Protective Services is Wellington's leading provider of high-calibre security guards, personal protection officers and security risk management professionals. 


We are New Zealand's award-winning security company.  

Protective Services Limited is approved by the New Zealand Police and licensed by the Ministry of Justice (Private Security Personnel Licensing Authority) to provide security guarding, risk management, personal protection and private investigation services. We are a market leading and award winning private security company owned by New Zealanders. The driving force of Protective Services is company founder and managing director, Dion Neill who is widely recognised as one of New Zealand's most experienced licensed private investigators and security professionals. 

Our bespoke security business was founded on the core values of trust, quality, integrity, professionalism and service excellence. We know professional security plays a pivotal role in the protection of people, assets and infrastructure and our reputation as an established leader in Wellington is based on the calibre of the security personnel we recruit. With robust vetting and training processes in place, our commitment is to ensure that our private, commercial and government clients receive industry-leading service.

We have intentionally taken a slow course of calculated growth. We were concerned that having a large security guard force would result in a dilution of our standards and consistency. Our philosophy is simple - "high quality". Our entire business model revolves around these two words. From our recruitment processes to client relationships, "delivering superior quality" remains our key focus.

Our success can be attributed to our industry-tested ability to consistently provide professional and well-trained personnel, ensuring our clients’ brands, assets and reputations always remain protected.​​ We are challenging the security industry's status quo by raising the benchmark for service delivery and professional standards. Our services are delivered by high-calibre security professionals who are committed to providing cost-effective security without compromising the professionalism and quality of our services.

Our licensed security guards, security consultants, crowd controllers, private investigators and personal protection officers (bodyguards) are a pivotal part of our business. We have taken special care to recruit the very best people who are professionally trained with verifiable skills, operational experience and most importantly, the right attitude. We appreciate that our people need to be compatible with your brand or company, so they are carefully selected to reflect your culture. 

Friendly and professional security guards for your event, venue or any occasion.

We have experienced security personnel to assist with safety, security and crowd control for public events, corporate meetings, private functions or any occasion. GuardHire by Protective Services is our uniformed division of high-calibre security guards. It was launched to meet demands in the Wellington market for a reliable, cost-effective and professionally licensed provider of security guards. 

Nationwide security, personal protection and risk management services tailored to your needs.

By analysing your needs, we can deliver the right solution for you or your organisation. We work hard to ensure that our security professionals are able to effectively assimilate with your organisation's culture, processes and procedures. Every member of our team undergoes rigorous formal training and is carefully vetted, and screened. This allows us to guarantee the very best in security standards and customer service. 

Our people are a pivotal part of our business, so we have taken special care to recruit the very best security guards, security consultants, crowd controllers and personal protection officers. The security personnel you hire from us are professionally trained with verifiable skills, operational experience and most importantly, the right attitude. We appreciate that our people have to be compatible with our clients, so our people are carefully selected to reflect your culture.

We are New Zealand's first socially-sustainable licensed security provider.

As a 100% New Zealand owned and operated licensed security company, we pride ourselves on our approach to innovation, technology and sustainability. We focus on delivering cost-effective security, risk management and personal protection without compromising our professionalism or quality of our services.

We have also added a social and moral layer of ethical practices into our business model, making us New Zealand's first socially-sustainable licensed security provider. The growth of our business has been driven by repeat business from clients who have experienced our ability to deliver professional security across a multitude of industry sectors and challenging environments. 

Protective Services is proudly owned by licensed New Zealand security professionals.


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Protecting people, assets, events and infrastructure in New Zealand since 1987.

Dion Neill is the driving force behind Code 1, The Neill Group and Protective Services.

Founder of Code 1, The Neill Group and Protective Services, Dion Neill is one of New Zealand's most experienced licensed private investigators and security professionals. He has trained extensively with former police officers, qualified detectives, military personnel and government intelligence specialists.

Dion's career began with a period of service in the New Zealand defence forces, followed by training at the Royal New Zealand Police College, where he gained a Certificate in Investigation Skills. Dion has also been certified as a fraud examiner, and achieved a Diploma of Security and Risk Management, along with other internationally recognised credentials in security and risk management.

In 1999, Dion moved on from the emergency services to accept a new challenge as a senior manager with Group 4 Security (known globally as G4S) until the company was acquired by Armourguard. In this role, he was responsible for leading a large security team and managing a number of key national contracts. 

In the late 1980s, Dion was assigned to protect a prominent Wellington business owner from serious threats of violence. This high-risk security assignment was the catalyst for Dion to launch Protective Services to the market and further develop his interest in providing executive security and personal protection. 

A respected pioneer of the New Zealand security industry, Dion was influential in changing the government's licensing and training requirements for private security personnel. He remains a strong advocate for raising the benchmark of service delivery and professional standards within the New Zealand security industry.

You're in very safe hands! Dion and his trusted associates have worked as private security contractors in some of the world’s most volatile regions, including Asia, South Africa and the Middle East. In 1996, Dion personally managed the security for a New Zealand sports team on tour in South Africa.

Dion is a proud recipient of the New Zealand defence forces service medal, St John long service medal and long service award from the Wellington Free Ambulance. Dion has also been recognised for his contribution to the community as a volunteer first responder with the GoodSAM programme.  

Contact Protective Services for any of the following :

  • Event medics
  • Field agents
  • Document servers
  • Covert surveillance
  • Intelligence gathering
  • Security consulting
  • Event security teams
  • Venue security staff
  • Private investigators
  • Repossession agents
  • Security training
  • Uniformed security guards
  • Professional security teams
  • Loss prevention officers (store detectives)
  • Executive protection officers
  • Personal protection officers
  • Risk management services

As you would expect from a trusted New Zealand security company with more than 30 years experience, our security personnel, private investigators and risk management consultants are highly trained professionals. Our pricing structure is extremely competitive and we are available to you with as little as one hour’s notice.

Please don't support industry 'cowboys'. - Ask to see your provider's security or private investigators licence (a certificate of approval is not a licence). If you are in any doubt, contact the Ministry of Justice - Private Security Personnel Licensing Authority (PSPLA) or view the public register online at PSPLA.  

Protective Services Limited are licensed New Zealand security providers (licence number 20-069511).  

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We operate with a strict code of ethics, integrity and professional conduct. 


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