Loan rules rile Sri Lankan law student, who regards them as racist – but why should Greg O’Connor apologise?

National MP Erica Stanford makes a good point, when she says new classrooms will sit empty if Labour keeps on  failing to get kids to school and learning the basics.

Only half of the country’s kids are attending school regularly, she says (with disturbing truancy data high in her considerations, presumably).

She has tweeted her comments in a follow-up to the government’s announcement of plans to spend $400 million on new schools and classrooms. And she boldly pledges:

“Rather than excuses and empty classrooms National will restore confidence in the education system by teaching the basics brilliantly”.

But in earlier tweets she drew attention to a demand for Labour MP Greg O’Connor to explain something he allegedly told a Sri Lankan resident student: Continue reading “Loan rules rile Sri Lankan law student, who regards them as racist – but why should Greg O’Connor apologise?”

While we wonder who Poto Williams represents, let’s muse on why Greg O’Connor missed out on the Police post

Newstalk ZB broadcaster Mike Yardley, writing about his recent interview with Police Minister Poto Williams,  said he had been keen to learn why she was so dead against Armed Response Teams.

Good question.

But some of Williams’ replies during the interview raised another issue:   who does the Member for Christchurch East represent?

We emailed that question to her office last Wednesday.  We have yet to receive a reply.

In the Newstalk ZB interview, Yardley put it to Williams that – along with the Police Commissioner – she was placing far too much stock on the woke radical pressure groups who purport to represent the public pulse on policing issues.

He mentioned lobby groups such as Just Speak, Action Station and People Against Prisons Aotearoa, describing them as

“… a bit like the cycling lobby, highly organised, highly adept at capturing councils, flooding them with submissions, and courting favour.”

Yardley reckons these groups are driving the anti-cop agenda and fuelling the hostility to armed police. Continue reading “While we wonder who Poto Williams represents, let’s muse on why Greg O’Connor missed out on the Police post”

We could have had a former copper as Minister of Police but the PM opted for Poto Williams

We were prompted to check out Greg O’Connor’s CV this morning after finding him mentioned in despatches on Lindsey Mitchell’s splendid blog. 

We turned to Wikipedia for a quick rundown on what he has done and found he served in the New Zealand Police for almost four decades, ending his career with the rank of Senior Sergeant.  

He was later elected President of the New Zealand Police Association in 1995.  His time as President was highly politicized with O’Connor weighing into political debates that concerned the Police force, particularly in regards to arming officers with firearms.

O’Connor called for arming the police in New Zealand and also proposed routine arming of front line response police officers.

 He retired as President in 2016, serving a record 21 years as the Police Association’s head and regarded raising the Police Association’s credibility as his main achievement during his tenure.  

He also spent time serving as the chair of the International Council of Police Representatives Association (ICPRA). Continue reading “We could have had a former copper as Minister of Police but the PM opted for Poto Williams”