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Welcome to the April-May 2018 issue of NZ Security Magazine.

Women in Security

In this issue, we celebrate Women in Security, profiling four New Zealand security professionals who have made - and are making - their mark on the industry. The stories of Sue Ramsay, Casey Costello, Dr Bridgette Sullivan-Taylor and Caroline Halton are a must- read. Three of these industry leaders spoke at the ASIS New Zealand Chapter Women in Security evening event in March in what ASIS promises is the first of an annual event series.

Minimum to Living Wage

This other major theme for this issue of NZSM is security guarding wages. As the increase to the minimum wage takes effect as this magazine rolls off the press, how will guarding suppliers respond? In his article, NZSA CEO Gary Morrison provides guidance on what to be considering. One company, Cityguard, however, knows exactly where it stands on the issue. In late March, it's director, Ian Crawford, announced that he was immediately increasing his employee's base hourly wage to $20.20 - the living wage.

In this issue, we profile Cityguard's living wage announcement, and learn more about that company's mission to raise the bar for an industry that continues to struggle to adequately train and remunerate its people. As Crawford sees it, the industry is long overdue for a shake-up, and introducing the living wage is just part of an extensive programme he's implementing to improve overall working conditions for his employees.

Body-worn cameras

We also continue the focus on body-worn cameras (BWCs) that we began in last-December's issue. This time around, we explore the arguments for and against the uptake of BWCs by police in New Zealand, drawing on the perspectives of the New Zealand Police Association.

State of the Industry

In this issue's State of the Industry interview we feature Part Two of our expansive interview with Bruce Couper and Charlie O'Donnell of Risq New Zealand. Part Two makes for compelling reading and puts out the challenge to security companies to more seriously consider the benefits of liaisons and partnerships as a path to consolidated service delivery. "Way more consolidated service delivery would be a really good thing," they suggest, "and partnerships in the industry - and less building fences - would also be a really good thing for the industry."

Big Events

There's lots more to read in this issue, including event profiles from CIVSEC 2018 and ASIAL 2018, and a reminder from Facilities Integrate that applications for exhibitors are open! We are a media partner of each of these events, and copies of NZSM will be distributed to attendees at registration. If you're unable to exhibit at any of these, then you can still get your brand and product there by advertising with us!

The trusted news resource for the security industry

Since 1994 NZ Security Magazine (NZSM) has been delivering news and insightful features covering every aspect of the security industry with comprehensive articles featuring current trends, legislation, industry news and views, which also includes new products and services.

The magazine provides its business partners with a cost effective means to market themselves to potential clients and fellow industry professionals.

The magazine is read by those operating in the security industry as well as the 18,000 companies and government departments that receive complimentary copies of NZSM in print each year - and those that download over 10,000 digital copies annually..

Each issue we send 3,000 free print copies of the magazine to the company owner or person in charge of buying security products and services. This enables you to promote your business directly to the end user as well as key decision makers in the security industry and to many other relevant New Zealand companies, government departments and local bodies.

Our close working relationships with all industry associations and stakeholders enables NZSM to bring you topical and authoritative articles and the latest news on industry and stakeholder developments. 

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