Gordon Campbell | Parliament TV | Parliament Today | Video | Questions Of the Day | Search


Inquiry Needed to Uncover The Facts

Inquiry Needed to Uncover The Facts

ACT New Zealand Deputy Leader and Police Spokesman Dr Muriel Newman today called for an urgent independent inquiry to ascertain just why police responded to an emergency 111 call from missing woman Iraena Asher by sending a taxi rather than a police car.

"According to a police statement today, Ms Asher called 111 on the night of her disappearance. Police phoned to inform her that a taxi was on its way, and Ms Asher then disappeared," Dr Newman said.

"This raises serious questions about the police's ability to respond to emergency calls, and Labour's role in this. Is this a Government that has a $6 billion surplus and, yet, still cannot enable police to perform their emergency response duties?

"The reality is that - with officers deployed overseas, pulled away to guard prisoners, and new officers being ring-fenced for traffic duty - police are struggling.

"Over-stretched and under-resourced, police have already warned that tragedy is looming - whether it be an inexperienced officer attacked by prisoners, or an over-worked police officer committing suicide. Now, it appears that tragedy may have occurred in the form of a missing woman who did not receive help when she called for it.

"Iraena Asher is missing, and the potential for even more tragedy is very real. As such, this issue warrants more than a simple internal or Ministerial investigation.

"The public deserves what really happened. I am calling on Labour to implement an urgent, independent inquiry to determine whether this is a case of Government mismanagement that has led to this failure in emergency response," Dr Newman said.

© Scoop Media

Parliament Headlines | Politics Headlines | Regional Headlines

Decision Day: Peters Chooses Labour

Winston Peters says he will form a Government in coalition with Labour and the Greens giving confidence and supply.

Peters said he had been offered the position of Deputy Prime Minister and a number of other ministerial posts would go to his colleagues

He said economic and monetary policy changes were needed to face a coming economic downturn.>>>More


Labour on its agreement |Peters: Post-Election Announcement Speech | Greenpeace “cautiously hopeful” about new Government | ACT - Madman on the loose | E tū ecstatic | Chamber welcomes the outcome


Climate: Increasing Greenhouse Emissions Hit NZ

New Zealand is seeing impacts of excess greenhouse gas emissions in our climate and oceans, according to the latest national report from the Ministry for the Environment and Stats NZ about the state of the atmosphere and climate…More>>


Wellington.Scoop: Arrests At Blockade Of "Weapons Expo"

“We encourage people in Wellington to get down to the Westpac Stadium now for a day of awesome peace action. There will be plenty of food, music and activities to keep us sustained through the day.” More>>


Rorschach Restructuring: PSA Taking Inland Revenue To Court Over Psychometrics

The Public Service Association will be seeing Inland Revenue in Employment Court over its intention to psychometrically test employees reapplying for their roles at the department as part of its controversial Business Transformation restructuring plan. More>>


Nuclear Disarmament: Nobel Peace Prize 2017 Awarded To ICAN

Congratulations from iCAN Aotearoa New Zealand to international iCAN, the other iCAN national campaigns and partner organisations, and the countless organisations and individuals who have worked so hard for a nuclear weapons-free world since 1945. More>>


Expenses: Waikato DHB CEO Resigns

An independent inquiry has identified that Dr Murray had spent more than the agreed $25K allocated for relocation costs, and other unauthorized expenses involving potential financial breaches of the chief executive’s obligations. More>>


Wellington.Scoop: Sad About The Trolley Buses?

The Regional Council’s MetLink is today spending money to tell us that it really loves Wellington’s trolley buses, even though they’re all being taken off our roads by the end of this month. More>>


Post-Election: Preliminary Coalition Talks Begin

New Zealand First will hold post-election preliminary discussions in Wellington with the National Party tomorrow morning and the Labour Party tomorrow afternoon. More>>




Featured InfoPages

Opening the Election