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Reports on independent investigations 2021

Read summaries and reports of our investigations here.

15 April 2021

Police arrested a man after receiving information that he had been in Auckland in possession of a military style semi-automatic firearm. The Independent Police Conduct Authority investigated the circumstances of the arrest after the man claimed Police arrested him because he had warned Police about the risk posed by the man responsible for the March 2019 terror attack in Christchurch and following the attack he made public statements criticising Police for failing to act on that information.

Public Report (PDF 392 KB) Media Statement

13 April 2021

The Independent Police Conduct Authority has found that although the initial stop at a checkpoint was lawful, at the point Police required a woman to pull over to the side of the road for intelligence gathering purposes she was arbitrarily, and unlawfully detained.

Public Report (PDF 375 KB) Media Statement

7 April 2021

The Independent Police Conduct Authority has found the use of force against a man during a bail process in Hastings was not justified.


30 March 2021

The Independent Police Conduct Authority has found that an Armed Offenders Squad (AOS) Commander was not justified in driving to Nelson above the road speed limit to attend an operation briefing.

Public Report (PDF 360 KB) Media Statement


23 March 2021

The Independent Police Conduct Authority has found that Police were justified in shooting Mr Anthony Fane following a pursuit, in which on five separate occasions he fired shots at four Armed Offender Squad (AOS) officers while driving in a highly populated area in Tauranga.


11 March 2021

The Independent Police Conduct Authority has found that a man's claims he was threatened and intimidated by Police officers on 3 May 2019, were unfounded.

Public Report (PDF 437 KB) Media Statement

2 March 2021

In a new report released today, Bullying, Culture and Related Issues in New Zealand Police, the Authority finds significant elements of bullying, and a related negative culture, in the Police workplace.


2 February 2021

The Independent Police Conduct Authority has found that an officer was justified in shooting Hitesh Lal who was attacking him with a machete in Papatoetoe, Auckland.

Public Report (PDF 322 KB) Media Statement

27 January 2021

The Independent Police Conduct Authority has found that the use of force during an arrest in Palmerston North was justified in the circumstances, which we believe were out of the ordinary.

Public Report (PDF 412 KB) Media Statement

21 January 2021

The Independent Police Conduct Authority has found that two officers used excessive force when arresting a man in Whangarei.

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