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National Security Policy

The National Security Policy Directorate (NPSD) provides policy leadership on cross-cutting matters related to national security, intelligence, risk and resilience. Our work supports the government in protecting and advancing a secure and resilient New Zealand.

NSPD supports the Prime Minister and relevant Ministers to progress their objectives and fulfil their responsibilities related to national security, intelligence and security, cyber security and civil defence emergency management.


  • Leads on legislative frameworks for intelligence and security, civil defence emergency management, and counter-terrorism
  • Provides policy coordination and stewardship on national security and resilience
  • Supports national security governance boards with policy advice
  • Leads and supports cross-government policy and advice during large scale emergencies
  • Represents New Zealand to strengthen international security policy cooperation
  • Supports the identification, assessment and governance of national security risk across government

The Director of the National Security Policy Directorate is Dan Eaton.

NSPD comprises four teams:

  • Security and Intelligence Policy leads policy advice on the government’s overall priorities for intelligence collection and assessment; and the roles and functions of GCSB and NZSIS.  Security and Intelligence Policy administers legislation on intelligence and security. 
  • The National Cyber Policy Office leads the development of cyber security policy advice, including advising on the investment of government resources in cyber security activities. 
    National Cyber Policy Office
  • Civil Defence Emergency Management Policy leads policy advice on civil defence emergency management and leads and supports cross-government policy and advice during large-scale emergencies.  The CDEM policy team leads on civil defence emergency management legislation.
  • The National Risk Unit leads advice on the identification, assessment and management of national security risk across government.  The unit houses the National Risk Register (NRR) as a primary tool to assist national security governance boards and those agencies that have responsibility for managing particular risks.  
    National Risk Unit

In times of crisis, the Directorate:

  • provides briefing and decision support to the Chief Executive of DPMC and/or the Chairs of Watch Groups and ODESC meetings
  • provides policy advice and support to the Prime Minister and portfolio Ministers
  • leads cross-agency coordination of policy advice and deliverables.
Last updated: 
Monday, 27 January 2020

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