New Zealand’s National Security System provides for a coordinated government response.
- risks are identified and managed;
- the response is timely and appropriate;
- national resources are applied effectively;
- adverse outcomes are minimised;
- multiple objectives are dealt with together;
- agencies’ activities are coordinated.
Managing national security risk and supporting the country’s resilience is complex and involves a wide range of government agencies.
New Zealand’s recent history is filled with examples of complex national security events that required all-of-government management. The Canterbury earthquakes, the response to the blackmail threat to poison infant formula and the Rena grounding are recent examples.
New Zealand’s National Security System provides a mechanism for dealing with major crises or other situations requiring an all-of-government response.
Across New Zealand more generally, the system is able to facilitate the coordination of all sectoral, regional, and government capabilities where national planning or a national response is required. This approach helps to ensure that risks receive appropriate attention, the right capabilities are developed, and lessons are identified and learned from.
Local government, quasi-government agencies and the private sector also have increasingly important roles within national security. Effective high-level coordination of effort, particularly of our strategic direction and communication activity, is very important.
For more information download the National Security System Handbook.