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New Zealand takes an “all hazards – all risks” approach to national security to ensure the safety and security of New Zealanders.

New Zealand takes an “all hazards – all risks” approach to national security to ensure the safety and security of New Zealanders.

Our approach acknowledges New Zealand’s exposure to a variety of hazards as well as traditional security threats, any of which could significantly disrupt the conditions required for a secure and prosperous nation.

DPMC's role in national security is to:

  • scan for domestic and external risks
  • assess domestic and external risks of national security significance
  • coordinate policy advice to ensure that risks and incidents are managed appropriately, and
  • coordinate government action to deal with national security risks and incidents. This can include coordinating across lead agencies when multiple events are occurring at the same time.

The Chief Executive of DPMC is New Zealand’s lead official for national security. They are supported by the Deputy Chief Executive, National Security Group, who leads and coordinates the national security system in its practical application.

Last updated: 
Friday, 18 September 2020

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