Recent Media

Alcohol and drug testing bill submissions heard

Stuff.co.nz | Wed May 6th, 2015

Alcohol and drug testing bill submissions heard - The Police Association has submitted on a bill enabling the Department of Corrections and police to require offenders and people on bail to be tested so they comply with conditions prohibiting the use of drugs and alcohol.

Weekend shooting proves cops need to be armed

3 News | Mon May 4th, 2015

Weekend shooting proves cops need to be armed - Police Association President Greg O'Connor calls for general arming of police after police shot dead a man who threatened officers with a gun on the Coromandel Peninsula at the weekend.

Police not ready to deal with armed situations

Radio NZ | Mon May 4th, 2015

Police not ready to deal with armed situations - Police Association President Greg O'Connor has said officers are ill-equipped to deal with people wielding weapons.

Station closures as funding freeze continues to bite

Stuff.co.nz | Fri April 17th, 2015

Station closures as funding freeze continues to biteThe closure of 30 police stations throughout New Zealand has saved Police $3 million, but the Police Association says funding is nearing a critical point and "re-centralisation" could see public confidence erode to levels not seen since the early 1990s. 

Police contemplating body cameras

3News Paul Henry Show | Wed April 15th, 2015

Police contemplating body cameras (video - Paul Henry Show) and audio (RadioLIVE) - Paul Henry talks with Greg O'Connor, NZ Police Association President, on police in NZ contemplating wearing body cameras with microphones.

Police fed up with out-of-control parties

NZ Herald | Mon April 13th, 2015

Police fed up with out-of-control parties - Police Association President Greg O'Connor says police are sick of being attacked by partygoers at out-of-control parties like the one in Christchurch over the weekend.

Officer speaks out against treatment

Radio NZ | Thu April 9th, 2015

Officer speaks out against treatment A police officer criticised in an independent report on the handling of the Roast Busters case has criticised the police management's response to the inquiry. Association President Greg O'Connor responds on Morning Report.

Another ‘disgusting’ attack on police officer

Dominion Post | Thu April 9th, 2015

Another ‘disgusting’ attack on police officer Police officers are frequently being punched in the face, bitten, headbutted, kneed in the groin and gouged in the eyes in the line of duty, Police Association president Greg O'Connor says.

Gutless attack on officer condemned

Newstalk ZB | Wed April 8th, 2015

Gutless attack on officer condemned - Police Assn President Greg O'Connor has voiced his frustration after a police officer was targeted in a bloodied attack in West Auckland. He also spoke on Mike Hosking Breakfast about officer safety.

Police shortcomings a resourcing not performance issue

TVNZ Breakfast | Fri March 20th, 2015

Police shortcomings a resourcing not performance issue - Police Association President Greg O'Conner says the criticisms levelled at West Auckland Police in the IPCA report into the Roastbusters case don't acknowledge a chronic understaffing of the district at the time.

Public servants waging war for better pay

Dominion Post | Sat March 14th, 2015

Public servants waging war for better pay - Tens of thousands of public servants, including police officers, are heading into wage negotiations over the next few months. And after a series of recent hefty hikes for MPs, chief executives and district health board bosses, there is no appetite for more belt-tightening.

Officer went into survival mode in pit bull attack

Dominion Post | Wed March 4th, 2015

Officer went into survival mode in pit bull attack - After an officer was attacked by a dog in Foxton, Police Assn President Greg O’Connor notes that there was no Taser or gun in his car, and that there were not enough Tasers to go round at Foxton station.

Renewed calls for tasers after two police officers attacked

ONE News | Wed March 4th, 2015

Renewed calls for tasers after two police officers attacked - The Police Association calls for tasers on belts for all officers after two officers were attacked in one day, and commenters on the ONE News Facebook page agree.

Reaction to Privy Council decision on Pora

Radio NZ | Wed March 4th, 2015

Reaction to Privy Council decision on Pora - The Police Association has said the quashing of Teina Pora's murder conviction had been emotional for those officers involved in the case. The Association called for an inquiry in 2013, after some senior officers expressed doubt about Mr Pora's convictions.

Man charged after cop savaged by pitbull

NZ Herald | Tue March 3rd, 2015

Man charged after cop savaged by pitbull Police Association president Greg O'Connor has said he is concerned by the number of police officers who have been assaulted in recent weeks, after an officer was punched by a man and then mauled by a pitbull dog in Foxton.

Police Assn responds to calls for taser restrictions

TVNZ Breakfast | Fri February 27th, 2015

Police Assn responds to calls for taser restrictionsPolice Association President Greg O'Conner, responds to calls for tighter restrictions on police use of tasers after a man was tasered in front of his family in 2011.

Firearms policy 'poor'

Radio NZ | Thu February 19th, 2015

Firearms policy 'poor' - Police AssociationThe Police Association says a report into the fatal police shooting of a man in Taranaki in 2013 shows police policy around firearms isn't good enough.

Police shot at while chasing suspects

TVNZ | Thu February 19th, 2015

Police shot at while chasing suspects Police in Timaru were shot at as they pursued a vehicle believed to be involved in two aggravated robberies.

The Panel: Police carrying guns

Radio NZ | Mon February 9th, 2015

The Panel: Police carrying gunsA policeman in rural New Zealand admits he routinely breaches regulations by carrying a firearm and will continue to do so. Greg O'Connor of the Police Association joined the Panel to discuss.

Auckland officer attacked in patrol car

NZ Herald | Thu February 5th, 2015

Auckland officer attacked in patrol car The Police Association says serious assaults on officers have increased in recent years, following a recent incident in which a young female officer was repeatedly punched and eye gouged in the back of a patrol car while being driven to the station with an alleged drink-driver. 

MP Sabin to grill cops [Updated]

Stuff.co.nz | Thu January 29th, 2015

MP Sabin to grill cops - Police Assn President Greg O'Connor says Mike Sabin is entitled to natural justice but believes it is unfair the MP and Law & Order Committee chair is not held accountable to the same standards as police staff. UPDATE 30 Jan - Mike Sabin has now resigned from Parliament.

Concern at lack of police firearms training

Radio NZ | Tue January 20th, 2015

Concern at lack of police firearms training - Police Association Vice-President Luke Shadbolt says frontline police officers are worried they’re not receiving enough training with their guns – with their live fire training being replaced with video simulator exercises.

Drunken assault on police in Dunedin

Stuff.co.nz | Mon December 8th, 2014

Drunken assault on police in Dunedin - The Police Association has called for serious assaults against officers to be taken more seriously after a drunken man pushed a female police officer to the ground and repeatedly punched her in the face.

Police open new technology centre

Stuff.co.nz | Mon December 8th, 2014

Police open new technology centrePolice Association president Greg O'Connor says technology provided to New Zealand police is "up with the best".

Police Assn respond to mob attack on officers

TVNZ Breakfast | Mon December 1st, 2014

Police Assn respond to mob attack on officers - Police Association President Greg O’Connor responds to claims that police overreacted when they attended a brawl in Christchurch in which three officers were injured.

Police Assn concerns over extended bar hours

Radio NZ | Fri November 14th, 2014

Police Association concerns over extended bar hours - Police Association President Greg O'Connor expresses concerns over the prospect of longer bar opening hours in Wellington.

Face Value: It’s a fair cop

Sunday Star Times | Fri November 14th, 2014

Face Value: It’s a fair copPolice Association President Greg O'Connor discusses attitudes towards money with the Sunday Star Times.

Police Association calls on Commissioner to routinely arm police

Radio NZ | Fri October 24th, 2014

Police Association calls on Commissioner to routinely arm police - Police Association conference delegates have voted unanimously for all sworn officers to carry guns and have called on the Police Commissioner to act immediately.

Renewed call to arm all police after shooting

Stuff.co.nz | Wed October 22nd, 2014

Renewed call to arm all police after shootingPolice Association President Greg O'Connor has reiterated his call to arm all cops to new Police Minister Michael Woodhouse after a man fired on officers overnight.

Top award for bridge crash hero

Stuff.co.nz | Wed October 22nd, 2014

Top award for bridge crash heroThe policeman who dived into freezing waters to save a man from Tauranga Harbour today received Police Association's highest award.