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Media releases 2017

7 September 2017

The Independent Police Conduct Authority has found that there were shortcomings by Police when pursuing Alaric Eccleston in Auckland on 8 September 2016. While a first pursuit was started and abandoned according to police policy, the second pursuit should not have been commenced.

31 August 2017

Today the Independent Police Conduct Authority warmly welcomes the appointment of Judge Colin Doherty as the new Chair for a five year term.

Judge Doherty comes to the Authority from his position as the National Executive Judge of the District Court of New Zealand. He was appointed a District Court judge in 1997, following 20 years as a practising lawyer. Judge Doherty is also an Alternate Judge of the Environment Court and a Justice of the High Court of the Cook Islands.

Judge Doherty previously served as an Associate Judge of the High Court of New Zealand and a Justice of the Supreme Court of Samoa.

“I look forward to maintaining and enhancing the high standards of the dedicated team that carries out the important statutory functions of the Authority,” said Judge Colin Doherty.

29 August 2017

Today the Independent Police Conduct Authority fondly farewells Judge Sir David Carruthers.

Sir David was appointed Chair in 2012. During his five year term he has served the New Zealand public impartially and robustly. He has substantially enhanced the profile and reputation of the Authority.

Sir David has constantly looked for ways to improve the service that the Authority provides to complainants and the public. Just as importantly, he has emphasised the importance of ensuring that the Authority’s work is used to improve policing practice.

His warmth, integrity and good humour will be greatly missed by all those who have worked alongside him.

The Board and staff of the Authority wish him well in his retirement.

22 August 2017

The Independent Police Conduct Authority has found no significant misconduct or neglect of duty in the policing of Great Barrier Island.

25 July 2017

The Independent Police Conduct Authority has found that a Police officer was justified in shooting Ford Hurinui in Motueka on 20 August 2015. Mr Hurinui survived the shooting but received injuries to his heart and liver.


20 July 2017

On Tuesday 20 June 2017, the IPCA received a complaint about the Police investigation into the actions of Todd Barclay MP. The complainant, Mr Graeme Axford, is not an affected party in the matter under investigation.

20 July 2017

The Independent Police Conduct Authority has found that an officer who pursued a fleeing vehicle, which subsequently crashed, was justified in commencing the pursuit and the pursuit was generally conducted in accordance with policy. The front-seat passenger of the pursued car died as a result of the crash.

18 July 2017

The Independent Police Conduct Authority has found that a sergeant’s use of a Taser on a young man was excessive and unjustified.

13 July 2017

The Independent Police Conduct Authority has found that a Police officer was justified in shooting Wattie Kahu twice in Whanganui on 24 March 2016. Mr Kahu survived the shooting but received injuries to his leg and head.

6 July 2017

The Independent Police Conduct Authority released a report today finding that a Police officer was justified in fatally shooting Shargin Stephens on Te Ngae Road in Rotorua, on 14 July 2016, after Mr Stephens threatened Police and members of the public with a long-handled slasher.

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