Recent Media

Policeman who rescued woman from house fire honoured with bravery award

NZ Herald | Wed October 21st, 2015

Policeman who rescued woman from house fire honoured with bravery awardAdrian Oldham, a senior constable from Tauranga, along with Constable Ben Turner from Hamilton, was presented with a NZ Police Association Bravery Award.

Police Association calls for firearms inquiry

3News | Wed October 21st, 2015

Police Association calls for firearms inquiry The Police Association warns it will take a mass shooting for an inquiry to be launched into the availability of firearms.

Police Minister announces law change to combat fleeing drivers

Stuff.co.nz | Wed October 21st, 2015

Police Minister announces law change to combat fleeing driversDrivers who evade police will face having their cars impounded for a month, or even sold, under proposed new laws announced by Police Minister Michael Woodhouse as he opened the Police Association's annual conference in Wellington.

Fleeing driver shoots at police in Waikato; Assn calls for inquiry

Waikato Times | Sat October 10th, 2015

Fleeing driver shoots at police in Waikato; Assn calls for inquiry  - Incidents where police are confronted by armed offenders have prompted the Police Association to call for a ministerial inquiry into the proliferation of illegal firearms.

55,000 guns imported each year

NZ Herald | Sat October 10th, 2015

55,000 guns imported each year - More than 500,000 firearms have been legally imported into New Zealand over the past decade and the Police Association is calling for an inquiry into what happens to them.

Crime is down, but are we any safer?

TVNZ Breakfast | Thu October 8th, 2015

Crime is down, but are we any safer? - Police Association President Greg O'Connor speaks to Breakfast about the latest stats that show a decrease in personal and household crimes.

Editorial: Strong case to revisit our firearms law

NZ Herald | Tue October 6th, 2015

Editorial: Strong case to revisit our firearms law - The Police Association wants an official police inquiry into where the guns are coming from, and says the issue has been neglected by the top brass. The Association's concerns are strong enough to warrant the issue being revisited. 

Obtaining guns 'ridiculously easy' for criminals in NZ

NZ Herald | Mon October 5th, 2015

Obtaining guns 'ridiculously easy' for criminals in NZ - Firearms have become "ridiculously easy" for offenders to get their hands on and police are being confronted almost daily by gun-wielding criminals, the Police Association says.

Back Benches Panel: A call for arms

Prime TV - Back Benches | Thu September 17th, 2015

Back Benches Panel: A call for arms - Police Association President Greg O'Connor spoke on Back Benches on the topic of general arming and access to illegal firearms in New Zealand.

Launch an inquiry into growing gun use

The Dominion Post | Thu September 17th, 2015

Launch an inquiry into growing gun use - The Police Association is calling for an inquiry into the growing use of illegal firearms in New Zealand.

Myers Park death 'self inflicted'

3News | Wed September 16th, 2015

Myers Park death 'self inflicted' - The Police Association reacts to the finding by a coroner that the death of David Cerven was self inflicted.

Hells Angels gang gains foothold

Nelson Mail | Mon September 14th, 2015

Hells Angels gang gains footholdPolice Association President Greg O'Connor says gangs like the Hells Angels are setting up in Nelson Bays "en masse".

The Panel: Upper Hutt shooting

Radio NZ | Wed September 9th, 2015

The Panel: Upper Hutt shootingPolice Association president Greg O'Connor talks on The Panel about the police shooting in Upper Hutt and broader issues around police staffing.

Gangs are ‘out of control in NZ’

TVNZ Breakfast | Wed September 9th, 2015

Gangs are ‘out of control in NZ’ - Police Association President Greg O'Connor says the shooting incident in Upper Hutt highlights the issue of easy access to firearms in NZ.

Gun violence on the up

TV3 Paul Henry Show | Wed September 9th, 2015

Gun violence on the up - The Police Association says yesterday’s shooting incident in Upper Hutt is further proof the criminal scene is changing.

Police Assn urges restraint on passing judgement

NZ Herald | Wed September 9th, 2015

Police Assn urges restraint on passing judgementPolice Assn President Greg O'Connor has urged people to wait for the full facts of the case before passing judgment on the officer who fired the fatal shot in the Upper Hutt incident.

Spike in shootings sparks renewed calls for arming police

TVNZ Breakfast | Fri August 21st, 2015

Spike in shootings sparks renewed calls for arming policeThe Police Association is renewing calls for police to be armed after a spate of shooting incidents.

Police shooters are ordinary officers doing their job

TVNZ Breakfast | Tue August 4th, 2015

Police shooters are ordinary officers doing their job - Police Assn President Greg O'Connor says the police officers who shot a man in Myers Park were "very ordinary officers doing their job".

NZ Police to routinely carry Tasers

Dominion Post | Fri July 31st, 2015

New Zealand Police to routinely carry TasersAll frontline police officers will soon carry Tasers, in a move that has been described by the Police Association as a "courageous, sensible, and timely decision".

All frontline police to be armed with Tasers

NZ Herald | Fri July 31st, 2015

All frontline police to be armed with Tasers - Arming frontline officers with Tasers will improve safety for not only police, but also the public, Police Assn President Greg O'Connor said.

Police Assn wary over culture of not prosecuting

NZ Herald | Tue July 28th, 2015

Police Assn wary over culture of not prosecuting - A demand to bring down the number of prosecutions has resulted in a new culture of not prosecuting unless absolutely necessary, the Police Association says.

Should every officer carry a Taser?

The Paul Henry Show | Thu July 16th, 2015

Video and audio - After six attacks on police already this month, the Police Association are calling for every officer to be armed with a taser.

Police assaulted more than 40 times a week

NZ Herald | Thu July 16th, 2015

Police assaulted more than 40 times a week - Police officers have been assaulted at a rate of more than 40 times a week during the past decade -- though incidents were at their lowest last year.

Police officer strangled by motorist

NZ Herald | Wed July 15th, 2015

Police officer strangled by motorist - An experienced police officer was strangled by a motorist he pulled over in an Auckland suburb, prompting calls from the Police Association for all officers to carry Tasers.

Concern high number of police ambivalent about their jobs

NZ Herald | Wed July 1st, 2015

Concern high number of police ambivalent about their jobsPolice Association President Greg O'Connor has said the results of this year’s NZ Police Workplace Survey showed how a stagnant police budget was putting pressure on staff.

Police Assn calls for notification when forensic mental health patients released

NZ Herald | Tue May 26th, 2015

Police Assn calls for notification when forensic mental health patients releasedThe Police Association is calling for frontline cops to be notified when forensic mental health patients are released back into the community.

Police weighing up body-mounted cameras

Newstalk ZB | Tue May 26th, 2015

Police weighing up body-mounted cameras - Police Association Vice-President Luke Shadbolt supports the introduction of body-mounted cameras on police in New Zealand, but says it would be an expensive exercise and there is limited funding available.

Greg O'Connor at the PolFed 2015 Conference

PolFed 2015 | Wed May 20th, 2015

Greg O'Connor at the PolFed 2015 Conference - NZPA President Greg O'Connor speaks to the Police Federation conference about international policing challenges in his capacity as ICPRA chairman (see clip 'Wednesday 20th 4 of 4' - Greg appears at 00:40 to 15:00 and at 50:44 to 55:00).

Police Assn: Out of control parties out of our hands

Newstalk ZB | Wed May 13th, 2015

Police Assn: Out of control parties out of our handsPolice Association Vice-President Luke Shadbolt says legislation may need to change to allow police to deal with out-of-control parties.

Police Assn supports drug and alcohol testing bill

NZ Herald | Wed May 6th, 2015

Police Assn supports drug and alcohol testing bill Police Association Vice-President Luke Shadbolt has said the Association supports proposed legislation to allow for drug and alcohol testing on bailees and community offenders as drug and alcohol abuse are major drivers of crime.