Protective Services (A Division of The Neill Group) provides clients with a level of protection beyond the capability of a security guard. Protective Services operates a nationwide network of highly skilled, trained and experienced licensed security professionals in every district and region of New Zealand, including Auckland, Wellington and Christchurch.

Protective Services utilises the operational experience and unique skill set of security and risk management professionals sourced exclusively from the military, intelligence and law enforcement sectors. As one of New Zealand’s most experienced security providers, Protective Services takes pride in protecting the well being of it’s clients. The protection of people is always our highest priority.  

Whether your security requirement are within Australia, New Zealand or globally, we have the expertise and unique skill set to provide you with a level of security equal to New Zealand’s highly trained military and the police diplomatic protection services. We offer the highest level of security, protection and peace of mind for our clients across a myriad of industry sectors. 

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

From professional security at public events, corporate functions and company meetings to personal protection, specialised security and risk management consulting. Protective Services will provide you with a seamless nationwide security and risk management solution.

Protective Services understands that no two clients are the same so the first thing our operations team creates is a standard operating procedure to meet your security needs.

We create a robust plan that will provide a high-level of protection for to safeguard your assets and people. 

Protective Services was founded on these six important pillars:

  1. Over 3 Decades of Real Experience…
    Protective Services is supported by over three decades of real operational experience. Protective Services is dedicated to protecting people first along with their assets, reputation and information.
  2. Service Focused Security
    Our team is dedicated to retaining your business by going the extra mile and retains close working relationships with all of our clients regardless of size or stature.
  3. Professional Management 
    Our team contributes a wealth of knowledge and a proactive attitude. All security professionals are recruited and trained with experience gained both in New Zealand and internationally.

  4. Service Delivery 
    We work closely with our clients to understand every aspect of their security and risk management requirements. All our security professionals are supported by a positive and engaging team who are guided by standard operating procedures that are devloped uniquely for the particular security assignment.
  5. Efficient Processes 
    Protective Services has invested in efficient processes and procedures to ensure the successful deployment of resources. Protective Services operational and internal processes are robust enough to look after all your needs.
  6. Giving Back
    Protective Services are committed to giving back to our community and paying it forward. As a community minded organisation, we support a number of charities throughout New Zealand.


Protective Services was established by security and private investigation licence holder, Dion Neill who has over three decades of international security, risk management and private investigation experience.

Dion is a former member of the New Zealand emergency services and New Zealand defence forces. Dion is a community based first responder and licensed by the Ministry of Justice (PSPLA) as a private investigator, security specialist and risk management consultant.

Protective Services only deploys the highest calibre security and risk management professionals to provide an exceptional level of private security, risk management and personal protection.

Dion commenced his career in the New Zealand private security and investigation industry in 1987. 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 throughout New Zealand and worldwide.

In the late 1990’s, Dion carried out personal protection for international celebrities, corporate executives, high profile individuals and major sports teams including a major New Zealand sports team playing at the world games in Durban, South Africa.

Dion featured in the popular television series, ‘Private Investigators’ and in 2009, Dion 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 currently licensed by the Department of Justice – Private Security Personnel Licensing Authority 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 agents and associates (contractors) for private investigation, security and repossession assignments who hold a current certificate of approval or licence issued by the Department of Justice – 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.

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 security and risk management 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, travel security escorts and qualified medics for events.

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.