.

Our congratulations and best wishes to all the finalists announced last week for this year’s New Zealand Security Awards event to be held on 15 September at Te Pae Convention Centre in Christchurch.

We received close to 130 nominations, just under last year’s record, however there was a noticeable improvement in the quality of the nominations which made the judging incredibly difficult. Our thanks go out to our judges – Ngaire Kelaher, Wayne Black and Allan Wharerau, along with myself, for their time and commitment as it is certainly not an easy task.

It is also important to recognise those nominees who weren’t successful in making the final two or three in each category. To be nominated is a fantastic achievement in its own right and appreciating that several categories have 20 plus high-quality nominees, there will always be high calibre candidates who unfortunately miss out.

 

FPA (Fair Pay Agreement) update

Whilst the future of FPA’s may be dependent on the outcome of Octobers election, it is important to note that the legislation is in place and where approved applications for FPA bargaining exist, there is a legal obligation on employers of covered employees and other stakeholders (including the NZSA) to comply with the specified process and timelines.

 

For employers of staff covered by the Security Officer FPA, you should have by now circulated the Etu communications to all impacted staff and have forwarded the MBIE Employee Contact Details spreadsheet with a listing of all covered staff and their contact details back to Etu. If you have yet to action this, it should be expedited or if you have any questions or concerns, you can reach out to the NZSA for guidance.

In coming days, we should receive from MBIE confirmation of the approved bargaining parties to the Security Officer FPA. Once we receive this information, we have a 20-working day window in which to document and confirm inter-party side agreements with each bargaining party. These agreements will lay out details on how the parties will work together once bargaining commences and will include the structure and composition of the bargaining teams.

We will provide further information on this process to our members via the separate FPA mailing data base.

 

Saved A Life Medal

The latest recipient of the Saved A Life Medal is Josh Beckham, Supervisor for Allied Security.

The awarding of the medal recognised the heroic efforts of Josh in early June when he responded to a call from a security officer who was being assaulted by offenders at a customer site in Tauranga Crossing. Arriving at the site within minutes of the call, Josh ensured the safety of the guard before applying first aid to the guard who had injuries to his eye socket, jaw and throat during the 20-minute wait for ambulance attendance.

During the event Josh was able to give comprehensive first aid, keep the guard conscious, and keep his composure, whilst also alerting the local Operations Manager and the client to the event and providing regular updates.

To see the full story of Josh’s heroic actions, please see the NZSA website.

We also remind our members, and wider public, that nominations can be submitted via the NZSA website.

 

Sexual Harassment Amendment Act

As highlighted in our July newsletter, the Employment Relations (Extended Time for Personal Grievance for Sexual Harassment) Amendment Bill came into force on 13 June 2023. All new Employment Agreements must now include a reference to the 12-month period for raising a personal grievance for sexual harassment. Existing employment agreements are not required to include such a reference, but the 12-month period for raising a personal grievance for sexual harassment will still apply. The 12-month period begins from the date on which the action alleged to amount to the personal grievance occurred or came to the notice of the employee, whichever is later.

 

Covid-19 restrictions removed

At 12.01am Tuesday 15 August 2023, all remaining Covid-19 restrictions were removed. Those related to wearing masks in certain healthcare settings, and a mandatory 7-day isolation period if an individual tested positive for Covid-19. The removal of the self-isolation period also concludes the Covid-19 Leave Support Scheme. Employers can still apply for the Leave Support Scheme if the employee’s self-isolation period started before 13 August 2023.

Employers are still obliged to comply with Health and Safety requirements and can undertake their own health and safety assessments related to Covid-19, which can include (after consulting with staff) whether employees are required to wear face masks, or to be vaccinated.

 

Application for inclusion of Security Technicians on Green List

In our last newsletter we advised that we had applied for the inclusion of Security Technicians on the Green List and were reasonably confident of a favourable response.

The approval list is currently sitting with Government for sign-off and despite communication in July that confirmation was expected “in coming weeks”, nothing has been released to date.

We appreciate that this is an important issue for electronic security providers, and we will certainly communicate the outcome once known.

 

Security career pathway website

Several years ago, the NZSA created the Security Career Pathway website as a resource for the industry, those looking at the industry as a career option, and other stakeholders including MSD, school career advisors and training providers.

The website provides comprehensive information on a wide range of security roles, including job requirements, training, licensing, indicative pay scales and promotional pathways, and also includes a number of videos featuring staff talking about their jobs and what they find rewarding.

We recommend checking out the website and welcome any feedback, including updates on the information provided, and also additional videos for inclusion.

 

Constitution update

The new Incorporated Societies Act 2022 comes fully into force on 5 October 2023 however in order to function as intended, it must first be supplemented by the passing of a range of Regulations which at this time are still under consultation and have yet to be finalised.

The NZSA will need to re-register under the new Act but given we have a two-and-a-half-year window in which to file our new registration, we believe it is prudent that we wait for the finalised Regulations to be published before we finalise changes required to our current Rules. We do not envisage any significant changes however one obvious requirement will be to re-title our Rules and By-Laws to read Constitution.

Our current planning is that we will work through all necessary changes and amendments early next year and document them fully, with explanation, for our members well prior to the 2024 AGM.

 

Security company owner jailed

The following information was provided this week as a press release by the IRD.

Unfortunately, we are not aware of any review being undertaken by MBIE into their procurement processes around the awarding of MIQ contracts and the obvious lack of due diligence and vetting.

Rupert Faimoa-Magele, the sole director of Blade Group Limited, was sentenced on 23 August to 3 years and one month in prison on charges relating to evading, or attempting to evade, the assessment and payment of GST, PAYE and Income Tax.

Blade Group Limited predominantly provided security to hospitality venues but during the COVID pandemic, the company also received more than $300,000 for providing security services to three Auckland MIQ hotels. Over 36 months, Faimoa-Magele evaded the assessment or payment of in excess of $1,077,000 in taxes by not filing tax returns, or materially understating the tax payable.

The company was placed into receivership in January 2021 and liquidated in IRD’s application in March 2021. Faimoa-Magele was not ordered to pay reparation as he has no assets or means to pay.

As always, we welcome all comments and feedback on NZSA or industry issues and activity.

Keep safe and well.

 

Kind Regards
Gary Morrison
CEO

 

NZSA / Security Industry updates

Foundation Security Core Skills – new training course now live

Created by Quinton Swanson of Hard Target, this course covers understanding of legislation, tactical communication, body language and projection, weapon awareness, teamwork and tactical awareness.

To register please visit the NZSA Training Hub.

 

Covid restrictions lifted

From 15 August 2023, there is no legal requirement for people to isolate when they test positive for Covid-19. Covid is still active in the community, so employers and employee’s still need to work together, to keep each other safe and protect public health.

 

If your employee tests positive for Covid-19, there is no longer the requirement to stay at home. Although you can’t direct people not to come in, you should support employees to isolate inline with health guidance. Having a worker come to work while sick, could put the health of themselves and others at risk, and result in further disruption.

You should encourage your employees to advise if they test positive for Covid-19 and to be considerate and isolate during the period they could be infectious. Some employees may be able to work from home if they are not feeling unwell.

 

Taking sick leave

Please note: The eligibility for leave support scheme ended on 15 August 2023. You cannot apply for anyone who started self-isolation after 13 August 2023.

Employees can use their sick leave if they are sick with covid or self-isolating. If they do not have any sick leave owing, or not yet entitled, you could:

  • Allow them to take sick leave in advance.
  • Provide paid special leave.
  • Agree for them to take other leave, such as annual or unpaid leave.

You may ask an employee for proof of sickness. Anyone who reports a positive rapid antigen test (RAT) or has had a positive PCR test will receive confirmation text from Te Whatu Ora – Health New Zealand.

 

New Zealand Security Awards 2023

The New Zealand Security Awards this year will be held on Friday 15 September at Te Pae Convention Centre, Christchurch.

To book tickets please visit the NZSA website.

 

We have two accommodation deals, book now to secure your early bird price:

Crowne Plaza Christchurch

Accor Group – Ibis Christchurch & Novotel Christchurch

 

Partner updates

Ringa Hora
Introducing Darin Kauwhata, pictured below with his wife Kandra. Darin is the Industry Engagement Lead for Ringa Hora (Services) for the Government, Defence and Security portfolios in Ohu Ahumahi (Workforce Development Councils). Darin’s role, through engagement, is to give a stronger voice to industry, employers, Māori business, iwi and hapū as well as providers. Working collaboratively across the Ohu Ahumahi and the Vocational Education and Training (VET) sector to ensure the VET system meets current and future industry needs.

Darin joined Ringa Hora from a background in the New Zealand Defence Force where he had served sixteen and a half years in the Royal New Zealand Navy (RNZN), initially as an Electronic Technician and later commissioning from the ranks to become an Officer in the RNZN. Darin is enthusiastic about supporting others and carries his personal values of Manaakitanga, Tiakitanga and Aroha to guide him. Darin is excited for the challenge in taking up a role as an Industry Engagement Lead in the Security sector and looking forward to making further connections within the industry and wider communities with the best interests of industry and learners’ forefront of mind.

If you would like to talk chat with Darin, or perhaps know more about Ringa Hora, Darin has passed on his contact details below – please email, text or call, whatever is easiest.

Darin Kauwhata
Mata Herehere | Industry Engagement Lead
Partnership & Engagement
Mobile: 027 962 1000
Work address: Newmarket, Auckland

 

Waihanga Ara Rau
Waihanga Ara Rau are working on a project to support women into the trades. This will be in the form of an Interactive Equity Map which will be a searchable database of organisations and stakeholders that are committed to supporting and empowering women in the trades.These organisations may offer mentorship programmes, networking events, or other forms of support specifically tailored for women.

This will serve as a valuable tool for women to enter, or advance, in the trades industry as it allows them to explore the wide range of opportunities available to them all in one place and make informed decisions about their career path.

The Interactive Equity Map will be launched in stages according to region. Auckland will be the first region released in September.

 

ACC – Motorcycle Awareness Month – free Ride Forever courses
From Monday 21 August until the end of October, ACC will be running a number of motorcycle initiatives, campaigns and events to celebrate Motorcycle Awareness Month (MAM).

Motorcycle Awareness Month is all about celebrating getting back on the road and doing the thing all riders love – riding. But with more riders on the road, including commuters, the risks increase. 48% of deaths and serious injuries occur when riding in an urban environment.

Riders are 21 times more likely to be injured or killed on our roads than in a car. This needs to change. So, to make sure they can keep riding forever, ACC are asking riders to get behind 21 For September. It’s 21 simple things all riders can do to get ride ready before they jump on the bike.

If you’re a rider and getting ready for the new riding season, or wanting to make that ride to work safer, be sure to check out the local MAM events coming up in your local area. Or sign up to a Ride Forever course for free using the code MAM23 during September and October.

If you’re an employer of riders, let them know about all the ways they can get ride ready – so they can ride forever. Visit www.motorcycleawareness.co.nz.

 

MBIE – Climate Action Plan
Create your climate action plan

With the Climate Action Toolbox, you’re 3 steps away from having a positive impact.

  • Learn where you can reduce emissions.
  • Measure your carbon footprint, set a target and track progress.

Act on your step-by-step plan to reduce emissions—from quick wins you can act on today, to major changes you can prepare for.

For further information please see the Climate Action Plan Toolbox.

 

NZSA Membership

We welcome the following new Corporate Partner Member:

G D Rutter Limited

 

and the following new Associate Individual Members:

Helen Smith

Jonas Frey

 

 

Events

Simprosium Roadshow
The Simprosium Roadshow is coming soon to Australia and New Zealand.

We have not one, but FOUR events where you can connect, hear advice from local experts and find out what’s in the works at Simpro.

This full-day event will be attended by 100+ trade business owners and leaders sharing their expert insights on the trades.

You’ll enjoy:

🎫  A sponsor expo to meet our expert Simpro partners

🎫  Live demos of Simpro’s newest and upcoming features

🎫  Forming new relationships during breakout sessions Simpro’s Sundowner event

NZSA Members can SAVE 20% on the registration with the code NASA20! Grab your tickets now for a full day of talking and learning everything trades and field services.

Register here.

We can’t wait to see you there!

🎫  Auckland, New Zealand | 21 September

🎫  Brisbane, Australia | 5 October

🎫  Melbourne, Australia | 10 October

🎫  Sydney, Australia | 12 October

 

COA Conflict Management Training – Train the Trainer and Refresher Training for Trainers
As the industry peak body, the NZSA has appointed Bespoke Security Group and Hard Target to deliver the Conflict Management Refresher Training programmes around the country. These providers are subject matter experts in their own right and will ensure that those who are approved to deliver the Conflict Management Training meet necessary standards.

To register your interest please email [email protected].

Please note: the Conflict Management Refresher course includes assessment activity.

 

NZISF breakfast meeting
Topic:  Revenue assurance to assurance: the importance of measurement in computer security, ten years on

In 1995, Netscape rolled out SSL, a protocol that’s crucially dependent for its security on certificates created by third-party CAs, but for the first one and a half decades of its existence no-one had ever tried to measure how effectively these were being handled. When a volunteer-run project by the EFF did finally examine the situation, they found a chaotic mess that still hasn’t been fully untangled. This talk looks at various failures of measurement both in and outside the field of computer security where it’s more widely encountered as revenue assurance, and applies lessons from that field to computer security mechanisms.

When: 8:00am Thursday 14 September 2023 via zoom

For further information and to register please see NZISF.

 

Member Benefits

Strategic Defence
We are pleased to announce a new partnership with Strategic Defence.

Strategic Defence provides specialist protective products to members of the security industry. These products include stab/ballistic vests, boots, fog-free protective eyewear, hand-held metal detectors, flashlights, and many more. NZSA members qualify for between 10-20% discount. Expert advice, support, and unmatched service.

For more information see the Strategic Defence website.

 

Guardhouse
We are pleased to announce a new partnership with Guardhouse.

Guardhouse is an end-to-end workforce management system custom built for NZ security companies. Founded in Australia, Guardhouse is Australia’s leading security specific workforce solution, bringing our product innovation and unique workflow optimisation to the NZ market saving our clients both time and money. Our values that drive your success are customer obsessed, developing unique partnerships, simple yet powerful product design and consistent innovation and R&D.

Some of the funcationality includes, Rostering, Time & Attendance, Payroll & Invoicing + integration to accounting and payroll systemts, Welfare Checks, Incident Reporitng, Compliance Management, Company and Site SOPs with digitial signiture, Customer Portal Access, Tours and Patorls module and much more.

For more information see the Guardhouse website and blog.

 

NZSA HR Advisory Service
A reminder to members that SuccessHR are human resource consultants available for any employment support regarding your employees.

Support offered at no expense to our members is telephone communication support eg. disciplinary, performance. You also have access to individual employment agreements. Any additional support would be charged to you accordingly.

For any support or further information please contact:

Susan Beange
Human Resources Team Lead
[email protected]
021 929 528

Emma Johnston
Human Resources Specialist
[email protected]
021 659 456

 

Building Networks Compliance Guidance
Building Networks are the leading authority on building compliance and they are offering a 20% discount for members: Building Networks website.

For industry news, updates, tips and opinions from the frontline, sign up to the Building Networks newsletter or visit their YouTube channel.

 

Mobilcard
NZSA have an agreement with Mobilcard offering members fuel discounts

Key Benefits:

  • Up to 16 cents per litre (including GST) discount off the pump price for all diesel and petrol purchased at a discounted Mobilcard acceptor sites. Minimum discount of 12 cents per litre (including GST).
  • Available at 330+ sites nationwide. View www.mobilfuelfinder.co.nz to find an acceptor site near you.
  • No card or transaction fees.
  • No need to manage receipts for tax purposes, all managed under one account.
  • Costs can be tracked easily with one monthly invoice. You can also have online access to multiple reports including the fuel consumed by individual vehicles.
  • PIN number and purchase restrictions for added security.
  • You must be a member of the NZSA to qualify for this offer.

A vehicle consuming 100 litres per week using a discount of up to 6 cents per litre = $6 discount per week..

A vehicle consuming 100 litres per week using the NZSA MOBILCARD discount of up to 16cents per litre = $16 discount per week

For a company fleet of 20 vehicles that’s potentially an annual saving of over $10,000 per annum.

The discount level is dependent on volume of fuel used per annum.

For further information please email [email protected].

 

First Aid and Refresher Training
Life Care Consultants have extensive experience with first aid training in the security industry and are offering NZSA members a 10% discount on all first aid and refresher training.

For further information please email Russell Taylor [email protected].

 

Keeping your team up to date

Like many organisations we are constantly looking for ways to ensure we can communicate effectively with our members and their teams. The best way to stay up to date on NZSA and industry news is via our newsletter. The more people from each company who receive our newsletter, the higher the chance of updates being communicated within the industry.

With this in mind, we welcome you to send us any company contacts who would like to receive our newsletter and we will add them to our distribution list.

Please email any contacts to [email protected].

 

NZSA member referral – strength in numbers

NZSA’s membership has grown strongly over the past year and each new member not only strengthens the Association and the security community, it also enables us to provide you with more benefits and services and a greater voice for the industry. So help grow your community and strengthen your Association by referring a prospective new member.

To refer a prospective member please email details to [email protected]. For details on member benefits please see the NZSA website.

NZSA Saved a Life Medal recipient

We are thrilled to announce another recipient of the NZSA Saved a Life Medal. The calibre of the nominations has been outstanding and we’d like to congratulate the following recipient, whose story is below.

NZSA Saved a Life Medal

Josh Beckham, Allied Security

To make a nomination please see the NZSA website.

Saved a Life Medal recipients

 

Josh Beckham, Allied Security
For operational and legal reasons we need to treat specific details of this incident in confidence however on the 2nd June at approximately 3.30am, Josh was alerted to an incident involving an aggravated assault on one of his team.

Whilst Josh was off duty at the time, he attended the site within five minutes and found the guard had suffered injuries to his jaw, throat area and eye sockets and was experiencing breathing difficulties. Josh provided initial first aid, kept the guard conscious during the 20 minute wait for the arrival of emergency services and eventually accompanied the guard when transferred to hospital in a critical state.

During this time Josh also provided status updates to the local Operations Manager and the site customer.

We are also pleased to advise that the injured guard has fully recovered from the injuries sustained.

 

 

NZSA update – launch of National Security Strategy

For those who may have missed it, the government announced New Zealand’s first National Security Strategy last week.

This is an important document that responds to the more challenging environment that we see day to day across the nation and around the world. This goes some way in recognising that the threat landscape has not only shifted, but also the importance of building public awareness of the confronting risks.

The document is available for download on the NZSA website.

From the NZSA team.

NZSA training update – Protective Security Core Skills programme now available

The Protective Security Core Skills Training programme has been developed by Quinton Swanson (Q) from Hard Target who is one of New Zealand’s leading security training experts and was instrumental in the original development of the Mandatory Training that is a pre-requirement for obtaining a Certificate of Approval as a Security Officer.

The foundation programme is designed to provide comprehensive “refresher training” and to further develop the competencies and skills of those in security officer roles. It covers understanding of legislation, tactical communication, body language and projection, weapon awareness, team work and tactical awareness.

To enrol please visit the NZSA Training Hub.

From the NZSA team.