Recent Media

Gun inquiry will shock - Police Assn

Radio NZ Morning Report | Thu March 17th, 2016

Gun inquiry will shock - Police AssnThere is a "major problem" with illegal gun possession in New Zealand, says the Police Association. The Association is backing a select committee inquiry into how criminals access firearms.

Hundreds farewell cherished Ngaruawahia community constable

Stuff.co.nz | Thu March 17th, 2016

Hundreds farewell cherished Ngaruawahia community constable Police Association President Greg O'Connor attended the funeral for Ngaruawahia community constable Norm McIntosh, saying that he represented all that's good about New Zealand policing.

Kawerau siege: Is it time to look at our gun laws?

Stuff.co.nz | Fri March 11th, 2016

Kawerau siege: Is it time to look at our gun laws? - The alleged shooting of four police officers has raised the issue of whether cops need better access to firearms, as well as questions about New Zealand's gun culture. Can anything be done to stop similar situations? 

Police are dealing with more guns in the hands of criminals

Paul Henry Show | Fri March 11th, 2016

Police are dealing with more guns in the hands of criminalsCalls for police to be armed have been reignited after four police were shot in the Bay of Plenty. The Police Association’s president Greg O’Connor joined Paul Henry to discuss it.

'The question is why there are so many firearms out there' - Police Assn

TVNZ Breakfast | Thu March 10th, 2016

'The question is why there are so many firearms out there' - Police AssnGreg O'Connor raises the issue of firearms on the back of the armed siege in the Bay of Plenty.

More armed offenders in New Zealand - Police Assn

Stuff.co.nz | Wed March 9th, 2016

More armed offenders in New Zealand - Police AssnAn incident where four police officers were shot in Bay of Plenty will not come as a surprise to frontline officers, Police Association president Greg O'Connor said.

Police tried to clear balconies - Police Assn

Radio NZ | Mon March 7th, 2016

Police tried to clear balconies - Police Assn - Police Association president Greg O'Connor said officers told him they and Otago University Campus Watch staff tried to warn students not to overload balconies before one collapsed during a concert.

Police should have been given more notice of concert

Paul Henry Show | Mon March 7th, 2016

Police should have been given more notice of concertPolice Association president Greg O’Connor joined Paul Henry to discuss how police handled the situation after a balcony collapsed during a concert in Dunedin.

Face Value: Money entrepreneur Ralph Stewart's credit warning

Sunday Star Times | Sun February 28th, 2016

Face Value: Money entrepreneur Ralph Stewart's credit warning - This is a recent article about Ralph Stewart; the Professional Director on the Police Association and Welfare Board, and also Chairman of the Heath Plan.  As you will see, Ralph is a very astute businessman, and we are fortunate to have his services.

Greg O'Connor: Guns and Gangs

Newstalk ZB | Tue February 9th, 2016

Greg O'Connor: Guns and Gangs (audio) - President of the Police Association Greg O'Connor joins Mike Hosking on the Mike Hosking Breakfast to discuss the gang related rationale as to why the Police are seeking greater gun control powers. 

Greg O'Connor: TPP, Pursuits and Firearms

Newstalk ZB | Thu February 4th, 2016

Greg O'Connor: TPP, Pursuits and FirearmsPolice Association President Greg O'Connor talks to Tim Fookes about the police approach to TPP protests, the recent fatal pursuit in Masterton, and his call for a gun inquiry.

Shots fired at police during chase in South Auckland

Stuff.co.nz | Wed February 3rd, 2016

Shots fired at police during chase in South AucklandPolice are on the hunt for the people who shot at officers during a chase in south Auckland, putting bullets into a patrol car.

Questions asked over proliferation of guns in criminal underworld

ONE News | Wed February 3rd, 2016

Questions asked over proliferation of guns in criminal underworld - The Police Association is asking questions about the proliferation of guns in the criminal world, following an incident in South Auckland that saw a police officer shot at four times.

Police concerned about increasingly armed crims

Newstalk ZB | Wed February 3rd, 2016

Police concerned about increasingly armed crimsThe Police Assocation is calling for a Government inquiry into why criminals are so heavily armed in New Zealand.

'The word is out that if you drive dangerously enough, the police will pull out' - Police Assn

TVNZ Breakfast | Mon February 1st, 2016

'The word is out that if you drive dangerously enough, the police will pull out' - Police AssnThe Police Association has responded to the death of two young people following a Masterton crash by saying officers are aware of the mindset of fleeing drivers.

Police face scrutiny after pursuit deaths

Paul Henry Show | Mon February 1st, 2016

Police face scrutiny after pursuit deathsPolice Association president Greg O'Connor says it appears many young people treat pursuits like "sport", challenging police because they know they will most likely give up their chase.

Police Association: books damaging public's faith

NZ Herald | Fri January 29th, 2016

Police Association: books damaging public's faithIn reaction to Ian Wishart's new book and retraction of his earlier belief that Scott Watson is innocent, the Police Association says the "continual issuing of books and other publications casting aspersions on verdicts by honing in on one aspect of a case and ignoring other evidence is damaging to the public's faith in the justice system".

Survey: Frontline cops under-resourced

3News | Fri January 22nd, 2016

Survey: Frontline cops under-resourcedA two-yearly survey of about 5000 Police Association members found 86 percent of members think frontline general duties officers are under-resourced when responding to emergency calls.

Centralisation cause of police understaffing

Newstalk ZB | Wed January 20th, 2016

Centralisation cause of police understaffing - Police Assn president Greg O'Connor joins Rachel Smalley on KPMG Early Edition to discuss police understaffing in the regions, saying centralisation of resources is a major cause.

Officer who fatally shot man 'dehumanised' him to cope

Sunday Star Times | Sun January 17th, 2016

Officer who fatally shot man 'dehumanised' him to copePolice officers have spoken of their anguish after shooting offenders in cases involving "suicide by cop".

Gun shy: Outgoing Police Assn president Greg O'Connor has 'no plan' for politics

Stuff.co.nz | Sat January 16th, 2016

Gun shy: Outgoing Police Assn president Greg O'Connor has 'no plan' for politics - After 21 years at the helm one of the country's largest remaining unions, the outgoing Police Association president would rather be remembered for the desk job stuff.

Significant spike in illegally owned firearms

ONE News | Wed December 30th, 2015

Significant spike in illegally owned firearms - Police are now finding and seizing more illegally owned firearms than ever before.

Is police conduct politically charged?

Radio NZ | Mon December 21st, 2015

Is police conduct politically charged?Police Association President Greg O'Connor says politics don't impact police actions.

Police still seeking stabbing offender

Northern Advocate | Wed December 9th, 2015

Police still seeking stabbing offenderThe stabbing of a Kaitaia policeman in the head is a graphic reminder of how routine jobs can escalate due to the "violent, unpredictable" people officers deal with, the Police Association boss says.

Police withholding information to avoid embarrassing govt

NZ Herald | Thu November 26th, 2015

Police withholding information to avoid embarrassing govtPolice and other government departments are reluctant to hand over public information because of potential embarrassment to politicians, says Police Association President Greg O'Connor.

Private gun sales 'thriving' in Dunedin

Otago Daily Times | Mon November 9th, 2015

Private gun sales 'thriving' in DunedinGun shop owners in Dunedin say the private sale of firearms in Dunedin is ''thriving'' and tougher restrictions need to be introduced to try to combat the problem.

Fired up over firearms

Radio NZ - Insight | Sun November 1st, 2015

Fired up over firearmsPolice Association President Greg O'Connor says it is too easy for criminals to get guns and he wants to know why.

Police dealing with AK47s, Uzis and pump-action guns

Dominion Post | Thu October 29th, 2015

Police dealing with AK47s, Uzis and pump-action gunsThe Police Association is calling for a political inquiry into how criminals are getting their hands on bigger, more powerful guns.

Rise in armed incidents 'remarkable'

Hawke's Bay Today | Wed October 28th, 2015

Rise in armed incidents 'remarkable'Police throughout New Zealand have faced armed offenders more than 60 times since the start of last month, according to reports being collated by the Police Association. 

Editorial: New Zealand's gun laws still too lax

Dominion Post | Tue October 27th, 2015

Editorial: New Zealand's gun laws still too laxHow easy is it to get hold of a gun in New Zealand? Far too easy: last week TV journalist Heather du Plessis-Allan obtained a .22 rifle after filling out a form with made-up names and numbers, and faxing it to prominent gun shop Gun City.