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Issue No. 413 May 2017

New ACs appointed

Three senior leaders have been confirmed in Assistant Commissioner positions – Superintendent Sandra Venables, District Commander Eastern; Superintendent John Tims, District Commander Counties Manukau; and Superintendent Wally Haumaha, Deputy Chief Executive Maori.

Assistant Commissioner Sandra Venables.

Assistant Commissioner John Tims.


Assistant Commissioner Wally Haumaha.

Sandra, who is appointed Assistant Commissioner Road Policing, has more than 23 years’ experience in Waikato, Northland, Bay of Plenty and Eastern districts, and at PNHQ.

As Eastern’s first female district commander, she oversaw the construction of the new $5.5 million Napier Police Station and planning for the Eastern District and Hawke’s Bay Area headquarters in Hastings.

Sandra has developed strong partnerships with local iwi, including implementation of Whangaia Nga Pa Harakeke (WNPH), a pilot initiative involving Police, local Iwi and hapu working in partnership to reduce family harm.

John, with 32 years’ experience in Police - including a significant background in Counties Manukau and the CIB – is appointed Assistant Commissioner Districts.

He has led implementation of the Multi Agency Centre, a joint initiative between Police, Oranga Tamariki and the District Health Board to provide coordinated support to child abuse and sexual assault victims.

He has also been heavily involved in the implementation of the Counties Manukau Children’s Team, Social Investment Board and the development of the WNPH pilot within the district.

Wally is promoted within his role as head of Police’s Maori, Pacific and Ethnic Services team. In 33 years with Police he has built significant relationships with Maori leaders and iwi nationwide.

He has led Police’s involvement in significant issues including the Foreshore and Seabed and Takamore burial disputes, and regaining the trust and confidence of Tuhoe people after Operation Eight.

Under his leadership MPES has achieved national and international recognition, with Police being named as top agency in the public sector for Super Diversity 2015.

“I am delighted to welcome both Sandy and John into their new roles within our Executive Team,” says Commissioner Mike Bush. “They bring with them a wealth and diversity of experience gained over their combined 55 years in policing.

“My congratulations also go to Wally on his well-deserved promotion and his continued efforts in leading MPES and the organisation in building trust and confidence in New Zealand’s diverse communities.”

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