Crises or events that impact New Zealand or its interests can occur at any time, and at a variety of scales.
The National Security System is activated when one or more of the following apply:
- Increasing risk, or a disaster or crisis, affects New Zealand interests;
- Active, or close coordination, or extensive resources are required;
- The crisis might involve risk to New Zealand’s international reputation;
- An issue is of large scale, high intensity or great complexity;
- Multiple smaller, simultaneous events require coordination;
- An emerging issue might meet the above criteria in the future, and would benefit from proactive management.
If the National Security System is activated it means that pre-arranged coordination mechanisms occur. These arrangements may include:
- Watch Group (Senior Officials) meetings.
- ODESC (Chief Executives) meetings.
- Specialist Groups and Working Groups.
Examples of National Security System activations
- Threat of 1080 contamination of infant formula;
- Ebola viral disease readiness and possible Ebola case;
- Neurological complications and birth defects possibly associated with Zika virus;
- Threat of a domestic terrorist incident;
- TS Rena grounding on Astrolabe Reef 2011;
- Darfield Earthquake 2010 and Christchurch Earthquake 2011
For more information download the National Security System Handbook.