Local Govt | National News Video | Parliament Headlines | Politics Headlines | Search

 


Kopelani’s debut as new cop – police graduation today

Kopelani’s debut as new cop – police graduation today


Seventy-six new constables will graduate from The Royal New Zealand Police College in Wing today. Their wing patron is former Air New Zealand CEO, Rob Fyfe.

From the front row to the frontline
Constable Tone Kopelani is no stranger to training hard. The former Crusader and Hurricane has been wanting to be a police officer for many years, but his skill in rugby took him in a different direction.

“Rugby took over my life for about 11 years, while I played for the Crusaders and Hurricanes and played in France over four seasons for club CS Bourgoin-Jallieu.”

“But I’ve always wanted to be a police officer, to be able to make a positive change in someone’s life is what I am most looking forward to”.

Constable Kopelani worked as an Authorised Officer at Christchurch Police Station prior to coming to Police College and has won the Prevention Award for frontline skills and prevention practices.

Fellow Cantabrian and former Authorised Officer, Constable Paige Jackman has taken out overall honours winning the Minister’s Award for First in Wing. Constable Jackman also won the Mobility and Technology Award.

Constable Jackman holds Bachelor of Laws from Canterbury University and was admitted to the Bar in 2011.

She says that she really enjoyed the Investigative Interviewing component of her training and one day aspires to work in a child protection team.

Constables Kopelani and Jackman have been posted to Canterbury District.

Carving out a new career
Constable Chu Cheng Chueh has taken out three awards including the Commissioner’s Award for Second in Wing and the Response Award for tactical skills and safe practices.

Born in Taiwan, Constable Chueh credits his love of surfing, travel and photography for leading him to a police career where each day brings different challenges.

“After graduating from university I moved to Hawaii where I worked as a freelance photographer and carved out the waves on the Island of Maui. On a trip home I was offered the opportunity to travel to Thailand and Cambodia for a short-term mission with an organisation that specialised in working to abolish child sex-slavery.

“Following the mission my mind was set on becoming a police officer, to become part of an organisation that strives to make a difference in society both here in New Zealand and on a global scale.”

As a freelance photographer Constable Chueh has worked with members of the All Blacks, Black Caps and Silver Ferns.

He has been posted to Waitematā District.

Driving force
Constable Samuel Green has taken out the Patron’s Award for third overall and the Driver Training and Road Policing Practice Award. He says he always knew he would become a police officer after growing up in a police environment.

“My mum worked in the watchhouse at the local community station and the local police officers were my idols. One officer in particular, the late Senior Constable Len Snee, spent a lot of time with me and my family. He was an outstanding officer and one day I hope to be as respected as he was.”

Constable Green holds a Bachelor of International Business and Economics from Otago University, played rugby for Otago development squad and represented New Zealand in the U17 cycle squad in the Tour of Australia. He has been posted to Eastern District.

A dream fulfilled at forty
Constable Shannon Heney never lost sight of her dream to become a police officer and now, at age 40, she’s made it.

“I am the eldest of 10 children so being one of the more ’senior’ members of the wing wasn’t too daunting.”

Constable Heney wanted to join Police since her teens and applied in her 20’s, but discovered that her swimming ability wasn’t at the required level. Not to be discouraged she took swimming lessons and continued on the recruitment process.

“Sadly my father was tragically killed in a helicopter accident before I could complete the recruitment process and I decided to put things on hold and moved closer to my mother so I could help with my younger siblings and be close to my family.”

“It took a while for life to take on a sense of normality again, all the while I never lost sight of wanting to be a police officer so I reapplied.”

Constable Heney, a former West Coast hockey and rugby league representative, says she has enjoyed the physical aspects of the training.

“My advice is that you are never too old to follow your dreams. Hopefully my story will inspire others to follow theirs.”

Constable Heney jointly won the Physical Training and Defensive Tactics award and is being posted to Tasman District.


There is an international flavour to the wing with members’ countries of birth spanning the globe, including Korea, South Africa, Taiwan, Singapore, United Kingdom, Holland, France, Fiji, Philippines, Russia, Samoa and the United States.

Wing 284 members have been posted to the following districts: Northland (2), Waitematä (9), Auckland (11), Counties Manukau (11), Waikato (7), Bay of Plenty (4), Eastern (3), Central (7), Wellington (4), Tasman (5), Canterbury (9), Southern (4).


Wing 284 award winners:
• Minister’s Award for First in Wing was awarded to Constable Paige Jackman, posted to Canterbury. Constable Jackman was also awarded the Mobility and Technology Award (for information technology use and file preparation).
• Commissioner’s Award for Second in Wing was awarded to Constable Chu Cheng Chueh, posted to Waitematä. Constable Chueh was also awarded the Response Award (for tactical skills and safe practices), and was jointly awarded the Physical Training and Defensive Tactics Award (for physical training and defensive tactics skills).
• Patron’s Award for Third in Wing was awarded to Constable Samuel Green, posted to Eastern. Constable Green was also awarded the Driver Training and Road Policing Practice Award (for driving skills and safe road policing practices).
• The Leadership Award (in recognition of outstanding potential to lead self and others) was awarded to Constable Nathan Walter, posted to Eastern. This award is supported by the Porirua City Council. Constable Walter was also awarded the Section Four Section Achievement Award.
• The Prevention Award (for frontline skills and prevention practices) was awarded to Constable Tone Kopelani, posted to Canterbury. This award is supported by the Crimestoppers Trust.
• The Academic Award (for academic achievement) was awarded to Constable Harley Eruera, posted to Auckland.
• The Physical Training and Defensive Tactics Award (for physical training and defensive tactics skills) was jointly awarded to Constable Shannon Heney, posted to Tasman, and Constable Chu Cheng Chueh (see above).
• The Firearms Training Award (for firearms skills and safe practices) was awarded to Constable Carly Taiaroa, posted to Central.

Police Association Prizes for Section Achievement:
This prize is awarded to an individual from each section who, in the collective view of the members of the section and the wing instructors, made the greatest contribution to the overall success of the team.
• Section One Constable William Atkinson, posted to Southern.
• Section Two Constable Edward Gardiner, posted to Bay of Plenty.
• Section Three Constable Cara-Lee Moore, posted to Counties-Manukau.
• Section Four Constable Nathan Walter, posted to Eastern.


Graduation will take place at The Royal New Zealand Police College on Thursday 26 June at 2:00pm. The ceremony will be attended by the Police Commissioner Mike Bush, Patron Rob Fyfe and Rob’s partner Sara Tetro.

Ends


© Scoop Media

 
 
 
 
 
Parliament Headlines | Politics Headlines | Regional Headlines

Hager Revelations: Inquiry Into NZSIS Release Of Goff Docs

The Inspector-General of Intelligence and Security (IGIS), Cheryl Gwyn, announced today that she would be instituting an inquiry concerning allegations that the New Zealand Security Intelligence Service (NZSIS) might have released official information to Mr Cameron Slater, regarding briefings provided to the then Leader of the Opposition, for political purposes...

“I am satisfied there is a sufficient public interest justifying the commencement of an own-motion inquiry into the substance of the issues raised with my Office,” said Ms Gwyn. More>>

Goff: Director’s Letter Contradicts Key’s Claims

At yesterday’s media standup, when asked on the topic John Key said ‘I wasn’t told’...
“In a letter dated November 2011 former SIS director Warren Tucker states three times that ‘in accordance with the usual practice of keeping the minister informed’ the Prime Minister had been told. More>>

  • Image Link - Key maintains he wasn't told about OIA (Now with further evidence) - Newstalk ZB

  •  

    Parliament Today:

    Electionresults.co.nz: National and NZ First Rise in Roy Morgan Poll

    National has bounced back in the latest Roy Morgan Poll but the big winner has been New Zealand First who rise to their highest level of support since September 2013. More>>

    ALSO:

    Fish Pun Warning: By Hoki! It’s Labour’s Fisheries Policy

    A Labour Government will protect the iconic Kiwi tradition of fishing by improving access to the coast, protecting the rights of recreational fishers and reviewing snapper restrictions, Labour’s Fisheries spokesperson Damien O’Connor says. More>>

    ALSO:

    It's Official: Governor General Gives Direction To Conduct Election

    The Governor General has signed the writ directing the Electoral Commission to conduct the General Election on 20 September 2014. This is the formal authority to run the 2014 election, and enables candidate nominations to open tomorrow Thursday 21 August 2014. More>>

    Gordon Campbell: No More Mr Nice Guy

    When future historians seek to identify the exact moment when the prime ministerial career of John Key hit the downward slope, they may well point to Key’s interview yesterday with Guyon Espiner on RNZ’s Morning Report. More>>

    ALSO:

    Dirty (Politics) Weekend: Collins’ Admission Reason For Key To Act

    "Despite claiming that the evidence about her in Nicky Hager's book was ‘false’ Judith Collins has now been forced to admit that she did send information about a Ministerial Services staff member to Cameron Slater for him to use in a baseless smear campaign. More>>

    ALSO:

    Potential Disasters: Underground Coal Fire On Denniston Plateau

    Forest & Bird says one or more coal fires have broken out beneath the Denniston Plateau, and that the Department of Conservation (DOC) must stop Bathurst Resources’ preparatory mining work going on there until the fire or fires are extinguished. More>>

    ALSO:

    Bikes: Nats Plan $100 Million For Urban Cycleways

    Prime Minister John Key has today announced $100 million in new funding will be made available over the next four years to accelerate cycleways in urban centres. More>>

    ALSO:

    New Tax Bracket, Child Poverty Fund: Greens Launch Billion Dollar Plan To Reduce Child Poverty

    The Green Party has launched a billion dollar package to significantly reduce child poverty in New Zealand. The details of the plan were released at the party’s campaign launch in Auckland. More>>

    ALSO:

    Get More From Scoop

     

    LATEST HEADLINES

     
     
     
     
     
     
     
     
    Regional
    Search Scoop  
     
     
    Powered by Vodafone
    NZ independent news