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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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Our Contributors

Our publications benefit from articles that feature the insights and analysis of expert contributors from New Zealand and internationally. People who have authored articles for us, been interviewed by us, or have had their conference/seminar presentations featured by us are listed alphabetically here. Below this list is information about how you can contribute to our publications.

 

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SCOTT ARRELL

Scott Arrell is Chairman of the New Zealand Defence Industry Association (NZDIA). He served for 21 years as an officer and aircrew in the Royal New Zealand Air Force (RNZAF), followed by roles as General Manager Hawker Pacific New Zealand, Country Director for Thales New Zealand, Defence Consultant and Country and Key Account Manager for ViaSat Inc.

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ROBERT AYSON

Robert Ayson is Professor of Strategic Studies at Victoria University of Wellington, where he is based at the Centre for Strategic Studies. He has also held academic positions with the Australian National University, Massey University and the University of Waikato, and official positions with the New Zealand government. He is Adjunct Professor with the ANU's Strategic and Defence Studies Centre and Honorary Professor of the New Zealand Defence Force Command and Staff College.

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ROUBEN AZIZIAN

Rouben Azizian is a Professor and Director of Massey University’s Centre for Defence and Security Studies (CDSS). He has previously taught Political Studies at the University of Auckland prior to 13 years with the US Defense Department's Asia-Pacific Center for Security Studies (APCSS) in Honolulu. He is a former Soviet and Russian diplomat, and was posted, among other locations, to New Zealand (1991-1994) as Counsellor and Deputy Chief of Mission. He is an Honorary Professor of the New Zealand Defence Force Command and Staff College.

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RHYS BALL

Dr Rhys Ball is a former intelligence officer and a lecturer at Massey University’s Centre for Defence and Security Studies (Albany campus). His research interests include intelligence studies, strategic studies, intelligence and military history, in particular Special Forces history.

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DAVID BARNES

David Barnes is Client Director Defence & National Security at Aurecon, an award-winning provider of engineering, management and specialist technical services for public and private sector clients globally.

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TREVOR BRADLEY

Dr Trevor Bradley is a Senior Lecturer at Victoria University of Wellington’s Institute of Criminology. He is undertaking ground breaking research into consumer motivations in the residential security market, and invites companies in this market to participate. His research interests are crime prevention, crime reduction and community safety; plural policing and private security/private policing; youth justice; and politics of crime and 'law and order'.

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JOHN BATTERSBY

Dr John Battersby is currently a Teaching Fellow seconded from the New Zealand Police to Massey University’s Centre for Defence and Security Studies. He served in Wellington and Central Districts before joining the School of Leadership, Management and Command at the Royal New Zealand Police College in Porirua. He was previously with the Treaty Issues and International Law Team at the Crown Law Office. An historian by training, his research interests are in terrorism, insurgency and intelligence.

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JOE BURTON

Dr Joe Burton is a Senior Lecturer in Waikato University's political science and public policy programme and a member of the university's New Zealand Institute for Security and Crime Science. He has worked as a ministerial advisor in New Zealand and the UK, and as a political campaign manager and political organiser. He researches regional responses to global security challenges, NATO and its partners, US foreign and security policy, cyber security, and the impact of science and technology on international security.

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EVAN BUTLER-JONES

Evan Butler-Jones is Director, Defence Product Line, Aviation & Defence Business Unit at IFS, a leading vendor of enterprise asset management (EAM) software to the global aerospace and defence sector. His technology background includes enterprise software, additive manufacturing, robotics and materials testing.

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DAVID CAPIE

David Capie is Director of the Centre for Strategic Studies and Associate Professor in International Relations at Victoria University of Wellington. He has authored or co-authored three books and numerous articles and book chapters. His research has been supported by the Rockefeller Foundation, the East-West Center and the Royal Society of New Zealand's Marsden Fund. In 2007, he was a Visiting Scholar at the Weatherhead Center for International Affairs at Harvard University.

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ANDREW COLARIK

Dr Andrew Colarik is a Senior Lecturer with the Centre for Defence and Security Studies at Massey University. He is an author, researcher, and inventor of information security technologies and has published multiple security books and publications in the areas of cyber terrorism, cyber warfare, and cyber security. He was awarded the title of Professor Emeritus from EC-Council University in 2009 for his contribution towards cyber security.

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BERNIE DIVER

Bernie Diver is the Principal of Strategic Sourcing, a multi-industry specialist consulting firm. and has previously held a range of senior roles in the New Zealand Diary Board, Heinz and Telecom. He is a past Chair of the New Zealand Defence Industry Association (NZDIA), has represented Industry on the NZ Government Procurement Reform Strategy Group, was a member of the Optimising New Zealand Industry Involvement in the Defence Sector Expert Advisory Group and the Defence Industry Advisory Council (DIAC). In 2016 he was elected a member of the Maungakiekie-Tamaki Local Board.

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Opportunities for Industry: NZDIA Annual Forum

Line of Defence, November 2016

NICHOLAS DYNON

Nicholas Dynon edits Line of Defence Magazine. His 14-year career with Australia’s Department of Immigration and Border Protection included roles in Sydney and Parliament House, Canberra, and postings as a diplomat to Shanghai, Beijing and Suva. He has served in the Australian Army’s Signals and then Transport corps as a non-commissioned and commissioned officer respectively. Based in Auckland, he speaks Mandarin, and his China-focussed research has been published in several peer reviewed journals. He holds an MA (ANU) and Master of International Studies with Honours (Sydney).

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PETER FRY

Peter Fry is author of the novel Ladder to the Moon. His career as a New Zealand Army officer included periods of service in New Zealand and SE Asia in both regimental and staff appointments, as a military observer seconded to the UN in the Middle East, and as New Zealand Defence Attaché to Indonesia and the Philippines. Following retirement, he joined the UN where he served deployments as a Security Adviser to Iraq, East Timor, the NW Pacific, Somalia, Pakistan and UN Headquarters in New York.

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BOOK REVIEW: Ladder to the Moon

Line of Defence, November 2016

ALEXANDER GILLESPIE

Alexander Gillespie is Professor of Law at Waikato University’s law faculty. He has published 16 books, including The Causes of War: 1000-1600 (Volume 2). He was the first New Zealander to be named Rapporteur for the World Heritage Convention, he has advised the Ministry of Foreign Affairs and Trade and the Department of Conservation on legal and policy matters, and provides commissioned work for the UN, Commonwealth Secretariat, and organisations in New Zealand, Australia, US, UK and Switzerland.

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Defence White Paper about keeping up and carrying weight

Line of Defence, November 2016

GLENN GOWTHORPE

GPCAPT Glenn Gowthorpe is Defence Relationship Manager Auckland, New Zealand Defence Force (NZDF), and was previously Chief of Staff RNZAF Base Auckland. GPCAPT Gowthorpe was Detachment Commander OP TIKI VII in 2014, and was awarded the Defence Meritorious Service Medal in recognition of his leadership of 230 (Mission Support) Squadron and the development of the Mobile Tactical Operations Centre. In 2009, he was the first RNZAF Officer to attend the Singapore Command and Staff Course.

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PETER GREENER

Dr Peter Greener is a Senior Fellow at the Centre for Strategic Studies at Victoria University Wellington. He is an Honorary Professor, and was previously Academic Dean at the Command and Staff College of the New Zealand Defence Force. Dr Greener is an Adjunct Professor in the Faculty of Health and Environmental Sciences at AUT University, where he was Head of the School of Public Health and Psychosocial Studies 2003–2007, and Head of the Department of Psychotherapy and Applied Psychology from 1998–2003.

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GRAHAM GROSE

Graham Grose is Vice President and Industry Director Aviation & Defence at IFS, a leading vendor of enterprise asset management (EAM) software to the Aerospace and Defence sector globally. He is a supply chain specialist and a former Royal Air Force (RAF) Supply Officer.

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DAVID HORSBURGH

David Horsburgh CPP PSP PCI is a Licensed Security Consultant and Managing Director of Security Risk Management (NZ) Limited. His three-decade career with the NZ Police and NZSIS, included roles in the Criminal Investigations Bureau and as a detective in the Special Investigations Unit conducting covert investigations of criminals. David is the only holder in New Zealand of all three ASIS board certifications - the CPP, PSP and PCI, and was the first in the Asia Pacific Region to do so. He holds a MSc in Security Management from Loughborough University, UK.

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WILLIAM HOVERD

Dr William Hoverd is a Senior Lecturer at Massey University’s Centre for Defence and Security Studies (CDSS). His research interests include critical research into New Zealand security issues and religious diversity. Dr Hoverd is the editor of the book New Zealand National Security: Challenges, Trends and Issues.

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DEBBIE HOWARTH

Debbie Howarth is Director Industry Engagement at the New Zealand Defence Force (NZDF), based at the Defence Auckland Business Hub and reporting to Chief Joint Defence Services. She has previously held several roles in New Zealand Trade & Enterprise (NZTE), including Sector Manager - Marine, Project Manager Rugby World Cup (leveraging of NZ2011 Business Activities for the Marine, Aviation and high value manufacturing sectors), Customer Manager - Business Development, and Strategic Advisor.

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HONG-ENG KOH

Hong-Eng Koh is Global Chief Public Safety Expert of Huawei Enterprise Business Group. He started his career with the Singapore Police Force (SPF), holding various appointments including senior investigation officer, head of crime prevention and community policing, head of operations and training, and head of Computer Systems Division. He then worked as an integrator involved in mega government infrastructure and applications projects, and then 15 years in Oracle, including Sun Microsystems. He is a Vice President of the Society for the Policing of Cyberspace (POLCYB).

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DEAN KIDD

Dean Kidd is the Safety and Security Manager for Auckland Live, part of Regional Facilities Auckland (RFA), an Auckland Council controlled organisation (CCO). He is also Chairman of ASIS International’s New Zealand Chapter. His ‘Weapons Attack at an Iconic Venue’ training exercise at Auckland’s Aotea Centre in 2017 was a New Zealand first, and he is regarded as a leading figure in the security of public places in New Zealand.

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Q&A: ASIS New Zealand Chair, Dean Kidd

NZ Security, June/July 2017

ROBERT KRUSHKA

BRIG Robert (Rob) Krushka MNZM is Commander, Defence Logistics Command. He joined the New Zealand Army in 1989. His previous appointments include Senior Instructor Transport and Movement; Officer Commanding and Executive Officer 2nd Logistics Battalion, Linton; Joint Operations Command, Sydney; Commander Logistics Command, Upper Hutt, and Logistics Command Land.

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MARC LANTEIGNE

Dr Marc Lanteigne is a Senior Lecturer at the Centre for Defence and Security Studies, Massey University, Auckland, specialising in the foreign and domestic politics of China, and international relations and security in Oceania and the Polar regions. He has published extensively in his fields of interest and written three books including China’s Foreign Policy: An Introduction and China and International Institutions: Alternate Paths to Global Power.

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CHARLES LOTT

BRIG (Rtd) Charles (Charlie) Lott MNZM is the New Zealand Defence Force (NZDF) Chief Joint Defence Services (CJDS). In his 34-year logistics career in the New Zealand Army, he saw operational service with the New Zealand Contingent MFO Sinai, as Liaison Officer for the UN Operations in Somalia, and as a Logistics Operations Senior Staff Officer. He was made a Member of the New Zealand Order of Merit in 2001.

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WAYNE MAPP

Hon Dr Wayne Mapp QSO was New Zealand’s Minister of Defence and Minister of Science and Innovation from 2008 to 2011. He served as the MP for the North Shore electorate from the 1996 elections until his retirement in late 2011, and was appointed to the New Zealand Law Commission in 2012. As minister, Dr Mapp launched the 2010 Defence White Paper, and was a member of the Advisory Panel for the 2016 White Paper. Before entering politics, he lectured in commercial law at University of Auckland.

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Defence White Paper a constructive way forward

Line of Defence, November 2016

CLAIRE NEGUS

Claire Negus is managing director of Primary Delta Consulting, specialising in procurement, governance and strategy. A contracts and procurement specialist, Claire is on the ANZ International Association for Contract and Commercial Management (IACCM) advisory board. She holds a Bachelor of Laws, a Bachelor of Commerce, an MBA, a Master of Business Strategy, a Certificate in Risk and Strategic Decision Making from Stanford University, and a Certificate in Global Leadership from INSEAD, France.

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MATT McNIEL

Matt McNiel is Vice President of TCOM, LP, a global ISR solutions provider of Lighter-Than-Air Persistent Surveillance Tethered Aerostat platforms.

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PAUL NORTH

Paul North is Head of Operations at Fire and Water Supplies, a leading supplier of flood protection and fire protection products in the United Kingdom, based in Lancashire.

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STEWART O'REILLY

Stewart O'Reilly is Manager at Secureflight Ltd, an aeronautical security provider based at Auckland Airport. He was previously Director of Training at the New Zealand Security Association (NZSA). His background is in education and security, including 15 years as an intelligence officer with the New Zealand Government working in counter-terrorism roles. He has held the designation of Certified Anti-Terrorism Specialist (CATS) from the International Anti-Terrorism Accreditation Board (ATAB) since 2008.

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ROBERT OWEN

Dr Robert C. Owen is Professor of Aeronautical Science at Embry-Riddle Aeronautical University in Florida, USA. During his distinguished career in the United States Air Force (USAF) he clocked 3,200+ flying hours in C-130 and T-37, 38, and 41 aircraft. Apart from flying assignments, he also served as a doctrinalist and a strategic planner at the USAF and Air Mobility Command Headquarters, a professor at the Air Force Academy, and dean of the USAF School of Advanced Airpower Studies.

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ROBERT PATMAN

Robert G. Patman is a Professor and head of the Politics Department at the University of Otago. He is a Fulbright Senior Scholar, a Senior Fellow at the Centre of Strategic Studies, Wellington, and an Honorary Professor of the NZDF Command and Staff College. Robert’s research interests concern US foreign policy, international relations, global security, great powers and the Horn of Africa. He is an editor for the journal International Studies Perspectives, and is the author or editor of 11 books.

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TONY PATMORE

Tony Patmore is the CEO, CSO, Managing Director and Senior Partner within The Red Wolf Group, a New Zealand based security solutions company. He has headed multiple SMEs over the past 25 years, employing in excess of 300 staff over this period, He has previously served on the Electrical Contractors of New Zealand (ECANZ) committee including as President and Vice President of its Wellington Branch, and he is currently a board member of the Telecare Services Association New Zealand (TSANZ).

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Interview series: State of the Industry

NZ Security, Oct/Nov 2017

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LINCOLN POTTER

Lincoln Potter PSP, is ASIS New Zealand Chapter deputy-chairman (previously treasurer) and a security professional of over 25 years’ experience. The winner of the 2016 New Zealand Security Consultant of the Year Award, he has been a trainer and auditor of the Codes of Practice programme for the New Zealand Security Association (NZSA). He holds a New Zealand National Diploma in Security (NDiS).

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MICHAEL PEPPER

Michael Pepper is a respected security consultant and former Chairman of the New Zealand Chapter of ASIS International (2005-6) and Regional Vice President for ASIS Region 15A (New Zealand and Papua New Guinea) (2008-12). He has also been an NZQA qualified workplace assessor and assessment moderator, and an NZSA auditor. Michael gained his Master of Science Degree in Security Management from the Department of Criminology from the University of Leicester, UK, and he also holds the CPP and PSP ASIS Board Certifications. 

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Interview series: State of the Industry

NZ Security, Oct/Nov 2017

ANNA POWLES

Dr Anna Powles is a Senior Lecturer at Massey University’s Centre for Defence and Security Studies and founding member of the Security, Politics and Development Network. Her research expertise is in geopolitics, conflict and security in the Pacific region; regional peacekeeping, private military and security companies, civil-military relations, and women, peace and security.

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DAMIEN ROGERS

Dr Damien Rogers is a Senior Lecturer at Massey University’s Centre for Defence and Security Studies. He is author of Postinternationalism and Small Arms Control: Theory, Politics, Security (New York: Routledge, 2016). His next book, Law, Politics and the Limits of Prosecuting Mass Atrocity, will be published by Palgrave Macmillan in 2018. Prior to academia he served in intelligence roles in various New Zealand government ministries, including the GCSB, Ministry of Defence, Ministry of Primary Industries and Immigration New Zealand.

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Genocide Looming in South Sudan?

Line of Defence, Winter 2017

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CARLTON RUFFELL

Carlton Ruffell PSP CPP, director of Carlton and Associates Ltd, has directed protective security strategies for diplomats, MPs and the military in New Zealand and in conflict zones overseas. A former Security Information Officer for New Zealand’s Parliamentary Service, he has served in the New Zealand Police and New Zealand Defence Force (NZDF). He is author of the book Protecting People in New Zealand.

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Securing against vehicle-borne attacks

NZ Security, Aug/Sep 2016

BRIDGETTE SULLIVAN-TAYLOR

Dr Bridgette Sullivan-Taylor is Senior Lecturer in business at the University of Auckland's Graduate School of Management. During 20 years in the UK, she worked in the NHS and with the UK Cabinet Office Civil Contingencies Secretariat. Bridgette is an Associate Fellow at the University of Warwick Institute for Advanced Studies and for Aston and Warwick Business School, and a member of the ESRC Peer Review College. Her areas of expertise include risk management, organisational resilience, strategic decision making, public-private partnerships, uncertainty and extreme events.

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NZ businesses need to ‘join up’ for resilience to threats

NZ Security, Dec 2015/Jan 2016

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Preparing businesses for extreme events

NZ Security, June/July 2015

RICHARD TAYLOR

LTCOL Richard Taylor, PhD, is Commandant, New Zealand Defence Force (NZDF) Command and Staff College. He has previously served as Operations Officer Operation BEL ISI II (Bougainville), Commanding Officer of the Military Studies Institute, and Defence Adviser to Papua New Guinea. Prior to his current appointment, he was seconded to Headquarters Papua New Guinea Defence Force as Deputy Chief of Staff.

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BOOK REVIEW: Army Fundamentals (Editor B. K. Greener)

Line of Defence, Winter 2017

JENNIE VICKERS

Jennie Vickers is the Executive Director of the New Zealand Defence Industry Association (NZDIA). She was previously ANZ Director for the International Association of Contract and Commercial Management (IACCM), and in this role delivered Supplier Relationship Management (SRM) training to the Australian Defence Force (ADF). Commencing her career as a lawyer in mergers and acquisitions in London, she has specialised in sales and distribution contracts, intellectual property and M&A for several top-tier law firms, corporates and multinationals.

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CHRIS WILSON

Dr Chris Wilson is Senior Lecturer in Politics and International Relations at the University of Auckland, having held a number of roles in conflict analysis and prevention with the World Bank, UNDP and other international agencies.  His research and teaching is focused on violent conflict and terrorism. He is coordinator of the Master of Conflict and Terrorism Studies.

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KATHY WRIGHT

Kathy Wright is Managing Director C4 Group Ltd and Chair of the NZ Security Training Association (NZSTA). Kathy spent 38 years as a registered nurse with experience in emergency and trauma nursing, ambulance, primary health care, education and management. She is an accredited assessor for the Nursing Council and NZQA, and a member of the NZQA Project Advisory Group reviewing NZ First Aid standards, and has undertaken disaster response and capacity building projects in the Pacific. She holds a Masters degree from Auckland University in Clinical Education. 

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  • We are a group of New Zealand publications. We publish independent news and analysis in relation to issues and products of relevance to New Zealand’s defence and national security, public and private security, and fire protection sectors.
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