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17 June 2016


DEFENCE: White Paper signals $20b investment plan... read

DEFENCE: White Paper plays catch-up on cyber warfare, etc... read

DEFENCE: NZDIA members-only meeting to talk White Paper... read

DEFENCE: Explosion near Camp Taji... read


BORDER: New tool to tackle fraud at the border... read

BORDER: Woman jailed over immigration fraud... read


CYBER: New Zealand ranked 18th globally for cyber attacks... read


PROCUREMENT: IACCM conference to convene in Sydney... read

PROCUREMENT: $3m to speed up procurement improvements... read


SECURITY: Library security scares bring forward cameras... read

SECURITY: PrimePort Timaru ups security measures... read

SECURITY: Wellington Station hires security to monitor winter homeless... read


HOMELAND: New research facility in war against pests... read

ENFORCEMENT: New safeguards for vulnerable witnesses a step closer... read


DEFENCE: White Paper signals $20b investment plan

17 JUNE:  The New Zealand Defence White Paper 2016 was released last week in Wellington by Defence Minister Gerry Brownlee. Although providing very few specifics, it has outlined a 15-year modernisation plan worth nearly $20 billion, and has provided a threat assessment and strategic outlook listing the challenges that New Zealand will face in coming years.

“These challenges include having awareness of, and being able to respond to, activities in New Zealand’s Exclusive Economic Zone (EEZ), supporting our interests in Antarctica and the Southern Ocean, and protecting Defence information networks against increasing cyber threats,” Mr Brownlee said.

“The White Paper outlines current plans to replace or enhance existing major capabilities such as the ANZAC frigates and strategic and tactical airlift capability, as well as investing in new capabilities,” said the minister. “These include new cyber support capabilities to improve protection of Defence Force information networks, and ice strengthening for a third Offshore Patrol Vessel and a naval tanker as we look to better support our interests in the Southern Ocean and Antarctica.”

In addition to maintaining the Defence Force’s existing capabilities, the Government has confirmed it will invest in:

  • better supporting sea-to-shore operations with a littoral operations support vessel that can operate in medium security environments;
  • enhanced air surveillance capability to better enable the Defence Force to undertake air surveillance operations at home and overseas;
  • a cyber security support capability for the protection of Defence Force networks, platforms and people; and
  • additional defence intelligence personnel to support military operations.

“The White Paper has been developed in close consultation with other government agencies, members of the Ministerial Advisory Panel and the public, and it is clear New Zealanders expect the Defence Force to have capabilities that are up to date, interoperable within our suite of assets and with our close partners, and able to respond to a range of contingencies,” Mr Brownlee said.

According to the minister, the $20 billion investment over the next 15 years signaled in the White Paper provides the Defence Force with “a degree of funding certainty” that will enable it to plan with confidence out to 2030 and beyond.

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DEFENCE: White Paper plays catch-up on cyber warfare, etc

Authored by Line of Defence Magazine editor Nick Dynon, this article was published earlier this week in the online Asia-Pacific international affairs magazine The Diplomat.

13 JUNE: Several months behind schedule, the New Zealand Defence White Paper was released last week in Wellington. It has earmarked funding of around $20 billion over 15 years for defence, which will be used, among other things, to replace frigates and aircraft and to provide the New Zealand Defence Force with a cyber warfare capability.

This investment is the equivalent of one percent of New Zealand's GDP, or around half the proportion of GDP spent by Australia and the United Kingdom on defence, and as such is small by international standards. Nevertheless, it adds an extra $1.3 billion per year to the budget of the country’s defence forces.

The increase is seen by many as conservative in light of modest military spending by the New Zealand Government in recent decades. According to Waikato University law professor Alexander Gillespie, “We're keeping pace with what we've got, we're not expanding the base. We haven't got a military strike wing, like the Australians have and haven't got submarines like the Australians have, so we're still keeping up but we're not expanding.”

 … to read this article in full, click here to view it in The Diplomat.

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DEFENCE: NZDIA members-only meeting to talk White Paper

The New Zealand Defence Industry Association (NZDIA) will hold a members-only meeting on 23rd June. It will be held at 12 noon at the Villa Maria Estate, 118 Montgomerie Rd, Mangere, Auckland.

An important part of the meeting will be a briefing on the New Zealand Defence White Paper 2016 by key Defence staff.

If you aren’t already a member of the NZDIA, now is a good time to become one. Visit the NZDIA website for information about membership.

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DEFENCE: Explosion near Camp Taji, Baghdad

09 JUNE: Defence Minister Gerry Brownlee has confirmed reports of an explosion close to Camp Taji in northern Baghdad where 106 NZ Defence Force personnel are currently deployed.

“Open source reporting suggests the blast resulted in a number of casualties, however all New Zealand personnel at Taji are safe,” Mr Brownlee said. “Reports from Taji are that at 5.58pm New Zealand time a car bomb was detonated close to a checkpoint outside the south-western secure perimeter of the camp.”

It is estimated the blast occurred between two and three kilometers from where New Zealand and Australian troops are accommodated at Camp Taji.

“Appropriate security measures are in place at Taji to protect our soldiers from a range of risks, and these are constantly reviewed and updated to reflect the threat environment,” said the minister.

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PROCUREMENT: IACCM conference to convene in Sydney

IACCM’s Australasia Conference will convene in Sydney, Australia bringing together cross-industry contract management professionals to share key insights on the future of the contracting profession. IACCM is the only think tank, research and practitioner body focused on advancing contracting and commercial practices.

This year’s event will focus on commercial competence and the transformation of contract management through greater collaboration. Faced by the growing complexity and competitiveness of a networked world, the ability to make better commercial judgments and to act fast upon them is a critical source of differentiation.

With advancements in technology, the contracting community is continuing to evolve. Greater automation of the role and a focus on outcomes-based contracting has led to increased value creation. It is also driving the need for great collaboration and agility in order to stay relevant.

At this year’s conference attendees will learn how to:

  • Maximize value through collaborative and agile relationships
  • Improve contracting competencies through relational and collaborative contracting
  • Drive contracting success through world class commercial leadership

Assess and improve your technology needs to stay relevant in the years ahead Register now at to attend the IACCM Australasia Conference for two days of intense networking, learning and insight.

DEFSEC Media reader will receive a 15% discount by using code: 15PCToff

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PROCUREMENT: $3m to speed up procurement improvements

09 JUNE: Over $3 million has been allocated in Budget 2016 to help accelerate the development of commercial procurement skills across government through the Procurement Functional Leadership Programme, Economic Development Minister Steven Joyce announced last week.

“The Programme manages 18 All-of-Government contracts that successfully combine cross-government spending to save money and improve efficiency.  More than 890 agencies currently participate in one or more of these contracts, including over 500 schools. The programme is on track to deliver savings of $740 million. That’s money we are investing straight back into providing better public services.

“The Government is the biggest purchaser in New Zealand, spending some $39 billion with private sector suppliers annually” Mr Joyce says. “While we have made great progress in achieving smarter, more cost-effective procurement across government, there is still plenty of opportunity to do more in individual agencies to increase value for government and its suppliers.

“This funding will be used by MBIE to help agencies use the latest tools and techniques to work with the business sector and develop more innovative government services for New Zealanders at the best whole-of life cost.”

The Procurement Functional Leadership Programme is the result of the 2011 Better Public Services Advisory Group report that identified the need for significant change to improve the performance of the State sector. As part of this change, the Chief Executive of MBIE was appointed procurement functional leader.

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BORDER: New tool to tackle fraud at the border

15 JUNE: Immigration Minister Michael Woodhouse is welcoming the launch of Immigration New Zealand’s (INZ) new identity management system.

The system, known as IDme, enables face photos and fingerprint information from applicants to be captured online and automatically matched against personal data already held by INZ.

“IDme is a major step change in our ability to protect against identity fraud by non-New Zealanders. It gives greater assurance that the visa system detects and prevents identity fraud,” Mr Woodhouse said. “The move to online visa applications means we need to balance the increased convenience that brings with extra risk mitigation”.

IDme is being released in two stages - the first release, today, enables automated matching of all biographic details (personal data), fingerprints and a small volume of facial photos. The second release, in the last quarter of this year, will allow full matching of all applicant photos.

The new identity management system is the latest in a series of customer-focused business improvements in INZ known collectively as Immigration ONLINE. Customers can now apply online for student, work and visitor visas, and INZ’s third party partners such as immigration advisers and lawyers can lodge visa applications online on behalf of their clients. Passport-free applications and label-less visas (eVisas) have been extended to many countries, and a new, more user-friendly website is now up and running.

“Collectively, the changes will standardise best practice and consistent, measurable quality standards across INZ. The aim is that customers enjoy the same high-quality experience whenever and wherever they engage with INZ,” Mr Woodhouse says

IDme will significantly improve INZ’s ability to confirm a person’s identity, making it a vital new protection against identity fraud by visa applicants.

Immigration New Zealand has introduced new quality requirements for photos accompanying online visa applications. The change is required for the new identity management system, IDme. Photos submitted online must meet the new approval requirements to avoid rejection by the system. The approved photo requirements are similar to those in place for hard copy paper applications.

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BORDER: Woman jailed over immigration fraud

15 JUNE: A Chinese woman has been sentenced to 26 months’ imprisonment for immigration fraud.

Yunjuan Li was sentenced at the Christchurch District Court after pleading guilty to six charges of supplying false or misleading information to an immigration officer and one representative charge of producing a passport knowing it to have been fraudulently obtained.

After being declined a visa to New Zealand, Yunjuan Li enlisted the help of an international travel agency to change the identity of both her and her 18- year-old son and obtained a fraudulent Chinese passport for both of them.

Under her new identity Li was approved a visitor visa in 2005 and subsequently married a New Zealand citizen in 2006. In 2011 she was granted a residence under her false identity. She was arrested in 2015 following an investigation by Immigration New Zealand (INZ) which revealed the true extent of her offending.

INZ Assistant General Manager, Peter Devoy stated, “Over a period of years Yunjuan Li successfully duped a number of people and organisations into believing she was someone else. INZ will be reviewing Li’s liability for deportation.

Li’s 30 year old son – Bao Li was sentenced to 300 hours of community work and placed under a community detention order for his offending.

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HOMELAND: New research facility in war against pests

09 JUNE: According to Conservation Minister Maggie Barry, a new facility to research new methods of pest control at Lincoln University will make a major contribution to the ongoing war against introduced predators.

The facility, built by the DOC-backed initiative Zero Invasive Predators as part of an ongoing collaboration with Lincoln University, is an opportunity to research new ways to control possums, rats and stoats.

“Introduced predators are the single biggest threat to our native wildlife. They kill birds and chicks, eat eggs, strip forests and spread diseases such as TB,” Ms Barry says.

“They are a serious drain on the economy, and cost the primary sector an estimated $3.3 billion a year, so it’s in all of our interests to work collaboratively together and develop new ways to tackle this complex problem.”

Founded in 2015, ZIP has received $20 million in backing from DOC, the NEXT and Morgan Foundations and Jasmine Social Investments, among other funders.

It aims to develop tools and techniques to completely eradicate rats, stoats, and possums from large areas of mainland New Zealand in order to protect native biodiversity.

The first trials will test the attractiveness of different kinds of lures, the ability of deterrents such as lights and sounds to keep away predators and the lowest possible fence height to effectively exclude them.

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ENFORCEMENT: New safeguards for vulnerable witnesses a step closer

09 JUNE: A Bill to improve the court experience of vulnerable witnesses has passed its second reading in Parliament. According to Justice Minister Amy Adams, the Evidence Amendment Bill introduces new safeguards for children and victims of sexual violence who give evidence.

“Being questioned in court can be a distressing experience in the best of circumstances. This Bill will help to lessen the trauma of giving evidence for the most vulnerable witnesses,” Ms Adams said.

The Bill creates a presumption that children under 18 will not give evidence from the witness box. Instead, the court will hear their evidence through the video of their police interview, via closed-circuit television or from behind a screen. All child witnesses will also be automatically entitled to have a support person with them when giving evidence.

“Studies have shown that the traditional methods of giving evidence in court can be damaging for young people. I want to make sure the justice system limits such impacts as much as possible, while still upholding fundamental fair trial rights,” Ms Adams stated.

The Bill also introduces new protections for video records of Police interviews with child complainants, and with witnesses of any age in sexual and violent cases. Restrictions and safeguards on access to such records will reduce the risk that sensitive video evidence is misplaced or used inappropriately.

In addition, the defence will need to apply to the court before a trial begins for permission to introduce evidence of a complainant’s sexual history with a person other than the defendant. The defence can seek the judge’s permission to introduce this evidence at any time during the trial.

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SECURITY: Library security scares bring forward camera installations

02 JUNE: The Nelson Mail reports that the planned installation of security cameras in some Tasman District libraries and service centres will be brought forward following two ‘notable security incidents’.

At a recent meeting, the Tasman District Council community development committee approved a request to bring forward the installation of security cameras in Takaka Memorial Library and TDC service centres at Takaka and Murchison from 2017-18 to this financial year.

The installation of security cameras in the library and service centre at Takaka, along with the Murchison service centre is budgeted at $21,645.  

The decision to install cameras in TDC libraries and service centres follows an independent review of security measures at the sites, states the report. The review made several recommendations to improve security, including the installation of new or additional cameras in all service centres and libraries.

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SECURITY: PrimePort Timaru ups security measures

07 JUNE: The Timaru Herald reports that new security gates and cameras are being installed at the Timaru port. According to PrimePort chief executive Phil Melhopt, the new security measures will enhance security in the area.

According to the report, “PrimePort​ will soon require port users to go through an induction process, present photo identification at entry gates and when asked, swipe electronic tags to allow them access to gated wharves.”

Video surveillance will also be increased, with a total of 30 cameras to be surveilling the port within the next two months. Combining an induction process with photo identification checks will ensure that only authorised people will enter the port.

Previously, notes the Timaru Herald, barricade arms at wharves two and three were activated by pressure plates that raised the arm upon a vehicle approaching. No physical barriers were in place prior to the barricade arms being installed at wharves two and three's entry point six months ago, said Mr Melhopt.

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SECURITY: Wellington Station hires security to monitor winter homeless

03 JUNE: The Dominion Post reports that two Ricon Security guards have been hired by Wellington City Council to monitor Wellington Railway Station after workers complained of feeling threatened by rough sleepers and beggars.

The two guards will patrol the subway between the railway station and bus station from 4am to 7pm, during public access hours. They will provide a security presence for commuters as well as people, such as cleaners, who work in the area.

The guards will be able to ask people to move on, but cannot force them to unless they are breaking the law

There is apparently a surge of beggars and homeless people inside the station seeking out a warm, dry place during the winter months. According to some who work in the area, there has been incidences of abusiveness involving inebriated beggars.

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CYBER: New Zealand ranked 18th globally for cyber attacks

08 JUNE: The New Zealand Herald reports that according to Keshav Dhakad, head of Microsoft’s Digital Crimes Unit, New Zealand experiences a low rate of cyber attacks compared to other countries in the region, but that attacks are occurring constantly.

Microsoft has listed the top countries under malware threats in its Malware Infection Index 2016, with New Zealand ranking 18th out of 19 Asia Pacific markets. Countries most affected by cyber threats were developing markets, with Pakistan, Indonesia, Bangladesh and Nepal topping the list.

According to the report, Microsoft monitored the existence of malware in New Zealand ahead of Dhakad’s recent visit to the country to discuss cybersecurity with government agencies and enterprises. For small to medium enterprises that don't have dedicated IT teams, Dhakad suggests that it is smarter to consider using secure cloud services.

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