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Las Vegas shooting: What we know so far

A suspected “lone wolf” gunman sparked the deadliest mass shooting in modern US history when he opened fire on a crowd of concertgoers from the 32nd floor of a Las Vegas hotel, killing at least 58 people and injuring hundreds more, police said.

More than 22,000 people were attending the performance by country music star Jason Aldean Sunday night at the Route 91 Harvest Festival when the gunman hammered out a window at the Mandalay Bay Hotel and Casino and began firing with a cache of weapons.

Authorities who stormed the suspect’s room found that he had killed himself.

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03/10/2017 08:54

Security brings its own rewards

A small Waiheke security company has rubbed shoulders with the giants of the industry at the annual New Zealand Security Association awards – and come out on top.

For Waiheke Documents and Security, Justin Moroney’s win as operations manager of the year is an endorsement that clients and colleagues have been quick to applaud.

Justin, 27, grew up on the island and launched the company just three years ago, handpicking staff from his high school and rugby league playing days.

He is delighted to win the award “because we were up against some really big companies. All the big names were there so it was quite cool – a small team from Waiheke beating out the big guys with 2000 or 3000 employees.”

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26/09/2017 08:23

Cameras help Hawke’s Bay police catch thieves

The security value of CCTV surveillance systems has been reinforced over the past month with five shoplifting incidents in the Pandora business area last month being solved and offenders dealt with.

Hawke’s Bay Police Constable Mike Burne, who is the police presence in the area, said the thefts all took place at Prebensen Drive businesses and had been resolved due to “vigilant staff and CCTV”.

The camera work was especially valuable in combating shoplifting as images also formed shoplifter “montages” which were distributed to businesses around the area.

Police are however still seeking one thief who made off with several “Milwaukee” brand power tools from a hardware shop in Austin St, Onekawa recently.

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13/09/2017 10:53

NZSA Security Industry 2017 Awards – WINNERS

The winners for the 2017 Security Industry Awards are: (In order of presentation) 2017 Security Administrator of the Year – Karin Sayer from Recon Security 2017 Communication Centre Operator of the Year – Adam Kimiora from Matrix Security 2017 Innovative Product or Service of the Year – Gallagher Mobile Connect by Gallagher 2017 Patrol Officer of the Year – Tevita Prescott from Matrix Security 2017 Security Trainee of the Year – Lee Campbell from Red Badge Security 2017 Security Trainer or Workplace Assessor of the Year – Darren Sapich from Red Badge Security 2017 Security Supervisor or Operations Manager of the Year – Justin Moroney from Waiheke Documents and Security 2017 Security Consultant of the Year – Bronnie Taylor from Securely 2017 Security Specialist of the Year – Josh Harper from Watchdog Security 2017 Security Technician of the Year – Saul Leckey from VIP Security 2017 Highly Commended Award for Security Officer – Adele Tuhega from Armourguard 2017 Security Officer of the Year – Viliami Matoto from First Security NZSA 2017 Female Security Professional of the Year – Bronnie Taylor from Securely NZSA 2017 Ian Dick Memorial Award – Tevita Prescott from Matrix Security

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29/08/2017 13:49

How supportive training empowered a security company

By John Son

What is the recipe to an engaged and empowered workforce? It has a lot to do with how much you support and train your staff, as Ten7 Security is showing.

The Otara-based company has made huge efforts to put training at the heart of its culture, and the results so far prove this is a wise approach. In particular, Ten7 has invested heavily in literacy training and support. This is to make sure its staff have the reading, writing, and other fundamental skills needed to make the most of their training – a common challenge in the security industry.

Workplace Literacy Fund provider Aspire2 has been the driving force behind the initiative. Aspire2 worked with Gloria McGirr, an independent consultant and workplace assessor, to develop Ten7’s literacy programme. Combining literacy and security expertise has enabled Aspire2 to effectively deliver a uniquely customised programme to Ten7.

“Ten7 employees work through a mountain of training material that can be very daunting. I work with them to develop their confidence and understanding,” Gloria explains.

“It’s great that Ten7 really want to help their staff not only pass the compulsory security training, but also really understand what the legislation means.”

 

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10/08/2017 15:58

Businesses worried by robbery

An armed robbery in Hastings on Friday has left neighbouring businesses worried.

The aggravated robbery at Stortford Lodge TAB, Heretaunga St, occurred at 9.55pm on Friday after two men entered the premises and threatened staff with a firearm.

Joy Bel Superette owner Tarsem Singh said he felt worried and concerned by the incident which was very near his store.

“It’s very sad. I’ve got a bad feeling, it’s never happened here before.”

Mr Singh lived behind his store and now felt unsafe locking up at closing time of 7pm.

He had owned the dairy for about 17 years and the only other incident like this he remembered was when the chemist across the road had its front glass broken about six years ago, but he did not think anything was taken.

“It’s a good area, nice people live here. It’s normally a really nice neighbourhood.”

An employee of a nearby business, who did not want to be named, said there had been a few incidents such as arson and theft at nearby businesses recently but that had been youths and this seemed much more sinister.

It was a worry for all nearby and she now always made sure she was vigilant with safety and security.

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31/07/2017 11:07

‘Please Help’ app aims to prevent crime through technology

A Rotorua-born technology initiative lets Android smartphone users raise the alarm and get help if they are in trouble.

The “Please Help” app, launched at Steam restaurant in Rotorua last night, will initially be targeted at businesses, with the hope of moving into the wider community.

More than 40 people attended the launch and became the initial testers for the app.

Toi Ohomai lecturer and Edutech owner Paramdip Singh said he had the idea for the app when he saw the level of crime in Rotorua.

“I thought we should be able to use technology to our advantage,” he said.

Singh saw the effect of crime when his friend’s liquor store was robbed.

“The man that was hit over the head was my student,” he said.

“I saw that it was more than the shop owners, but also our students that are at risk.”

When switching on the service, on icon opens that is easily accessible and remains on the screen throughout regular use – similar to a panic button.

Pressing the icon sends an emergency message to all nominated contacts and begins voice recording the surroundings.

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13/07/2017 12:46

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Strategic Plan 2018 - 2023

 

ASIS New Zealand exists in a rapidly changing environment and needs to change to keep up.  Young people looking at moving into security management have a plethora of organisations to choose from, where they can gain knowledge, qualifications and contacts.  Our organisation needs to articulate who we are, what we offer and why we should be the choice for security management education.

Also, we know the organisation doesn't serve all New Zealand members equally:

  • There are no meetings for members outside Auckland
  • It's hard finding volunteer leaders
  • There is limited representation from IT security and big New Zealand companies
  • We lack diversity, making it harder to recruit

It's time to make decisions about the direction of the organistion, change what we don't like and create a sustainable ASIS NZ.   And it's important that you tell us what you think.  

We are writing a Strategic Plan for 2018 - 2023 to be presented at this year's Annual General Meeting.

This page will provide regularly updated information on the Strategic Planning process and seek your feedback.

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