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Association welcomes IPCA confirmation Ngamotu shooting justified

NZPA | Thu February 19th, 2015

“Confirmation by the Independent Police Conduct Authority that the shooting of Adam Morehu at the Ngamotu Golf Course was justified has been welcomed by the officers involved,” Police Association President Greg O’Connor said today.

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Head Hunters arrests highlight importance of anti-gang policing

NZPA | Tue December 16th, 2014

Multiple arrests of Head Hunters gang members and associates this morning are a reminder that we must be relentless in policing both the methamphetamine trade, and the organised crime groups that run it, Police Association President Greg O’Connor said today.

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Police Association Conference calls on Commissioner to arm Police full time

NZPA | Thu October 23rd, 2014

In the wake of a series of recent armed offender incidents, delegates to the Police Association Annual Conference today called unanimously on the Commissioner to arm Police full time.

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Tauranga Harbour rescue hero honoured with award

NZPA | Tue October 21st, 2014

The outstanding bravery of Senior Constable Deane O’Connor, who leapt from a bridge into the dark of Tauranga harbour to save a crash survivor in August last year, will be honoured today with a New Zealand Police Association Bravery Award.

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"Leading change" – Police Association Conference 22-24 October

NZPA | Mon October 20th, 2014

The Police Association holds its 79th annual conference this week, from Wednesday 22 to Friday 24 October, at the James Cook Grand Chancellor Hotel, The Terrace, Wellington.

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Terrorist threat level up, yet Government won’t arm police

NZPA | Tue October 14th, 2014

The Government’s refusal to arm police means police officers are ill-equipped to defend themselves or others, whether from terrorists or other armed criminals, Police Association President Greg O’Connor said today.

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Waitakere Hospital incident: guns need to be on officers’ hips

NZPA | Mon October 13th, 2014

Yesterday’s armed offender incident at Waitakere Hospital shows that firearms locked in Police vehicles will, sooner or later, prove too far away to save a life, Police Association President Greg O’Connor said today.

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Association welcomes new Police Minister

NZPA | Mon October 6th, 2014

The Police Association today congratulated Hon Michael Woodhouse on his appointment as Minister of Police.

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Crime drop a credit to police

NZPA | Wed October 1st, 2014

Further falls in recorded crime for 2013/2014 are a credit to police across the country, Police Association President Greg O’Connor said today.

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Police Remembrance Day

NZPA | Fri September 26th, 2014

This week, Police staff and others have been wearing the distinctive huia feather-shaped Police Remembrance Pin as they reflect on those who have lost their lives in service to the society they swore to protect.

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Black Fern takes out NZ Police Association Sportsperson of the Year

NZPA | Mon September 22nd, 2014

Constable Selica Winiata has been named the New Zealand Police Association Sportsperson of the Year for 2013.

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Ralph Stewart appointed to Police Association boards

NZPA | Fri September 12th, 2014

Ralph Stewart, a former chief executive of the Accident Compensation Corporation and AXA New Zealand, has been appointed as a new professional director of the Police Welfare Fund and its subsidiaries, Police Association President Greg O’Connor announced today.

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Association welcomes new Chief Executive

NZPA | Tue September 2nd, 2014

The New Zealand Police Association is pleased to announce the appointment of Heather Verry to Chief Executive. Heather picks up the mantle from Chris Pentecost, who recently retired from this position.

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Hamilton incident shows offenders are already armed

NZPA | Mon August 25th, 2014

The shooting of a Police officer as he grappled with an armed offender in Hamilton today further confirms the fact criminals are already armed.

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Greg O’Connor re-elected Chair of ICPRA

NZPA | Mon June 23rd, 2014

New Zealand Police Association President Greg O’Connor has been re-elected Chair of the International Council of Police Representative Associations (ICPRA) at the council’s biennial meeting in Cape Town.

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Policing harder following 2014 Budget

NZPA | Thu May 15th, 2014

Policing will be harder this year than last, following a cut in this year’s Budget, Police Association President Greg O’Connor said today.

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Crime drop a fitting tribute to outgoing Commissioner

NZPA | Tue April 1st, 2014

Further falls in recorded crime for calendar 2013 are a fitting tribute to outgoing Commissioner Peter Marshall, Police Association President Greg O’Connor said today.

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Serious assaults on police

NZPA | Thu March 20th, 2014

A story run in the Dominion Post today on the rise in serious assaults on police officers contained two errors.

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Incident shows offenders are already armed

NZPA | Wed March 12th, 2014

An incident yesterday where off duty Superintendent Sandra Manderson had a firearm presented at her by a jewellery thief further confirms the fact criminals are already armed, Police Association President Greg O’Connor said today.

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Association congratulates new Police Commissioner

NZPA | Tue February 25th, 2014

The Police Association today congratulated Mike Bush on his appointment as Commissioner of New Zealand Police.

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Roadside checks will take more time

NZPA | Wed February 12th, 2014

More detailed roadside vehicle inspections will inevitably take more time, and result in less police time to deal with other road safety and crime matters, Police Association President Greg O’Connor said today.

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Body worn cameras must be properly funded

NZPA | Wed February 12th, 2014

Any trial or introduction of body worn cameras must be accompanied by sufficient funding, Police Association President Greg O’Connor said today.

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Surf rescue heroes honoured with award

NZPA | Wed October 23rd, 2013

The outstanding bravery of two Hawke’s Bay police officers, who saved the life of a boy from treacherous surf at Napier in March this year, were honoured today, as the Police Association presented New Zealand Police Association Bravery Awards to Senior Constable Bryan Farquharson and Constable Paul Bailey.

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Greg O'Connor re-elected as Association President

NZPA | Wed October 23rd, 2013

Delegates at the Police Association’s 78th annual conference have re-elected Greg O’Connor as president for a further three year term.

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Association welcomes Court of Appeal ruling in Red Devils case

NZPA | Tue October 15th, 2013

The Court of Appeal’s decision to overturn a High Court stay of prosecution against 21 Red Devils gang members and associates is the right decision, because it is in the public interest that those accused of serious offences face trial, Police Association President Greg O’Connor said today.

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Tamaki Drive stabbing highlights risks facing police

NZPA | Mon October 7th, 2013

The stabbing of a police officer in Auckland today highlights the risks faced by every police officer even while carrying out routine, every day policing tasks, Police Association President Greg O’Connor said.

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Police Remembrance Day

NZPA | Thu September 26th, 2013

This week, Police staff and others have been wearing the distinctive huia feather-shaped Police Remembrance Pin as they reflect on those who have lost their lives in service to the society they swore to protect.

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Olympic hopeful nets Police Association Sportsperson of Year

NZPA | Fri September 20th, 2013

Olympic hopeful Constable Melissa-Mae Ruru, NZ beach volleyball champ, was awarded NZ Police Association Police Sportsperson of the Year.

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Incidents show offenders are already armed

NZPA | Fri September 20th, 2013

Two more incidents in the last two days where fleeing drivers were found to be armed with handguns highlight the fact criminals are already armed, Police Association President Greg O’Connor said.

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Pora case inquiry warranted

NZPA | Sat August 3rd, 2013

There is sufficient doubt about the soundness of Teina Pora’s conviction for the murder of Susan Burdett to warrant an independent inquiry into the matter...

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