Police Commissioners, Executive and District Commanders
The chief executive of Police is known as the Commissioner and is appointed by the Governor General. The Commissioner is accountable to the Minister of Police for the administration of police services, but acts independently in carrying out law enforcement decisions.
Nationally we have 12 districts, which are administered from Police National Headquarters in Wellington, and a number of national service centres that provide administrative and specialised support, such as forensic services.
See also: New Zealand Police management structure January 2013 [PDF, 8 Kb]
- Commissioner of Police
- Deputy Commissioner Resource Management
- Deputy Commissioner Operations
- Assistant Commissioner Investigations/International
- Assistant Commissioner Upper North
- Assistant Commissioner Lower North and South
- Assistant Commissioner Road Policing
- Assistant Commissioner Operations
- Director of Intelligence
- General Manager Finance
- Change Director
- General Manager Human Resources
- General Manager Public Affairs
- General Manager Strategy, Policy and Performance
- General Manager Maori, Ethnic and Pacific Services
- Chief Information Officer
The Commissioner of New Zealand Police is both Chief Constable, with responsibility for operational matters, and Chief Executive, responsible for assets and budgeting. The Commissioner is accountable to the Police Minister for the administration of Police services, but acts independently in law enforcement matters.
The present Commissioner is Peter Marshall, who began his three-year tenure in April 2011. He joined Police in 1972, holding a variety of uniform and CIB positions and commanding high-profile operations such as policing of the APEC Conference and Americas Cup in Auckland.
Overseas postings included Liaison Officer positions in Washington DC and Canberra. Before becoming Commissioner he was serving as Commissioner of the Royal Solomon Islands Police Force.
He was made a member of the New Zealand Order of Merit in 2000. He has also received a Royal Humane Society bravery award.
Deputy Commissioner Resource Management manages all Police's major resource issues, acting as the bridge between frontline officers and the things that allow them to do their jobs, from equipment to employment contracts. As Deputy Commissioner he was appointed by the Governor-General.
Reporting to this position are the National Manager Training Service Centre; Chief Information Officer; and General Managers of Human Resources, Finance, and Strategy, Policy and Performance.
Viv Rickard was appointed in May 2010 after more than 26 years in Police. Previously he was Assistant Commissioner Operations and Assistant Commissioner Crime & Investigations. Other roles have included five years as district commander in Northland and two years as district commander in Waitematä.
He is of Te Arawa, Ngati Whare and Ngati Porou descent.
Deputy Commissioner Operations has responsibility for national operational, road policing, investigative and intelligence functions; overseas deployments; Pacific Islands Chiefs of Police Secretariat; national security; and counter-terrorism. Five assistant commissioners and the Director of Intelligence report to this position.
Mike Bush was appointed in April 2011. As Counties-Manukau district commander he oversaw deployment of an additional 300 officers into New Zealand's busiest Police district and pioneered neighbourhood policing under the Policing Excellence change programme. He retains the Policing Excellence portfolio.
He joined Police in 1978. His operational and administrative positions included South East Asia liaison officer, based in Bangkok, when he was the first New Zealand official to reach devastated Phuket after the 2004 Asian tsunami. He was awarded the MNZM for his achievements in this operation.
Assistant Commissioner Investigations and International is responsible for the National Criminal Investigations Group, the Organised and Financial Crime Agency New Zealand (OFCANZ), Financial Crime Group, International Services Group and Pacific Islands Chiefs of Police Secretariat.
The Investigations and International Group leads the prevention, investigation, disruption and prosecution of serious and transnational crime. It also leads liaison, overseas deployment and capacity building with international policing partners.
Assistant Commissioner Malcolm Burgess was appointed in June 2011 after two years as Director of OFCANZ, based at Police National Headquarters in Wellington.
He joined Police in 1976 and held uniform and CIB positions including area commander for Nelson and Hamilton cities and Detective Superintendent Southern, based in Christchurch. In 2005 he studied in Britain under the Foreign and Commonwealth Office Aotearoa Fellowship.
Assistant Commissioner Upper North has oversight of policing in the Northland, Waitematä, Auckland City, Counties Manukau, Waikato and Bay of Plenty policing districts with a full time equivalent of 4,800 staff.
The District Commanders of the six Upper North Districts and the Aucklandbased Detective Superintendent for the Upper North report to Assistant Commissioner Boreham whose role also includes representing the region's interests to the Police Commissioner and Executive at Police National Headquarters.
Assistant Commissioner Boreham joined the New Zealand Police in 1985 and has worked in a range of general duties, criminal investigation and road policing roles in Auckland, Bay of Plenty, Wellington and Waikato. His senior positions have included appointments as Area Commander Eastern Waikato, Road Policing Manager in Wellington, Manager of the Northern Communications Centre in Auckland, District Commander Waikato, and Assistant Commissioner Auckland.
Assistant Commissioner Lower North and South has oversight of policing in the Eastern, Central, Wellington, Tasman, Canterbury and Southern police districts.
The District Commanders report to the Assistant Commissioner, who in turn reports to Deputy Commissioner Operations.
Grant Nicholls was appointed Assistant Commissioner Lower North in May 2011 and to his current position in November 2012 when the Assistant Commissioner positions were realigned. He joined Police in 1985 and has held operational, policy and administrative posts, including District Commander of Eastern District, based in Napier, and Assistant Commissioner positions covering Strategy, Policy and Performance and Specialist Operations.
Overseas experience includes deployment to Thailand as a Contingent Commander after the Asian tsunami; secondment to Strathclyde Police in Glasgow; time spent in Timor-Leste, Australia, the US and Canada; and command training at the Police Staff College, Bramshill, near London.
The position of Assistant Commissioner Road Policing was created to reinforce the significance of road safety to Police and help increase our focus on key relationships in the transport and road safety sectors.
The post has additional responsibility for major operational change implementation, recognising that this is critical to achieving Police's strategic goals, and to contributing to the delivery of better public services across Government. A key initial focus will be to steer the phased roll-out of our mobility strategy.
Dave Cliff joined Police in 1983 and held positions including National Road Policing Manager. He worked in Vietnam under an NZ Aid project, and in Buenos Aires, Argentina, advising on road safety issues.
He was appointed Canterbury District Commander in 2007 and became familiar as the face of policing after the Canterbury earthquakes of 2010 and 2011. He was appointed Assistant Commissioner South in May 2011 and to his current position when the Assistant Commissioner roles were realigned in November 2012. He was made an Officer of the New Zealand Order of Merit (ONZM) in the 2012 Birthday Honours.
The Assistant Commissioner Operations is responsible for Community Policing, Youth, Communications Centres, Operations Group and Prosecutions.
Nick Perry was appointed in September 2011 after relieving as district commander in Counties Manukau. He joined Police in 1970, holding roles including senior Special Tactics Group and Armed Offenders Squad positions; Wellington City area commander; Detective Superintendent Central Region; Otago/Southland district commander; and National Manager Crime.
In 2004, he was appointed to lead an investigation into historic sexual offending and corruption allegations against past and serving Police officers.
Overseas experience includes four years as liaison officer in London and three months with South Australia Police under an exchange programme. He is a graduate of the FBI National Academy and was made a Member of the New Zealand Order of Merit in 2009.
The Director of Intelligence is responsible for the National Intelligence Centre (NIC) which provides direction to operational policing through national tasking and co-ordination, strategic and tactical crime and road policing analysis and a focus on high-priority crime and security problems.
The NIC oversees professional development of all Police intelligence staff, supports area and district intelligence units and coordinates with domestic and international intelligence partners. It also hosts the multi-agency National Drug Intelligence Bureau.
Mark Evans was appointed in October 2008 and given an Executive role in June 2011, based at Police National Headquarters in Wellington.
After working in London and Canberra, Mark was most recently Director of Analytical Services for the Police Service of Northern Ireland, earning an OBE for services to policing. He is a frequent contributor to international intelligence teaching and training.
General Manager Finance has responsibility for the finance function (which entails the management of $1.4 billion operating expenditure and $100 million capital expenditure), the National Property Group, National Procurement Group, and National Record Keeping.
John Bole has an extensive career in senior finance roles, including being Chief Financial Officer for the Department of Corrections; CFO and GM Retail of Contact Energy; Group Manager Finance for the Airways Corporation; and Manager Financial Operations for Telecom New Zealand.
John joined New Zealand Police in June 2011 and is a Fellow of the Irish Institute of Chartered Accountants. He has an MBA from Henley Management College.
This role was created in March 2012 to oversee and fully coordinate the change programmes under way in Police.
There are a number of initiatives happening as Police develops an approach that lets us live within baseline while putting Policing Excellence in place and targeting resources to the front line.
General Manager Human Resources Brendan Keys was appointed to the role in March 2012 for at least the next 18 months. Brendan joined Police in April 2011. His previous career included senior HR and business strategy roles in the finance and services sectors, including ING International, ANZ National Bank, KPMG and Wellington International Airport.
Before his Police appointment he spent 12 months consulting to the Defence Force transformation project, where he was involved in establishing a new HR structure and function and providing input on organisational change initiatives.
General Manager Human Resources is responsible for setting standards applied in HR nationwide and providing services in areas including general HR, employment relations, health and safety, remuneration, organisational development and culture, recruitment and provision of payroll and HR information.
The role has aspects specific to Police, including provision of welfare support, professional standards oversight and processes associated with complaints against Police officers.
An interim General Manager Human Resources will be appointed while Brendan Keys fills the role of Change Director. Alan Cassidy, Manager Organisational Development, is currently acting in the role.
The General Manager of Public Affairs is NZ Police's principal adviser on communication matters both internally and externally. She manages a team of more than 20 communications professionals providing media relations, stakeholder relations, recruitment marketing, print and online publishing, as well as overseeing the Police Museum.
The GM has a functional relationship with communication managers in the 12 districts and works closely with District Commanders and all members of the Police Executive.
The General Manager of Public Affairs is Karen Jones. Before joining Police in February 2013, Karen was Head of Communications and Government Relations for NZ Lotteries, a senior executive-level position she held since 2007.
She was previously Communications Manager for the State Services Commission for five years and held a number of senior communications roles in both private and public sector organisations. Karen has a Bachelor of Arts (Hons) from Victoria University.
The General Manager: Strategy, Policy and Performance oversees the legal services, policy, strategy, planning and performance, portfolio management and improvement functions for New Zealand Police.
Mike Webb was appointed Acting General Manager in September 2012.
Mike holds postgraduate degrees in law and political science from the University of Canterbury, and in criminal justice policy from the London School of Economics.
Mike has served in various senior roles at Police National HQ over the last 12 years. He was appointed National Manager: Organisational Performance in 2008, and has spent time relieving as National Manager: Legal and National Manager: Assurance.
The Māori, Pacific and Ethnic Services (MPES) group was formed in 2003 to provide strategic advice and operational support to districts and Police National Headquarters.
MPES spearheads Police's Māori, Pacific & Ethnic strategy, winner of the award for "Excellence in Recognising Ethnic Diversity" from the Institute of Public Administration NZ in 2011. MPES projects won three further IPANZ awards in 2012.
Superintendent Wallace Haumaha was appointed GM in 2007, after serving as National Strategic Māori Adviser. He reports direct to the Commissioner.
He was awarded the Queen's Service Medal in 1996. He helped establish the first Memorandum of Understanding between Police and 14 Bay of Plenty iwi groups and commanded the operation around New Zealand's largest protest march, the 2004 Foreshore and Seabed hïkoi, receiving Commissioner's Commendations for both. Wallace has Te Arawa and Tainui affiliations.
The CIO is responsible for supporting Police operations through effective use of information and technology, achieved through encouraging innovation, establishing and leading projects and ensuring services are provided efficiently and reliably.
Policing Excellence demands an increasing level of information is provided to the front line – and this is a major focus of the role.
Stephen Crombie was appointed in July 2012. He has extensive public and private sector experience in ICT and service delivery, most recently on secondment to the government Service Transformation Programme as Executive Director.
Before this he held executive positions at the Department of Internal Affairs and State Services Commission, Tait Electronics, Telecom New Zealand and Ericsson (UK and New Zealand). He holds an MSc in Management of Technology from the University of Sussex.
- Northland – Superintendent Russell Le Prou
- Waitematā – Superintendent Bill Searle
- Auckland City – Superintendent Michael Clement
- Counties/Manukau – Superintendent John Tims
- Waikato – Superintendent Win Van der Velde
- Bay of Plenty – Superintendent Glenn Dunbier
- Eastern – Superintendent Sam Hoyle
- Central – Superintendent Russell Gibson
- Wellington – Superintendent Mike Rusbatch
- Tasman – Superintendent Richard Chambers
- Canterbury – Superintendent Gary Knowles
- Southern – Superintendent Bob Burns