Protective Services provides commercial, government and private clients with a level of security and personal protection beyond the capability of a typical New Zealand security guard. Protective Services operates an extensive nationwide network of highly trained and licensed security professionals in every region of New Zealand, including Auckland, Wellington and Christchurch.

Protective Services utilises the operational experience and unique skill set of security professionals sourced exclusively from the law enforcement, military and intelligence sectors. As one of New Zealand’s most experienced specialised security providers, Protective Services takes pride in protecting the well being of it’s clients. 

We offer the highest level of security, protection and peace of mind for our clients across a myriad of industry sectors. Our strength is our experienced team of security and risk management professionals consisting of former police officers and military personnel (including specialist units).

We confidently provide a fully comprehensive range of specialised security services, catering for every situation from private security to the risk management of public events and private functions.

Protective Services are committed to:

  • Providing highly professional specialised security, personal protection and associated risk management services
  • Deploying astute, highly skilled and internationally experienced licensed security professionals of the highest caliber
  • Managing a continual review of standard operating procedures and processes based on internationally recognised best practice

Protective Services complies with all relevant legislation, including the New Zealand Private Security Personnel and Private Investigators Act.


Protective Services was established by private security licence holder, Dion Neill who has over three decades of security operational experience. Dion is a former member of the New Zealand emergency services and defence forces, he is a community based first responder, licensed private investigator, security specialist and risk management professional.

Dion only deploys the highest calibre security and risk management professionals to provide an exceptional level of private security and personal protection. The security industry is vast; but only qualified and highly skilled security professionals are capable to take responsibility for the personal protection of a person, their family and their assets.

Dion commenced his career in the New Zealand private security and investigation industry in 1986. Dion was one of the original directors of Wellington Investigations Limited and has spent over three decades contracting to a number of security and private investigation company’s.

In the 1980’s, Dion was a member of a team employed to investigate a major organised theft syndicate operating within a national business over many years. As a result of Dion’s evidence, several offenders were convicted in the High Court of New Zealand (Dion survived cross examination by the late Mike Bungay QC).

Dion was one of the first licensed private investigators in New Zealand to carry out investigation assignments for the Accident Compensation Corporation (ACC), New Zealand’s government operated accident and injury insurance agency.

Dion has personally carried out close personal protection and private security to international celebrities, corporate executives, high profile individuals and major sports teams including the security management of a New Zealand sports team playing at a major event in South Africa.

Dion featured in the popular television series, ‘Private Investigators’ and was interviewed on the Television New Zealand Breakfast Show programme regarding protecting high-profile people in New Zealand.


Our people are not only our ambassadors but yours too. Since they play such a pivotal part of our business we take special care to recruit and deploy the very best people who provide the image and abilities that we require to deliver the best security service to our clients.

Quality Assurance 

Obtaining new business can be straightforward; the secret is maintaining it to the standard’s expected by our clients. This requires us to have stringent quality control processes in place.


Our agents must sign a confidentiality agreement prior to deployment on any assignment. Trust is an important element of our relationships therefore our people understand the seriousness of breaching this agreement.

Government Licensing

The Neill Group and Protective Services are the trading names of Dion Neill. Dion is certified and licensed as a private investigator, security consultant, repossession agent, personal security guard, property security guard, crowd controller and confidential document destruction agent.

The Neill Group only engages contractors for private investigation, security and repossession assignments who hold a current licence issued by the Private Security Personnel Licensing Authority to ensure compliance with the Private Security Personnel and Private Investigators Act 2010.

Professional Memberships

Dion Neill is a current member of:

  • World Association of Detectives
  • The Security Institute of New Zealand
  • New Zealand Institute of Professional Investigators (Foundation Member)

Dion has formed strategic alliances and collaborative partnerships with the best licensed private investigators and security specialists operating in New Zealand and worldwide.

A number of our New Zealand associates and international alliance partners are former members of the law enforcement, defence forces and intelligence community, including highly experienced former detectives and military specialists.

As a member of these respected professional associations, Dion receives immediate advice and assistance to support international legal process serving, private investigations, private security and risk management assignments.

Our Services 

Protective Services are the New Zealand leaders in high-level private security, close personal protection and risk management services. Please contact us in confidence to discuss your security requirements anywhere in New Zealand or worldwide.

Our range of services are extensive, including, but not limited to: licensed personal security guards, nationwide event security personnel, security trained drivers, personal security escorts, personal protection officers (bodyguards), risk management consultants, covert security teams and travel security escorts.

New Zealand & Worldwide 

The Neill Group and Protective Services are based in Wellington with a strategic nationwide network of private investigators, security specialists, field agents, repossession agents and legal process servers (document servers) in every district and region of New Zealand, including:

Northland, Whangarei, Auckland, Wellsford, Warkworth, Orewa, Albany, Takapuna, Mangere, Manurewa, Pukekohe, Coromandel Peninsular, Thames, Waihi, Whangamata, Whitianga, Waikato, Hamilton, Te Awamutu, Cambridge, Huntly, Morrinsville, Matamata, Putaruru, Tokoroa, Otorohanga, King Country, Taumarunui, Te Kuiti, Waitomo, Bay of Plenty, Tauranga, Te Puke, Whakatane, Kawerau, Opotiki, Rotorua, Taupo, Turangi, Murupara, East Cape, Gisborne, Tolaga Bay, Tokomaru Bay, Ruatoria, Te Kaha, Taranaki, Wanganui, New Plymouth, Stratford, Hawera, Waitara, Inglewood, Manawatu, National Park, Waiouru, Taihape, Palmerston North, Marton, Bulls, Feilding, Ashhurst, Foxton, Horowhenua, Levin, Otaki, Kapiti, Waikanae, Paraparaumu, Paekakariki, Wellington, Plimmerton, Porirua, Tawa, Johnsonville, Upper Hutt, Lower Hutt, Wainuiomata, Hawkes Bay, Wairoa, Napier, Hastings, Havelock, Waipukurau, Dannevirke, Wairarapa: Featherston, Pahiatua, Masterton, Carterton, Greytown, Tasman, Nelson, Blenheim, Picton, Motueka, West Coast, Westport, Greymouth, Hokitika, Wanaka, Queenstown, Twizel, Alexander, Te Anau, Canterbury, Christchurch, Kaikoura, Ashburton, Southland, Timaru, Oamaru, Dunedin, Invercargill, Balclutha, Mossburn, Gore.