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


Police supported with new Legislation

Police supported with new Legislation

Legislation to better support and guide the work of police has been introduced to Parliament, Police Minister Annette King announced today.

Following almost two years of development and consultation, the Policing Bill paves the way for 21st century legislation to replace existing statute dating back to the 1950s.

Ms King said the Policing Bill represents a comprehensive modernisation of the main law relating to New Zealand Police.

"The Bill has two key objectives. First, it confirms and strengthens the legal arrangements for the way Police is organised and governed, with a clearer focus on the balance between independence and accountability. Second, it sets a platform for improving Police's effectiveness, especially by updating the approach to employment practices, and establishing a contemporary framework for the exercise of policing powers," Ms King said.

The tabling of the Bill follows a two-year review of current policing legislation by a working group, comprising representatives from relevant government agencies and independent bodies such as the Law Commission. The views of frontline police, as well as Police staff associations, were also fed into the Bill's preparation. Opportunities were also provided for all Parliamentary political parties to input to work on the new legislation.

Ms King added that provisions in the Bill have also been informed by several consultation rounds and public research on what sort of policing New Zealanders want and expect in the years to come.

"I want to build on the inclusive style that's been such a feature of this law reform project. Today's tabling of the new Bill in Parliament opens up another chance for people to have a say on how policing might best be enabled by legislation, and I encourage all New Zealanders to think about this issue, and to contribute their ideas".

"All New Zealanders have a stake in policing, and everyone stands to benefit if we can agree on the most effective form of legislation to support the work of New Zealand Police", Ms King said.

There will be a link through to the Policing Bill online at: Copies will also be available to view on the Parliamentary website.

Following its first reading early next year, the Policing Bill will be referred to the select committee where there will be an opportunity for the public and interest groups to make further submissions.


© Scoop Media

Parliament Headlines | Politics Headlines | Regional Headlines

Gordon Campbell: On Another Reason To Loathe HR Departments (And On The Teachers Strike)

This morning’s news item about Police emergency call centre staff turning up for work while they’re sick – because they’re afraid their sick leave statistics will be used against them, and their jobs put in jeopardy – is not an isolated case...

Obviously, sick people shouldn’t be being treated by doctors and nurses who are themselves sick and potentially infectious. Similarly, Police emergency calls also need to be fielded by people who’re feeling alert, and on top of their game. More>>


MPs' Computers To Be Searched: Inquiry Into Leak On Simon Bridges' Expenses

An inquiry has been launched to find out who leaked the National Party's expenses to the media... Parliament's speaker, Trevor Mallard, said a Queen's Counsel would lead the inquiry with the help of an employment lawyer and also someone with forensic IT skills. More>>


Teachers Strike: Nationwide Rallies And Marches

Teachers and principals voted for a full day strike to be held on 15 August to send a strong message to the Government that the current collective agreement offers from the Ministry of Education would not fix the crisis in teaching. More>>


Wellington.Scoop: City Council Ends Its Support For Jackson’s Movie Museum

The Wellington City Council and the Movie Museum Limited have today announced a mutually-agreed parting of the ways for a joint project between the Council’s Convention Centre and TMML’s Movie Museum... Both parties remain optimistic for the future of their respective projects. More>>

Pay Equity: Historic Settlement For Education Support Workers

The New Zealand Educational Institute (NZEI) and the Ministry of Education today signed Terms of Settlement to address a pay equity claim for 329 support workers who work with very young children in early childhood and primary schools. More>>


Gordon Campbell: On The Stereotypes About Jacinda Ardern

Routinely, female politicians get depicted as either show ponies or battle axes, with little room for anything else in between. .. More>>

Weekend Interviews: "Discriminatory And Racist" Aussie Deportations

The former president of Australia’s Human Rights Commission Gillian Triggs says deportations have risen dramatically in Australia since 2014 when ministers and ministerial delegates were given the power to cancel visas - and half of those being deported are New Zealanders. "These are massive numbers, actually escalating dramatically."... More>>


Legal Challenge: Prisoner Has 9 Boxes Of Documents Seized

Human rights organisation People Against Prisons Aotearoa says a prisoner they advocate for has had 9 boxes of legal documents seized from him just days before his case against the Department of Corrections was to be heard. More>>

Single-Use Plastic Bags: Govt To Phase Them Out

Single-use plastic shopping bags will be phased out over the next year, Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern and Associate Environment Minister Eugenie Sage announced today. More>>





Featured InfoPages