Back to top anchor

National Cyber Policy Office

The National Cyber Policy Office (NCPO) was established in 2012. NCPO leads the development of cyber security policy advice and provides advice to the government on investing in cyber security activities. The NCPO also conducts outreach with the private sector on cyber security policy, and leads New Zealand's international engagement on cyber security policy (with MFAT)

The Director of the NCPO is Paul Ash.

NCPO formally reports to the Minister for Communications on cyber security policy matters, in consultation with the Prime Minister, as the Minister for National Security and Intelligence, and other Ministers as appropriate.

A refreshed New Zealand Cyber Security Strategy, accompanying Action Plan, and a National Plan to Address Cybercrime, were released on 10 December 2015.

This Strategy signals the Government's commitment to ensuring New Zealand is secure, resilient and prosperous online. The Strategy has four principles:

  • partnerships are essential
  • economic growth is enabled
  • national security is upheld
  • human rights are protected online.

The Strategy has four intersecting goals.

The Action Plan contains actions that contribute to delivering the goals of the Strategy. It is reviewed and reported on annually. The first Annual Report was released in March 2017.

Connect Smart is a Government-led initiative, delivered in partnership with the private and NGO sectors, to raise awareness of cyber security issues and promote ways to protect yourself, your business and others online. Go to to find out more.

Key Links

International engagement

Last updated: 
Thursday, 25 October 2012

Help us improve DPMC

Your feedback is very important in helping us improve the DPMC website.