WINZ tightens security
Work and Income offices will be locked down in the event of future threats.
Security guards will control entry to sites and may demand proof of identity after last week’s Ashburton shooting.
Peggy Noble, 67, and Susan Leigh Cleveland, 55, were killed at their Cass St office on September 1.
Cabinet minster Paula Bennett said the incident has brought out the best in people as well as the worst.
There would now be zero tolerance of threats and abuse of staff even if it meant people could not access help, she said.
Clients visiting one of the offices may be asked to show identification and need to have a specific reason for going in.
People are asked to call the Contact Centre on 0800 559 009 for help with many situations over the phone and to arrange an appointment for those who do need to come in.