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

 


Minister commends Police quake response

Hon Judith Collins
Minister of Police

9 March 2011

Minister commends Police quake response

Police Minister Judith Collins today commended New Zealand and overseas Police for their thorough and professional response to the 22 February Christchurch earthquake.

“When disaster struck, the swift and professional response of our Police was instrumental in saving lives, maintaining order and providing reassurance and comfort to the people of Christchurch,” Ms Collins said.

More than 1200 Police officers from Christchurch, Canterbury, around the country and abroad have been deployed in the city. In addition, 75 staff from Police National Headquarters have been providing response co-ordination, intelligence, logistics and communications management.

A further 32 staff in Palmerston North have been providing support with data collation and missing person enquiries.

“The Police’s involvement has extended across a wide range of activities including the rescue of injured victims immediately following the quake, evacuation of those remaining at risk, reassurance policing and family liaison.

“They have also taken a key communications and planning role, alongside other agencies, in the wake of the disaster.”

Police Disaster Victim Identification (DVI) teams have been working around the clock to identify victims of the Christchurch earthquake and return them to families.

“Everyone involved is working extremely hard and is absolutely committed to establishing the identities of victims as quickly and accurately as possible,” Ms Collins said.

“They know how very important their work is in providing certainty for those whose loved ones who have been missing since the earthquake.”

More than 430 Police and specialist personnel from countries such as Australia, Singapore, China, Thailand, Japan, Israel and the United Kingdom have been carrying out a range of general policing functions, as well as providing specialist expertise for the DVI process.

“I would like to pay special tribute to the Police personnel from outside New Zealand who have been working shoulder-to-shoulder with our officers at the frontline of this crisis. Their work is very much appreciated,” Ms Collins said.

ENDS

© Scoop Media

 
 
 
 
 
Parliament Headlines | Politics Headlines | Regional Headlines

 

Also, Loan Interest: Productivity Commission On Tertiary Education

Key recommendations include better quality control; making it easier for students to transfer between courses; abolishing University Entrance; enabling tertiary institutions to own and control their assets; making it easier for new providers to enter the system; and facilitating more and faster innovation by tertiary education providers... More>>

ALSO:

Higher Payments: Wellington Regional Council Becomes A Living Wage Employer

Councillor Sue Kedgley said she was delighted that the Wellington Regional Council unanimously adopted her motion to become a Living Wage employer, making it the first regional council in New Zealand to do so. More>>

ALSO:

Scoop Images:
Dame Patsy Reddy Sworn In As Governor-General

This morning Dame Patsy Reddy was sworn in as the New Zealand Realm’s 21st Governor-General. The ceremony began with a pōwhiri to welcome Dame Patsy and her husband Sir David Gascoigne to Parliament. More>>

ALSO:

Ruataniwha: DOC, Hawke's Bay Council Developer Take Supreme Court Appeal

The Department of Conservation and Hawke's Bay Regional Investment Company (HBRIC) are appealing to the Supreme Court over a conservation land swap which the Court of Appeal halted. More>>

ALSO:

With NZ's Marama Davidson: Women’s Flotilla Leaves Sicily – Heading For Gaza

Women representing 13 countries spanning five continents began their journey yesterday on Zaytouna-Oliva to the shores of Gaza, which has been under blockade since 2007. On board are a Nobel Peace Laureate, three parliamentarians, a decorated US diplomat, journalists, an Olympic athlete, and a physician. A list of the women with their background can be found here. More>>

Gordon Campbell: On The Key Style Of Crisis Management

At Monday’s post Cabinet press conference Key was in his finest wide- eyed “Problem? What problem?” mode. No, there wasn’t really a problem that top MPI officials had been at odds with each other over the meaning of the fisheries policy and how that policy should be pursued... More>>

ALSO:

Mt Roskill: Greens Will Not Stand In Likely Post-Goff By-Election

“The Green Party’s priority is changing the Government in 2017, and as part of that we’ve decided that we won’t stand a candidate in the probable Mt Roskill by-election... This decision shows the Memorandum of Understanding between Labour and the Green Party is working." More>>

ALSO:

Get More From Scoop

 

LATEST HEADLINES

 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
Parliament
Search Scoop  
 
 
Powered by Vodafone
NZ independent news