Commissioner of Police

Commissioner of Police

Mike Bush MNZM

Mike Bush has been the Commissioner of New Zealand Police since April 2014. He was initially appointed for a three year term, and in 2017 was reappointed until 2020.

Mike joined Police in 1978 and has held a range of high-profile national and international posts.

As Commissioner, he has taken a highly visible leadership role around work to improve Police’s diversity, inclusiveness and overall culture. This has included adding Empathy and Valuing Diversity to Police’s core values and continuing Police’s efforts to make the cultural changes required following the 2007 Commission of Inquiry into Police Conduct.

As well as being a Champion for Change for Global Women and supporting the recruitment, development and retention of female staff, Mike is a White Ribbon Ambassador and is committed to addressing the harm caused in our communities by family violence.

Mike led NZ Police’s Policing Excellence change transformation programme and the successful implementation of the Prevention First operating model, which received the Prime Minister’s IPANZ award for public sector excellence in 2014.

At the time of the 2004 Boxing Day tsunami, Mike was New Zealand Police’s Liaison Officer for South East Asia, based in Bangkok. He was the first New Zealand official on the scene at the devastated Phuket, and was made a Member of the New Zealand Order of Merit (MNZM) for his work following the disaster.

Mike Bush MNZM (Commissioner of Police)