President's Column

Each month, Police Association President Greg O'Connor writes a column on a topical issue in policing.  This column is published both in Police News, and on this website.

President's Column: Wins of 2018

NZPA - Chris Cahill | Sat December 1st, 2018

As we come to the end of the year, it is good to reflect on some of the “wins” of 2018.

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President's Column: Voting in strength

NZPA - Chris Cahill | Thu November 1st, 2018

After months of negotiations, interim results show that 63 per cent of constabulary and 85 per cent of Police employee members have voted to accept the pay offer, and they have voted in strength.

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President's Column: Collective agreement negotiations

NZPA | Mon October 1st, 2018

Of all the Police Association’s activities, negotiation of the collective agreement for our general membership is the most important.

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President's Column: Allocation of the extra 1800 police

NZPA - Chris Cahill | Sat September 1st, 2018

So, now we finally know where the 1800 extra police are to be allocated. 

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President's Column: Mental health is often not a policing issue

Wed August 1st, 2018

The perilous state of our mental health system is having an unacceptable impact on policing. 

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President's Column: Challenges of a fleeing driver review

NZPA - Chris Cahill | Sun July 1st, 2018

By October, we will have the results of an extensive Police and Independent Police Conduct Authority joint review of fleeing driver events.

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President's Column: The proof is in the keeping

NZPA - Chris Cahill | Fri June 1st, 2018

Confirmation of the Government’s commitment to 1800 extra police and 485 Police employees was great to see in the Budget.

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President's Column: Commitment goes both ways

Tue May 1st, 2018

Last month we published a story examining the culture shift at the Police College. 

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President's Column: Achieving a positive organisational culture

NZPA - Chris Cahill | Sun April 1st, 2018

In my role, I am privileged to hear first-hand about policing right through the ranks, and Police, like many contemporary organisations, is talking about culture.

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President's Column: Ever-increasing workloads

NZPA - Chris Cahill | Thu March 1st, 2018

Policing has to be one of the most dynamic environments in which to work, as shown by the variety of news stories and talkback and social media discussions focusing on seemingly all aspects of police work.

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President's Column: The toughest call an officer will ever make

NZPA - Chris Cahill | Thu February 1st, 2018

In this issue of Police News, officers living with the consequences of having taken a life in the line of duty tell their side of the story. 

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President's Column: A year of good news on the policing staff front

NZPA - Chris Cahill | Fri December 1st, 2017

As 2017 draws to a close, it is interesting to note that the year is book-ended with good news on the policing staff front.

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President's Column: Reflecting on a successful annual conference

NZPA - Chris Cahill | Tue November 7th, 2017

This month’s Police News is, not surprisingly, very much focused on the October annual conference. 

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President's Column: Resilience matters

NZPA - Chris Cahill | Sun October 1st, 2017

In late August, I had the pleasure of attending the Police Sport Winter Games, sponsored by the Association, in Rotorua. It was a great occasion with more 600 competitors taking part in a variety of sports. 

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President's column: Election fever

NZPA - Chris Cahill | Fri September 1st, 2017

We are only a couple of weeks from the 2017 election and it is game on. It would be difficult to overstate how interesting it all became just a few weeks ago – particularly when three party leaders resigned in a two-week period.

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President's Column: Increasing member involvement

NZPA - Chris Cahill | Tue August 1st, 2017

In June, I had the pleasure of travelling the country to attend as many committee AGMs as I could – getting to 31 in total. 

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President's Column: Waking up New Zealand to illegal firearms

NZPA - Chris Cahill | Sat July 1st, 2017

I spent most of June at Association committee AGMs throughout the country, hearing from members about the pressures of life at the coalface and answering questions about what we can do to improve your working conditions.

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President's Column: Police Week in Washington

NZPA - Chris Cahill | Thu June 1st, 2017

Last month I had the privilege of attending National Police Week, in Washington DC, which this year coincided with the ICPRA (International Council of Police Representative Associations) executive meeting.

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President's Column: Tackling PTSI

NZPA - Chris Cahill | Mon May 1st, 2017

As first responders, many of our members are regularly exposed to events which can trigger mental health and wellbeing risks. 

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President's Column: Firearms are a deadly serious matter

NZPA - Chris Cahill | Sun April 2nd, 2017

I am a late and somewhat reluctant user of social media, but that hasn’t protected me from the darker side of the online world.

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President's Column: A positive start to the year

NZPA - Chris Cahill | Wed March 1st, 2017

It is the nature of the political beast that any major announcement a government makes in election year is slapped down as an “election bribe”.

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President's Column: The need for more police

NZPA - Chris Cahill | Wed February 1st, 2017

Without a doubt, the big issues we carry into 2017 are the need for more police and the cumulative stress driven by persistent staff shortages.

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President's Column: Evaluating success

NZPA - Chris Cahill | Thu December 1st, 2016

In the lead-up to my election as Association President, and in the few weeks since, I have been asked by various media how I will evaluate success in this job.

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President's Column: Acknowledging the significance of the role

NZPA - Chris Cahill | Tue November 1st, 2016

Preparing to write my first column as your new President, I knew I must acknowledge the significance of the role as well as the professional and personal challenges it will bring in the next three years. 

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President's Column: Thank you

NZPA - Greg O'Connor | Sat October 1st, 2016

In this last column I want to thank you all, current and past members, for the opportunity you have given me over the past 21 years to represent you.

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President's Column: New troops can't arrive soon enough

NZPA - Greg O'Connor | Thu September 1st, 2016

A good thing happened last month: politicians on both sides agreed that police numbers need to be increased.

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President's Column: Politicians feeding off a climate of fear

NZPA - Greg O'Connor | Mon August 1st, 2016

The world is watching the American presidential election with fascination and trepidation. 

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President's Column: The growth of organised crime

NZPA - Greg O'Connor | Fri July 1st, 2016

Sometimes, one event will bring to public attention a slow-burning issue that those directly involved with can clearly see, but which is not obvious to the general population.

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President's Column: When context is lacking

NZPA - Greg O'Connor | Wed June 1st, 2016

We live in a world where the tasks and activities necessary to achieve goals are narrowly defined, broken down into their component parts – it’s called specialisation, and it makes sense.

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President's Weekly Round-up: 3 May 2016

NZPA - Greg O'Connor | Tue May 3rd, 2016

I am writing from Lisbon, the capital of Portugal, where I travelled after attending the ICPRA (International Council of Police Representative Associations) conference next door in Spain. 

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