Other Commands

Pacific Command

Operations Command

Training Command

Headquarters Functions

The National Hazard Assessment Bureau

The National Hazard Assessment Bureau is essentially tasked with trying to reduce the risk of surprises to the executive. As such it exists no matter what shape the rest of the force takes. The other four arms, however, are fashioned largely by the capital that is to be employed operationally. This defines the type of training and support those arms will require as well as the size and organisation of the force.


HNA Bureau

The Office maintains a rolling 24/7 threat profile to New Zealand interests which it reports to the Commander in Chief of the Defence Force, The Commissioner of Police, and the Prime Minister daily. Staff: 60FTEs

International Threat Assessment Office

A small specialised economic and military threat assessment office tasked with evaluating current and future military and diplomatic threats with implications for the protection of New Zealand. This office would also engage in all intelligence barter arrangements. Staff: 60

Security Intelligence Service

A department that attempts to forestall acts of domestic and international terrorism or sabotage in New Zealand by providing liaison between international agencies, the defence force and the NZ Police. The Security Intelligence Service has no powers of detention but increased powers of surveillance including surveillance cameras and microphones, wire-tapping, email & electronic communications intercept and postal intercept. It is distinct from the Police Force to prevent informal mutual assistance and all communications with the Police are audited. Staff: 120

Network Security Office

A department that is devoted to combatting threats to critical New Zealand public services from hackers, cyber-terrorists, worms, logic bombs etc.
Staff: 60

Meteorological Threat Assessment Bureau

A funded office within the Meteorological Service which provides assessments on weather patterns that may require intervention by other Protect New Zealand services, Police, Fire Brigade and Medical Services.

Staff: 5

Biohazard Intelligence Network

An IT system which provides an information data warehouse combining Department of Conservation, Health Infomatics, Veternarians, Fish and Game, MAffish, Customs and Excise. The information is combed through and assessed for discrepencies and patterns. Reports of unusual events are used to detect possible threats to human health or agriculture.

Staff: 30;

Development Staffing 120 FTE development team

Geophysical Risk Profile Office

An office at IGNS fundedby EQC and the Foundation for Research Science and technology which funds planning assessments in response to varying threat scenarios. Scenarios are the basis for response planning.

Staff:5 FTE secretariat.

Prudential Risk Assessment Bureau

An office drawn from the Treasury, Reserve Bank and the Audit Office which reviews prudential risk to major Government investment funds such as ACC, Land Transport NZ, EQC and the Superannuation Fund.

Staff: 5 FTE secretariat. 


It is acknowledged that my understanding of this sector is weak but that is largely due to the fact that there is no information in the public domain (because its secret innit?) which explains why agencies like the Security Intelligence Service and Government Communications Security Bureau are as big as they are.

According to the 2006 Annual Report the Security Intelligence Service had 150 staff and a budget of $30 million per year.
Website: SIS

According to the 2005 Annual Report The total number of staff employed in the GCSB at 30 June 2005 was 329, an 8.5% increase compared to total staff employed at 30 June 2004. Expenditure was $39 million per annum.
Website: GCSB

 The curious thing about these figures is the $/FTE variation between the SIS and GCSB. SIS staff cost almost twice as much to operate as GCSB staff. This is particularly curious given defence pays a capital charge and GCSB has more capital equipment than SIS. It is therefore not beyond the realms of possibility that GCSB is funded by agencies other than the NZ Government to carry out activities as part of a broader defence agreement. This recommendation is therefore made in ignorance of any such arrangements.