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NZDIA at Pacific 2019 introduces the “Concentrated Lunch” An update on the NZ Defence DCP - Planned investments in Maritime Capability

Tuesday 8 October

This event is open to all PACIFIC 2019 trade visitors, exhibitors and conference delegates however,
registration fees apply. Register here.

E3.9, Level 3 Exhibition, ICC Sydney

The New Zealand Defence Industry Association Inc. (NZDIA) is delighted to be hosting its first event at Pacific 2019. While this is clearly not of the scale of our NZDIA Forum, it will have some of the features this sector has come to welcome and appreciate, and this time held in Australia.

Jon Finderup and Murray Tuffin of the New Zealand Ministry of Defence (MOD) will be our special guest speakers. In June 2019 the Minister Ron Mark and MOD, launched the New Zealand Defence Capability Plan 2019. This DCP is the most exciting we have seen for years, and presents substantial opportunities for industry, both local and global to participate in these projects.

This DCP was launched at a time when the New Zealand Government announced new procurement rules with more focus on involving local businesses, and the Australian Government is continuing to refine its support systems and processes to support SMEs in Australia (and New Zealand).

This lunch event is designed to:

  • Give easy access to meet and hear from the New Zealand maritime decision makers;
  • To provide a different environment within Pacific 2019 for Primes interested in these projects, to meet SMEs from both NZ, Australia and further afield;
  • To provide a place for SMEs to meet each other, for supply chain and business development around these projects; and
  • Provide an opportunity for businesses interested in all the DCP projects to meet the team from NZDIA to explore what we can do to help.

Regardless of how busy your schedule is looking, clear the diary and make this a priority. This concentrated lunch is a one-off unique opportunity for business to hear an up to date briefing on the New Zealand DCP Maritime projects and to meet others looking to be in, or build, supply chains.

After the NZDIA Forum 2018 we funded the planting of 600 native trees in a sensitive ecological area at Linton Army Camp. This time, taking a maritime perspective, we will be making a donation to the NZ No Duff Charity, to support transition services and mentoring for service people leaving the NZ Navy.


Jon Finderup
Director Maritime Domain

Jon Finderup was appointed Director Maritime Domain at the Ministry of Defence in March 2016. Jon brings to the role extensive skills and knowledge in the acquisition and introduction into service of maritime assets. Jon has 30 years experience as a naval officer and weapon engineer and was previously Chair of the Joint Programme Office (Maritime) and New Zealand Defence Force Maritime Regulator. He held the rank of Captain in the Royal New Zealand Navy.

Highlights from Jon’s naval career included appointment as the Flag Lieutenant to the Chief of Naval Staff, Rear Admiral J.E.N. Welch and command of the New Zealand Defence Support Unit South East Asia in Singapore.

From 2008 – 2014 Jon was Project Manager of the project to upgrade the surveillance, combat and self-defence capabilities of the ANZAC frigates. Jon led the New Zealand Defence Force project team from definition of requirements, through development of the Initial and Detailed Business Cases. Jon was then seconded to the Ministry of Defence where he worked to prepare the Request for Tender and co-ordinate subsequent evaluation process culminating in the awarding of contracts in 2014.

Jon brings to the role a focus on using project and programme management tools, analytical tools and operations analysis to deliver robust business cases and well structured projects. Jon is experienced in Better Business Case methodology and has worked with tools including Independent Quality Assurance, Quantitative Risk Analysis, Gateway Reviews, and Multi Criteria Decision Analysis. Jon also has extensive experience working with governance boards and central agencies, and ensuring that policy and operational needs are well integrated in the acquisition process.

Jon brings wide technical knowledge and engineering skills to the role. He has served as a Director of Weapons Engineering for the Royal New Zealand Navy and has extensive knowledge of Command, Control, Communication, Computers, Intelligence, Surveillance and Reconnaissance capabilities. From 1996 – 1998 he worked in the ANZAC Ship Project Joint Project Office in Canberra and then served as the commissioning Weapon Engineer on HMNZS TE MANA spending 18 months within the shipyard undertaking acceptance and introduction into service activities.

Jon has a New Zealand Certificate of Engineering and a Weapon Engineering Qualification from the Royal Naval Engineering College, followed by the award of a Weapon Engineering Charge Qualification from the Royal New Zealand Navy.

Jon is married to Michelle and has three children. As a practical engineer Jon has a comprehensive home workshop and has built a 7m Alloy boat and converted a bus into a motor home, which the family use regularly. Jon is also a competitive yachtsman and not so competitive off-road motorbike enthusiast.

Enquiries enquiries:
Michelle Denholm
Operations & Event Director 
New Zealand Defence Industry Association (NZDIA) 
0421 421 900