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Wednesday, 30 March 2016

News: 30 New Zealand Police Stations Closed:

Do we have a crime problem or a funding problem?

The closure of 30 police stations throughout New Zealand has saved a cash-strapped police force $3 million, but the police union is warning of trouble ahead.
The Police Association says funding is nearing a critical point and "re-centralisation" could see public confidence erode to levels not seen since the early 1990s.

- Yesterday in Parliament Minister of Police Judith Collins was asked if she thought that New Zealand Police were adequately funded and replied "Mr Speaker - Yes".

- To a further question had she closed 30 Police Stations in the last four years she replied that she had not done it by herself.
The Old Christchurch Police HQ Building.

Some of the stations shut down are in Otara and Mangere, in South Auckland, and Porirua, Lower Hutt and Miramar in the Wellington region.

Six Auckland community offices and kiosks were closed to centralise staff to Ponsonby station, while the entire Auckland Downtown Station was relocated to Auckland Central.

In Wellington, the Cuba street station was also axed - its staff shifted to Police National Headquarters.

Marty K.