[EXCLUSIVE] What will Winston Peters say about Tracey Martin meddling in Police operational matters?

Winston Peters has been very quick to jump on top of Judith Collins and Maurice Williamson but he has some serious issues in his own caucus with the behaviour of Dennis O’Rourke, and now Tracey Martin.

WOBH can exclusively reveal that documents released under the official information act show that Tracey Martin wrote to Inspector Scott Webb the Rodney West Commander of the Waitemata Police District strongly objecting to the decision to rotate a Police Sergeant Bede Haughey from his role in Warkworth to a role in Orewa.

She has written the letter on NZ First letterhead and although she has signed it as the Chairman of the Mahurangi College Board of Trustees she mentions that she has worked closely with Dgt Haughey in her role as an MP and that he discussed his pending move with her.

She demands that the Police provide a suitably qualified officer to replace him at Warkworth.

Like Maurice Williamson she claims no intention to influence police operational matters;

martin letter

But as we all know the media, and opposition were all baying for Maurice Williamson’s blood for even phoning. In this instance Tracey Martin didn’t phone, she wrote a letter on NZ First letterhead and even though she signed it as chair of the school board of trustees the implication is clear that she is really very interested in this transfer as an MP and by implication she is seeking to influence operational matters inside the Police.

Tracey Martin,?was unavailable for comment.

Will Winston Peters now hold Tracey Martin to the same standard he was holding Maurice Williamson to?

Will Winston Peters stand down his deputy leader?

One thing that will become very interesting is if other MPs have meddled in police operational matters. The OIAs are filed, the responses will be posted as they come to hand. I have the feeling though that there will be some nervous Labour MPs hoping their entreaties to Police won;t see the light of day. But given their public stances their survival is now problematic.

Winston Peters was abusive, derogatory and obfuscatory when called, describing me variously as a “fathead”, “dickhead” and a “moron”. He saw nothing wrong in Tracey Martin’s approach to Police on operational matters and added that Maurice Williamson should never have called Police when he knew the man had been charged.

This indicates that if you are ever charged with any offence, no matter the presumption of innocence, NZ First won’t help you. I will post Winston’s tirade in a separate post.

Police Waitemata District OIA response