July 03, 2018
National makes hay over Haumaha inquiry
National MP Nuk Korako says the way the promotion of Wally Haumaha is being handled will erode confidence in the police.
Acting Prime Minister Winston Peters has ordered an inquiry into the way Mr Haumaha was appointed Deputy Commissioner of Police.
Victims' right advocate Louise Nicholas has challenged the appointment because of comments he made 14 years ago in supporting former officers she accused of raping her.
Mr Haumaha has apologised for the comments sand said they do not reflect his view or the values he now brought to the job.
Mr Korako says he is concerned Internal Affairs Minister and NZ First MP Tracy Martin was asked to oversee the inquiry, given that Mr Haumaha sought to become a New Zealand First candidate in 2005.
"To me that is in some ways putting the fox in charge of the henhouse. What we have got here is a serious conflict of interest with Tracy Martin's involvement and I really truly believe that will do nothing to build public trust and confidence in our New Zealand police force," he says.
Mr Korako says National wants know whether Police Minister Stuart Nash knew about the historical comments, and would he have made the appointment if he had known.
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