Safe & Secure Facilities & Public Spaces

Engaging, protecting, supporting, collaborating

3 - 4 Mar 2021Eden Park, Auckland
Event Details


Registration and coffee
Opening remarks from the Chair
Nicholas Dynon, Chief Editor - New Zealand Security Magazine, Line of Defence Magazine, Defsec Media Ltd
The COVID-19 crisis – keeping New Zealand’s national stadium safe during a global health crisis

The COVID-19 pandemic presented an unprecedented change in the way mass events could function in New Zealand. Lockdown meant a restriction on these events proceeding, until Alert Level 1 arrived, and the stadium had to move quickly to accommodate new health and safety measures.

  • How New Zealand’s stadia and event industry reacted to the COVID-19 outbreak
  • What ways did the industry pivot and maintain engagement
  • How did you keep safety and security at the forefront when welcoming fans back
Security at national and civic level – funding, collaboration, and strategy

An understanding of the decisions to allocate funding to increase safety and security in New Zealand is crucial for security professionals, hear about what is being done at the national and civic level to make this country a safer place.

  • Analyse strategy used to react to security threats in the long and short term
  • Learn how funding is allocated to various departments and services
  • Gain insight into how New Zealand operates security at a national and civic level
Darroch Todd, Risk Manager, Auckland Tourism, Events and Economic Development (ATEED)
Morning break
Protecting our crowded places from attack – New Zealand’s strategy

All New Zealanders are responsible for helping to detect and prevent attacks in crowded places.

  • New Zealand’s Strategy is a key component of the ‘Countering Terrorism and Violent Extremism’ National Strategy
  • Establishing four elements to be applied consistently, yet flexibly to all crowded places: building strong partnerships, enabling better sharing of information and guidance, implementing protective security and increasing resilience
  • Introducing four aspects of protective security: deter, detect, delay and respond
  • Specifying our message for people in the event of an attack: ‘escape, hide, tell’
Inspector Fleur de Bes, Prevention Manager - National Security, New Zealand Police
Threats to national security posed by social media

Social media platforms were initially seen as tools that would allow democracy to flourish. However, a darker side of social media has arisen - one which threatens national security and undermines democracy.  Nowhere has this been more evident and arguably effective than in the 2016 United States Presidential Election and 2016 BREXIT referendum.

  • What is social media and how is it used as a tool of influence?
  • What threats does social media pose to national security?
  • How can these threats be countered?
Nick Nelson, Senior Lecturer, Massey University
Mastering the art of profiling – managing indicators of potential offenders

Leading research in psychological and sociological trends has allowed researchers to determine profiles for potential hostile threats.  Building on this important science there remains a critical role for the ‘art’ of profiling, providing critical intelligence for security and enforcement professionals to identify risks and mitigate them. 

  • Identifying the key signs of aggression and unrest in an individual
  • Reducing recidivism for a safer New Zealand
  • Health and safety behaviours of individuals, groups and companies
Lunch break
Identifying effective use of technology to reduce threats to safety

Security based technologies are evolving at a rapid pace. Determining the value in these changes is crucial to being able to develop a strong and secure security service.

  • An overview of the most dramatic innovations in security technology
  • Gain insight into how AI is being used to identify hostile threats
  • Recognise the importance of protection of vulnerable security systems
Sir Kenneth McKenzie, Head of Security, Health & Safety, Auckland War Memorial Museum
Cyber-attacks on public infrastructure – the dangers of attacks on infrastructure and the potential physical harm

Cyber attacks are increasing in complexity and threat, with international and domestic hostile agents increasingly targeting critical areas of infrastructure.

  • Determine the highest risk areas of infrastructure in New Zealand
  • Analyse the potential fallout of a damaging cyber attack
  • Evaluate the current trends in cyber terrorism
Philip Whitmore, Partner - Cyber Security, KPMG
Afternoon break
Building safer cities – how security technology and architectural design are mitigating harm

With many of New Zealand’s largest cities undergoing modernisation and transformation, building in security and safety features is becoming increasingly common.

  • Innovations in architecture, designing cities to reduce hostile threats
  • Integrating innovative security technology into public spaces
  • Hostile architecture, security features designed to reduce antisocial behaviour
Dr Lee Beattie, Deputy Head of School - School of Architecture + Planning , The University of Auckland
*Rotating Chair - Auckland Council's Urban Design Panel
Keynote: Global security and safety – identifying how the international community works together to provide security and safety for their citizens

New Zealand plays a key role in many international security coalitions. As the world becomes increasingly online, the need to form alliances within the international community is becoming increasingly needed.

  • Recognise key examples of international collaboration and their effects
  • Gain insight into New Zealand’s place within the international security community
  • Hear about the latest innovations in international security
Professor Rouben Azizian, Professor and Director, Centre for Defence and Security Studies, Massey University
Summary remarks from the Chair & Networking Drinks
Welcome back from the Chair
Nicholas Dynon, Chief Editor - New Zealand Security Magazine, Line of Defence Magazine, Defsec Media Ltd
Major event security – delivering and operating effective security at scale

In a post-pandemic environment, the delivery of large-scale events has dramatically changed.

  • Exploring the implications for health and safety on COVID-19
  • Analyse the techniques used by large facilities to maintain social distancing and hygiene during large events
  • How security technology is effectively used at large scale events in the current environment
  • Identify the need for collaboration between private security, law enforcement and the wider stakeholder group
Shaping the Enterprise Security Risk Management (ESRM) Architecture and Design Process – where to start
  • Reviewing internal and external events that help shape Security Design
  • What you need to know and understand when in the Security Predesign Phase
  • How best to articulate your organisation's vulnerabilities to decision makers
  • Understanding your organisations vulnerabilities and exposure to security related risks
Morning break
Employer’s Panel: What can we expect of workplaces in relation to COVID-19
  • What have changed and what remains the same?
  • What can employers do to support all-of-government (AoG) to eliminate COVID-19?
  • Assessing the role of Health & Safety employees in relation to COVID-19
The critical importance of effective risk assessment

Risk assessment is a key tool for the security sector, developing protocols that scale is beneficial to the general public and security organisations.

  • Assessing COVID risks as part of assessment
  • Analyse how risk assessment techniques can be scaled for events of any size
  • Hear about the new rising trends in areas of risk, and how they can be minimised
David Turner, Managing Director, RiskNZ
Lunch break
Legal Clinic: Maintaining public safety without breaching the rights of the people

Understanding the rights of the public and your obligations at law is critical to delivering effective security and safety services.

  • Understand your obligations under the Health and Safety at Work Act 2015 when providing security and safety services
  • Learn how to avoid breaches of privacy of your personnel and others
  • Identify other rights and obligations impacting the role of security organisations and their ability to deliver security effectively and within the law (including mitigating areas of risk)
Gretchen Fraser, Senior Associate, Dentons Kensington Swan
Richard Monigatti, Associate, Dentons Kensington Swan
Emergency services and first responders – engaging with the first line of response

Dealing with the fallout of any major incident requires highly trained first responders. These professionals reduce potential damage and reduce collateral.

  • Analyse the processes and procedures used by emergency services during major incidents
  • Hear about collaboration between private and public sector first responders
  • The practical strategies used by emergency services to control fallout
Dave Greenberg, Director, Emergency Preparedness Services Ltd
Afternoon break
Workforce Development – developing exceptional frontline personnel

Providing staff and frontline personnel that are adept and competent at their roles is crucial for delivering effective security services.

  • What have we learnt about the workforce through COVID
  • Hear about skills used to develop exceptional and competent security personnel
  • Engage with leading professionals in the skills development space
  • Gain insight into the backend of developing strong staff
Chris Lawton, Chief Executive Officer, C4 Group
Dealing with disaster – how government and local councils react to tragic incidents

The risk of natural disasters for New Zealand is far more prominent than most nations. Alongside the risk of terror attacks. Planning for these events is essential for protecting New Zealand’s infrastructure and people.

  • Analyse the processes that occur post-natural disaster to maintain safety and security
  • Hear about how cross-government collaboration is used to support New Zealand’s citizens
  • Learn how the governments and local councils respond to terror threats
Dr. Barnaby Pace, Senior Lecturer, Otago Polytechnic Auckland International Campus
Closing remarks from the Chair and end of conference
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