‘Oh my god, I’m so tired’: road police
Southern road police are unhappy and ‘‘tired’’ after a new roster introduction which saw officers go from having two weekends off in four weeks to two weekends off in six weeks.
The new three-week roster has three different shifts, with officers starting work at four different times and finishing at six different times.
The change was part of a Southern district road policing restructure, which came into effect on November 30 last year.
Official Information Act restructure decision documents show the new rosters were put in place for a ‘‘trial period’’ of six months, but it is understood some officers were so disgruntled, a new seven-day-on roster was introduced for some.
A Central Otago source close to police was ‘‘pretty sure the guys still aren’t happy’’, and said the new roster was ‘‘poorly ... thought out’’.
Nurse Judy Stewart and Queenstown Lakes Mayor Vanessa van Uden.