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No. 60 (September 1967)
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New Zealand

The New Zealand Police is a government department, though it is recruited, organised and governed somewhat differently from other departments of State.

The Police Department is under the direct control of a commissioner, who is stationed at the National headquarters in Wellington. There too is the head of the Criminal Investigation (Detective) Branch, and the recently centralised Criminal Records Bureau.


Training is given first at Trentham, where a recruit (19–35 years old) trains for 13 weeks, and a cadet (17 years old) has a 19 month course

Then follows 21 months training under supervision, including further courses and final examinations.

After two years on beat duty, a constable

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Constable Taurima with his dog ‘Ensign’ patrols outside two of Porirua's banks.

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Maori members of Wellington's police photographed outside their three-storey barracks at Porirua.
BACK ROW: From left, Constables J. S. Moran, T. A. M. T. Wilson, T. L. E. Kenny, D. J. Nicholas, C. W. Hohaia, W. M. Joyce, A. J. Joyce, K. H. Ponga, H. W. Hodges, R. D. Waitai, H. T. T. Poi and J. A. P. Myers. In front, Constable J. Rarere, Detective Constable T. W. Parata, Inspector E. F. Bennett and Constable W. W. Taurima with ‘Ensign’.

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Constable Myers beside his police car.

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National Publicity Studios
Detective Constable Parata and Constable Kenny

may apply for transfer to the C.I.B. or one of the other specialist sections.


Women between 20 and 33 years of age may join the Police, and their duties are basically the same as for male officers. Women members of the C.I.B. deal particularly with thefts, false pretences, assaults and all crimes pertaining to women and children.

Maori Police

Maori men and women are in all branches of the Police, and recently most of those based in the Wellington area were photographed at Porirua.

Of highest rank is Inspector E. F. Bennett, B.E.M., of Ngati Manu, now in administration at Police Headquarters. From 1957–61 she was attached to the Auckland C.I.B. as a detective, and as a Uniform N.C.O. was in charge of the Women's Division at Auckland from 1961 to 1966. She was awarded the British Empire Medal in 1963.

Constable W. W. Taurimu of Ngati Kahungunu has been dog handler for the Porirua area since 1965.

Now an Inquiry Constable at Wellington South, Ngapuhi's Constable A. J. Joyce was from May 1964 to August 1965 a member of

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the New Zealand Police contingent attached to the United Nations Peace Keeping Force in Cyprus.

Detective Constable T. W. Parata, Ngati Awa, has been a member of the Wellington C.I.B. since 1965 and is stationed at Lower Hutt.

Also at Lower Hutt, as Watchhouse Keeper, is Constable K. H. Ponga, Ngati Kahungunu. Other Ngati Kahungunu members are Constable H. W. Hodges, stationed at Naenae, who was a member of the Police Bodyguard for the Queen Mother during her 1966 visit to New Zealand, and Constable J. Rarere who is attached to the Criminal Records Bureau, in the Fingerprint section.

Stationed at Wellington are Constable C. W. Hohaia of Taranaki and Constable T. L. E. Kenny of Ngati Toa.

Attached to Taranaki Street Station are Constable J. S. Moran, Ngati Porou, who does Beat and Watchhouse duties, and Constables T. A. M. T. Wilson, Ngati Porou, D. J. Nicholas, Ngati Awa, W. M. Joyce, Ngapuhi, and H. T. T. Poi, Ngati Porou, all doing Beat and Motor Patrol duties. On the same duties at Lower Hutt is Constable R. D. Waitai of Ngati Kahungunu.

Well known in rugby football circles as a Maori All Black and Wellington Rugby Repre sentative is Constable J. A. P. Myers who is attached to the Information Section at Police Headquarters.

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Inspector Bennett at her desk.