Start your career with the Firearms Regulator today

Haere mai, come and join a team who are passionate about transforming arms safety and control in Aotearoa.

The establishment of a firearms regulator is just one of the changes made by New Zealand Police following the Royal Commission of Inquiry into the terrorist attack on Christchurch masjidain.

The unit is responsible for implementing changes to the Arms Act and those resulting from the Arms Legislation Act 2020.

Our goals reflect the core purpose of the Arms Act which is to:

  • promote the safer possession and use of firearms
  • control the possession and use of firearms across their lifecycles.

We need good people to help us as we fully transition into an Arms Regulator by mid-2023.

We also need to meet an increased demand for firearms licence renewals.

About us

Our why?

As New Zealand’s new firearms regulatory authority, we have a strong remit and responsibility for making New Zealand a safer place through effective firearms regulation and oversight. Our aspiration is to be a world leader in firearms regulatory services which means we need to maintain the balance of keeping our communities safe from firearms related harm, while still enabling the safe and legitimate use of firearms in our communities. This is an exciting time to be part of our growing organisation as we build New Zealand’s first firearms regulatory authority together.

Our purpose

Our purpose is to effectively regulate the legitimate possession and use of firearms to keep all communities safe.

We enable and promote safety and compliance. We engage, educate, encourage and enable people to comply and enforce compliance when necessary.

We earn trust and confidence by working together, in partnership with other Policing groups, the firearms community, wider public and other agencies and organisations to achieve collective impact.

We have centres in 12 districts across Aotearoa and a compliance centre based in Kāpiti where some national service functions are based.

Our values

Everything we do is about ensuring people are safe and feel safe. To enable us to deliver on this commitment we are guided by our core values.

These values inform the way we work, operate, and make decisions. Our values reflect what is important to us and the communities we serve.

The values we aspire to are Professionalism, Respect, Integrity, Commitment to Māori and the Treaty, Empathy and Valuing Diversity.

Our culture

Our culture is key to our success. We are committed to excellent service that is safety focused, forward thinking and responsive.

Our people are high performing, valued and trusted professionals. Our culture is diverse and inclusive, compassionate, and reflective.

If you like working in a great team environment and want to keep making it a great place to work, this is the right place for you.


We recognise the value that different perspectives and experiences bring to the workplace. We need people with a wide range of skills and from various backgrounds so we can serve the needs of New Zealand communities now and in the future.

We are grounded in the principles of Te Tiriti and te ao Māori to support better outcomes for Māori and all our communities.

Core to this is the value we place on:

  • Manaakitanga - relationships,
  • Whakapono – integrity, and
  • Whanaungatanga – caring for our people.

We encourage applications from anyone who’s got what it takes, regardless of your gender, ethnicity, culture, sexuality, or faith. We’re also very interested in applicants who understand different languages and cultures.

Before you apply, see if our Values (PDF 2.13MB) resonate with you.

Get Involved

Make Aotearoa a safer place by helping to process firearms applications.

If you’re keen to be part of an organisation whose purpose you can get behind and you want to make a difference by improving community safety then come join us and play a part in making Aotearoa safer by ensuring that only those who are fit and proper receive and maintain a firearms licence.

We want your customer-facing experience, your problem solving and communication skills, attention to detail and professionalism.

If you are flexible, innovative, fresh-thinking, good at building and maintaining relationships, upbeat and progressive, come and join our team. Come and help make Aotearoa a safer place.

There are a range of fixed term roles available.

Arms Supervisor


Managing a firearms licensing team for a district, you will oversee workflow management ensuring effective NIA (National Intelligence Application) case management practices, including tasking and coordination.

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Arms Officer

Arms officer

We’re looking for people with the ability to develop a sound knowledge and understanding of the Arms Act.

As an Arms Officer you’ll provide Arms Act and Arms Regulation compliance best practice advice and guidance to members of the firearms community.

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Arms Vetter

Arms vetter

As an Arms Vetter you will interview firearms licence applicants and other persons to determine their suitability to be issued a New Zealand Firearms Licence.

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Arms Administrator


This role is responsible for processing a variety of firearms related applications, entering and maintaining information into the national database and other systems, and contributing to high quality administration of the Arms Act and Regulations.

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I don’t know anything about firearms, can I still apply?

Many of our applicants won’t have any experience working with or handling firearms.

It’s not an entry requirement for the majority of our roles. You’ll learn a lot in your time with us - it is an exciting time to join the team as we stablish a dedicated firearms regulator responsible for overseeing safe and lawful firearms ownership.

I don’t live in Auckland, Wellington, or Christchurch; do you have positions in other regions?

Yes. We want applications from right across the country.

How will my gender, ethnicity, sexual orientation, or religious beliefs affect my application?

We value diversity.

Different cultures, backgrounds and ideas help make New Zealand Police what it is. We’re interested in you and what you can bring to New Zealand Police.

I’ve only just returned to New Zealand; do I need to provide an overseas clearance?

Yes. You will need to provide a Police clearance for any other country you've worked or lived in for three consecutive months or more, since the age of 17.

This includes living or working in Australia for three months or more.

I can speak a second language; will it help me in my application?

Knowing another language could make your application stronger, but it’s really important that you can speak, read, write, and listen in English.

Can I apply if I’m on a work visa?

All applicants must be either a New Zealand or Australian Citizen or have New Zealand Permanent Residency in order to apply.

We suggest you visit the NZ Immigration website if you wish to know more about obtaining New Zealand permanent residency.

How does the Clean Slate Act apply to me and my partner or to my family?

The Clean Slate Act 2004 doesn’t apply to Police applicants. Your partner and your family will also be vetted under the Clean Slate Act.

Can I still apply if I have traffic offences?

If you have traffic infringements or written traffic warnings your application may still be considered.

Consideration is also given to the type of offence; how many you have and how long ago they took place.

What happens if I have a criminal conviction, can I still apply?

People with serious proven convictions relating to specific drugs, dishonesty, violence, and sexual crimes, or multiple drink-driving convictions cannot work for New Zealand Police.

Let our recruitment team know about any previous criminal convictions including warnings, court appearances, or diversions as soon as you apply.

People with less serious or one-off historic convictions are considered on a case-by-case basis.

Background checks are part of the selection process, and every applicant is assessed on their own merit. Some proven charges and offences concerning your family or friends may have an impact on your application.

The best way to check and find out is to apply and get the process underway.