Govt lead iwi to believe they would be helped by police at Northland checkpoints

Leah Panapa 09/12/2021

LISTEN: The Police Association is criticising the use of valuable police resources to assist iwi border checkpoints in Northland over the busy summer period.

Close to 300 officers will be redeployed from around New Zealand once Auckland’s border lifts on Wednesday, Dec 15.

For a nine-day period, there will be 74 police officers manning checkpoints. But that number will be multiplied by four.

“A total of 296 over the next 35-odd days, starting from next week,” Police Association president Chris Cahill told Magic Talk.

He says because the government passed law amendments under the COVID-19 Public Health Response Amendment Bill, there was confusion.

“That gave iwi a clear impression that they were going to be engaged in checkpoints with police.”

Cahill says that left police having to meet an expectation from iwi.

“But it doesn’t change the fact that it’s still not a good use of police resources,” he told Magic Talk.

Listen to the full interview with Chris Cahill above.

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