Out of Control

Tania Kura Playing the ethnic card

Tania Kura
Playing the ethnic card, or should that be the pathetic card?

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.

Manipulating the stats?

Manipulating the stats?

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.

Police Shoot Unarmed Man

In an incident described by high profile criminal lawyer,  Gary Gotlieb as one that “beggars belief”  Hastings Police shoot an unarmed and compliant man in the back in August 2013. He went on to say  the firearm’s safety catch should have been on, and questioned whether the officer involved could be charged with careless discharge of a firearm?

AOS_01Iriheke Te Kani Pere, was being arrested in August 2013 by Hastings Police. Police were assisting the man to get to his feet after being handcuffed when a police officer’s Bushmaster rifle discharged.

Police confirmed that the man wasn’t resisting arrest, and police have said his actions did not contribute to the incident.  Police acting assistant commissioner investigations Glenn Dunbier  said it wasn’t known if it was “human error or a firearm malfunction”. He also said “We are devastated that this has occurred and will be looking very diligently at how this happened.” “Police were taking the incident extremely seriously, and two inquiries were under way.”

So, what now?

The matter is now being investigated by police themselves we can but only wait and see how police manage to cover this up.  Assistant Commissioner Dubiner has gone quiet and will not respond to any communications.

So can we expect another IPCA sanctioned whitewash?