The GCSB is part of the New Zealand Intelligence Community (NZIC). The other core agencies are:

  • the New Zealand Security Intelligence Service (external link) (NZSIS), which identifies and disrupts threats to the country’s security, collects foreign intelligence, and provides a range of protective security advice and services to Government; and

  • the National Assessments Bureau (external link) (NAB) in the Department of the Prime Minister and Cabinet (DPMC), which provides assessments explaining events and developments. It focuses on political and economic developments overseas, environmental, scientific, security and strategic issues, and biographic reporting on international figures. NAB’s assessments range from short situational reports to longer-term and more strategic assessments.

The New Zealand Defence Force also has intelligence capabilities in the Directorate of Defence Intelligence, in GEOINT New Zealand, and in the individual services. There are also intelligence units in the New Zealand Police, the New Zealand Customs Service, and Immigration New Zealand. The core NZIC works with these other intelligence units, and the wider New Zealand government sector, to ensure the security of New Zealand and promote New Zealand’s interests.

The Intelligence Coordination Group (ICG) in DPMC provides a strategic coordination function for the NZIC – notably in terms of priority setting, risk management and international relationships – that enhances the effectiveness of the NZIC as a whole.  ICG also provides policy advice to the Prime Minister on intelligence matters.

Find out more about the NZIC at www.nzic.govt.nz (external link) .