Media Releases

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NZ Police Association urges New Zealanders to wake up to our country's gun problem

NZPA | Wed August 23rd, 2017

The Police Association is calling on New Zealanders and their politicians to wake up to the consequences of the proliferation of illegal firearms throughout the country.

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Police Association urges politicians to rethink online firearms sales

NZPA | Mon July 31st, 2017

Police Association President Chris Cahill says last week’s tragic shootings in Northland should serve as an opportune time for politicians to take another look at the recommendations from the Law and Order Select Committee Inquiry into the Illegal Possession of Firearms in New Zealand.

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Police Association condemns horrific attack on Rotorua officer

NZPA | Fri July 21st, 2017

Police Association President Chris Cahill has expressed concern for the police officer who was seriously assaulted while on duty overnight in Rotorua. 

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World-class Black Fern captain takes out NZ Police Association Sportsperson of the Year

NZPA | Mon July 3rd, 2017

Detective Constable Fiao’o Fa’amausili, captain of the world-class Black Ferns and regarded as one of the world’s leading hookers in women’s rugby, is the NZ Police Association Sportsperson of the Year for 2016.

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Police Association launches 2017 election year policy document: Towards a Safer New Zealand

NZPA | Thu June 22nd, 2017

The proliferation of illegal firearms in New Zealand has provided a sobering backdrop for today’s launch of the Police Association’s 2017 election year policy document.

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Police Association astounded at Government rejection of firearms controls

NZPA | Wed June 14th, 2017

New Zealand Police Association says the Minister of Police has ignored the risk of increased firearms threats to the public, making the jobs of front line officers more difficult and definitely more dangerous.

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Budget 2017: Continued commitment to law and order welcomed

NZPA | Thu May 25th, 2017

The Government has today confirmed its commitment to increase the number of police by 880 and the number of non-sworn Police employees by 245, over the next four years.

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Police Association welcomes new focus on illegal firearms in New Zealand

NZPA | Fri April 7th, 2017

The New Zealand Police Association says Parliament’s Law and Order Select Committee is clearly serious about dealing with the illegal possession of firearms in New Zealand.

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

NZPA | Wed March 22nd, 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 | Wed March 8th, 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 | Mon March 6th, 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 | Wed February 1st, 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 | Tue December 6th, 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 | Tue October 11th, 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 | Wed September 28th, 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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