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WalOne
12-04-2014, 10:10 AM
Our partnership with iwi
Commissioner Bush meets the Māori King.

by

Commissioner Mike Bush




10th April 2014


On Saturday, I was privileged to attend the annual Poukai hosted by the Ngati Ranginui iwi at Huria Marae in Tauranga in the presence of King Tuheitia, the Māori King. I was accompanied by Superintendents Wally Haumaha, Glenn Dunbier and Bruce Bird.

These hui have their roots way back in the 1860s and are an opportunity for Māori who support the Kingitanga movement to show their allegiance to the King.

They provide a good forum for iwi to discuss issues that are important to their communities. They're also a golden opportunity for Police to connect with Māori in their area, so I was very pleased to see a good turnout of local staff.

I was escorted on to the marae by respected kaumatua Kihi Ngatai in what was a very moving ceremonial exchange, both before and after King Tuheitia's arrival.

The interactions on the marae were robust and very useful. There was certainly a lot of support for Police working with Māori to improve outcomes and to prevent young Māori entering the criminal justice system.

What was obvious was the willingness of Māori to work with us in resolving issues such as youth crime, family violence, alcohol and drug abuse and other drivers of crime. I welcome that as Māori are over-represented in crime statistics, both as offenders and victims, and it's only by working together that we will turn that around.

I later met privately with King Tuheitia to discuss issues of importance, and to reaffirm the special partnership between Māori and New Zealand Police.

Commitment to Māori and the Treaty of Waitangi is one of the core values of Police, and fostering our relationships with tangata whenua is a very important part of our work.

I made that point on Monday, when I addressed the new recruit wing at the Royal New Zealand Police College. This was the first time I had spoken at the College as Commissioner, and I will speak to all new recruits on their first day. As well as sharing our values and vision, it's a great opportunity to get to know the next generation of Police.

I also had the opportunity to meet the wing Patron, Invercargill Mayor Tim Shadbolt, and I know he'll agree that we've got a very bright future. I welcome the new wing into our whanau and wish them all the best.

Until next time, be safe.

B.M.
12-04-2014, 02:09 PM
Thanks for keeping us up to date with the workings of our Police Force Wal. :thumbs:

To date we have established that our new Commissioner considers a fellow officer, who planted a shell case in order to get a conviction in a murder case, as having “Integrity beyond Reproach”. :rolleyes:

He now goes on to advise the following:

“I later met privately with King Tuheitia to discuss issues of importance, and to reaffirm the special partnership between Māori and New Zealand Police.

Commitment to Māori and the Treaty of Waitangi is one of the core values of Police, and fostering our relationships with tangata whenua is a very important part of our work.”

Very good Mr Bush, so now you are promoting separatist operating systems within the force, based on race.

But, I guess that is in keeping with the present Governments policies, something we need to change next election. ;)

WalOne
12-04-2014, 02:54 PM
I've got to agree with you to a large extent, B.M.


I later met privately with King Tuheitia to discuss issues of importance

One has to ask what this clown deems to be important? (Tuheita, not Bush. But then again ... ) :D


special partnership between Māori and New Zealand Police

Is this a reversal of the principle of supply and demand ... with less offenders, could the police force be reduced?


promoting separatist operating systems within the force, based on race

:o

When I started these posts ("From the Police Commissioner") some time back, I did so out of respect for the then incumbent Peter Marshall. Frankly IMHO Bush isn't in the same league, and I feel disinclined to continue the posts.

Having said that, I'll give him a little time to establish credibility.