FROM THE NEWS DESK
As we prepare to honour our returned service people, on Anzac Day, April 24, the Government announces a boost in police staff across the country. Waikato is set to receive the largest number, 101 police staff. The Matamata Police Station is also to be upgraded to a 24/7 operation over the next financial year, a decision which Police Minister Paula Bennett must have discussed with police staff when she visited a couple of weeks ago. Matamata is among four bases to be upgraded to a 24/7 response capability, along with Kaitaia (Northland), Wairoa (Eastern) and Rolleston (Canterbury). Neighbours Waipa had joined forces with the Waitomo district to advocate for a return to 24/7 policing to cover Cambridge and Te Awamutu but this looks unlikely in the next four years. Ironically, Te Kuiti Police Station is to be upgraded, in 2018/19. Critics are already saying this is a pre-election stunt by National ahead of the election, it maybe so, but at least our community benefits.