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Association welcomes new Police Minister

NZPA | Sun October 5th, 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 | Tue September 30th, 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 | Mon March 31st, 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 | Wed March 19th, 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 | Tue March 11th, 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 | Mon February 24th, 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 | Tue February 11th, 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 | Tue February 11th, 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 | Tue October 22nd, 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 | Tue October 22nd, 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 | Mon October 14th, 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 | Sun October 6th, 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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Auckland shooting officers deserve full support

NZPA | Mon July 8th, 2013

New Zealanders should join the Police Association in giving their full support to the individual police officers who were forced to take action against an armed criminal who fired on them...

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Operation Eight IPCA report

NZPA | Wed May 22nd, 2013

The release of the Independent Police Conduct Authority’s report into Operation Eight confirms that the operation was justified, but that mistakes were made in the termination, Police Association Vice-President Luke Shadbolt said today.

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No relief for Police in 2013 Budget

NZPA | Thu May 16th, 2013

Today’s Budget confirms funding for Police remains frozen, which means Police will face continued pressure to make savings to meet rising costs for the foreseeable future, Police Association Vice-President Stuart Mills said today.

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Fleeing drivers, not police, cause crashes

NZPA | Sat May 11th, 2013

A fatal crash involving a fleeing driver overnight once again highlights that it is the fleeing driver, and not police, who are responsible for such tragedies, Police Association President Greg O'Connor said today.

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Report confirms fleeing driver to blame

NZPA | Fri May 10th, 2013

The IPCA report released yesterday into the tragic deaths in Gisborne last year of passengers Peter Bunyan and Holly Gunn, and fleeing driver Dylan Kingi, clearly shows the fleeing driver alone is responsible for such deaths, Police Association President Greg O’Connor said.

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Warnings from departing police officers must not go unheeded

NZPA | Mon April 15th, 2013

Comments from departing Taranaki police officer Grant Coward that budget cuts were disheartening police, and could lead to crime increases, echo the sorts of warnings that went unheeded in the late 1990s with disastrous consequences, Police Association President Greg O’Connor said today.

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Crime drop reflects excellent police work

NZPA | Mon April 1st, 2013

Big drops in recorded crime reflect the hard work and dedication of police officers and non-constabulary support staff, even at a time when they are under pressure from restructuring, Police Association President Greg O’Connor said today.

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