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NZ SAS soldiers slide down ropes from an
NH90 to assault their new BTF Credit: NZDF
essential capabilities and security services of the
NZSIS and the GCSB, such as protective security,
counter-terrorism and information assurance.
“This investment allows significant staff recruitment
and further extends the NZSIS’s ability to respond to
the threat from foreign terrorist fighters. The National
Assessments Bureau, which independently assesses
New Zealand's national security for the Government,
also receives part of this funding.
“Along with appropriate resourcing, it is vital
that the NZIC operates within the right legislative
framework and with proper oversight. The Government
is considering its response to the independent
review of intelligence and security, which has made
recommendations in relation to these matters.”
GCSB is responsible for signal intercepts through
its two main listening stations at Waihopai (satellite
communications) and Tangimoana (radio traffic). The
New Zealand SIGINT Operations Centre at GCSB
also provides a 24-hour 7-day threat warning service
based on the combined efforts of the Five Eyes
watch-keeping services. These bring together and
fuse information from a variety of sources in order to
alert the New Zealand Government to incidents and
threats around the world in a timely manner.
It also is the responsible agency for cyber security
and information assurance, advising and working
with the Government and critical infrastructure
GCSB’s budget rises from an estimated actual
expenditure to 30 June 2016 of $144m, to $137m
in 2016-17 then $153m, $131m and $131m in the
years to 2019-20.
The Communications Security and Intelligence
budget includes significant extra funding ($120.2m
over four years) for a major upgrade of the all-of-
government high-grade cryptographic infrastructure
(CPMI) that ensures classified government
communications are secure. The current infrastructure
is operated by GCSB for a number of government
agencies. Funding for the project was set aside as
part of Budget 2015, subject to preparation of an
implementation business case, which was approved
by ministers in March 2016 and has now appeared in
the Estimates for the first time.
The civilian New Zealand Security Intelligence
Service gives advice to the NZ Government on
security matters. Its main roles are to collect and
analyse intelligence; identify threats to security; assist
in disrupting those threats; and to provide protective
security advice and services to the Government.
Their budget estimates rise from an expected
actual spend to 30 June 2016 of $51m to an
estimated $64m in 2016-17, then over the following
three years to 2019-20 annual amounts of $69m,
$78m, and $81m.
• NEW BATTLE TRAINING FACILITY
The NZDF’s new Battle Training Facility (BTF) will
prepare SAS personnel for operating in complex
situations. The $46m purpose-built facility in Ardmore,
Auckland, took two years to build.
It includes facilities for all-weather training, live
firing, use of helicopters, and scenario training
based on specific environments and structures,
such as aircraft fuselages, ship’s bridges, and public
transport. The new BTF allows SAS personnel to fire
their operational weapons live, and conduct up to
advanced full mission rehearsals.
Chief of Defence Force, Lieutenant General Tim
Keating, said the “world-class” facility would provide
a training environment to help prepare people for
operating in complex environments.
“Security threats have become more complex, so
it’s vital the NZDF have modern facilities to train SAS
personnel, who are required to operate in high-risk
and complex environments.”
At the official opening of the new facility, in April,
Prime Minister John Key said that when SAS were
deployed “we absolutely owe it to them and their
families” to ensure they were fully prepared for the
situations they would be placed in.
“I think that at this facility the SAS should be
able to do everything that would allow them to be
as prepared as you ever can be for the sorts of
circumstances they are put into, from time to time,’’
observed Mr Key.
The BTF will be used by other NZDF soldiers and
government agencies with a security role, including
the NZ Police Special Tactics Group.
(NB: All financial figures in this article are in NZ
dollars. Currently 1.07 NZD = 1.00 AUD)
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