For­mer constable looks back

Auckland City Harbour News - - NEWS - By EMMA WHITTAKER

SEE­ING a 30-year-old news clip­ping of him­self sparks a lot of mem­o­ries for Mike Mo­ri­arty.

He was Grey Lynn’s com­mu­nity constable in 1985 and fea­tured in the first edi­tion of the Auck­land City Har­bour News.

‘‘Work­ing with the com­mu­nity was a high point for me. We got in­volved in all sorts of events,’’ he says. ‘‘It helped ground you.’’

Mo­ri­arty also served as a mem­ber of the Armed Of­fend­ers Squad and the po­lice anti-ter­ror­ist squad, now called the Spe­cial Tac­tics Group.

He was on the front-line of some piv­otal mo­ments in Auck­land’s his­tory.

Grey Lynn was dif­fer­ent in the 1980s. Mo­ri­arty’s beat was a gritty work­ing class neigh­bour­hood – but with a real sense of com­mu­nity.

‘‘There were pock­ets of bur­glary but not so bad that it re­quired a spe­cific op­er­a­tion,’’ he says.

Home­made heroin, or home­bake, had ap­peared and chemists were be­ing tar­geted by thieves need­ing sup­plies. The names of the lo­cal trou­ble-mak­ers of the day still stick in his mind.

Mo­ri­arty talked about his strug­gle to get res­i­dents to join a neigh­bour­hood watch scheme in the first edi­tion of the Auck­land City Har­bour News.

The bomb­ing of the Rain­bow War­rior in June 1985 saw Mo­ri­arty briefly called up for his other po­lice du­ties.

French

se­cret

ser­vice

agents Do­minique Prieur and Alain Ma­fart were ar­rested in July 1985, and Mo­ri­arty was in­volved in pro­vid­ing se­cu­rity at the Auck­land High Court dur­ing their trial.

Mo­ri­arty left his Grey Lynn post in 1986 to take up a job with po­lice in the city cen­tre.

He won a brav­ery award af­ter help­ing to stop a man wield­ing a knife on Queen St.

Dra­matic pho­tos of the in­ci­dent ended up in the news. He spoke with the man while an­other of­fi­cer came from be­hind to grab him.

‘‘There were peo­ple yelling to [the man]: ‘Watch out for the guy be­hind you’.’’ He laughs about it now. Mo­ri­arty left the po­lice force in 1996 and now works as the na­tional train­ing manager for First Se­cu­rity.

Photo: EMMA WHITTAKER

And now: Mike Mo­ri­arty fondly re­mem­bers his time in Grey Lynn in the 1980s.

Back then: Mike Mo­ri­arty fea­tured in the first edi­tion of the Auck­land City Har­bour News in 1985.

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