Kia ora and welcome to the December 2021 – January 2022 issue of New Zealand Security Magazine! In this issue we round out the year with our traditional December focus on retail security as well as some much-needed positivity with the latest awards news.
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It’s been a tough year, and I’d like to take this opportunity to thank our readers and contributors for their continued support throughout 2021. A big thanks also to our wonderful advertisers who apart from providing solutions and services that NZSM is proud to promote are also contributing to a vibrant and informed sector through their sponsorship of the magazine.
It’s not often we feature an actual person on the cover of NZSM. In fact, it’s been years. But with this issue of the magazine, we have very good reason to do so with the crowning of Jennie Vickers as the inaugural IFSEC Global Influencer of the Year!
Jennie is the immediate past CEO of the New Zealand Defence Industry Association (NZDIA) and is well known to NZSM as a regular contributor to our sister publication Line of Defence Magazine. Jennie has contributed to the broader security sector in Aotearoa though her advocacy for local private sector involvement in the Defence supply chain and for improved engagement between private suppliers and government customers.
Most recently, Jennie has been shining a light on the Broader Outcomes component of the Government Procurement Rules and advocating buyer accountability to the new requirement. She has also forged closer links between the security and defence industries through closer engagement with Gary Morrison (who also picked up a well-deserved IFSEC influencer gong earlier in the year) and the team at the NZSA.
In global context, Jennie’s win is big security industry news and a massive win for New Zealand. But that’s not all. To add to the silverware, Jennie has also – along with cybersecurity legend Sai Honig – just been named as co-winner of the 2021 Women in Security Awards Aotearoa (WiSAA) ‘Thought Leader’ category!
NZSM is delighted to be a supporter of the WiSAA programme in its second year. Organised by the New Zealand Security Sector Network (NZSSN), these awards recognise the relatively unsung role played by female professionals within a sector in which they remain a minority, and to inspire their colleagues of all genders.
A huge thanks to this year’s WiSAA judging panel Dr Bridgette Sullivan-Taylor, Ngaire Kelaher CPP PSP, and Senior Sergeant (ret) Claire Bibby, and congratulations to this year’s WiSAA recipients Sai Honig, Jennie Vickers, Heather Jones, Jill Priest, Tash Bettridge, Yvonne Bruce, Anupurna Kaw, Sherilyn Tasker, Amina Aggarwal, and Pascale Howell!!
Lastly, from the team here at NZSM have a very happy and safe festive season and a brilliant start to 2022! Here’s hoping it’s a good one!
Nicholas Dynon, Auckland