Protective Services provides clients with a level of security and personal protection beyond the capability of a security guard. Protective Services are based in Wellington with a nationwide network of highly experienced, uniquely skilled and licensed security professionals throughout New Zealand, including Auckland 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 to provide a level of security beyond the capability of a typical security guard.

As one of New Zealand’s most experienced private security providers, Protective Services takes pride in protecting the well being of it’s clients and their assets. Above all, security is a people business, its a philosophy evidenced in every division of both Protective Services and The Neill Group.

We offer the highest level of security, protection and peace of mind for our clients across a myriad of industries and complex business scenarios. It all comes down to experience and knowledge. 

Our strength is our experienced team of security risk management consultants and agents primarily consisting of former police officers, security management professionals and military personnel (including specialist units).

The proficiency of our people means we can confidently provide a fully comprehensive range of specialised security requirements, catering for every situation from individual personal security to the management of high-profile events and private functions.

Protective Services are committed to:

  • Providing highly professional security, personal protection and risk management services
  • Deploying astute, skilled and experienced licensed security professionals of the highest caliber
  • Ensuring client confidentiality is respected and maintained at all times
  • Managing a continual review of standard operating procedures and processes

Complying with all relevant legislation, including the Private Security Personnel and Private Investigators Act


Protective Services was founded by licence holder, Dion Neill who is a highly qualified risk management consultant, security specialist and close protection professional with over 30 years of operational experience.

Dion uses only highly skilled and experienced security professionals to provide you with an extensive range of personal protection and security options. The security industry is vast; but only true and qualified professionals are capable and can take responsibility for the protection of a person, their family, their business, their travel and their assets.

Dion Neill commenced his career in the New Zealand private security and investigation industry in 1987. Dion was one of the original directors of Wellington Investigations and spent over two decades contracting to New Zealand and international security and private investigation companies.

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 personal protection and private security to celebrities, corporate executives, high profile individuals and sports teams including the personal security for a New Zealand sports team attending 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 agents are not only our ambassadors but yours too. Since they play such a pivotal part of our business we take special care to recruit the very best people. They provide the image and possess the abilities we require to deliver the best service in our field.

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.


This is core to ensuring our team is maintaining high levels of personal fitness and current personal protection techniques.

Deployment Briefing 

This document covers all relevant policies, procedures and relevant safety issues and is a combination of both the written and verbal expectations of our client. It also contains internal information specific to each agent. They are required to read and acknowledge they understand the brief thoroughly prior to the commencement of any assignment.

Regular Meetings

We meet regularly with clients to ensure all aspects of our operation are exceeding their expectations.

Rigorous Recruitment & Induction

This is an extremely important part of business and one which we take very seriously.


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 licensed as a private investigator, security consultant, repossession agent, personal guard, property guard, crowd controller and confidential document destruction agent.

The Neill Group only engages contractors (agents and associates) 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 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 detectives and military specialists.

As a member of these respected professional associations, Dion receives immediate advice and assistance to support international process serving, investigation and security related assignments.

International Alliances 

Dion Neill is the New Zealand agent for Clearwater Projects (UK) and the Anvil Group (USA).

Our Services 

Private Security, Personal Protection & Risk Management – Contact us to discuss your security requirements anywhere in New Zealand or worldwide, our range of security, personal protection and risk management services are extensive, including, but not limited to: event security personnel, security trained drivers, security escort, personal protection officers (internationally experienced and trained “bodyguards”), risk management consultants, covert security teams, travel security escorts and high-level security specialists.

Contact us for further information on our extensive range of security, personal protection and risk management services.

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 area, 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.