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.