Canterbury Police District

The Canterbury Police District covers the east coast of the South Island. It stretches from the coast to high in the Southern Alps and from the Conway River, south of Kaikoura, to the Waitaki River, south of Timaru. Canterbury Police District serves a population that includes Christchurch city, several provincial towns and a vast rural and alpine hinterland.

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Much of the district was affected by the earthquakes of 2010 and 2011, with communities displaced, infrastructure damaged and individuals affected by trauma and by ongoing uncertainty and disruption.

The region faces a sustained rebuilding phase, with a unique opportunity to shape a new future.

Police are playing their part, responding with an increased focus on crime and crash prevention, community engagement and visibility, as well as working in partnership with other central and local agencies.

For district staffing figures please refer to the Annual Report which can be found on the Publications and Statistics page.

Canterbury District news

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Neighbourhood Policing Teams (NPTs)

These teams aim to reduce crime, prevent victimisation, improve perceptions of safety and increase trust and confidence in Police. Their efforts are concentrated in their identified priority neighbourhoods.

Aranui NPT

Team leader: Sergeant Melissa Shaw
P 105
Aranui NPT

Phillipstown NPT

Team leader: Acting Sergeant Wilhelmus Buutveld (luke)
P 105
Phillipstown NPT

Commanders and headquarters

District Commander: Superintendent Tony Hill
District Headquarters: 40 Lichfield Street,
Te Omeka - Justice & Emergency Services Precinct,
Christchurch 8011

Area commanders and headquarters

Canterbury Metro Area

Commander: Superintendent Lane Todd
Headquarters: Christchurch Central Police Station
P 105

Canterbury Aoraki Area

Commander: Inspector Vicki Walker
Headquarters: Timaru Police Station
P 105

Canterbury Rural Area

Commander: Inspector Peter Cooper
Headquarters: Rangiora Police Station
P 105

More information

Contacts for other organisations

Christchurch Victim Support

Helps people hurt by crime and other trauma.
P (03) 363 7643 or 0800 842 846 24hrs  

Good One

Register your party on the website so Good One and Canterbury Police can offer advice to help you organise a great party that is remembered for the right reasons.

Aviva Family Violence Services

Support, advocacy and accommodation for women and children experiencing family violence.
P 0800 AVIVA NOW (0800 28482 669)

Battered Women's Trust

Promotes prevention and raises public awareness of violence against women and children.
P (03) 332 4122

Age Concern

Promotes the rights, wellbeing and quality of life of older people.
P (03) 366-0903 or 0800 803 344
Age Concern Canterbury website

Christchurch Citizens Advice Bureau (CAB)

Free confidential information, advice and support service.
Free phone 0800 367 222
CAB website

West Branch
Hornby Community Care Centre, Goulding Avenue, Christchurch 8042
Monday to Friday – 9am to 5pm
P (03) 349 5236

North Branch
Fendalton Library, 4 Jeffreys Road, Fendalton, Christchurch 8053
Monday, Wednesday, Thursday & Friday – 11am to 5pm. Tuesday – 2pm to 5pm
P 03 351 7804

City Branch
Salvation Army offices, First Floor, 250 Colombo street, Sydenham, Christchurch 8023
Monday & Friday – 9am to 12 noon. Tuesday, Wednesday & Thursday – 9am to 3pm
P (03) 366 6490

Satellite Services

The Loft
Eastgate Mall, 20 Buckleys Rd, Linwood, Christchurch 8062
Tuesday 11am to 2pm
P 0800 367 222


Provides counselling and early intervention services.
P (03) 379 4794 (counselling) or 0800 376 633
Free txt 234
Youthline website

105 Police Non-Emergency

105 is the number for Police non-emergencies. Use 105 to report things that have already happened that don’t need urgent Police assistance.
You can also call 105 to contact any police station in New Zealand.