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


Nats Police Policy Shortsighted

Media Release

20 October 2008

Nats Police Policy Shortsighted

National’s policing policy is short-sighted and represents a cut in the numbers agreed to by New Zealand First and the Government, says the party’s law and order spokesperson Ron Mark.

“National’s policy, far from increasing police numbers, actually cuts the increase in officers New Zealand First and the Government are working towards,” said Mr Mark.

“Our confidence and supply agreement with the Government states that in addition to 1000 extra police staff by mid 2009, we would work towards “achieving ratios comparable with those in Australia by 2010”. National’s policy aims for a ratio of 1:500 which is far short of the Australia’s rate of 1:480, and is a cut on what we are working towards.

“Such a move is fitting of a party that has a history of slashing police numbers, such as they did in the 1990’s when they cut 500 officers to pay for their $110 million dollar INCIS failure.

“Further, while National now supports the 1000 extra police secured by New Zealand First, after initially labelling it a ‘gimmick’, it does not change the fact that they actively opposed the increase, and voted against the necessary funding every time.

“It is also concerning that National’s plan to send 300 officers to South Auckland effectively strips officers from other communities where they are desperately needed. This is not only ridiculous, but dangerous. If officers are relocated to Auckland, criminals will take advantage of their absence in other areas and crime will mushroom across other towns and cities.

“What is needed is to continue to increase officer numbers substantially, as New Zealand First has committed to do. We believe an increase similar to the 1000 extra police already on the streets is achievable and necessary.

“The policy yet again reinforces the fact the National party cannot be trusted to walk their talk on law and order. Whether it is talking about getting tough on gangs but voting against a ban on gang tattoos on human rights grounds or talking tough on youth crime but voting against my bill to combat youth offending, National’s actions don’t match their rhetoric.

“If Kiwis want safer communities, they need look no further than New Zealand First. We remain steadfastly committed to addressing the lawlessness on our streets,” said Mr Mark.


© Scoop Media

Parliament Headlines | Politics Headlines | Regional Headlines

Government: Northland To Move To Orange, NZ Prepared For Omicron

Northland will move to Orange at 11:59pm tonight, 20 January 2022, while the rest of New Zealand will remain at Orange as the Government prepares for Omicron to enter the community.
“Vaccination rates have continued to increase in Northland and are now at 89 percent first dose. The easing of the Auckland boundary over summer did not drive an increase in cases so we believe it is safe for Northland...


Gordon Campbell: On Responding To The Need In Tonga

The power of the Tonga eruption (and the size of the aid response being mounted) have been sobering indications of the scale of this disaster. The financial impact is certain to exceed the damage done by Cyclone Harold two years ago, which was estimated at the time to cost $US111 million via its effects on crops, housing and tourism facilities. This time, the tsunami damage, volcanic ash, sulphur dioxide contamination and villager relocation expenses are likely to cost considerably more to meet...


Government: New Zealand Prepared To Send Support To Tonga

New Zealand is ready to assist Tonga in its recovery from Saturday night’s undersea eruption and tsunami, Foreign Affairs Minister Nanaia Mahuta and Defence Minister Peeni Henare said today... More>>

Ministry of Health: COVID-19 Immunisation Starts For 5 To 11-year-old Tāmariki

More than 120,000 doses of the child (paediatric) Pfizer vaccine have been delivered to over 500 vaccination sites around New Zealand as health providers prepare to start immunising 5 to 11-year-olds tamariki from today, 17 January... More>>

Crown: Duke Of York’s NZ Military Patronage Appointment Ends
Buckingham Palace has recently announced that, with the Queen's approval and agreement, the Duke of York’s military affiliations and Royal patronages have been returned to the Queen... More>>

Financial Services Federation: Open Letter To Government From Non-bank Lenders: The Path Forward On CCCFA Changes
Responsible lenders are not interested in telling the Government “I told you so” when it comes to unintended consequences of changes to lending laws that are now causing grief for everyday Kiwis seeking finance... More>>

CTU: Too Many Kiwi Workers Financially Vulnerable As Omicron Looms
With New Zealand on the precipice of an Omicron outbreak and the economic upheaval that comes with it, the CTU’s annual Mood of the Workforce Survey shows the vast majority of kiwi workers do not have the financial resources to survive a period of unemployment... More>>

Financial Advice NZ: Law Changes Locking Out Home Seekers, Urgent Meeting Sought With Government

Recent changes in consumer finance law on top of Government policy changes are locking many home seekers out of finance options they would have qualified for just six weeks ago, says Financial Advice New Zealand... More>>




InfoPages News Channels