News and media releases

Avsec’s commitment to health and safety recognised

28 Jun 2016

Avsec’s health and safety programme was last fortnight audited against the ACC Workplace Safety Management Practices Programme (WSMP), with the auditor recommending a ‘tertiary’ rating to the ACC. A tertiary status is the highest ranking available. “This is fantastic news but it’s not surprising considering the excellent work done by staff across A...

Rehomed dogs to begin explosive detection work at NZ airports

24 May 2016

Shelter canines turn out to be ‘the bomb’ at explosives detection The Aviation Security Service (‘Avsec’) is proud to officially welcome five new dogs into its explosive detector dog (EDD) unit, working to protect our nation’s airports and skies. The dogs, including four sourced from animal shelters, today graduated as fully trained explosive detec...

Graduating detector dogs on the screen

20 May 2016

Five new recruits graduated as fully operational explosive detector dogs yesterday and will now work to keep our airports and skies safe and secure. TV One's Breakfast show came out to the airport to see them do their thing. Watch it here.

Explosive detector dogs pose for a good cause

24 Nov 2015

New Zealand’s Aviation Security Service (‘Avsec’) this week launched a 2016 calendar featuring its highly trained explosive detector dogs (EDD) working to protect the nation’s airports and skies. The calendars are on sale for $10 and all proceeds go to HUHA (Helping You Help Animals), an animal rescue organisation which has gifted several rescued a...

Collaboration creates award-winning initiative for departing passengers

23 Jul 2015

Customs and the Aviation Security Service (Avsec) have received the State Services Award for Excellence in Achieving Collective Impact, in recognition of their collaboration with Auckland International Airport to streamline the process for departing passengers. Customs Comptroller, Carolyn Tremain, says the ‘single flow’ initiative is believed to b...

Collectible explosive detector dog cards hit airports

02 Jul 2015

To educate the public about its work, the Aviation Security Service (‘Avsec’) on Tuesday launched collectible cards detailing each of the its highly trained explosive detector dogs (EDD) working to protect our nation’s airports and skies. Transport Minister, Hon Simon Bridges, helped launch the cards at Wellington Airport, meeting with EDD teams a...

Statement of Performance Expectations 2015-16

11 Jun 2015

The Statement of Performance Expectations 2015-16 is now available here. This can also be accessed through the Civil Aviation Authority website along with the Aviation Security Service's other corporate documents.

Rehomed dogs to graduate as explosive detector dogs

22 Apr 2015

Four shelter canines turn out to be ‘the bomb’ at bomb detection The Aviation Security Service (‘Avsec’) is pleased that four rehomed dogs gifted to it from animal rescue organisations, HUHA and the SPCA, will soon graduate as fully trained explosive detector dogs (EDD), working to protect our nation’s airports and skies. Avsec is the branch of the...

CCTV Privacy Notice

10 Feb 2015

Avsec has CCTV monitoring and recording capabilities at security-designated airports where its operations are conducted. The CCTV cameras are primarily located at passenger screening points, including passenger bag-search areas for carry-on baggage and checked-in international baggage. At some airports they are also located at Avsec reception areas...