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SSANZ Update: Headlines, announcements & shuffling feet

By Neville Dodd, SSANZ

Welcome to our latest updates. This is not coming to you from our great secretary Phil Cregeen as he is taking a well earned break touring parts of the South Island.

 

This article says a lot about the character of NZ first and Winston Peters:

www.stuff.co.nz/national/politics/119832405/fishing-influence-trawls-deep-into-nz-firsts-past

 

WOW! You don't often get to see a WTF moment like this. Ardern’s announcement of Andrew Costa’s appointment to be the new commissioner of Police, signals the lack of confidence she apparently has with the top echelon. She effectively wiped away an entire generation of top contenders for the top job and has thus signalled she wasn’t happy with the current culture.

 

One can’t help but think about Ardern’s possible knowledge of the pending Royal Commission of enquiry and what maybe damming findings on Police incompetence in the lead up to the March 15 Terror Attack.

 

“The body language was priceless after Ardern’s announcement. In particular was Chris Cahill who looked like a stunned Mullet when asked to comment on Costa’s appointment and although complementary, his face didn’t show it.

 

This would effectively allow her to save face without having to go through the embarrassing process of removing the top offenders, who will now simply either resign or take early retirement.

 

It’s important to note that Police Minister Nash didn’t make the announcement. Ardern was more than happy to say it was her decision to appoint Costa to the position. Is she also showing her lack of confidence in Nash by doing so?

 

The body language was priceless after Ardern’s announcement. In particular was Chris Cahill who looked like a stunned Mullet when asked to comment on Costa’s appointment and although complementary, his face didn’t show it.

 

“Ardern did mention Costa as having played a significant role in the rewriting of the arms act, so chances are there will be no pleasant surprises for LFO’s.

 

This could also signal that the tight, almost impenetrable group of narcissistically minded individuals at the top of the police pyramid have now been dissolved and replaced with a younger generation with a new outlook.

 

The question now is just how much of a cultural change there will be and how this might effect the outcome of the second tranche of the Arms Amendment.

 

Ardern did mention Costa as having played a significant role in the rewriting of the arms act, so chances are there will be no pleasant surprises for LFO’s.

 

Andrew Coster named as New Zealand's new police commissioner:

www.rnz.co.nz/news/national/411298/andrew-coster-named-as-new-zealands-new-police-commissioner

 

Police bullying hotline “should be discontinued and replaced” - review:

www.rnz.co.nz/news/national/410850/police-bullying-hotline-should-be-discontinued-and-replaced-review

 

Check out the BFD “Face of the day”:

www.thebfd.co.nz/2020/03/the-bfd-face-of-the-day-46

 

And in case you haven’t caught up with it here is a good commentary from Mike Hoskings:

www.newstalkzb.co.nz/on-air/mike-hosking-breakfast/opinion/mike-hosking-gun-reform-the-latest-labour-nz-first-headache

 

And back to the BFD for more insight on police attitudes and tactics:

www.thebfd.co.nz/2020/03/abuse-of-trust-nz-police

 


Neville Dodd

SSANZ Pres. 

 

www.sportingshooters.nz

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