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Welcome to the June-July 2018 issue of NZ Security Magazine.

Statesman of the industry

In this issue, we interrupt our regular 'State of the Industry' interview series with an exclusive 'Statesman of the Industry' interview with Sir William Gallagher. The Gallagher group turns 80 this year, and we take this opportunity to gain some great insights from Sir William into the history and direction of this iconic New Zealand company.

AUT textbook transformation

I'm very pleased to be featuring in this issue an inside look into the successful efforts by security professionals to transform the security services provided across the campuses of one of the country's largest educational institutions, the Auckland University of Technology. In quick time, Willie Taylor MNZM and Rehan du Toit have raised the effectiveness, professionalism and reputation of physical security and emergency management through deft internal diplomacy, a clear vision, and - importantly - a clear focus on quality.

Loktronic quality

Continuing the quality theme, I had the opportunity recently to talk with Loktronic founder and now consultant Peter Calvert about his Auckland-based company's three decades of providing electronic locking solutions to New Zealand integrators and installers. From the get-go, his aim was become a yardstick for service in the industry, and he's achieved this by sticking to an uncompromising approach to quality.

Expert insights

We're also joined in this issue by Doug McCormick, Technical Project Manager at Gallagher Security, who argues the case for NZ standards for access control, and security consultant Carlton Ruffell CPP PSP, who navigates the potential reputational pitfalls for organisations investigating persons who may present a security risk to staff, customers or themselves.

In an expert look into the growing problem of livestock poaching and rustling, Global Risk Consulting Managing Director Chris Kumeroa argues the case for considering a combined law enforcement and private security sector intelligence gathering effort that leverages risk analysis smarts taken from international conflict zones.

Association news

In industry association news, NZSA CEO Gary Morrison details what it takes to submit a competitive nomination for the Security Industry Awards - important advice given the number of nominations last year that failed to do justice to their nominees. In a candid and thought-provoking article NZSA Chair Brett Wilson also outlines his vision for the Association, and SINZ Chair Chris Lawton launches free training for security guards.

Solution profiles

Inside, there's plenty more great articles, including an interview of Managing Director of Hikvision Oceania, Daniel Huang, who is in New Zealand to talk smart cities at the Developing NZ conference in Wellington, and a chat with simPRO's NZ General Manager Richard Pratley about the job management solution provider's new SMS plans and its expanding NZ operations.

If you haven't already, make sure you've registered for upcoming industry events, such as Facilities Integrate and the Security Industry Awards in Queenstown. Next issue we'll be featuring a wrap-up of ASIAL 2018 and much, much more.

Nick Dynon

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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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