February 06, 2020
Anti-Maori bias in Police promotion record questioned
The New Zealand Maori Council says the refusal to consider Deputy Police Commissioner Wally Haumaha for the commissioner’s role points to wider problems in the police force and the public service.
Mr Haumaha is widely credited with reducing protest tension at Waitangi in recent ears, and as deputy commissioner he has played a major role in police activities after the Christchurch mosque shootings and the White Island eruption.
But Maori Council executive director Matthew Tukaki says he was dropped from the shortlist for supposed lack of operations experience.
He says he met with the State Services Commissioner Peter Hughes this week to ask why Maori in the police don’t seem to get above superintendant level.
"Why aren’t we being promoted? What's wrong with us? One the one hand you're being told you don't have enough operational experience. On the other hand you're being told you don't have enough management experience so there are no winners here. And the fact is Maori are the biggest consumers of police time, energy and effort," Mr Tukaki says.
He says police policies are still seem to be about arresting and locking up Maori rather than reducing crime levels.
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