Hon­our­ing a com­mu­nity con­sta­ble


The life of Porirua’s quin­tes­sen­tial com­mu­nity con­sta­ble, Aporo Joyce, will be trea­sured in a re­search file at the na­tional po­lice mu­seum.

Joyce was a long-time po­lice of­fi­cer, for­mer pres­i­dent of the Porirua RSA and chair­man of the Can­nons Creek Res­i­dents and Ratepay­ers As­so­ci­a­tion.

He re­ceived a Queen’s Ser­vice Medal for pub­lic ser­vices in 1986.

Ali­son Cooper, 76, hit and killed the 79-year-old af­ter not see­ing him on a pedes­trian cross­ing not far from his home in Tawa last June.

Speak­ing on what would have been Joyce’s 80th birth­day on Wed­nes­day last week, his wife Brenda Joyce said she had found ‘‘all sorts of po­lice stuff’’ at their home af­ter he died and had de­cided to give it to the mu­seum.

Mu­seum di­rec­tor Rowan Car­roll said that with help from fam­ily the mu­seum had ‘‘built up quite a de­cent file’’ on Joyce and his life.

The mu­seum’s re­search al­ready de­tailed his time in the po­lice’s UN mis­sion to Cyprus where he met Brenda who was work­ing there as a nurse be­tween 1964 and 1965.

The file now in­cludes ev­ery­thing from old news­pa­per clip­pings and pho­tos to de­tails of ca­reer high­lights.

It will be digi­tised and avail- able on re­quest for peo­ple look­ing to learn more about his life.

The mu­seum kept re­search - not per­son­nel - files cov­er­ing the ca­reers of nu­mer­ous no­table po­lice of­fi­cers be­cause peo­ple were of­ten in­ter­ested to learn about them.

‘‘Of­ten with po­lice of­fi­cers, they would’ve kept a file of their ca­reer and of­ten, once they have died, the fam­ily think what should we do with this?

‘‘Of­ten when peo­ple pass, we look af­ter the file for their loved ones,’’ Car­roll said.

‘‘Aporo was so in­te­gral to par­tic­u­larly the Can­nons Creek com­mu­nity, but he also had quite an in­cred­i­ble ca­reer be­yond that with the po­lice.’’

Joyce later helped drive projects to im­prove life for Can­nons Creek res­i­dents.

These in­cluded light­ing the shop­ping cen­tre at night, fix­ing bro­ken foot­paths and im­prov­ing traf­fic safety.


Aporo Joyce and, far left, as a com­mu­nity con­sta­ble in Can­nons Creek, along with fel­low com­mu­nity con­sta­bles Tane Tanielu (Wai­tan­girua) and Ge­orge Uly­att (Tawa).

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