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State of National Emergency

Police service update

At 11.59pm on Wednesday 25 March 2020, New Zealand moved to COVID-19 Alert Level 4.

This means New Zealanders not working in essential services must stay at home and stop all interactions with others outside of their household.

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

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Museum news

Museum news

  • EVIDENCE newsletter (Summer 2020)

    In this issue:

    • The contribution of the US Navy to Operation Overdue.
    • More of the team behind the museum.
    • Our new Interactive Photo Booth.
    • Our new education programmes for 2020.
    • The Police Museum out and about at Creekfest 2020.
    • Some good reads on policing history in New Zealand.

     

    Read the Summer Issue(link is external)

    *EVIDENCE is the official communiqué of the New Zealand Police Museum.
    If you would like Evidence to come straight to your inbox, email us on museum@police.govt.nz(link sends e-mail).

  • EVIDENCE newsletter (Spring 2019)

    In this issue:

    • 'Operation Overdue the New Zealand Police story'
    • Our new Front of House upgrade
    • More of the team behind the museum
    • A Wing Patron's gift from the Museum's collection
    • A community engagement initiative between a local primary school and the New Zealand Police  
    • Snippets from a school careers visit to the Museum and the Royal New Zealand Police College

     

    Read the Spring Issue

    *EVIDENCE is the official communiqué of the New Zealand Police Museum.
    If you would like Evidence to come straight to your inbox, email us on museum@police.govt.nz(link sends e-mail).

  • EVIDENCE newsletter (Winter 2019)

    In this issue:

    • Our new Ashburton Police station sign
    • The volunteers behind the Museum
    • Remembering police historian Ray Carter
    • A preview of new exhibits

     

    Read the Winter Issue

    *EVIDENCE is the official communiqué of the New Zealand Police Museum.
    If you would like Evidence to come straight to your inbox, email us on museum@police.govt.nz(link sends e-mail).

  • EVIDENCE newsletter (Autumn 2019)

    In this issue:

    • The faces behind the Museum
    • A tribute to the Friends of the Police Museum
    • Memorable excerpts from our vast collection, and profiles the work of our Victoria University of Wellington Museum and Heritage Studies Programme intern
    • A bio on our new Curator of Public Programmes and his plans for visitors.

     

    Read the autumn issue

    *EVIDENCE is the official communiqué of the New Zealand Police Museum.
    If you would like Evidence to come straight to your inbox, email us on museum@police.govt.nz.

  • Policing the War: New Zealand Police 1914–1918 | The Invisible Military Machine
    August 2017
     
    During World War One, while the boys in khaki were battling the enemy overseas, the boys in blue were facing a very different kind of war back home. The role of New Zealand Police on the home front was the subject of a presentation by Police Museum Director Rowan Carroll to the three day ‘Dissent and the First World War’ conference at Victoria University of Wellington in August.
     
     
  • Return of remains allows Huntly couple to rest in peace

    October 2015

    Dignity and respect were the drivers of a ceremony in the north Waikato in which Police laid to rest the remains of Samuel Pender Lakey alongside his wife, Christobel. The couple were murdered at their Ruawaro farm near Huntly in October 1933 and a small number of Samuel’s remains had been part of the New Zealand Police Museum collection placed in storage following their use for investigative training last century.

    'Couple reunited 82 years after double murder' on Radio New Zealand news

     

  • Human Remains Collection

    June 2015

    Rowan Carroll, the Director of the New Zealand Police Museum, discusses the Museum's recent 3 year Human Remains project on Radio New Zealand. The project laid to rest a collection of forensically interesting human remains which were gathered for Police training purposes between 1906 and 1956.

    Listen to the interview

  • Secret Museums of New Zealand

    August 2015

    Radiolive showcases the New Zealand Police Museum in an interview with Museum Director, Rowan Carroll.

    Listen to the interview

  • Forced to Strike: Waihi 1912

    November 2012

    Rowan Carroll, Museum Director, discusses the Museum exhibition 'Forced to Strike: Waihi 1912' on Radio New Zealand.

    Listen to the interview

  • Suspicious Looking

    October 2012

    One of the mug shots in our collection that was featured in our online exhibition 'Suspicious Looking' has gone viral! Here are just a few of the interviews and articles that have featured the lovely Daniel Tohill.

    'Good-looking old-timey Kiwi crim goes viral' on 3news

    'Arresting photo gets half a million viral hits' in 'The New Zealand Herald'