New Zealanders value the ability to congregate, socialise and connect alongside others. This can involve working in, using or visiting crowded places. The nature of crowded places means they pose extra risks to people, as they can be a target for attacks. Everyone has a role to play in keeping crowded places safe, whether they are government officials, owners and operators of crowded places, community organisers or members of the public.

The New Zealand Government tasked Police to lead a cross agency group to develop this strategy which also highlights what individuals should do in the unlikely event of getting caught up in an attack.

The current national terrorism threat level is available on the Department of the Prime Minister and Cabinet website.

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In an emergency everyone should call 111

If the information is not time-critical, people can report suspicious or unusual behaviour to their local Police by:

To report information of national security concern, call the NZSIS on 0800 747 224  or use their Public Contribution Form


Crowded Places Webinars 2022

Free webinars for security practitioners and those who carryout a security function or role with an organisation.

Module One [20th October 2022]

  • Crowded places strategy
  • Know what to do

Module Two [17th November 2022]

  • How you can help [What to teach staff/public]
  • Self-Assessment Tool
  • Assessing Your Protective Security Tool

Module Three [December 15th 2022]

  • Detecting Hostile Reconnaissance
  • Recognising Threats
  • Security Audit

All webinars will reflect the resources commence at 10 am and run for approximately 90 minutes/1.5 hours. Email if you would like to enrol in the free webinar.