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DEFSEC Media is New Zealand's defence, security and fire B2B/B2G publishing group. Our leading magazines, Line of DefenceNZ Security and Fire NZ are read by key business, government and military decision makers and influencers. This website is the online home of cutting-edge content from each of our titles.

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Prime Minister’s international scorecard: a win and a loss

Line of Defence, Summer 17/18

Having notched up her first two international trips as prime minister - to Australia and then to the Philippines for the East Asia Summit - Jacinda Ardern has returned with mixed results, writes Wayne Mapp. What do these results suggest in terms of the Government’s approach to international affairs going forward?


Contracting strategy in a Mega Project environment

Line of Defence, Spring 2017

In this exclusive interview, Claire Negus of Primary Delta Consulting discusses contracting strategies for high-stakes, big-budget, long-term infrastructure projects.


The US lowers cost of military system development with COTS

Line of Defence, Spring 2017

Tim Marshall of Unitronix writes that military commercial-off-the-shelf electronics are delivering cost-effective solutions and supporting innovation in new capabilities.


Navigating the training highway – how to decide what you need

NZ Security, Oct/Nov 2017

Kathy Wright, Chair of the NZ Security Training Association (NZSTA), demystifies security training, suggesting a simple check-list of considerations.


Is North Korea actually a serious threat to peace?

Line of Defence, Spring 2017

Former Defence Minister Wayne Mapp cuts through the emotive rhetoric of North Korea's nuclear and missile tests, arguing that despite the bluster, the DPRK and US are hardly on brink of war.

BOOK REVIEW: China as a Polar Great Power

Line of Defence, Spring 2017


Detector Dogs strengthen ‘offshore disruption’

Line of Defence, Winter 2017 

Detector dogs trained in New Zealand as part of the NZ Customs and Police Fiji Detector Dog Project are disrupting international crime syndicates operating in the Pacific, writes Nicholas Dynon.


What’s the future for terrorism?

Line of Defence, Spring 2017

John Battersby of Massey University writes that terrorism is a tactic, it’s evolving, and it’s not going away, with new technologies such as UAVs and artificial intelligence likely to enable the delivery of terror by remote control.

Towards an economics of terror threat in NZ

Line of Defence, Winter 2017


NZDF and Cyber Warfare: Offence, Defence and Deterrence

Line of Defence, Spring 2017

We ask Dr Joe Burton of Waikato University, about how NZ is positioned in relation to cyber warfare, finding that among the challenges are opportunities.

NZ needs cultural shift to keep data safe

NZ Security, Dec 2016 / Jan 2017


Missing Taser calls security into question

NZ Security, Dec 2016 / Jan 2017

Recently a Police Taser went missing in Gisborne after a struggle between Police and a group of youths. With Tasers now standard issue, just how secure are they?

Police apprehend IPANZ excellence award

Defsec Media, 07 July 2016

New Zealand perspective: Why Safe Cities?

NZ Security, Dec 2015 / Jan 2016


Criminal charges imminent in Grenfell fire negligence

FireNZ, September 2017

In the wake of multiple high-rise tragedies, Keith Newman reviews the tragic consequences of failing to promptly address fire safety concerns.

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