March 09, 2020
Coster pick takes pressure off police
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The New Zealand Māori Council has welcomed the appointment of Andrew Coster as the new Police Commissioner.
Mr Coster served in frontline and investigative roles in Counties Manukau and Auckland before rising to become area commander in Auckland City Central and then becoming the district commander for the Southern police district in 2013.
Council executive director Matthew Tukaki says the council had been prepared to go to court if the Government has appointed another candidate, Mike Clement.
It still wants an investigation into whether Mr Clement was involved in a campaign of leaks that sunk the prospects of Deputy Police Commissioner Wally Haumaha getting the job.
“Unfortunately Wally’s reputation has been sullied by those who have been backgrounding against him. Wally has done an absolutely outstanding job over many years and I can really see the opportunity of a wise Deputy Police Commissioner Wally Haumaha supporting and assisting Andy Coster in this role, so really pleased to see the Government deciding to take this course,” Mr Tukaki says.
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