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Statement from Deputy Commissioner Wally Haumaha

"Statement from Deputy Commissioner Wally Haumaha"

I want to acknowledge the concerns expressed by Louise Nicholas and others around my comments from 2004 regarding Operation Austin.

It is important to say outright that I take responsibility for those comments, I deeply regret them, and I unreservedly apologise for the hurt and concern they have caused.

That does not reflect my view or the values I bring to the job every day.

In the 14 years since those comments, and particularly through the changes following the 2007 Commission of Inquiry, I have reflected deeply and often on what it means to live the values that New Zealanders rightly expect from their police.

I recently met with Louise to assure her of my commitment to the work the organisation has done as a result of the Commission of Inquiry to improve our culture, and our service to victims of sexual assault.

My previous association with those individuals does not reflect who I am now nor what the NZ Police stands for today.

The culture of NZ Police has changed for the better in recent years as a result of the Inquiry and an ongoing commitment to our values, but there is still more work to do.

My focus is on working tirelessly in NZ Police to build the trust and confidence of our communities.

ENDS

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