WINZ tight­ens se­cu­rity

South Waikato News - - NEWS -

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.

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