Recent Media

Fatal police shooting in Hamilton

Paul Henry Show | Wed July 13th, 2016

Fatal police shooting in HamiltonPolice Association President Greg O'Connor talks to Mark Sainsbury on the shooting in Frankton, Hamilton overnight.

'The bottom line is, we've got a major organised crime problem' – Police Assn

TVNZ Breakfast | Wed July 13th, 2016

'The bottom line is, we've got a major organised crime problem' – Police Assn - The Police Association President Greg O'Connor gives a very blunt assessment of the crime landscape following the fatal police shooting in Hamilton. Full Breakfast clip on demand - Greg appears at 20:35.

Firearms review likely to lead to law changes

Radio NZ | Sun July 10th, 2016

Firearms review likely to lead to law changes - The Police Association believes both the Parliamentary inquiry and the police internal review will find more funding is needed to administer and monitor firearm use.

Auckland's police force needs a boost

Newshub | Sun July 10th, 2016

Auckland's police force needs a boost - The Police Association says there's understaffing everywhere, but in Auckland, response police - those who attend callouts - are frustrated they're not giving the public the service they need.

Police covering airport security roles a ludicrous idea, Police Association says

ONE News | Tue July 5th, 2016

Police covering airport security roles a ludicrous idea, Police Association says - The Police Association is pouring cold water on a plan to use police officers to man airport security in a bid to reduce disruptions for travellers from planned strike action by security staff.

Officers entitled to use force when necessary, says Police Association

Stuff.co.nz | Sun July 3rd, 2016

Officers entitled to use force when necessary, says Police AssociationPolice officers are entitled, and will continue, to use force when it is deemed necessary, the president of the Police Association has said.

Drug testing commitment for Kiwi cops hasn't been met

ONE News | Fri July 1st, 2016

Drug testing commitment for Kiwi cops hasn't been met - Police Association President Greg O'Connor says a police drug and alcohol testing policy would ensure consistency and fairness.

Police looking to protect themselves from people spitting at them

Paul Henry Show | Fri June 24th, 2016

Police looking to protect themselves from people spitting at themPaul Henry talks with Police Association President Greg O'Connor on 'spitting hoods' that Police use on offenders, after an increase of people spitting towards the Police in the last year.

Massive meth haul 'evidence of the extent of organised crime in NZ'

ONE News | Tue June 14th, 2016

Massive meth haul 'evidence of the extent of organised crime in NZ' - Police Association President Greg O'Connor commented on the fact that P and organised crime go hand in hand after a huge meth bust in Northland.

Police Association: We're going to get more and more of these types of incidents

Newstalk ZB | Sat June 11th, 2016

Police Association: We're going to get more and more of these types of incidents - President Greg O'Connor spoke to Larry Williams about the Paeroa police shooting.

More than 100 officers spat on over past two years, figures show

Dominion Post | Thu June 9th, 2016

More than 100 officers spat on over past two years, figures show - Police Association President Greg O'Connor says those responsible for spitting on officers are getting off lightly.

AOS shake-up could be difference 'between life and death', say critics

Dominion Post | Fri June 3rd, 2016

AOS shake-up could be difference 'between life and death', say critics - Police Association President Greg O'Connor has voiced concerns about a plan to relocate Napier's Armed Offenders Squad base to Hastings.

Disturbed nights for police officers who attended shooting of two-year-old girl

TVNZ Breakfast | Fri June 3rd, 2016

Disturbed nights for police officers who attended shooting of two-year-old girl - Police Assn President Greg O'Connor commented in this tragic incident in Mangere, reiterating the Association's concerns about the plethora of firearms in the hands of people who should never have them.

Police wages fund topped up but no money for new recruitment

Dominion Post | Fri May 27th, 2016

Police wages fund topped up but no money for new recruitment - Police Assn President Greg O'Connor has labelled the 2016 Budget "status quo," saying the Association was nonetheless pleased to see police could stop raiding their crime-fighting budget to pay officers and absorb inflation.

Trauma takes toll on Bay officers

Bay of Plenty Times | Thu May 19th, 2016

Trauma takes toll on Bay officersA total of 112 police officers have sought counselling for work related issues in the Western Bay of Plenty over the past three years. As Police Association Region 3 Director Scott Thompson said, "We deal with the worst of the worst and the most horrific things."

Cop attacked at front counter of Hamilton police station

Stuff.co.nz | Tue May 10th, 2016

Cop attacked at front counter of Hamilton police station - Police Association Vice-President Craig Tickelpenny​ has said the issue of public area safety at police stations had been a focus of the Association for some time, after the assault of an officer at Hamilton Central station.

Not illegal for gangs to get gun licence

NZ Herald | Wed April 27th, 2016

Not illegal for gangs to get gun licenceBeing a gang member is not enough to stop someone getting a gun licence in New Zealand under current law.

Hundreds farewell cherished Ngaruawahia community constable

Stuff.co.nz | Wed March 16th, 2016

Hundreds farewell cherished Ngaruawahia community constable Police Association President Greg O'Connor attended the funeral for Ngaruawahia community constable Norm McIntosh, saying that he represented all that's good about New Zealand policing.

Gun inquiry will shock - Police Assn

Radio NZ Morning Report | Wed March 16th, 2016

Gun inquiry will shock - Police AssnThere is a "major problem" with illegal gun possession in New Zealand, says the Police Association. The Association is backing a select committee inquiry into how criminals access firearms.

Police are dealing with more guns in the hands of criminals

Paul Henry Show | Thu March 10th, 2016

Police are dealing with more guns in the hands of criminalsCalls for police to be armed have been reignited after four police were shot in the Bay of Plenty. The Police Association’s president Greg O’Connor joined Paul Henry to discuss it.

Kawerau siege: Is it time to look at our gun laws?

Stuff.co.nz | Thu March 10th, 2016

Kawerau siege: Is it time to look at our gun laws? - The alleged shooting of four police officers has raised the issue of whether cops need better access to firearms, as well as questions about New Zealand's gun culture. Can anything be done to stop similar situations? 

'The question is why there are so many firearms out there' - Police Assn

TVNZ Breakfast | Wed March 9th, 2016

'The question is why there are so many firearms out there' - Police AssnGreg O'Connor raises the issue of firearms on the back of the armed siege in the Bay of Plenty.

More armed offenders in New Zealand - Police Assn

Stuff.co.nz | Tue March 8th, 2016

More armed offenders in New Zealand - Police AssnAn incident where four police officers were shot in Bay of Plenty will not come as a surprise to frontline officers, Police Association president Greg O'Connor said.

Police should have been given more notice of concert

Paul Henry Show | Sun March 6th, 2016

Police should have been given more notice of concertPolice Association president Greg O’Connor joined Paul Henry to discuss how police handled the situation after a balcony collapsed during a concert in Dunedin.

Police tried to clear balconies - Police Assn

Radio NZ | Sun March 6th, 2016

Police tried to clear balconies - Police Assn - Police Association president Greg O'Connor said officers told him they and Otago University Campus Watch staff tried to warn students not to overload balconies before one collapsed during a concert.

Face Value: Money entrepreneur Ralph Stewart's credit warning

Sunday Star Times | Sat February 27th, 2016

Face Value: Money entrepreneur Ralph Stewart's credit warning - This is a recent article about Ralph Stewart; the Professional Director on the Police Association and Welfare Board, and also Chairman of the Heath Plan.  As you will see, Ralph is a very astute businessman, and we are fortunate to have his services.

Greg O'Connor: Guns and Gangs

Newstalk ZB | Mon February 8th, 2016

Greg O'Connor: Guns and Gangs (audio) - President of the Police Association Greg O'Connor joins Mike Hosking on the Mike Hosking Breakfast to discuss the gang related rationale as to why the Police are seeking greater gun control powers. 

Greg O'Connor: TPP, Pursuits and Firearms

Newstalk ZB | Wed February 3rd, 2016

Greg O'Connor: TPP, Pursuits and FirearmsPolice Association President Greg O'Connor talks to Tim Fookes about the police approach to TPP protests, the recent fatal pursuit in Masterton, and his call for a gun inquiry.

Police concerned about increasingly armed crims

Newstalk ZB | Tue February 2nd, 2016

Police concerned about increasingly armed crimsThe Police Assocation is calling for a Government inquiry into why criminals are so heavily armed in New Zealand.

Shots fired at police during chase in South Auckland

Stuff.co.nz | Tue February 2nd, 2016

Shots fired at police during chase in South AucklandPolice are on the hunt for the people who shot at officers during a chase in south Auckland, putting bullets into a patrol car.