First investigation under new NZ security industry laws

May 2012

Live events industry


An official investigation is under way into the appointment of an unlicensed security firm as security contractor at Eden Park, Auckland Council and Vector Arena in New Zealand in a “possible breach of a new law designed to clean up the industry”. Platform 4 Group, a new company incorporated in December 2011, won the stadium contract despite being unlicensed. Under a recent New Zealand laws, security firms must be licensed to do any work including crowd control. Platform 4 have applied for a licence (in December) but this was not completed at the time the contracts were awarded. In light of this it seems Platform 4 Group teamed up with a licensed company, Harrison Tew Consultants, to take over the contract. The New Zealand Herald reports that “Harrison Tew – staffed by two directors to provide emergency planning for schools but with no crowd-control experience – then employed Platform 4 casual staff and independent contractors to provide security at events”

A spokesman for the Ministry of Justice, which administers the Security Licensing Authority, confirmed the matter was referred to the newly formed Complaints, Investigations and Prosecutions Unit at the Department of Internal Affairs (DIA). The DIA inquiry will be the first into a major alleged breach of the Private Security Personnel and Private Investigators Act which required crowd controllers and personal guards to be licensed by November.


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