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About the NZDIA

The Who

NZDIA is an Incorporated Association, incorporated under the Incorporated Societies Act 1908. 

NZDIA came into being in 1993, from the springboard of the ANZAC Frigate Project, to take the role of the industry’s key conduit into the Government’s defence agencies: the New Zealand Defence Force (NZDF) and the Ministry of Defence (MOD).


The What

"Connecting Industry with Defence and National Security Agencies for the Benefit of New Zealand" 

​"NZDIA has been in existence since 1993. In 2017, in recognition of the 2016 Defence White Paper and the launch of the National Security System Handbook, the Board changed the NZDIA vision. This new vision recognises the national security benefits for all when industry collaborates with a wider range of agencies, not just Defence. " 

- Andrew Ford, Business Director at Beca and former NZDIA Board Member 

NZDIA works to support government and industry in delivering improved commercial outcomes for Defence, associated agencies (e.g., security, intelligence, border control, police, customs), and industry. It does this by continuing to be recognised as the Defence Industry Stakeholder Representative of Choice for reference, consultation, and engagement across industry, sector, and procurement initiatives. NZDIA is working towards achieving this same recognition from other National Security Agencies.


NZDIA Members Meeting featuring a discussion with Key Defence & MoD Personnell


NZDIA stand at INDO-PACIFIC Expo in Sydney, featuring NZDIA Members

The How 


A key focus was and still is enabling Members to be informed about, understand, and support the Crown’s Defence and National Security procurement programmes. An essential element of this focus is NZDIA’s role, in conjunction with many Government procurement programmes, in creating opportunities to share industry innovation and thinking with Defence and other agencies to help shape their decision making and future capability vision. 

During the year, NZDIA delivers to members through a wide range of mechanisms. The most valuable is creating opportunities for face-to-face interaction, learning, and trust-building, between defence and other agency staff and industry 

Every year the NZDIA Membership votes to elects Board Members for our Board of Directors. The Board is entirely composed of representatives from NZDIA Member Organisations and ensures a Board with deep industry experience from a variety of business areas and sizes.


The Value of NZDIA for each Member Organisation 


The value of membership is different for every member organisation. We strive to keep adding to our activities, reflecting that the needs of organisations vary substantially and we seek to satisfy as many requirements as we can while delivering the NZDIA vision. 

We know that for organisations wishing to engage with Defence and National Security Agencies in New Zealand, some or all of the following will assist in delivering on their strategies of supply into NZ and overseas governments or into the supply chains of those who already supply: 


  • Invitations to attend regular Member Meetings across New Zealand; 

  • Relationship and network-building opportunities across defence and national security agencies and across New Zealand; 

  • Introductions to potential supply chain partners; 

  • Named membership on the NZDIA website and in promotional materials; 

  • Representation overseas at events such as LandForces, Pacific, Avalon, and CIVSEC and/or assistance and networking support for those who attend themselves; 

  • Preferential pricing for NZDIA Major Event participation; 

  • Preferential access to NZDIA Major Event Sponsorship opportunities; 

  • Preferential access to training and skills development to assist with competitiveness and positioning; and 

  • Invitation to attend the Annual MemberOnly Events including the Industry and Defence Executive Lunch, with senior Defence staff. 


NZDIA CEO Ian Harman with MP and Former Minister of Defence Ron Marks

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