November 12, 2018
Haumaha keen to resume work but probe continues
Deputy Police Commissioner Wally Haumaha has welcomed a report that his appointment process was properly carried out.
Queens Counsel Mary Scholtens found there was no need for the selection panel to have been told about concerns raised after the appointment by survivors’ advocate Louise Nicholas about comments he was alleged to have made more than 20 years ago about police officers subsequently prosecuted for sexual assault.
She says there was no verifiable basis for any of Ms Nicholas’s concerns.
There was also no need for the panel to be told of allegations Mr Haumaha bullied staff from Justice and Corrections working on a cross-agency project, because no complaint was made at the time.
Those allegations are now being considered by the Independent Police Complaints Authority.
Mr Haumaha thanked those who have assisted the Inquiry and also the many iwi leaders who supported him and his family.
He says he has worked for 30 years to improve Police’s service to the community, especially in relation to the special needs of Māori, Pasifika and ethnic citizens, and he looked forward to continuing this work.
National Party Police spokesperson Chris Bishop says there are still serious quesitons to be asked about whether Mr Haumaha should be in the role.
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