South­ern po­lice district scores four re­cruits


Four of the 58 new con­sta­bles who grad­u­ated from the Royal New Zealand Po­lice Col­lege last week were be­ing de­ployed in the south­ern re­gion, the largest geo­graph­i­cal po­lice district in the coun­try.

The re­gion cov­ers a quar­ter of the coun­try’s land mass, from Stewart Is­land in the south, north to the Waitaki River and west to Haast.

Much of the pub­lic­ity around last week’s grad­u­a­tion fo­cused on the tran­si­tion from black jer­sey to blue uni­form of Kiwi Ferns cap­tain Laura Mariu and Kiwi Ferns player and NZ Rugby League 2017 Player of the Year Apii Ni­cholls-Pualau. Both women were be­ing posted to the Coun­ties Manukau district, to start on the beat on May 14.

Ni­cholls-Pualau man­aged to add a bronze medal to her award col­lec­tion while train­ing to be­come a po­lice of­fi­cer.

She said she ‘‘can’t wait to make a dif­fer­ence and con­trib­ute to the on­go­ing suc­cess of mak­ing NZ the safest coun­try’’.

The new con­sta­bles will be de­ployed to the fol­low­ing po­lice dis­tricts: North­land 4, Waitem­ata 8, Auck­land 9, Coun­ties Manukau 12, Waikato 8, Bay of Plenty 4, Cen­tral 3, Welling­ton 5, Can­ter­bury 3, and South­ern 4.

Apii Ni­cholls-Pualau has be­come a po­lice of­fi­cer.

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