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From: Jo

Dear New Zealand Police,

I have a number of miscellaneous requests related to Police expenditure. I consider the expenditure to be questionable and as a taxpayer I would like to understand more about the reasons behinds this expenditure.

1). During the England Roses v New Zealand Silver Ferns netball series held at Claudelands Arena in Hamilton this week, I noticed Police had advertising space near the half court area.

It is common for commercial agencies to advertise their products (ANZ, Cadbury, Special K etc are examples of fellow advertisers at this venue). However, I do not consider the NZ Police to be a commercial entity and would like to know what the intended purpose of this advertising space is and what was the cost of this billboard?

2). The New Zealand Police Facebook page recently ran an extensive social media post about a lost teddy bear in Masterson and the NZ Police efforts to reunite it with it's owner. The post ran over several days with regular photographic updates such as the teddy bear featuring in Police offices, photographed with officers and/or other staff, photographed in various external locations and buckled in to a seatbelt to be delivered to its owner where it was photographed again.

At a time when Police fail to respond to a significant number of reports and leave the task of investigating crime and gathering evidence to distressed complainants I consider this quite inappropriate, resource intensive and wasteful.

What was the total number of staff involved in handling this teddy bear? What are their salaries? How long was this teddy bear in Police possession? Why are legitimate Police resources diverted from actual work?

3). The New Zealand Police Facebook page created a post on 16 September which documented Police efforts to locate the mother of a duckling found in West Auckland. This appeared to be a lengthy operation. How long did this take? How many staff were involved. Why did the Police not hand over to the SPCA?

4). In relation to the above, particularly the wasteful and resource intensive efforts to locate the owner of a teddy bear, I would like to ask how many times NZ Police have asked any Member of Parliament, Parliament itself, any minister or any other appropriate agency or individual for increased staff or funding, particularly where a lack of resources has been cited in the last 18 months.

Yours faithfully,

Jo.

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New Zealand Police

Dear Jo
 
I acknowledge receipt of your Official Information Act (OIA) request
below, received by NZ Police on 1 November 2020.
 
Your request is being actioned pursuant to the Act.
 
Kind regards
Fiona
Ministerial Services
PNHQ

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Dear New Zealand Police,
I have a number of miscellaneous requests related to Police expenditure. I
consider the expenditure to be questionable and as a taxpayer I would like
to understand more about the reasons behinds this expenditure.
1). During the England Roses v New Zealand Silver Ferns netball series
held at Claudelands Arena in Hamilton this week, I noticed Police had
advertising space near the half court area.
It is common for commercial agencies to advertise their products (ANZ,
Cadbury, Special K etc are examples of fellow advertisers at this venue).
However, I do not consider the NZ Police to be a commercial entity and
would like to know what the intended purpose of this advertising space is
and what was the cost of this billboard?
2). The New Zealand Police Facebook page recently ran an extensive social
media post about a lost teddy bear in Masterson and the NZ Police efforts
to reunite it with it's owner. The post ran over several days with regular
photographic updates such as the teddy bear featuring in Police offices,
photographed with officers and/or other staff, photographed in various
external locations and buckled in to a seatbelt to be delivered to its
owner where it was photographed again.
At a time when Police fail to respond to a significant number of reports
and leave the task of investigating crime and gathering evidence to
distressed complainants I consider this quite inappropriate, resource
intensive and wasteful.
What was the total number of staff involved in handling this teddy bear?
What are their salaries? How long was this teddy bear in Police
possession? Why are legitimate Police resources diverted from actual work?
3). The New Zealand Police Facebook page created a post on 16 September
which documented Police efforts to locate the mother of a duckling found
in West Auckland. This appeared to be a lengthy operation. How long did
this take? How many staff were involved. Why did the Police not hand over
to the SPCA?
4). In relation to the above, particularly the wasteful and resource
intensive efforts to locate the owner of a teddy bear, I would like to ask
how many times NZ Police have asked any Member of Parliament, Parliament
itself, any minister or any other appropriate agency or individual for
increased staff or funding, particularly where a lack of resources has
been cited in the last 18 months.
Yours faithfully,
Jo.
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