You might well ask what’s going on with policing in the Hawke’s Bay, since district commander Inspector Tania Kura took over control of the patch. Kura came to Hawke’s Bay from what police spin doctors describe as a “senior role” at the Police College.
Kura and her partner Inspector Dave Archibald ended up at the Police College after Archibald was caught passing information from the police national computer whilst stationed in Tauranga. In what has so frequently proved to be typical of the New Zealand police force, if you get caught or screw up you get promoted.
Hawke’s Bay has long held a reputation for having a police force more out of control than the rest of the country. Since her arrival last year Kura has worked hard to maintain that reputation and indeed conspired to perpetuate acts that support the culture of lie, deny and perjure.
Despite her efforts to cover up the corruption within her patch it has failed to gain her the support of her staff with Hawke’s Bay with more than 20 officers having left since the Napier and Hastings areas merged into one Hawke’s Bay unit under Kura in August last year. Many of those who left, disclosing to media sources Kura’s “my way or the highway” approach to people management.
Despite scathing public criticism from both current and former staff Kura is quoted in media reports as saying she is “not concerned”. This astonishing response personifies the arrogance and ignorance that prevails within police management. Kura should be concerned. After only a year in the job she has failed to impress either her own kind or the public. There have been a number of spectacular failures under Kura’s short reign of power and control.