Recent Media

Public servants waging war for better pay

Dominion Post | Fri March 13th, 2015

Public servants waging war for better pay - Tens of thousands of public servants, including police officers, are heading into wage negotiations over the next few months. And after a series of recent hefty hikes for MPs, chief executives and district health board bosses, there is no appetite for more belt-tightening.

Officer went into survival mode in pit bull attack

Dominion Post | Tue March 3rd, 2015

Officer went into survival mode in pit bull attack - After an officer was attacked by a dog in Foxton, Police Assn President Greg O’Connor notes that there was no Taser or gun in his car, and that there were not enough Tasers to go round at Foxton station.

Renewed calls for tasers after two police officers attacked

ONE News | Tue March 3rd, 2015

Renewed calls for tasers after two police officers attacked - The Police Association calls for tasers on belts for all officers after two officers were attacked in one day, and commenters on the ONE News Facebook page agree.

Reaction to Privy Council decision on Pora

Radio NZ | Tue March 3rd, 2015

Reaction to Privy Council decision on Pora - The Police Association has said the quashing of Teina Pora's murder conviction had been emotional for those officers involved in the case. The Association called for an inquiry in 2013, after some senior officers expressed doubt about Mr Pora's convictions.

Man charged after cop savaged by pitbull

NZ Herald | Mon March 2nd, 2015

Man charged after cop savaged by pitbull Police Association president Greg O'Connor has said he is concerned by the number of police officers who have been assaulted in recent weeks, after an officer was punched by a man and then mauled by a pitbull dog in Foxton.

Police Assn responds to calls for taser restrictions

TVNZ Breakfast | Thu February 26th, 2015

Police Assn responds to calls for taser restrictionsPolice Association President Greg O'Conner, responds to calls for tighter restrictions on police use of tasers after a man was tasered in front of his family in 2011.

Firearms policy 'poor'

Radio NZ | Wed February 18th, 2015

Firearms policy 'poor' - Police AssociationThe Police Association says a report into the fatal police shooting of a man in Taranaki in 2013 shows police policy around firearms isn't good enough.

Police shot at while chasing suspects

TVNZ | Wed February 18th, 2015

Police shot at while chasing suspects Police in Timaru were shot at as they pursued a vehicle believed to be involved in two aggravated robberies.

The Panel: Police carrying guns

Radio NZ | Sun February 8th, 2015

The Panel: Police carrying gunsA policeman in rural New Zealand admits he routinely breaches regulations by carrying a firearm and will continue to do so. Greg O'Connor of the Police Association joined the Panel to discuss.

Auckland officer attacked in patrol car

NZ Herald | Wed February 4th, 2015

Auckland officer attacked in patrol car The Police Association says serious assaults on officers have increased in recent years, following a recent incident in which a young female officer was repeatedly punched and eye gouged in the back of a patrol car while being driven to the station with an alleged drink-driver. 

MP Sabin to grill cops [Updated]

Stuff.co.nz | Wed January 28th, 2015

MP Sabin to grill cops - Police Assn President Greg O'Connor says Mike Sabin is entitled to natural justice but believes it is unfair the MP and Law & Order Committee chair is not held accountable to the same standards as police staff. UPDATE 30 Jan - Mike Sabin has now resigned from Parliament.

Concern at lack of police firearms training

Radio NZ | Mon January 19th, 2015

Concern at lack of police firearms training - Police Association Vice-President Luke Shadbolt says frontline police officers are worried they’re not receiving enough training with their guns – with their live fire training being replaced with video simulator exercises.

Drunken assault on police in Dunedin

Stuff.co.nz | Sun December 7th, 2014

Drunken assault on police in Dunedin - The Police Association has called for serious assaults against officers to be taken more seriously after a drunken man pushed a female police officer to the ground and repeatedly punched her in the face.

Police open new technology centre

Stuff.co.nz | Sun December 7th, 2014

Police open new technology centrePolice Association president Greg O'Connor says technology provided to New Zealand police is "up with the best".

Police Assn respond to mob attack on officers

TVNZ Breakfast | Sun November 30th, 2014

Police Assn respond to mob attack on officers - Police Association President Greg O’Connor responds to claims that police overreacted when they attended a brawl in Christchurch in which three officers were injured.

Police Assn concerns over extended bar hours

Radio NZ | Thu November 13th, 2014

Police Association concerns over extended bar hours - Police Association President Greg O'Connor expresses concerns over the prospect of longer bar opening hours in Wellington.

Face Value: It’s a fair cop

Sunday Star Times | Thu November 13th, 2014

Face Value: It’s a fair copPolice Association President Greg O'Connor discusses attitudes towards money with the Sunday Star Times.

Police Association calls on Commissioner to routinely arm police

Radio NZ | Thu October 23rd, 2014

Police Association calls on Commissioner to routinely arm police - Police Association conference delegates have voted unanimously for all sworn officers to carry guns and have called on the Police Commissioner to act immediately.

Renewed call to arm all police after shooting

Stuff.co.nz | Tue October 21st, 2014

Renewed call to arm all police after shootingPolice Association President Greg O'Connor has reiterated his call to arm all cops to new Police Minister Michael Woodhouse after a man fired on officers overnight.

Top award for bridge crash hero

Stuff.co.nz | Tue October 21st, 2014

Top award for bridge crash heroThe policeman who dived into freezing waters to save a man from Tauranga Harbour today received Police Association's highest award.

Mike Yardley: Cops need guns

The Press | Mon October 20th, 2014

Mike Yardley: Cops need gunsGreg O'Connor's perspective piece in The Press is a compelling read, writes columnist Mike Yardley.

Greg O’Connor: Police officers need guns on hips

The Press | Thu October 16th, 2014

Greg O’Connor: Police officers need guns on hipsTwo-thirds of New Zealand's frontline police now believe it is time they routinely carried firearms, writes Police Association president Greg O'Connor.

Provinces feeling the police budget pinch

Radio NZ | Wed October 15th, 2014

Provinces feeling the police budget pinch - Shortages among police personnel, especially among back office staff, are becoming increasingly obvious in the provinces due to the frozen police budget, the Police Association says.

Time to get real and arm our police

NZ Herald | Wed October 15th, 2014

Time to get real and arm our police - Greg O’Connor’s op-ed in the NZ Herald puts forward the case for general arming.

Police Assn calls for cops to be armed

Radio NZ | Mon October 13th, 2014

Police Association calls for cops to be armed - Greg O'Connor, President of the Police Association, calls for police to be armed following an incident at Waitakere Hospital.

Association renews calls for guns on hips

RadioLIVE | Sun October 12th, 2014

Association renews calls for guns on hips - After the armed offender incident at Waitakere Hospital, Police Association President Greg O'Connor speaks with Duncan Garner about arming police.

Firearms policy working for frontline police

ONE News | Sun September 28th, 2014

Firearms policy working for frontline policeGreater access to firearms and Tasers may be keeping frontline police safer, according to the Police Association.

Police Association wants party law change

Radio NZ | Fri August 29th, 2014

Police Association wants party law change - The Police Association wants a law change to allow police to shut down out of control parties.

Police Association urges policy crackdown

NZ Herald | Thu August 21st, 2014

Police Association urges policy crackdownIncluded in the proposals listed in the Police Association’s policy document is a sterner stance on defendants' refusals to co-operate with statements and evidence.

Police Association outlines election year wishlist

Stuff.co.nz | Wed August 20th, 2014

Police lobby group outlines its wishlist for the election year and the Police Minster responds - coverage of the Police Association policy document launch by the Dominion Post and Stuff.co.nz.