Media Releases

Police Association media releases are posted below soon after being issued.

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Scrapping New Zealand’s Vehicle Safety Officers dangerous and short-sighted

NZPA | Thu March 23rd, 2017

The Police Association is deeply concerned that the jobs of the country’s 26 Vehicle Safety Officers (VSOs) are to be axed at a time when New Zealand’s road toll is unacceptably high, and climbing.

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Police Association urges caution over publication of Taser camera footage

NZPA | Thu March 9th, 2017

The Police Association has appealed to media outlets to show judgement and fairness if they publish Taser camera footage from a recent trial of four Hawkes Bay police officers. 

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Police Association questions shooting club ban

NZPA | Tue March 7th, 2017

The Police Association is alarmed that a Wairarapa shooting club has banned police from using its firearms training facility in a bid to force Police National Headquarters to change its attitude on certain gun policies and procedures.

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Police Association welcomes commitment to policing

NZPA | Thu February 2nd, 2017

New Zealand Police Association President Chris Cahill says the Government’s announcement of 1125 new police will make a real difference to the fight against crime in this country.

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Resourcing critical to changes in Youth Justice age

NZPA | Wed December 7th, 2016

The New Zealand Police Association says it is vital that the Government adequately resource its decision to extend the youth justice system to include lower-risk 17-year-old offenders.

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Police Association welcomes new President Chris Cahill

NZPA | Wed October 12th, 2016

The Police Association’s 81st Annual Conference has elected Chris Cahill as President for a three-year term.

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Fallen colleagues remembered on Police Remembrance Day

NZPA | Thu September 29th, 2016

“Whatever else we do in Police, this day is the one that reminds us that being a police officer is different,” Police Association President Greg O’Connor said after attending the national Police Remembrance Day service today. 

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Rise in child abuse investigations reflects pressure – Police Assn

NZPA | Thu September 8th, 2016

“Child abuse investigation has been a very heavily audited and scrutinised area of policing since the IPCA inquiry in 2007,” Police Association President Greg O’Connor said today.

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Burglary tells the real story of crime – Police Assn

NZPA | Wed August 31st, 2016

“While many offence types can fluctuate, burglary figures tend to be a very good litmus test of how much criminal activity is taking place in the community,” Police Association President Greg O’Connor said today.

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Response to NZ Herald column on police pursuits

NZPA - Greg O'Connor | Thu August 11th, 2016

Greg O'Connor responds to a column by Brian Rudman in the NZ Herald on police pursuits.

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Police officers see relief in sight – Police Association

NZPA | Tue August 9th, 2016

“Frontline police officers around New Zealand will be watching the current political discussion around police numbers with a great sense of relief that their plight has been acknowledged”, Police Association President Greg O’Connor said today.

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Another Kaitaia homicide will further stretch staff

NZPA | Fri August 5th, 2016

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Focus on the "why" for shootings

NZPA | Fri July 15th, 2016

"It's important to address the reasons why two men acted in such an irrational, dangerous and threatening manner that on two occasions in the past week police were forced to use lethal force to protect themselves and others," Police Association President Greg O'Connor said today.

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Association warns against using police as strike-breakers

NZPA | Wed July 6th, 2016

“The Association believes that it is a very bad precedent to use police officers as strike-breakers,” Police Association President Greg O’Connor said today.

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Champion Surf Skier first back-to-back winner of Sportsperson of the Year Award

NZPA | Mon July 4th, 2016

Constable Rachel Clarke, an endurance competitor in the international surf ski world, is the first back-to-back winner of the NZ Police Association’s Sportsperson of the Year Award.

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Police Association supports undercover technique

NZPA | Wed June 22nd, 2016

“The fact that the bodies of two homicide victims were recovered and their killer was convicted is vindication of the innovative and legal method used by police to obtain a confession from the offender,” Police Association President Greg O’Connor said today.

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Association supports Pora compensation

NZPA | Wed June 15th, 2016

The Police Association fully endorses the decision to compensate Teina Pora for wrongful imprisonment. 

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P bust evidence of extent of problem

NZPA | Tue June 14th, 2016

“Northland police and public are to be congratulated for their excellent work in preventing 448 kilograms of P from reaching the market,” Police Association President Greg O’Connor said today.

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Association supports officers involved in Paeroa shooting

NZPA | Fri June 10th, 2016

“The Police Association is fully supporting the officers involved in today’s fatal shooting in Paeroa after a man attacked police with a machete,” Police Association President Greg O’Connor said today.

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Firearms related offences against police officers

NZPA | Thu June 2nd, 2016

Recently released Police numbers on officers threatened with a firearm at odds with Association member survey results.

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Police Association: Status quo budget for police

NZPA | Thu May 26th, 2016

“The 2016/17 budget is an acknowledgment that the police operational budget cannot continue to absorb inflation costs as well as natural wage increases,” Police Association President Greg O’Connor said today.

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Hamilton incident highlights need for careful design to keep staff safe in stations

NZPA | Tue May 10th, 2016

“Every police member will feel for the seriously assaulted officer and his family after the incident at Hamilton Central Station on Sunday; police station public area safety has been a key focus for the Association for some time,” Police Association Vice-President Craig Tickelpenny said today.

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Drug law investigation needed

Thu March 31st, 2016

Police Association President Greg O’Connor has been quoted in various publications today as advocating for the liberalisation of cannabis laws. That is not correct.

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Association pleased officers’ concerns recognised by firearms inquiry

NZPA | Wed March 16th, 2016

“The Police Association welcomes the decision by the Law and Order Select Committee to inquire into why criminals are accessing firearms so easily,” Police Association President Greg O’Connor said today.

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Association welcomes calls for firearms inquiry

NZPA | Fri March 11th, 2016

“If any good can be said to have come from the Kawerau shooting of four police officers, it is that the public of New Zealand and, more importantly, the politicians are becoming aware of the extent of the firearms situation in our country,” Police Association President Greg O’Connor said today.

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Focus on gangs is timely

NZPA | Wed March 2nd, 2016

“This week’s announcement and subsequent publicity around establishing a co-ordinated gang intelligence centre ensures that criminal gangs and their activities remain topical,” Police Association President Greg O’Connor said today.

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Why are criminals so heavily armed?

NZPA | Wed February 3rd, 2016

“While it is tempting to focus solely on the safety implications for police officers and the public following instances of criminals using firearms against Police, it is important to broaden the discussion to why so many criminals are now armed, and why firearms are so prevalent among those who should never have them,” Police Association President Greg O’Connor said today.

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Lessons in Wishart retraction

NZPA | Fri January 29th, 2016

“The essence of detective work is to never allow the evidence to fit the theory of what occurred. Every new piece of evidence should be interrogated and its impact on the reconstruction of the crime evaluated,” Police Association President Greg O’Connor said today. 

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Police Association welcomes Collins appointment

NZPA | Tue December 8th, 2015

Police officers will be welcoming the news that Judith Collins will return as Police Minister, Police Association President Greg O’Connor said today.

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Two Police Officers Honoured with Bravery Awards

NZPA | Wed October 21st, 2015

The outstanding bravery of Senior Constable Adrian Oldham and Constable Ben Turner will be honoured today with a New Zealand Police Association Bravery Award.

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