Working with Other Organisations

The Service has close relationships at working and policy levels with a range of departments and ministries. These relationships are vital as they ensure that information is passed on where necessary, and action can be taken by the appropriate authority when the Service identifies potential threats to security.

Security advice is offered free of charge to Departmental Security Officers responsible for security-related matters in government departments and agencies. At their request, the Service “vets” (i.e. checks) staff who need to have access to sensitive classified information. General security courses, or more specialised briefings, are also provided as departments require.

Direct Access Agreements

The Intelligence and Security Act 2017 enables the Minister in Charge of NZSIS to enter into agreements with the Ministers of Internal Affairs, Immigration, Customs, and Police for direct access to certain databases that are necessary for NZSIS to perform its functions.

The Minister in Charge of NZSIS has entered into agreements with the Minister of Immigration and the Minister of Customs to access certain databases for specific information where necessary, held by the Ministry of Business, Innovation and Employment (MBIE) and the New Zealand Customs Service (NZCS). These direct access agreements take effect on 1 April 2017.

The agreements are provided below and on the MBIE and NZCS websites, in accordance with the Intelligence and Security Act 2017.

The agreement refers to sections 13, 13(1)(b)(iii), 107(2)(b), and 134 of the ISA. These should read sections 10, 10(1)(b)(iii), 131(2)(b), and 171 respectively.

Overseas liaison

The Service also has liaison arrangements with a number of security and intelligence organisations overseas. These links provide New Zealand with avenues to exchange information on security issues of a global nature, such as the activities of foreign intelligence and terrorist organisations, and the movement of their members around the world.

Underlying all of the Service's international relationships is the proviso that Government foreign policy and the rights of New Zealand citizens must not be compromised.