Important message from NZSA and PSPLA

Since the lockdown period, the PSPLA has processed approximately 3,800 applications for Temporary (Blue) Certificates of Approval, however the conversion rate to the full (Green) Certificate of Approval remains relatively low. Whilst some of the applicants may have left the industry, it appears that a number of security providers have taken advantage of the three month time extension for completion of the mandatory training, and have yet to complete the required three unit standards.

This places unacceptable risk on employees and of particular concern, it appears that some providers are utilising staff on Temporary CoA’s on sensitive sites, including quarantine hotels and testing sites.

Trish McConnell has advised that the PSPLA will cease approving third Temporary CoA’s (other than genuine examples in remote locations where training cannot be easily accessed) from the end of next week, being three months from the date that the country moved to Level 2 and industry training recommenced.

Staff who have not completed the mandatory training within the Temporary CoA window will effectively be operating without a licence and will leave both their employer, and the individual, open to prosecution should they continue to provide services.

The NZSA recommends members review records for all staff on Temporary CoA’s and ensure that necessary training is scheduled well before the expiry date. We would also suggest that best practice dictates that staff on Temporary CoA’s should only be utilised on sensitive sites as a last option and that training for these staff must be prioritised.

The NZSA team.

2020 NZ Security Awards – 5pm Friday

The 2020 New Zealand Security Awards will be livestreamed from 5pm on Friday 7 August.

We have MC Te Radar presenting the Awards from 5pm to 6pm followed by a 30 minute set by DJ Low Key.

On the night you will have a chance to send in text messages of support and congratulations that we will put on screen. We will share the number at the start of the event.

The event can viewed via the NZSA website:  Awards livestream

Good luck to all the finalists!

The NZSA team.

Apprenticeship Boost Initiative Programme

Details on the Apprenticeship Boost Initiative Progamme have finally been announced. This programme will be of benefit to members who employ eligible apprentices.

Eligible apprentices are defined as:
a. Enrolled in a New Zealand Apprenticeship with a Transitional TITO; or
b. Is enrolled in a TEC-recognised Managed Apprenticeship; and
c. Has not had their enrolment withdrawn or put on hold; and
d. Is in paid employment or a paid contracting arrangement with an applicant; and
e. Has completed no more than than 24 months of a programme of study.

Whilst Apprentice Security Technicians are not specifically named as a qualifying apprenticeship it is our understanding that they fall within the wider grouping of Electrical and Electronic Engineering and Technical Electrical Engineering. We have sought confirmation on this from TEC several weeks ago but have yet to receive a response.

Employers will be able to apply for the Apprenticeship Boost whether an apprentice has just started their training programme or is nearing the end of their first two years – right up until the apprentice has completed 24 months of their training programme (while the initiative is running).

Applications for the Apprenticeship Boost open on Friday 5 August 2020 via the MSD website and will run for 20 months, see the MSD website for details on the application process.

Employers with an apprentice in their first year of the apprenticeship will be eligible for $1,000 per month, and employers with an apprentice in their second year will be eligible for $500 per month for a maximum period of 20 months.

The NZSA team.

NZSA launches new member benefit – Business Continuity Planner

NZSA launches a new member benefit:  Business Continuity Planner

We are pleased to announce the launch of a Business Continuity Planner in conjunction with BCP Builder.

There is a lot to learn from operating your business through a global pandemic. A great way to ensure the lessons learnt are recorded and remembered for future disruptions is to prepare a Business Continuity Plan.

BCP Builder is a free business continuity plan template for members to create their own personalised business continuity plan. The plan builder contains simple to follow instructions and there is also additional training and support available through the BCP Builder website. Your plan can be published at any stage of the process to produce a fully formatted and branded pdf to share.

BCP Builder is based on the Business Continuity Institute Good Practice Guidelines and the requirements of ISO22301. This means you can write your plan in confidence, knowing that you meet all the requirements.

You can watch a demonstration video on the BCP Builder website.

In addition to the business continuity plan template, members will also receive guidance on creating a Business Continuity Policy and Exercise Programme.

Services and documents available include:
– Business continuity plan template
– Business continuity policy template
– Exercise report template

Members can request a BCP Builder discount code by emailing [email protected]. This will give you access to a free BCP Builder subscription to prepare your business continuity plan.

From the NZSA team.

Security Industry Training Survey – closes soon

Survey on NZQA training within the security industry – closes 5pm Friday 31 July

The Security Training and Professional Development Special Interest Group (SIG) comprises a range of security industry stakeholders and provides guidance and support to the NZSA on lifting standards and delivery of training to those employed within the New Zealand security industry.

The following survey will assist the SIG in providing clear direction on training focus and priorities that meet industry needs.

We request that all security providers take five minutes to complete and submit the survey and ensure that your voice is heard.

Please note that the survey will close at 5pm on Friday.

Complete Survey

The NZSA team.

2020 NZ Security Awards – Finalists announced

We are thrilled to announce the finalists for the 2020 New Zealand Security Awards.

Today is International Security Officers’ Day (24 July or 24/7) so it is very appropriate that we announce the finalists on the same day that we recognise the fantastic contribution and commitment of the 25,000 licensed security staff in New Zealand, and in particular, the performance of security personnel through the recent Covid-19 lock-down.

Several categories only received a small number of nominations, in a couple of cases only one. However the judges still review each nomination on its merits and if they score highly, then an award is given. A low number of nominees in a category does not detract in any way from the quality of the finalists and the eventual winner.

Congratulations to all 111 of the nominees and good luck to the finalists. We’ll see you at the awards at 5pm on Friday 7th August. We will send out a link to the live stream site a week prior to the event.

Cash Services Professional of the Year
Ben Carr – Armourguard Security
Mark Jeffery – Armourguard Security
Rosie North – Armourguard Security

Communication Centre Operator of the Year
Avaayah Tito – Red Badge Group
Jeremy Horne – Alarm Watch Ltd
Sarah Tipping – Electra Services Ltd trading as SECURELY

Customer Champion of the Year
Dee Wakelin – Red Badge Group
Geoff Stone – Armourguard Security
Georgina Crawford – FIRST Security

Design and Support Electronic Sector Professional of the Year
Britta Offergeld – Advanced Security Group
Daniel King – Nelson Alarms and Security
Matt Collins – Advanced Security Group

Electronic Trainee of the Year
Daniel O’Connor – Alliance Fire & Security
Mikee McLeod – Advanced Security Group
Taina Hetet – Red Wolf High Level Security

Guarding Sector Trainee of the Year
Eric Cilicewa – Secureflight Ltd
Teressa Sykes – Armourguard Security
Vicky Roberts – Red Badge Group

Install and Service Electronic Sector (Corporate) Technician of the Year
Blair Courtier – Advanced Security Group

Install and Service Electronic Sector (SME) Technician of the Year
Zane Stephenson – Alliance Fire & Security

Michael Pepper Award for Outstanding Security Training Initiative
Advanced Security Group
Hard Target
Secureflight Ltd and Stratcom Security

Outstanding New Product or Service of the Year
Bespoke Security Group
Gallagher Proximity and Contact Training Report

Outstanding Skills for Industry Employee of the Year
Knikita Tarawa – Red Badge Group

Outstanding Staff Retention/Staff Development Programme
Advanced Security Group
Secureflight Ltd

Patrol Officer of the Year
Michael McCormack – Matrix Security Group Ltd
Sheena O’Brien – Armourguard Security
Timothy Cummings – FIRST Security

Security Administrator of the Year
Darlene Clark – Secureflight Ltd
Sabrina Crowe – Red Badge Group
Yegeshnie Chetty – Advanced Security Group

Security Consultant of the Year
Andy Gollings – Red Badge Group
Jo Lloyd – ICARAS Consultants
Scott Carter – Matrix Security Group Ltd

Security Integrator of the Year
Daniel King – Nelson Alarms and Security
Mark Chessum – Advanced Security Group
Shanan Marsden – Alliance Fire & Security

Security Officer of the Year
Anton Kritzinger – Armourguard Security
Edith Swetman – Matrix Security Group Ltd
Phoenix Witehira – Millennium Services Group

Security Supervisor/Operations Manager of the Year
Colin Norman – FIRST Security
Neil McKinlay – Armourguard Security
Simon Ward – Red Badge Group

Security Trainer or Workplace Assessor of the Year
Ben Kingi – ACT New Zealand
Jennifer Burne – Armourguard Security
Jeremy Peake – Advanced Security Group

Visionary Leadership Award
Blair Malcolm – Recon Security
Hayden George – Advanced Security Group
Ken McKenzie – Tamaki Paenga Hira Auckland War Memorial Museum

Once again, congratulations to all the finalists!

For the full list of nominees please see our website.

The NZSA team.

Upcoming Security Events

International Security Officers’ Day
24th July

Whilst new to New Zealand, the recognition of the 24th July (24/7) as International Security Officers’ Day has gained considerable traction around the world over recent years.

The NZSA is thrilled to sponsor the initiative in New Zealand and we believe it is particularly poignant given the Covid-19 pandemic and the tremendous efforts of our security officers as essential service providers.

The NZSA will be announcing the finalists for the New Zealand Security Awards on the 24th July and we encourage you to celebrate this day with your staff in recognition of their efforts


New Zealand Security Awards
7th August

This year’s Award ceremony will be live streamed from 5pm on Friday 7th August with MC Te Radar. Make sure you save the date! We will send a link to stream the Awards closer to the event.


Facilities Integrate
12th-13th August

Facilities Integrate is a trade-only exhibition for people who design, construct and manage New Zealand’s buildings and facilities.

It is being held at the ASB Showgrounds in Auckland. To register for this event please visit their website.


Security Risk Seminars
3rd & 24th September, 1st October

Aotea Security (NZ) Limited invites you to the 2020 Aotea Security, Security Risk Seminars.

Presented by specialists in security risk management these seminars are designed to provide information that will assist businesses to protect their people, information and assets. These specialists will also provide an understanding on how a risk-based approach works under the Protective Security Requirements and ISO 31000 risk management guidelines.

The half-day seminars will run from 9.30am to 1pm followed by a networking lunch.

Hamilton – Thursday 3 September
Wellington – Thursday 24 September
Auckland – Thursday 1 October

For more information about the seminars in your region please see their website.


Safe & Secure Facilities & Public Spaces
19th-20th October

The Safe & Secure conference presents the latest concepts and technologies related to safety and security at live events including case studies and key counter-terrorism issues.

For more information please see their website.

Survey on NZQA training within the security industry

The Security Training and Professional Development Special Interest Group (SIG) comprises a range of security industry stakeholders and provides guidance and support to the NZSA on lifting standards and delivery of training to those employed within the New Zealand security industry.

The following survey will assist the SIG in providing clear direction on training focus and priorities that meet industry needs.

We request that all security providers take five minutes to complete and submit the survey and ensure that your voice is heard.

Complete Survey

The NZSA team.