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The Private Security Personnel and Private Investigators Bill
SUBMISSION OF THE
NEW ZEALAND INSTITUTE OF PROFESSIONAL INVESTIGATORS
WISH TO BE HEARD
Ron McQuilter, the Chair of the New Zealand Institute of Professional
Investigators Incorporated ("NZIPI"), wishes to speak to our submission. He
will be accompanied by another member of the NZIPI Executive.
2, ABOUT THE NZ INSTITUTE OF PROFESSIONAL INVESTIGATORS
2.1 This submission is made by the New Zealand Institute of Professional
Investigators (NZIPI) on behalf of our members. The New Zealand Institute of
Professional Investigators represents a large per cent of the current licensed
NZIPI was formed in 1993 by a group of professional private investigators
comrnitted to raising the bar in standards, professionalism and client
expectation. It is now widely regarded as the "The Industry Body" for
professional private investigators in New Zealand.
In order to become a member of New Zealand Institute of Professional
Investigators you must agree to adhere to the highest professional standards.
A recent survey of our membership identified that half of our membership had
some 554 years of private sector investigative experience, as well as some 416
years of New Zealand Police service. Our members included two former
Senior Sergeants, six former Detective Sergeants, nine former Detectives, four
forrner uniform Sergeants and six former Constables of the New Zealand
Our members have a combined total of some 970 years of public sector and
private sector investigative expertise.
It is a requirement of membership that, at all times in their professional work,
NZIPI members must adhere to the following Code of Ethics:
We shall perform our professional duties in accordance with the Laws of New
Zealand and with the highest moral principles and with truthfulness and
We will at all times take every care to ensure the professional reputation of the
Institute, our members and our principles are not compromised
We will be diligent and competent in performing our professional
responsibilities and will, when properly called upon by the Institute 's ethics
committee, be prepared to assist in any investigation as to our actions as they
might reflect on the Institute 's reputation, ethics and objectives.
The New Zealand Institute of Professional Investigators is committed to the
highest standards of professional and ethical conduct at all times.
2.3 Questions regarding this submission should be directed to:
Ron McQuilter, Chair
New Zealand Institute of Professional Investigators
Ph: (09) 377−3655 or 021 222 2232
e SUPPORT FOR THE THRUST OF THE BILL
In general, the NZIPT supports the thrust of the Bill and sees the Bill as good
for the security sector.
The NZIPI supports the Government's decision to update the legislation and
bring it in line with the many changes in investigation practice and technology
that have occurred over the past 35 years.
The NZIPI has always focused on raising the standards of the profession and it
recognises this Bill has a strong focus to achieve this.
We are aware the New Zealand Security Association and Trevor Morley the
former Chair of our organisation have also submitted on this Bil! and rather
than repeat the content of their submission, the majority of which we are
supportive, this submission has been prepared with particular focus on two
areas of concern for our members,
MAIN CHANGES WE SEEK
This section has been uplifted from Section 48 of the 1974 Act and relates to
the requirement for a private investigator to display notices at offices. The
current requirements identify the notice as needing to be conspicuous and to
include the full name of the investigator.
Further Subsection 3 of this Section requires private investigators to carry a
statement on their correspondence to the effect that he or s