Woolf Fisher Fellowships

Woolf Fisher Fellowships

Commissioner Mike Bush

Today 15 Police staff, both constabulary staff and employees, were awarded Woolf Fisher Fellowships.

The Fellowships were awarded in a ceremony with Woolf Fisher Trust chairman Sir Noel Robinson at Police National Headquarters.

Last year when we launched the Fellowships I said this was an incredible gesture from the Woolf Fisher Trust and reflects the high esteem in which Police is held. I am proud to say this was further demonstrated by the number and calibre of the nominations. It must have been a daunting task for the panel to shortlist the nominations. 

I look forward to hearing about each Fellow’s travel and the formal study they have undertaken in the next few months.

Police seize record amount of cash

Last weekend saw Police seize a record-breaking amount of cash from a Te Atatu property following reports of a fight at the address.

The $2.5million is the largest amount of cash Police have ever seized in one haul. Previously the highest amount was $1.8million seized in an operation in 2017.

When Police arrived at the address they observed drugs and conducted a full search of the address. As well as the cash, Police seized four AR15 firearms, more than 400 rounds of ammunition and two kilograms of methamphetamine.

The initiative shown by the Police responding to this job shows the commitment we have as an organisation to disrupting drug supply chains. We will continue to target those who want to profit from the significant harm caused by these drugs, and I am extremely proud of the work of every staff member involved in this operation.

The sad passing of our first Māori female constable

Police were sad to hear that Evelyn Kingi, New Zealand’s first female Māori constable, passed away on Friday 19 January.

In 1943 Evelyn made history when she joined the third intake of women at NZ Police. At this time NZ Police was extremely male-dominated and she should be considered a pioneer for both Māori and women in an organisation whose attitudes reflected the social norms of the day.

Evelyn resigned three years after joining after she married without permission. Evelyn has without a doubt contributed to the changing culture at NZ Police and the huge respect for diversity we have as an organisation.

Our condolences are with Evelyn’s family at this sad time. 

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