NZSA security update – OSPAs, Chorus Update, Literacy and Numeracy Modules

Congratulations to the 2022 OSPA winners

The inaugural OSPA (Outstanding Security Performance Awards) event was held last Friday evening at the Aotea Centre with 140 attendees.

We are very pleased to announce the following winners and whilst coincidental, note that all are NZSA members:

Outstanding In-house Security Manager/Director
Brent Mirfin, Evotek Technologies

Outstanding Contract Security Manager/Director
Pete Mason, Optic Security Group

Outstanding Contract Security Company (Guarding)
FIRST Security Guard Services

Outstanding Security Consultant
Lincoln Potter

Outstanding New Security Product
My Vaccine Pass, Gallagher

Outstanding Security Partnership
Evotek Technologies and Visual Networks

Outstanding Security Officer
Sione Tusini-Rex, Platform 4 Group

Outstanding Female Security Professional
Trish Thompson, Gallagher

Outstanding Young Security Professional
Stella Donachie, Red Badge Group

Lifetime Achievement
Nicholas Dynon

We also remind our members that the annual New Zealand Security Awards event, hosted by the NZSA, will be held this year on the evening of Friday 16 September at the Hilton on Auckland’s waterfront.

This years event will also coincide with the 50th anniversary of the NZSA so we have a couple of special surprises lined-up.

The New Zealand Security Awards cover 19 categories with a strong focus on our frontline staff, are open to all industry, and nominations will open on Monday 1 August (watch for more information in coming weeks).

Chorus update re copper withdrawal

How we use internet has changed considerably in the last few years. Working and learning from home, video calling and streaming mean that data consumption is rising exponentially. For many, fibre is how we use internet now and by the end of this year it will be available to 87% of the country.

As the network provider, Chorus is encouraging New Zealanders to migrate of the traditional copper platform to an alternative technology. Trials began in 2021 and have progressively scaled up. During this year, copper withdrawal notices will be sent to approximately 10,000 users across about 600 cabinet areas – this represents just 1.5% of the current total copper base so there will still be in the vicinity of 650,000 copper customers by the end of this year.

Only hand-picked addresses that make sense for Chorus to withdraw as a priority will be in-scope for the trial. This is not a mass switch-off of the copper network, it is a programme that will operate at a local level to encourage customers to move from copper to appropriate alternative technologies. Only users who receive a notice from Chorus will be impacted by the withdrawal process.

For security providers, Chorus have provided Service Provider site access through the links below which will provide access to the Copper Withdrawal updates at any time.

The NZSA also reminds our members that communications with customers on this issue must be mindful that this remains a trial and with only a small number of connections immediately impacted. It is incorrect to infer that all copper will be withdrawn in the immediate future or to advise customers not immediately impacted that they must change to an alternate technology at this time.

Leadership Development – Literacy and Numeracy Modules

We are pleased to advise that the Literacy and Numeracy modules can now be accessed by those without their own LMS (Learning Management System). Please visit the NZSA website to request access to the files.

The final three modules are also going through the final approval process and will be accessible within the next few weeks via the same site.

The final three modules cover:

  • Working Shift-work
  • Behavioural Awareness and Self Awareness
  • Identifying Learner Training Needs

The NZSA team.