Intelligence Awards

The NZIIP Intelligence Community Awards are an annual event where we celebrate the wealth of talent and diversity across the New Zealand intelligence community that has contributed to the continuing potential and achievements of the sector. These awards are means of recognising outstanding contributions to single agencies, across the intelligence sector, as well as outstanding performance as a new member, experienced practitioner or manager, as nominated by colleagues and superiors.

Two New Awards Categories

Two new categories have been added, as a result of feedback from the NZIIP Diversity Assessment survey feedback, and in consideration of the 2021 Conference theme Participation, Protection and Partnerships in the Intelligence Profession. 

These categories are: The Emerging Leader Award and The Classified Recognition Award.

Change to the Intelligence Community Award

Lastly, the Intelligence Community Award has been updated and renamed in honour of the late Oliver Harper. The Oli Harper Award for Inter-Agency Excellence sets out to recognise those individuals who have pursued and enabled the greatest inter-agency cohesion, ensuring more effective intelligence across the sector. It has been updated to better reflect the standards and dedication needed from intelligence professionals working across the sector and at an all-of-Government level. It recognises those intelligence professionals who give the most in developing whanaungatanga either between a select number of agencies or broadly across the sector.

Oli Harper was the standard bearer for greater intelligence collaboration across New Zealand government agencies. While working for New Zealand Customs Service, Geospatial-Intelligence New Zealand (GNZ) and the New Zealand Defence Force, Oli worked tirelessly to tap into the potential caught between agencies’ responsibilities. As a NZIIP Committee member, Oli introduced and maintained excellent inter-agency relations between the Institute and domestic agencies. He was also responsible for establishing the NZIIP Intern programme to better shepherd new members of the profession into the intelligence community. “To me he was the epitome of community – easy-going, embracing, and encouraging in his manner and outlook,” says the inaugural NZIIP Intern, Grace Carroll. Despite being described as quietly and diligently working away more often than not, Oli inspired countless aspiring and young intelligence and security professionals.

The NZIIP Intelligence Community Awards Categories

Classified Recognition Award

This award exists to recognise those who cannot receive public praise. In an effort to ensure inclusion across the New Zealand intelligence sector, this award is designed to recognise excellence in any field of intelligence, whereby the identity or situation warranting recognition can only be discussed in secure environments. This award’s nominations will be made direct to NZIIP Committee members, and will be presented by the appropriate agency head. The Classified Recognition Award may be combined with the Emerging Leader, Practitioner, Innovation, or Practitioner Achievement Awards.

Developing the Practitioner Award

This award looks to recognise the Manager or the Organisation that has shown and grown outstanding support for intelligence careers and intelligence professionals, with the award including those nominated as a commercial entity. This category is focused on recognising the performance of those intelligence sector leaders responsible for developing teams, managing process, growing capability, and leading intelligence support across New Zealand’s agencies.

Emerging Leader Award

This award recognises the performance of any member of the New Zealand intelligence sector below the age of thirty-five who has demonstrated an exceptional capability and dedication in their role as an intelligence collector or analyst.

Innovation in Intelligence Award

This award recognises an agency, team or person responsible for noteworthy or outstanding innovation in one or more of the fields of collection, analysis or reporting. This award seeks to draw attention to those collectors and analysts who find new and better ways of collecting and producing high quality, useful intelligence in any intelligence discipline.

Intelligence Training Award

This award looks to recognise an agency, team or person who has made outstanding advances to the state of intelligence training in New Zealand, whether through exceptional devotion to intelligence training and mentoring, or through a breakthrough in intelligence collection and analysis techniques.

The Oli Harper Award for Inter-Agency Excellence

This award looks to recognise the individual or team who has made recognised and notable advances in developing inter-agency cohesion, enabling broader successes for New Zealand’s intelligence professionals, resulting in more integrated and efficient agency outputs. The recipient should demonstrate the highest dedication to inter-agency and all-of-Government approaches, and a tireless drive to improve processes, in keeping with the spirit of the late Oli Harper.

Practitioner Achievement Award

This award recognises the development and growth of Intelligence Professionals in the New Zealand intelligence community and is aimed at recognising those that have provided direct, insightful or notable contribution to their team, agency or area. This award is intended to recognise the greatest achievement by an individual in New Zealand’s intelligence sector in a given year.