Commissioner and Executive

The chief executive of Police is known as the Commissioner and is appointed by the Governor General. Andrew Coster is the current Commissioner of New Zealand Police. The Commissioner of Police 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.

Each of the 12 districts have a District Commander and a team of Area Commanders who manage the day-to-day operations. You can find a list of these commanders on the district pages.

Executive Leadership Team

  • Commissioner of Police

    Andrew Coster

    Andrew Coster became Commissioner of Police on 3 April 2020. His police career spans over 23 years and has a strong history of accomplishments following his graduation from Police College in 1997, including serving in frontline and investigative roles in Counties Manukau and Auckland.

    Before being appointed as Commissioner, he was acting Deputy Commissioner: Strategy & Partnerships. In the period immediately after the tragic terror events in Christchurch, he oversaw the development of the Government’s firearms reforms, including the ban on semi-automatic firearms. Andrew has worked tirelessly to shepherd both tranches of reform through the legislative process.

    Commissioner Coster has worked in a variety of Police leadership roles that have taken him around New Zealand.

    He rose to Area Commander in Auckland City Central before becoming the District Commander for the Southern Police District in 2013. During his time as District Commander Andrew oversaw a significant culture change in the district, resulting in the district leading the country on total crime reduction, and in reducing repeat victimisation, reducing youth crime, and building trust and confidence.

    On moving to Police National Headquarters in 2015 he was appointed Assistant Commissioner, Strategy and Transformation. In this role Andrew stepped in to provide leadership and co-ordination for Police’s largest IT project of the decade – the replacement of the organisation’s HR and payroll system. His restructuring of the programme team and prioritisation of deliverables ensured the programme was delivered.

    He has also spent some time as acting Deputy Commissioner: Resource Management.

    Commissioner Coster has a Bachelor of Laws (Honours) from the University of Auckland and a Master of Public Management from Victoria University of Wellington. He has been a Solicitor in the Office of the Crown Solicitor in Auckland, and was seconded to the Ministry of Justice as Deputy Chief Executive in 2016. At the Ministry he led the development of a five-year plan to modernise courts and tribunals, before returning to Police.

    Andrew Coster (Commissioner of Police)
  • Deputy Commissioner: Iwi & Communities

    Wallace Haumaha QSM, ONZM

    Deputy Commissioner Wally Haumaha has extensive experience in strategic, operational and tactical policing, relating to the prevention of offending and victimisation of Māori, Pacific & Ethnic people.

    He has a proven track record of producing extraordinary results, acknowledged with the Queens Service Medal in 1998 for services to the community while a member of the Criminal Investigation Branch, and Officer in Charge of Community Policing. He was awarded the Police Commissioner’s Commendation for establishing the first Memorandum of Understanding between Police and 14 major Iwi groups in Bay of Plenty District in 2000 - an historic and significant event which marked the beginning of a relationship and partnership model that is now embedded into the structure of policing.

    He was also awarded a Commissioner’s Commendation for dedication to duty and leading the largest Māori protest Hïkoi in history - from Northland to Wellington - without incident or arrest. As a consequence, he secured the lasting trust and confidence of Māori activists, a relationship that has had a significant impact on the management of Waitangi Day at Te Tii Marae since 2004.

    Wally’s work has been widely recognised, locally and internationally, for engaging with diverse communities. He has been awarded prizes for innovation by the Institute of Public Administration of NZ and has seen Police named top public sector agency for Super Diversity. He continues to lead the development of major policy programmes such as The Turning of the Tide Whanau Ora Strategy, The Justice Sector Māori Outcomes Strategy, Iwi Justice Panels, the National Sponsor for Alternate Resolutions, the Ethnic & Pacific Peoples Strategy and National Māori Wardens Project.

    He has led work to build the cultural capability of Police across all districts and has driven the implementation of the restorative justice initiative Te Pae Oranga, formerly known as Iwi Community Panels. 

    In addition Wally was made an Officer of the New Zealand Order of Merit in 2017 for services to NZ Police and Māori, Pacific and ethnic communities.

    On 3 June 2018 Wally was appointed to the position of Statutory Deputy Commissioner. This is a statutory appointment, made by the Governor-General on the recommendation of the Prime Minister. He has been appointed for five years.

    Deputy Commissioner Wallace Haumaha QSM, ONZM
  • Deputy Commissioner: Operations

    Glenn Dunbier

    After serving as the Bay of Plenty District Commander from 2010 Glenn Dunbier was appointed as Deputy Commissioner: Resource Management in 2014. In 2017 Glenn took a three-year secondment to work in Canberra with the Australian Defence Department, focusing on inter-agency coordination and cooperation. In early 2020 Glenn returned to New Zealand and took up the role of Deputy Commissioner: District Operations.

    Glenn’s current role is responsible for supervising the 12 New Zealand Police districts and the day-to-day policing and operations that occur throughout the country. He works closely with, and is supported by, two Assistant Commissioners and the 12 New Zealand Police District Commanders.

    Glenn joined New Zealand Police in 1985 and began his police career in South Auckland. His background includes a wide range of uniform and CIB roles in greater Auckland, Wellington and Waikato, and extensive experience in covert policing. He was the Eastern Waikato Area Commander from 2006-2010.

    Glenn also served as the lead New Zealand Police liaison officer for the annual ANZAC commemorations in Turkey from 2012-2014.

    Glenn Dunbier
  • Deputy Commissioner: Leadership & Capability

    Tania Kura

    Tania Kura (Ngāti Maniapoto, Ngāti Te Kanawa) joined Police in 1987 and, in 2020, became the first female police officer to be appointed to the position of Deputy Commissioner.

    Tania was recruited from Invercargill, where she was born and raised with a whakapapa linking her to Tainui. Her first Police posting was to Christchurch.

    She has since worked in Central and Bay of Plenty Districts, The Royal New Zealand Police College and Eastern District in a variety of uniform, investigative and leadership areas including youth, intelligence, O/C station and operational field training.

    She spent five years as Hawke’s Bay Area Commander before being promoted in 2017 to the role of Eastern District Commander, in which she had responsibility for 500 people and demonstrated her ability to lead significant cultural change.

    Throughout her career, Tania has relentlessly focused on the development of her people and building a strong, positive culture. She is highly regarded by the community and her staff.

    She sets a high standard and her drive and determination to help shape a great culture within the Police organisation are clear for all to see.

    Tania Kura image
  • Deputy Commissioner

    John Tims (on secondment to the Ministry of Justice)

    John Tims joined Police on 24 September 1984. After graduating from The Royal New Zealand Police College, he was transferred to Otahuhu Police Station before joining the Criminal Investigation Branch in 1987. He worked across all ranks in the CIB and uniform branch but specialised in investigations for 22 years.

    In his role as Counties Manukau District Manager of Investigations, he was responsible for the strategic and operational direction of serious and volume crime investigations within the district. He had responsibility for Crime Services including the Major Crime Team, Organised Crime Team, Financial Investigation Unit, Source Handling Unit and the 24/7 Crime Squad. He also had responsibility for the Case Management Group, which included the File Management Centre, Public Counter, Investigation Support Unit, Records, SOCOs and CSAs.

    A career highlight for John was the development and opening of the Multi Agency Centre, Te Pou Herenga Waka. This centre was designed to use partnerships to provide a first-class service to child and adult victims of sexual and physical abuse.

    In November 2011 John was promoted to District Commander: Counties Manukau, a district is renowned for its innovation, where New Zealand Police’s operating strategy ‘Prevention First’ was initially piloted ahead of the national rollout. Along with Prevention First, the Youth Crime Action Plan was a priority with its focus on stopping problems before they develop and putting systems in place to prevent re-offending. He was also heavily involved in the development and implementation of the joined up agency response to family violence, Whangaia Ngā Pa Harakeke, and other Iwi-partnership related kaupapa.

    John was promoted to Assistant Commissioner in June 2017 and brought together a work programme to embed Tāmaki Makaurau as the identity for the three Auckland Districts. Tāmaki Makaurau represents the intent of the District Commanders to draw together the collective capability of the three separate districts and deploy in a more integrated manner to achieve improved outcomes for the communities.

    In June 2018 John was promoted to Deputy Commissioner: District Operations where he works with districts to deliver better performance outcomes and support a range of initiatives that will modernise and transform our business.

    This forward-thinking approach is underpinned in our district staff through our values and our high-performing culture, both of which support and enable our people to be the best they can be and drive us toward being the safest country.

    In August 2021 John accepted a secondment opportunity at the Ministry of Justice where he is leading the development of the Integrated Community Response (ICR) work for the Family Violence and Sexual Violence Joint Venture.

    John Tims
  • Deputy Commissioner: Strategy & Service

    Jevon McSkimming

    Deputy Commissioner Jevon McSkimming is responsible for the organisation’s Strategy and Service. Prior to this role, he was Assistant Commissioner: Service and before that the Chief Information Officer where he managed ICT Services for New Zealand Police.

    Jevon joined Police in 1996 after completing his studies in 1995. He has led substantial change management in large, complex departments and has delivered results across Police.

    Starting his career in Auckland, Jevon took on front line, Communications and Maritime roles before shifting to the far South, where he met a range of challenges as a rural and provincial sole charge officer.

    An opportunity to rewrite rural officers’ work terms and conditions led to a move to Wellington. Jevon then transferred to The Royal New Zealand Police College to run the promotion courses for Sergeant and Senior Sergeant ranks. As Deployment Manager for Wellington District, Jevon and his team played a key role in the model and process design for the New Zealand Police Prevention First Strategy.

    During his time as a member of the Executive, Jevon has led the Next Generation Critical Communications Programme, overseen the launch of the Single Non-Emergency Number (105), and managed the property portfolio, police vehicles and the ICT systems to maximise the benefit to the frontline.

    Jevon McSkimming
  • Deputy Chief Executive: Insights & Deployment

    R Mark Evans OBE

    Mark Evans has been a member of the Police Executive since 2011. As Deputy Chief Executive: Insights and Deployment, a new executive portfolio introduced on 1 October 2020, Mark is responsible for several key areas including Policy and Partnerships, Ministerial Services, Intelligence, Evidence Based Policing, Critical Command Information/Deployment, and Road Policing.

    He is also the executive lead for several portfolio responsibilities including the New Zealand Police response to the Royal Commission of Inquiry into the 15 March terrorist attacks in Christchurch, Police use and deployment of emergent technologies and the Understanding Policing Delivery research work programme.

    Additionally, Mark has executive leadership of a number of functions focused on lifting performance including problem solving and Tasking and Coordination (the process by which Police operationalise the principles of the Prevention First model).

    Before starting in this role, Mark was Deputy Chief Executive: Service Delivery.

    Mark is Vice President of the Australia and New Zealand Society of Evidence Based Policing (ANZSEBP), a member of the Global Advisory Board for Policing Insight, a member of the World Class Policing Awards Judging Panel and a fellow of the Institute of Strategic Risk Management.

    Mark came to New Zealand in 2007, having previously been the Director of Analytical Services for the Police Service of Northern Ireland. He has an MBA from Manchester Business School and in the New Year’s Honours 2006 was awarded an OBE for services to policing.

    He is a frequent contributor to international intelligence teaching and training, and is a Visiting Professor at University College London where he teaches on their MSc in countering organised crime and terrorism and their MSc in police leadership.

    R Mark Evans
  • Deputy Chief Executive: Corporate Operations

    Ruth Currie DSD

    Ruth Currie joined Police in January 2021. The Deputy Chief Executive: Corporate Operations is responsible for leading our People, Finance, ICT, Legal, Fleet Management, Procurement and Infrastructure operations.

    Ruth has a wealth of experience as a senior management professional who has led teams within large, complex organisations.

    Before joining Police she worked for Kuehne + Nagel Ltd as the Vice President Government & Defence Logistics for the South Asia Pacific region. She took that role after retiring from the New Zealand Defence Force in the rank of Colonel, with over 27 years’ service.

    Her last role in the New Zealand Defence Force was as the Joint Support Component Commander, providing logistics and health support to both domestic and expeditionary operations.

    In 2018 Ruth was awarded a Distinguished Service Decoration (DSD) for her military service in Lebanon in 2015-2016, in which she held the role of Chief – Observer Group Lebanon for the United Nations Truce Supervision Organisation.

    Ruth has a Master of Supply Chain Management from Massey University.

    Ruth Currie
  • Director – Office of the Commissioner

    Maria Rawiri

    Maria Rawiri joined Police in November 2020. The Director: Office of the Commissioner provides strategic support to the Commissioner, Executive Leadership Team, and governance to help Police deliver on its priorities and organisational goals. An important focus of the role is to enhance collaborative working arrangements within New Zealand Police and with key partners.

    Maria has a wide range of experience from across the public service. She was previously a chief advisor and general manager at the Ministry of Justice, and over the past decade has worked in senior management roles at Oranga Tamariki and the Office of the Auditor-General. In the early part of her career, Maria worked at the New Zealand Treasury and New Zealand Trade and Enterprise.

    Photo of Maria Rawiri - Director – Office of the Commissioner
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