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The cigarette crime spree

Written By: - Date published: 8:13 am, May 27th, 2017 - 74 comments

The cigarette crime spree is a real problem for National. Their “law and order” credentials are in tatters.

Ban cigarettes, find a way to compensate dairy owners for a transitional period.

National’s policing problem

Written By: - Date published: 12:09 pm, March 30th, 2017 - 48 comments

National is facing increasing public concern about the ability of the police to do its job properly.

Greg O’Connor responds

Written By: - Date published: 11:00 pm, February 18th, 2017 - 86 comments

In a guest post, Labour’s Ōhāriu candidate Greg O’Connor responds to some of the topics of comments in the post “Greg O’Connor selected for Ōhāriu” and elsewhere on the blogs.

Bill’s big policy flop

Written By: - Date published: 4:38 pm, February 2nd, 2017 - 26 comments

Fair to say that Bill English’s “big” policy announcement today was a total flop.

NRT: Even more expensive

Written By: - Date published: 7:32 pm, December 14th, 2016 - 5 comments

NoRightTurn: The police’s illegal raid on Nicky Hager’s home has got even more expensive

Whaleoil and Rachinger – the final chapter starts

Written By: - Date published: 8:24 am, December 12th, 2016 - 88 comments

In the Manakau District Court later this morning the trial of Ben Rachinger on fraud charges related to a admitted solicitation attempt to hack this site by Cameron Slater begins. The trial is set down for 5 days. Unfortunately I won’t be there. However there aren’t any court orders to prevent me from expressing my views and advice on the trial.

Fund the Police!

Written By: - Date published: 7:25 am, December 2nd, 2016 - 21 comments

Judith Collins is letting organised criminals off the hook as she insists the Police make burglary a priority.

In case you missed it: Nicky Hager awarded interim costs

Written By: - Date published: 9:30 am, November 15th, 2016 - 34 comments

Investigative journalist Nicky Hager has been awarded interim legal costs towards $475,082 spent suing police.

Police launch moral crusade against old people

Written By: - Date published: 9:04 am, October 27th, 2016 - 65 comments

Police subjected a group of elderly people attending a meeting on assisted dying to random breath tests so that they could collect the identities of each person who attended.

Nats cut police resources then demand the impossible

Written By: - Date published: 12:02 pm, August 30th, 2016 - 46 comments

We have had years of systematic under funding of the police and front-line numbers are falling. None the less police are now expected to attend every burglary. For the sake of this exercise in public perception other areas of police wrok will suffer.

Fewer police, more crime

Written By: - Date published: 8:56 am, August 5th, 2016 - 39 comments

The number of police (per head of population) is falling, and crime figures are rising. But no doubt National will play the “tough on crime” card again next year.

Dallas

Written By: - Date published: 8:59 pm, July 8th, 2016 - 105 comments

5 law enforcement officers shot dead in Dallas. The city’s worst day in 5 decades.

Police undermined by their own minister

Written By: - Date published: 12:59 pm, June 11th, 2016 - 100 comments

Good piece by Jo Moir on Stuff this morning, about National’s train-wreck week. Follow it up with Andrew Geddis on the legality of the Collins blurt.

Random impertinent question: Why did Cameron get diversion?

Written By: - Date published: 8:30 am, May 11th, 2016 - 32 comments

Why did the police offer Cameron Slater the soft option of diversion when he doesn’t qualify?

Nicky Hager opens new case against police

Written By: - Date published: 7:02 am, April 6th, 2016 - 30 comments

It sounds like the Police have a lot of questions to answer.

A measure of justice for Nicky Hager

Written By: - Date published: 7:58 am, March 19th, 2016 - 21 comments

The Police’s return yesterday of Nicky Hager’s data, equipment and belongings is – too little and too late – a measure of justice for Hager. But the process doesn’t end there, and open questions remain.

The Gun Club

Written By: - Date published: 2:34 pm, March 11th, 2016 - 172 comments

In the wake of the shooting of four police officers in Kawerau, it’s time NZ had a cold, hard look at our gun culture. We need an inquiry that addresses both legal and illegal gun ownership. But there’s a related matter that also needs looking at …

police and african youth

Written By: - Date published: 8:00 am, March 7th, 2016 - 19 comments

Research has been published showing police having treated African youth unfairly.  How can this be so, when they have put in so much effort to engage ethnic communities.

Police illegally arrest and detain union officials

Written By: - Date published: 7:00 am, February 14th, 2016 - 47 comments

Its bad enough that workers’ rights and conditions are being crushed by National Ltd™ but now Police have joined in.  Again.

National – trying to provoke TPP violence?

Written By: - Date published: 7:01 am, January 29th, 2016 - 164 comments

The police are “visiting” TPP activists – Key is cynically trying to blow the “law and order” dog whistle. But would he really go so far as to try and provoke open violence for political gain?

Another win for Nicky Hager

Written By: - Date published: 4:26 pm, January 27th, 2016 - 38 comments

“Yesterday, the New Zealand Police informed Nicky Hager through their counsel that they are electing not to appeal the decision of the High Court given in December last year.”

A letter of thanks from Nicky Hager

Written By: - Date published: 2:31 pm, December 21st, 2015 - 71 comments

“On 2 October last year the police raided our home and I had the hugely encouraging experience of watching hundreds of you coming to my aid on Givealittle: giving money and, just as important, sending kind messages and giving moral support. The financial support made it easy for us to decide to launch legal action…”

Police raid on Hager ruled illegal

Written By: - Date published: 4:41 pm, December 17th, 2015 - 263 comments

“Wellington High Court judge Justice Clifford issued his judgement today on the legality of the police search of Nicky Hager’s home on 2 October 2014.

The judge found that the search was illegal.”…

Police raiding journalists is a thing now

Written By: - Date published: 7:03 am, December 2nd, 2015 - 132 comments

Yesterday the police raided the home of a 3 News journalist. This seems to be quite a trend in the Brighter Future.

Jarrod Gilbert 1 – Windmills 0

Written By: - Date published: 7:09 am, November 29th, 2015 - 21 comments

About time the Police got around to becoming a “very evidence based” service. Building great relationships with academia is a sensible way to start.

Police censoring research

Written By: - Date published: 1:17 pm, November 25th, 2015 - 24 comments

Police censorship of research is causing widespread outrage today. Well done to Dr Gilbert and The Herald for bringing it all to light.

Dope-growing, cross-dressing BDSM male prostitute police officer convicted of harassment

Written By: - Date published: 9:36 am, November 25th, 2015 - 91 comments

A recent surge in the level of systemic criminality, thuggery, and general incompetence which now defines the New Zealand Police Force.

“A creeping authoritarianism from the current government”

Written By: - Date published: 4:17 pm, October 28th, 2015 - 36 comments

The reaction to Westpac handing over Nicky Hager’s data to police is still playing out. Rob Hosking observes “a creeping authoritarianism from the current government”.

Angry at Westpac

Written By: - Date published: 8:54 am, October 26th, 2015 - 56 comments

Westpac passing over Nicky Hager’s details was probably illegal, and may turn out to have been a very bad move…

Well spoken Police Commissioner

Written By: - Date published: 9:19 am, September 12th, 2015 - 27 comments

In The Herald: “Despite the number of armed incidents recently police should remain unarmed, the Police Commissioner says.”

Whitewash

Written By: - Date published: 9:12 pm, July 31st, 2015 - 55 comments

Astonishing release late on a Friday afternoon (dump time!) that the police will not be pursuing any action against Slater/Ede for hacking Labour’s website. Given a whole year to investigate, they didn’t manage to find out how to spell Nicky Hager or Tim Barnett’s names.

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