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During this time Police will continue to provide essential policing services.

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National relay plan

The events and activities information is subject to change.

Northern

Relay Kickoff: Dawn Ceremony
Where: Cape Reinga
Attendees: Myra Larcombe (first female officer in Northland), Constable Sheila Bernardes (most recent graduate), District Commander Russel Le Prou, Far North Area Commander Wendy Robbilliard
Additional Info: Karakia and blessing of the torch, Northland District taonga, passed members roll call

Relay Highlights

Friday 24th June

  • Drive torch along Ninety Mile beach from Houhora to Kaitaia
  • Netball game
    • Kaitaia College vs Kaitaia Police
    • Recruit booklets to hand out
  • Kaitaia CBD march
    • Dog Handler Elyse Lewis to march
    • Coincide with St John’s march

Saturday 25th June

  • Waka to carry torch Russell from Paihia
  • Waka from Russell to Waitangi
    • Activities with local iwi and community groups TBC
  • Torch to be driven on motorbike to Whangarei
    • Far North AC Wendy Robilliard will drive
    • Other motorbike enthusiasts to join

Sunday 26th June

  • Walk Hatea Loop
  • Basin (Town Basin) to Station march
    • Parade to be led by Sergeant Courtney Sandilands
    • Replica uniforms will be worn by the front rank of the parade
    • Speech from District Commander Superintendent Russell Le Prou
  • Displays/Demonstrations
    • Armed Offenders Squad static display
    • Police Negotiating Team – demonstration with vehicle
    • Search and Rescue – gear on display stretcher
    • Dogs
  • Obstacle Course – beer goggles, safe driving etc.

Tuesday 28th June

  • Most senior & most junior female member to handover torch to Waitemata at Topuni River, near Te Hana

Waitemata

Handover Location: Topuni River
Handover Date: Tuesday 28th June

Relay Highlights

Tuesday 28th June and Wednesday 29th June

  • Maori Blessing at Orewa
  • RSA march through Orewa Township
  • Torch transported by motorbike from Orewa to Helensville, Kumeu finishing at Henderson

Thursay 30th June

  • Indian breakfast & Blessing at Henderson Police Station
  • Kapa Haka performance at Waitakere High School
  • Rachel Clarke will canoe torch to Greenhithe (or jet ski depending on water conditions)

Friday 1st July

  • NSPC (North Shore Policing Station)
    • Samoan blessing/prayer
    • Address from Waitemata District Commander (Bill Searle)
  • Westpac Helicopter from Takapuna Grammar School
    • Female officer to transport torch on Helicopter
    • She’ll be dropped into water by Devonport & picked up by a RIB
  • From Devonport Naval Base march all female staff (including non-sworn and AO’s) along Devonport Parade
    • NZ Police Pipe Band will accompany them
    • Handover torch to former policewomen Pam Sowter who will walk it along Ferry Terminal and hand it over to District Commander Bill Searle
    • Deodar lll will transport it to Auckland City for handover

Auckland

Handover Location: Devonport
Handover Date: Friday 1st July

Relay Highlights

Friday 1st July

  • Handover at Devonport via Jet Ski

Saturday 2nd July

  • Auckland Netball Celebratory Stall
  • Waterfront relay
    • St Heliers Police Station to Mission Bay Police Station
    • BBQ lunch
  • Orakei Mara
    • Powhiri
    • Blessing
    • Afternoon Tea

Sunday 3rd July

  • Museum of Transport and Technology (MOTAT) Police Career Day
    • Police Stalls incl. Search & Rescue, National Specialist Search Group, Forensic Imaging, Maritime Unit, Police Motorbike, Dog Squad
  • Torch to travel on Western Springs Tram
    • Photos will be taken at points of interest including MOTAT, Auckland Zoo, Western Springs and Auckland Performing Arts Centre
  • Fashion Parade
  • Staff BBQ

Monday 4th July

  • OFCANZ cycle relay around Waiheke Island

Tuesday 5th July

  • Sunrise walk to One Tre Hill from Auckland Central
  • Morning tea at Auckland Wintergardens
  • Epsom Grammar School visit
    • Pipe band
    • Air Support Unit ‘Eagle’ attending (Display purposes only)
    • Dog Display
  • Handover by motorcade Counties Manakau at Mangere Bridge

Counties Manakau

Handover Location: Mangere Bridge
Handover Date: Wednesday 6th July

Relay Highlights

Tuesday 5th July

  • Torch arrives via Air Support Unit ‘Eagle’ to Mangere Bridge Area,
    • Hand over to DC accompanied by the longest serving female Police member from Counties Manukau & the youngest most junior serving female Police Officer
    • Children from local primary schools present in the local reserve area photographs to be taken.
  • Torch handed to female waka ama crew torch to CRL at Harlech House 582 GSR Otahuhu overnight

Wednesday 6th July

  • Parade down the main street of Otahuhu
    • Will have Police dogs, Mounted Police, Brass brand, Local schools, Community Patrol members, blue light, school representatives, local community, local MP’s.
    • Parade to conclude at the Otahuhu Police Station followed by morning tea.
    • Photographs to be taken.
    • Torch to remain at the Otahuhu Police Station overnight and if possible to go out with a female I car crew.

Thursday 7th July

  • Torch to be ridden on motorcycle by Constable Laing CMW area and handed over to East staff on East Tamaki Road, Otara.
  • March from East Tamaki Bridge to Otara Town Centre
    • Inspector Phillips and on NZP horses to lead the march.
  • Morning Team at MIT building.
  • Travel to Half Moon Bay Marina, staff to board deodar and travel to Pine Harbour marina, torch then transported by car to the Fo Guang Buddist Temple. Opening ceremony and prayer, school performances by local schools, closing ceremony and prayer.
  • Lunch at the Water Drop café with female staff and special guests.

Friday 8th July

  • Baton handed over to Counties Manakau Central staff.
  • Morning tea with past and present and retired staff at the Manukau Hub.
    • Baton to then be walked down to the Vodafone Events Centre.
    • Upon conclusion to the Manurewa Police Station
  • 7 female staff to walk with the baton to the border Great South Road and Mahia Road where it will handed over to 7 female Counties Manakau South staff.
  • Drive to the Papakura marae, welcomed on torch to remain overnight.

Saturday 9th July

  • Collect form the marae welcoming and farewell of the torch.
  • March around Bruce Pulman Park return to the Papapkura Station for high tea.
  • Travel by train to the Pukekohe area, march from the train station up the main street of Pukekohe
  • Mounted Police horses
  • Torch to then travel to the Farmers market, to remain in the Pukekohe area overnight.

Sunday 10th July

  • Hand over to the Waikato staff

Waikato

Handover Location: Pokeno
Handover Date: Sunday 10th July

Relay Highlights

Sunday 10th July

  • Blessing of torch
  • Police boat to Ngaruawahia
  • Waka from Ngaruawahia to Hamilton boat ramp
    • Will be met by District Commander and staff
  • Function Police Bar – past and present staff

Monday 11th July

  • March from Hamilton Police Station to Hamilton City Council
  • Mayoral reception
  • Running relay from Civic Square to Ohaupo
    • City staff will walk Ohaupo
  • Harleys to Taylors Hill
  • Run into Te Awamutu
  • Te Awamutu Station
    • Mayor & Naila to give speeches
    • Lunch for invited guests
    • Display
  • Run from Te Awamutu Station to top of Cambridge Road
    • Bike from Karapiro Domain to town hall
    • VIPS, Media, schools, netball teams invited
    • Police Dogs
    • Search and Rescue
    • Police/Fire women
    • AOS (Freda Grace)

Tuesday 12th July

  • Velodrome (Avantidrome)
    • Celebrity circuit, Police employees
  • Road cycle to Morrinsville
    • Morning Tea reception Morrinsville Station
    • Mayor gives welcome
  • Horse and cart ride down main street
  • Drive old MOT car to Te Aroha golf course
    • Run up and back down Te Aroha Mountain
  • Cycle trail to Paeroa
    • Meet Mayor Tregida & Inspector Nicholls at L&P bottle
    • Mayoral reception at Council Chambers
  • Function at 131 Restaurant

Wednesday 13th July

  • Cycle trail from CYFS Office in Paeroa to Waikino Steam Train
  • Steam train ride to Waihi
  • Inflatable Rescue Boat from Waihi Beach Surf Club to Bowentown Boat Club
  • Kayak and paddleboard to Athenree
  • Handover to Bay of Plenty at Katikati 

Bay of Plenty

Handover Location: Katikati
Handover Date: Wednesday 13th July

Relay Highlights

Wednesday 13th July

  • March through Katikati will do a march through the town then station photo, the
  • Torch will be pick up by Putaruru
    • Te Waihau walkway (weather dependent)

Thursday 14th July

  • Travel through TeRau taking photographs at landmarks
  • Torch to travel in Taupo to:
    • Waitahanui, Taupo. (Carpark by River to Taupo Airport)
    • Helicopter from Airport (Fly over LakeTaupo).
    • Helicopter disembarks at Wharewaka Reserve. Torch travels via road bike to 2 Mile Bay.
    • Leave 2 Mile Bay boat ramp via jet-ski. Shane McNally and a female crew member will travel across the lake to Scout Den, Lake Front.
    • Scout Den along Lake Front via horse to water treatment plant
    • Parade from water treatment plant to Police station. For the parade along the lake front there will be Police Tractor, Police vehicles, road bikes, motorbikes, walkers/runners.
  • Formal function upstairs at Taupo Police station.

Friday 15th July

  • Rotorua to Greer Station
    • Travel through Pyes Pa and TeMatai Road
  • Tauranga South Police Station
    • TGA South Event Friday Night TBC

Saturday 16th July

  • Tauranga South Police Station TBC
  • Waka from Tauranga Marine to Pilot Bay
    • Torch to be accepted from the Marina by a Maori Waka from TePuna
    • Coastguard, Surf Club etc to follow as support crew
    • TeArawa WakaAma club will supply boats for members to paddle
    • If weather is bad the torch will be transported via Coastguard boat or something similar
  • Pilot Bay
    • BBQ lunch at Pilot Bay or Mt Maunganui Station with members/community partners
  • Walk up Mt Maunganui summit and back down
  • Papamoa Station
    • Cycle from Mt Maunganui to Papamoa
    • Afternoon tea with community partners
  • Tauranga Memorial Park
    • Meet families/community at Memorial Park
    • Run/walk along Devenport Road, onto The Strand, to Tauranga Station
    • Possibly to have Police bag pipes
  • Tauranga Police Station
    • BBQ with ex police staff and community partners

Sunday 17th July

  • TePuke
    • Morning tea at Te Puke Station with Community Partners
    • Hand over at Otamarakau to EBOP at noon
  • Relay from Kawerau to Whakatane
    • Transport to involve Vintage Cars, Rail carts, Patrol Car & Cyclist
    • Will go through Kawerau, Te Teko, Edgecumbe, & Tanetua stations and get a photo at each station
  • Afternoon pot luck finger food @ Whakatane CPT rooms approx. 4 pm
    • Past and present Staff members & family to attend

Monday 18th July

  • Short Parade through Whakatane CBD with present/past members – sworn and employees
    • Approx. 930 Photo/media session outside the station - attendees include woman in Partner agencies, CPNZ, Maori Wardens etc
  • Vintage Fire Engine Ride from Station to Port Ohope
  • Ohiwa Harbour Wainui via Paddleboard
  • Wainui to Opotiki – patrol car – Photos opportunity at Opotiki station with local dignitaries
  • Patrol car from Opotiki to Te Kaha
  • Hand over to Gisborne at Potaka approx. 4pm

Eastern

Handover Location: Potaka
Handover Date: 18th July

Relay Highlights

Tuesday 19th July

  • Official welcome of the Torch into their Rohe (boundary)
    • Formal speeches
    • Morning tea with ex police members
  • March
    • Start at East Cape Lighthouse – run torch up Lighthouse
    • March to Ruatoria Police Station to lunch with ex members
    • March to Tokomaru Police Station – ride the torch through the township, using the old uniform
    • March to Tolaga Bay Wharf – run the torch to the end of the Wharf

Wednesday 20th July

  • Kaiti Hill
    • Run or walk torch up Kaiti Hill
    • Local youth, Wananga (holistic education for Maori), Tarawhiti Services Academy, Cactus
  • Gisborne Police Station
    • Catered breakfast
  • Walk torch from 3 Bridges to Waka pick up point (possibly Marina Park)

Thursday 21st July

  • Wairoa celebration TBC

Friday 22nd July

  • Relay from Bayview to Hastings City via coastal walk/cycleways, areas include
    • West Quay
    • Napier Soundshell
      • Art Deco Tea & scones for guests (retired staff, Mayor etc)
      • Speeches
      • Police dog and handler to attend
    • Awatoto
    • Te Mata Peak
  • BBQ with Blue Light (Youth program) at the fountain
  • Celebratory Dinner
    • Formal welcome & blessing
    • Guest Speaker
    • Static Display

Central

Handover Location: Norsewood
Handover Date: Saturday 23rd July

Relay Highlights

Saturday 23rd July

  • Torch received at Norsewood
  • Torch will be toured around Manawatu

Sunday 24th July

  • Torch to be taken by horseback to the Whanganui River
  • Then by Waka to Putiki
  • Torch will tour all stations & landmarks in Whanganui/Ruapehu Area
    • Photographs will be taken at each station/landmark
  • Afternoon tea at the Chateau
  • Taranaki to receive torch from Whanganui

Monday 25th July

  • Torch to travel through Taranaki down the Surf highway towards New Plymouth, taking photographs along the way. Key stops:
    • Patea (Patea Maori Club)
    • Hawera (Fonterra cow)
    • Manaia (Yarrows)
    • Opunake (Surf beach with a photo of surfer with the torch)
    • Parihaka
    • Okato (coast)
    • New Plymouth (Len Lye centre, Bridge, waka ama).
  • Hui
    • 4th Wall theatre at 6pm
    • Guests Speakers

Tuesday 26th July

  • Torch will travel down to South Taranaki with photographs along the way, including up Mt Taranaki
  • Taranaki to hand off to Palmerston North
  • Manawatu Golf Club
    • Wine & Cheese function
    • Fashion parade of old 7 new uniforms
    • Guest Speaker (Glenda Hughes)
    • 75 Year commemorative cake
    • Powerpoint – collection of older photographs & history

Wellington/PNHQ/RNZPC

Handover Location: Kapiti Police Station
Handover Date: Wednesday 27th July (Central) Saturday 30th July (Tasman)

Relay Highlights

Wednesday 27th July

  • Morning/afternoon tea at Kapiti Police Station
    • Marie Storey to address attendees
    • Commemorative pins to be presented to female staff

Thursday 28th July

  • Torch will be ridden over Haywards Hill Road to Hutt Valley by motorcycle
  • Event at Trentham (former police training base)
    • Val Redshaw to possibly attend & address the crowd (she graduated from Trentham)
  • Wainuiomata

Friday 29th July

  • Paula Tanuvasa will take the torch to Wellington on the Lady Liz
  • Dog base
    • Sue & dogs to possibly track the torch
  • Local relay around local sites or Mt Victoria
  • Torch to visit Wairarapa
  • 75 Lap Challenge
    • Relay around the Aotea Lagoon
    • Replica Uniforms will be used
    • BBQ will follow

Saturday 30th July

  • Diversity recruiting day at the Royal New Zealand Police College

Sunday 31st July

  • Retired members reunion that night

Southern

Relay Kickoff: Luncheon at Oyster Cove Restaurant
Where: Bluff, Invercargill
Kickoff Attendees: Expect 50 - 60 including AC Joel Lamb, Mayor Tim Shadbolt, Mayor Gary Tong, Iwi Liaison Officer, Area Leadership team, past & present police members

Relay Highlights

Southland Area

Friday 24th June

  • Photos at Bluff Marae with Maori Wardens and local Iwi
  • Official Photographs taken of retired and current policewomen outside the Fenwick Gates at Queens Park

Monday 27th June

  • Morning for WAN at Seriously Good Chocolate Factory
  • Roadtrip to visit Southland Icons
    • Riverton (Giant Paua Shell)
    • Tuatapere (Humo Ridge Track)
    • Tautau
    • Winton
    • Lumsden

Tuesday 28th June

  • Road trip continues
    • Gore (Giant Trout)
    • Te Anau

Otago Lakes Area

Thursday 30th June

  • Handover to Sergeant Chris Brookes to & safety car at Kingston
    • He will cycle the torch to Queenstown

Friday 1st July (GoPro to film)

  • Cutting of Police Tape at the Wharf of “iconic” Earnslaw steam ship – Mayor Vanessa Van Uden to cut tape with youngest serving Police Officer in Qtown Amanda SHUTE
  • Segway to around town and then up to the Gondola building
  • Up Gondola and down luge (group of people plus torch bearer)
  • Tandem Parapont to recreational grounds runner to ice skating rink ; then on to Winter Festival Ice Skating rink:  Runner to Police Station for half time break
  • Luncheon for staff and invited guests – Guest speaker retired Inspector Paula Stevens / Inspector Olaf Jensen
  • Runner down to wharf again
  • ThunderJet boat ride  up Frankton Arm/River then to the Marina
  • Group of Mountain bikers (including torch bearer) to ride along track to Historic bridge
  • Hand over to Patrol car to drive to Arrowtown
  • Horse ride around Arrowtown town centre
  • Bungy jump from bungee bridge (Tandem jump)
  • Patrol car up the Crown Range to hand over to Wanaka staff

Otago Coastal Area

Sunday 3rd July

  • Torch from Queenstown to Alexandra
    • Staff to bike on the rail trail from Ranfurley to Middlemarch to handover to Otago Coastal
    • Dunedin staff will travel via train to Middlemarch tor receive the torch

Monday 4th July

  • Torch to be brought into Dunedin Octagon by District Commander & met by a Kapahaka by Queens and Kings High school
    • Attendees include – Mayor David Cull, Vice Chancellor Harlene Hayne, Area Leadership team, Iwi Liason, Highlanders representatives and current & retired staff
    • Replica Uniforms will be on display
  • Female staff & Highlanders take the torch to Otago University via student tuk tuk
    • Vice Chancellor Harlene Haynes will then take it around the Clock Tower and Uni grounds in the tuk tuk
  • Afternoon tea at Dunedin Central Police Station

Tuesday 5th July

  • Torch will be taken by Coast Guard from Otago Harbour to Port Chalmers and then driven to Blueskin Bay then on to Palmerston for handoff to Oamaru

Friday 8th July

  • Handoff in Omarama for handover to South Canterbury

Canterbury

Handover Location: Omarama
Handover Date: 8th July

Relay Highlights

Friday 8th July

  • Receive torch from Omarama
    • Lake shore at Lake Ruataniwha.
  • Mountain biking through Twizel and Lake Pukaki through the alps to the Ocean cycle trail
    • Weather dependent they may continue on to Tekapo.
  • Then we are still having the wine and cheese night that night. Wine & Cheese Soiree at the Timaru Police Bar
    • Past & present male & female staff invited
    • Speeches
    • Potential local recruits invited

Christchurch

Wednesday 20th July

  • Hagley Park – Atrim Netball Centre
    • Police, Fire, Ambulance & Defence Force women to attend
    • Blue Light BBQ
    • Guests include retired Police staff form Canterbury area, Mayor, Canterbury Tactix Netball team

Tasman

Handover Location: Trans Alpine Train
Handover Date: Thursday 21st July

Relay Highlights

Thursday 21st July

  • Christchurch to Greymouth via train
  • Hokitika
    • Hokitika Town Clock
    • Hokitika Beach Sign
    • Lake Mahinapua
    • Ross Tanks

Friday 22nd July

  • Franz Josef
    • Helicopter ride to glacier
  • Wheelbarrow
  • Hokitika Gorge
  • Greymouth
    • The Barber
    • Point Elizabeth
    • Strongman/Pike River memorials

Saturday 23rd July

  • Greymouth Function @ the police station 11am – 1pm (not Shantytown)
  • Westport
    • Punakaiki
    • Westport Seal Colony/Carters Beach

Sunday 24th July

  • West Coast AC Mel Aitken + cycling group of 5 to run the torch halfway through the Heaphy Track and hand it over to Nelson Bay Area staff member
  • Coast members will continue the whole way through the track to Nelson end.

Monday 25th July

  • Run/Walk/Cycle the torch to Pupu Springs
  • Kayak from Marahau to Kaiteri (via Split Apple Rock)
  • Kaiteri to Moteuka (bike/run/walk)

Tuesday 26th July

  • Tandem sky diving with the torch
  • Mountain bike or tour bike from Motueka to Mapua (via Tasman Great Taste Trail)
  • Afternoon tea at Tahuna Function Centre
    • Retired members invited - can share their memories
    • Hand out commemorative pins

Wednesday 27th July

  • Walk/jog the torch from Tahuna Beach to the Botanical Hill
  • Relay from Bontaic Hill (Centre of New Zealand)
    • College teams to compete against Police
    • Teams will include six members from each area and a DHQ team (3 male & 3 female members)

Thursday 28th July

  • Travel around iconic Marlborough areas

Friday 29th July

  • Morning/Afternoon tea at Blenheim station