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01 June 2016


DEFENCE: Budget gives Defence Force $300.9m in new funding... read more

DEFENCE: Australian P-8A Poseidon’s first flight.. read more

DEFENCE: LAND 40 Phase 2 removed from Projects of Concern list... read more

DEFENCE: Replacement Australian replenishment vessels... read more


ENFORCEMENT: $208m investment boost for Justice... read more

ENFORCEMENT: Burglary hike justifies police focus?... read more


BORDER: INZ’s Identity Management Engine (IDme) rolls out... read more

BORDER: $8.6m to streamline and protect border... read more

HOMELAND: Budget dollars for the NZ intelligence community... read more


SECURITY: KCS TraceME upgrades TM-178 with LoRa-technology... read more

SECURITY: The New Zealand Security Industry Awards coming up... read more

CYBER: World set to collapse: NZ Cyber Security Challenge... read more

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DEFENCE: Budget gives Defence Force$300.9m in new funding

25 MAY: The NZDF will receive new operating funding of $300.9 million over four years as part of the recently announced Budget 2016. The new funding is made of up of $31.8 million in 2016/17 and $89.7 million in each of the following three years.

“This funding follows the 2013 Defence Mid-Point Rebalancing Review, which determined indicative funding needs of the Defence Force to 2030,” said Defence Minister Gerry Brownlee. “The Review continues to be implemented, and I’m pleased that this is the third year that new funding has been made available.

“The Government's long-term commitment to having a modern and responsive Defence Force is also reflected in the 2016 Defence White Paper, which will be released shortly.

“The White Paper confirms investment in major capabilities and infrastructure to deliver Defence policy out to 2030,” he said, although the Government has been tight-lipped on the issue of the timing of the White Paper’s publication. According to Prime Minister John Key recently, the White Paper will be released “very soon”.

According to the minister, the new funding will provide for increases in a wide range of operational areas, such as personnel, and costs associated with new and improved capabilities. “These increases are required for the Defence Force to carry out the tasks required of it by the Government,” he said.

“It will also enable the continued introduction into service of new and upgraded capabilities and the regeneration of Defence properties.”

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DEFENCE: Australian P-8A Poseidon first flight

25 MAY: Australia’s first P-8A Poseidon aircraft has completed its maiden flight, having flown the short distance from Renton Airfield to Boeing Field in Washington State USA, where the P-8A’s mission systems will be installed as part of project AIR 7000.

The $5.4 billion P-8A program will provide Australia’s future manned maritime patrol and response aircraft capability, replacing in part the AP-3C Orion aircraft.

Powered by two jet engines, the P-8A Poseidon has a top speed is 907km/h with a maximum range of 7,500km. It is 39.5 metres long, has a maximum takeoff weight of 85,820kg and a wingspan of 37.6m.

According to Air Vice Marshal Catherine Roberts, head of the Australian Defence Department’s Aerospace Division, the acquisition “is creating opportunities for Australian defence industry to participate in maintenance and to develop training facilities and infrastructure.”

Aircraft production includes around $25 million of production work undertaken by local Boeing subsidiary, Boeing Aerostructures Australia.

“The primary roles of the P-8A include the detection and response to naval surface and submarine threats, surveillance and reconnaissance, and assisting in search and rescue operations.”

With a saving of USD 260 million when compared to the initial budget, the P-8A Poseidon aircraft were acquired through a cooperative program with the US Navy and contracted to Boeing Defence Space and Security.

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DEFENCE: LAND 40 Phase 2 removed from Projects of Concern list

05 MAY: According to a joint media release by Australia’s Defence and Defence Materiel Ministers, LAND 40 Phase 2, the Light Weight Automatic Grenade Launcher project, has been removed from the Projects of Concern list.

Minister for Defence Senator Marise Payne said the project had been on the list since December 2012, but was now ‘well positioned’ to deliver an important capability to the ADF.

According to the minister, the objective of Projects of Concern is to successfully remediate projects and return them to the usual project management framework. “The removal of this project demonstrates that the Projects of Concern process is working,” she said.

Project LAND 40 Phase 2 entered a new contract with Australian company NIOA in June 2015 to supply the next generation of the Light Weight Automatic Grenade Launcher.

Delivery of the new MK-47 weapons, including an advanced sighting system, will commence in late 2016 for completion by mid-2017.

On the current Projects of Concern list are the following: CN 10 – Collins Class Submarines (added November 2008), AIR 9000 Ph 2, 4, & 6 – Multi-Role Helicopter (added November 2010), JP 2086 Ph1 – Mulwala Redevelopment Project (added December 2012), SEA 4000 Ph3 – Air Warfare Destroyer (added June 2014), JP 2008 Ph 3F – Australian Defence Satellite Communications Capability Terrestrial Enhancement (added September 2014).

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DEFENCE: Replacement Australian replenishment vessels

06 MAY: The Australian Government has signed contracts with Navantia S.A. to build Australia’s two replacement replenishment ships. Australia’s current supply ship HMAS Success will reach its end of life in 2021.

Of the $640 million contract with Navantia, more than $130 million will go to Australian industry. Local industry activity will include Combat and Communication Systems integration, Integrated Logistics Support, and elements of the onboard cranes.

In addition, an initial $250 million, five-year sustainment contract, also signed with Navantia, will be undertaken in Australia.

In announcing the deal, the Government claimed that Australian shipyards lack the capacity to complete the replenishment vessels in the required time, and that a local build would delay the OPV, Future Frigate and Future Submarine projects thereby risking those jobs and capability.

The Government has pledged commitment to a continuous build of major naval surface ships in Adelaide commencing with 12 Offshore Patrol Vessels (OPVs) in 2018 and nine Future Frigates in 2020. The 12 Future Submarines will also be built in Adelaide.

The Government has also signed a $280 million contract with Austal to construct up to 21 steel-hulled Pacific Patrol Boats in Western Australia. Support and sustainment of the boats will be conducted in Cairns, Queensland, and is estimated at more than $400 million across the life of the vessels.

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BORDER: INZ rolls out new Identity Management Engine (IDme)

Immigration New Zealand’s new identity management system was scheduled to go live last weekend. Known as IDme (Identity Management Engine), the system is part of INZ’s ‘Vision 2015’ program.

Scheduled for completion by the third quarter of 2016, Vision 2015 has already seen the roll out of several technology-driven initiatives, including an online visitor options check, elodgement, eMedical processing of health checks, and a triage and verification tool.

IDme provides for a new face matching and fingerprint capability. Biographic and face images will be captured and matched for all clients, and fingerprints captured and matched for higher risk clients. The system delivers a person centric identity model anchored on biometric information, superseding a reliance in the past on biographic information.

In the current border security setting, identity is front and centre in relation to managing visa applications, and IDme will assist in pushing the threats to the visa application stage, reflecting the reality that it is preferable to identify and manage the threats offshore rather than waiting for applicants to enter the country.

IDme matching will be able to detect fraud, such as former deportees attempting to return.

As part of the project, INZ gains a new in-house fingerprint matching capability (previously provided by Police) and a new facial image matching capability online and at the border secondary line. Facial image matching, currently available only in relation to five countries, is set to be rolled out further.

There is also a separate biometric enrolment project underway. The small existing biometric enrolment caseload of asylum seekers and protection applicants will be expanded.

But it wasn’t all smooth sailing for IDme. A November 2015 Major Projects Performance Information Release published by the Treasury had identified “a significant but resolvable commercial issue associated with development of [INZ’s] identity management software.”

According to the Treasury’s assessment, “Datacom overlooked some of MBIE’s requirements when they quoted for development of identity management software. The programme has agreed to a change in schedule to enable Datacom sufficient time to perform the unanticipated extra development work.”

“The programme has retained the right to call on contractual remedies with Datacom to mitigate the risk, but advise that good progress has been made, with an agreement expected by late August 2015,” the report continued.

Nevertheless, last weekend’s scheduled systems release appears to be strong evidence that the project is back on track.

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BORDER: $8.6m to streamline and protect border

31 MAY: According to a media release by Customs Minister Nicky Wagner, Budget 2016 will provide $1.5m over two years in export security initiatives and $7.1m over four years to reduce compliance costs, speed up border clearances and increase the effectiveness of risk assessment tools.

“International trade is vital to New Zealand’s economy. Trade volumes are forecast to grow by 30% between 2015 and 2020. That is why it is important for our borders to become more streamlined while increasing our risk assessment capabilities,” Ms Wagner said.

“To reduce compliance costs and speed up border clearances for exporters, the government will look at establishing a Secure Trade Lane with Australia.

“The Secure Trade Lane will accelerate border clearances by shifting information requirements from traders to third parties and coordinate border management across customs agencies.

“Customs will also develop a random inspection programme for incoming cargo, passengers and craft to produce improved risk assessment data and give Customs the ability to better target resources at higher risk trade.”

“To support trade security the Government is also increasing Customs’ verification, monitoring and auditing of members in its Secure Exports Scheme (SES), to validate the security of exports.

Customs plans to negotiate more Mutual Recognition Arrangements (MRAs) with key export markets and increase the membership of the SES in support of exporters.

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HOMELAND: Government invests in New Zealand’s security

26 MAY: The New Zealand Intelligence Community (NZIC) will receive new operating and capital funding of $178.7 million over four years as part of Budget 2016.

“New Zealand is not immune to global threats such as cyber-attacks and the risks posed by extremist groups such as ISIL. Proper resourcing is critical in an increasingly complex international and domestic security landscape.” NZSIS and GCSB Minister Christopher Finlayson said.

A two-year strategic capability resourcing review that analysed the Government’s security and intelligence requirements, recommended that significant investment was needed for the NZIC to remain effective.

“This investment helps ensure the NZIC meets the Government’s priorities and the expectations of the public,” Mr Finlayson stated. “It strengthens the essential capabilities and security services of the NZSIS and the GCSB, such as protective security, counter-terrorism and information assurance.

“This investment allows significant staff recruitment and further extends the NZSIS’s ability to respond to the threat from foreign terrorist fighters. The National Assessments Bureau, which independently assesses New Zealand's national security for the Government, also receives part of this funding.

“Along with appropriate resourcing, it is vital that the NZIC operates within the right legislative framework and with proper oversight. The Government is considering its response to the independent review of intelligence and security, which has made recommendations in relation to these matters.”

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ENFORCEMENT: $208m investment boost for Justice

Budget 2016 will invest $208.4m in additional funding over the next four years – the largest increase to Justice and Courts in almost a decade, according to Justice and Courts Minister Amy Adams.

“This investment underpins the Government’s commitment to delivering core justice services and keeping New Zealanders safe. It will better support access to justice and strengthen efficiencies across the system,” Ms Adams says.

“Justice sector agencies remain focused on crime-prevention, rehabilitation and reducing re-offending. Budget 2016 continues to invest in services to enhance our criminal justice system.”

The additional funding includes:

  • $13.3 million for the Public Defence Service to provide high-quality legal representation  to New Zealanders facing criminal charges.
  • $16.2 million so restorative justice providers can meet growing demand for their services.
  • $14.4 million for the Ministry of Justice to deliver more effective services.
  • $55.9 million over 2016/17 and 2017/18 for the operation of the Christchurch Justice and Emergency Services Precinct.
  • $76 million over the next four years plus $20 million in 2015/16 to enhance access to legal aid and community law centres.
  • A further $24.6 million has also been allocated over two years to deliver the 2017 general election.

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ENFORCEMENT: Burglary hike justifies police focus?

31 MAY: The latest monthly crime data released by Statistics New Zealand show burglary offences across the country was the major contributing factor to an increase in victimisations. Burglaries accounted for almost two thirds of the increase.

In the first ten months of the fiscal year (July 2015 to April 2016) Police recorded 10,301 more victimisations than the same period last year, equating to a 3.2 percent increase.

Police introduced a new method for collating statistics on crime data in 2014; the Recorded Crime Victims Statistics (RCVS) and the Recorded Crime Offender Statistics (RCOS).

The RCVS records victimisations, which is the number of reports received of crimes (eg. assault, burglary, theft, etc.) that have a victim (a person or an organisation). According to Police Minister Judith Collins, “The RCVS lets Police see which sections of the community are experiencing the most victimisation and ensures Police prioritise staff and resources where it’s most needed.”

The data reflects a drop in the victimisation rate in the Auckland City district by 5.8 percent, and in Wellington by 7.9 percent. The other districts recorded increases. “One pleasing result in the latest figures is a 12.8 percent fall in the burglary rate for Auckland City,” Ms Collins stated.

Operation Resolve was established by Auckland City Police earlier this year in an effort to target burglars and unresolved burglaries across Auckland. The work of the operation’s 18-member team has led to 71 arrests, 32 new burglary charges, 24 receiving property charges, 18 search warrants executed and 43 arrest warrants actioned.

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CYBER: World set to collapse: NZ Cyber Security Challenge

18 MAY: According to a University of Waikato media release, the 2016 New Zealand Cyber Security Challenge (NZCSC’16) will be held 14-15 July. This is the third time the event has been held in New Zealand.

The challenge will be built around a fictional scenario in which a malevolent group bent on world domination, known as the ‘Coalition’, aims to throw the world into chaos. “After years of investigation by a global task force, key members of the Coalition have been identified,” states the release. “Now it’s a race to locate Coalition members who, after having been tipped off, have escaped and gone into hiding.”

The challenge begins with an online qualifying round from 17 June to 1 July, followed by a competitive round at the University of Waikato on 14 and 15 July. Last year 150 participants took part in the challenge. The youngest participant was 11 years old and the oldest was 44.

“The NZ Cyber Security Challenge addresses an important capabilities gap, while allowing industry experts to identify the brightest talent for this burgeoning but important IT sector,” stated University of Waikato cyber security lab director and award-winning educator, Dr Ryan Ko.

To extend this challenge to all corners of New Zealand, a new ‘Round Zero’ will be introduced this year. The top placing teams from this “Capture-the-Flag” challenge will be invited to compete in Rounds One and Two on the university campus.

Round One is also a “Capture-the-Flag” exercise. Teams will have two hours to capture as many flags as possible, find loopholes and vulnerabilities in the systems, and simulate real life situations. In Round Two, teams will be given administration credentials to a vulnerable server simulating a realistic business IT environment. Each team must simultaneously protect their own servers and maintain business continuity.

“We welcome all cyber security enthusiasts to participate in Round Zero, and drop by for our cyber security careers fair on 14 July, regardless of their results,” stated event chief organiser Dr Sivadon Chaisiri. “The cyber security industry provides a large spectrum of career options, above and beyond the usual public perception of penetration testers and ethical hackers.”

The challenge is hosted by the University of Waikato and supported by the New Zealand National Cyber Policy Office (Connect Smart), INTERPOL and Internet New Zealand. Internationally renowned keynote speakers will also be addressing the participants. Entries are open now and close on 16 June. For full details about the cyber security challenge, or to register, visit

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SECURITY: KCS TraceME upgrades TM-178 with LoRa-technology

KCS TraceME’s TM-178, now featuring LoRa technology, provides users with enhanced control of their vehicles, such as vehicles, boats and heavy-machinery. The technology enables the user to know where their vehicles are and how they are performing, and to be able to control them remotely to operate to optimal effectiveness and efficiency.

The TM-178 combines different technologies for traceability (e.g. GPS/Glonass, GPRS/SMS and optional 3G, LoRa™, Wi-Fi, Bluetooth Smart (BLE), ANT/ANT+ and iBeacon), offering easy integration with existing wireless networks and specific custom smartphone/tablet Apps.

The TM-178 is equipped with an intelligent location-based positioning solution, which provides locating the vehicle quickly and accurate in scenarios where traditional GPS systems are insufficient. This advanced functionality enables stolen vehicle recovery and thereby offers insurance premiums reductions possibilities.

Successful field tests of more than 60km line of sight with just 25mW using the LoRa-technology have been achieved. Traditional national telecom costs are avoided because of the absence of GPRS/SMS.

The TM-178 is equipped with external-power and battery backup-connection, basic I/O-connectivity and multiple on-board sensors. The unit contains multiple integrated antennas for GPS, GPRS and RF functionality.

Applications of the system include: vehicle and boat tracking, object protection and tracking, logistics, M2M, security and surveillance, remote control and diagnostics, and anti-theft. For more information, visit www.Trace.ME

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SECURITY: The New Zealand Security Industry Awards

With it’s objective of recognising excellence and outstanding service performance in the New Zealand security industry, dates for the 2016 New Zealand Security Industry Awards have been announced.

Hosted by the New Zealand Security Association and sponsored by Skills Organisation, the awards recognise excellence and outstanding service delivery provided by those who work within the security industry. Each award provides an opportunity to recognise and celebrate the exceptional achievements of these individuals, and the companies that they are employed by.

Several hundred guests are expected to attend the prestigious ceremony and dinner, which will be held at the unique Blue Gardens venue in Rotorua. The evening will be preceded by an afternoon of highly informative and relevant Educational Seminars focused on the managing the tendering process and best practice customer relationship management.

The key dates for awards nominations are: 16th May 2016 – Award nominations open; 30th June 2016 – Award nominations close; 26th August 2016 – Awards Ceremony and Dinner (and Educational Seminars).

The awards dinner will be held at 6.30pm to 11pm on Friday 26th August 2016 at the Blue Baths, Rotorua. Costs are: NZSA Member $150 per person or $1350 for a table of 10; Non NZSA Member $175 per person or $1600 for a table of 10.

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