Securing Public Places: New Zealand’s Private Security Sector as a National Security Enabler

Author: Dynon, N.
Published in National Security Journal, Volume 1, Issue 1, October 2019

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58 Michael Pepper, “Interview Series: State of the Industry,” New Zealand Security Magazine, Oct/Nov 2017. Available at (accessed 12 September 2019).

59 Thorburn, interview.

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61 Wadds, Phillip, “Crime, Policing and (In)Security: Press Depictions of Sydney’s Night-Time Economy”, Current Issues in Criminal Justice, 13; (2015) 27(1) 95. In June, Australian media reports unnecessarily conflated the Australian Football League’s (AFL) controversial deployment of ‘behaviour awareness officers’ at AFL venues in Melbourne with the suspension of around 400 guards working across the Victoria over allegations of security license fraud. Such reportage shifted the focus of criticism away from the unpopularity of the AFL’s security deployment decision and onto the professionalism of the security industry itself.

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63 Bradley , loc cit.. p.166.

64 Nicole Lawton, “Rogue security guard fined $18,000 for unlicensed security work in Auckland”,, 23 April 2019. Available at (accessed 07 September 2019).

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66 Achievement of NZSA accredited member status involves a five-yearly audit against Codes of Prac­tice prepared by the NZSA that recognise and represent existing standards and industry best practice. See (accessed 08 September 2019).