GCSB, NZSIS want 'everyday people' to work in intelligence

GCSB, NZSIS want 'everyday people' to work in intelligence
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New Zealand's intelligence agencies have launched a recruitment campaign to get "everyday people" to join their ranks.

The New Zealand Security Intelligence Service (NZSIS) and the Government Communications Security Bureau's (GCSB) Beyond Ordinary video campaign features a "James Bond-style agent" who wants to become a spy.

He meets with a person working in intelligence named Andrea, who he calls a spy.

"I'm not a spy, I'm in HR," she responds, to which the man gives a confused look.

The wannabe spy also visits an intelligence office where he meets a variety of people who work in a range of roles.

NZSIS Director-General Rebecca Kitteridge said the video trades on spy-related gags to help break down common stereotypes and misconceptions the public may have about working for intelligence agencies, particularly the people who work for them.

"Our mission is to keep New Zealand safe but we don't employ James Bond to do this - we have all kinds of everyday people who do a beyond ordinary job," she said.

The agencies are trying to "bust some myths" about working in intelligence to encourage a range of people to apply.

"They're not all 'spies' either - we recruit for a wide range of roles including analysts, technologists, support functions and corporate positions."

GCSB Director-General Andrew Hampton said the intelligence agencies are looking for people with diverse backgrounds and technical expertise.

"The video has some fun but the message is simple - if you want to make a difference then check out our 'Beyond Ordinary' website for the opportunities we offer."

The campaign also includes a Facebook page, marking the first time a New Zealand intelligence agency has had a social media presence.

Around 170 positions will become available across the agencies in the current financial year.