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Women In Security Awards Aotearoa Winners Announced

Published: Fri 7 Jun 2024 03:23 PM
The category winners of the 2023-24 Women in Security Awards Aotearoa have been announced, with outstanding female leaders recognised from across New Zealand’s broader security sector.
In its fourth year, Women in Security Awards Aotearoa (WiSAA) has once again proven a challenge for its judging panel, with winners across eight categories selected from a high quality field of nominees from across New Zealand’s security and resilience sector.
Among the winners are members/employees of the New Zealand Defence Force, New Zealand Police, New Zealand Customs Service, non-profit online safety charity Netsafe, and private security provider FIRST Security.
Organised by the New Zealand Security Sector Network (NZSSN) and supported by Defsec New Zealand – publisher of New Zealand Security Magazine and Line of Defence Magazine, and the international Women in Security & Resilience Alliance (WISECRA), the WiSAA initiative was established in 2020 to recognise women who have advanced the New Zealand security and resilience sectors.
Nominees must be women, or identify as women, have more than three years of experience in a security or resilience-related profession, and be actively practising in Aotearoa New Zealand or working overseas in a New Zealand-focused role.
This year’s WiSAAs winners are spread across eight new categories:Contributing to defence and international securityProtecting borders, trade, and biosecurityCountering incivility and violent extremismSafeguarding networks and people onlineSecuring organisations and infrastructureCombatting fraud and misrepresentationResponding to natural disaster eventsBuilding resilient communities
WiSAA organisers were this year honoured to be joined by an expert judging panel reflecting the skills, experience, and diversity of the sector:International risk management, organisational resilience, and extreme events academic and practitioner Dr Bridgette Sullivan-Taylor;Former New Zealand Defence Industry Association (NZDIA) CEO, IFSEC Global Influencer in Security, and 2021 WiSAA alumna Jennie Vickers;ASIS International Regional Vice-President, respected physical security educator and 2020 WiSAA alumna Ngaire Kelaher CPP PSP; andFormer ASIS International New Zealand Chapter Chair and former NZSA New Zealand Security Consultant of the Year, Andrew Thorburn.
And the winners are…
Contributing to defence and international security
Lieutenant Colonel Laura Cranston, New Zealand Defence Force
Protecting borders, trade, and biosecurity
Janna Binning, New Zealand Customs
Countering incivility and violent extremism
Detective Beth Bates, New Zealand Police
Safeguarding networks and people online
Tegan Wedderburn, Netsafe
Securing organisations and infrastructure
Gina Lindsay-Crawford, FIRST Security
Combatting fraud and misrepresentation
Catherine Abel-Pattinson, Netsafe
Responding to natural disaster events
Colonel Mel Childs, New Zealand Defence Force
Building resilient communities
Inspector Juanita (Whiti) Timutimu, New Zealand Police
In addition to the category winners, the WiSAA organisers also recognised several Highly Commended Runners-Up, including:Karoline Jacobs, Aviation Security ServiceTamara Gould, New Zealand Customs ServiceLance Corporal S, New Zealand Defence ForceKallia McFarland, Serpenti InvestigationsPilot Officer Mikaela Heald, New Zealand Defence ForceDanielle Kaiwai, KiwiRail
According to the organisers, this year’s WiSAA category winners and runners-up will each receive award certificates bearing their awardee citations, and the right to use the coveted awardee logo. In accordance with the WiSAA’s principles of independence, including non-sponsorship and non-profit, there is no gala awards event associated with the awards program.

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