Phil – never lied, never leaked – Goff staunch about police station closures


New Zealand Police is denying claims 16 Auckland police stations are going to shut down.

Labour MP and Auckland mayoral candidate Phil Goff said earlier this week that police sources had confirmed to him 16 Auckland police stations would close. Some would be temporary, and some permanent, he said.

But Acting Assistant Commissioner of District Operations Bruce Bird says the only change that’s happening is the upgrade of safety features at 105 stations around the country.

“In some of these stations, one of the options may be to limit public access at times when constabulary staff are on the premises,” he said in a statement.

“This does not mean the stations will permanently close, but the public access at some stations may be, as an interim measure, restricted to those times when a constabulary or authorised officer is available to work at the front counter.”

Commissioner Bird says the security review of stations is a project that has been in the works since last year.

Newshub then went back to Mr Goff. He said he expects the police to deny the claims, but his sources are “extraordinarily good”.

“The information that I’ve received comes from within the police themselves. The police are saying that these health and safety concerns – while they might be real – are being used as a pre-text for the permanent of closure of stations to the public,” Mr Goff said.

Interesting that Newshub went back to Mr Goff, instead of not running a different story in the first place. Something titled: “Police deny Goff smear attempt about station closures”.

Nope, the Media party run everything they get from the Labour Party without first giving it the once-over. Not even a sniff test.

And now, only Phil is right. And his “extraordinarily good” source, which will of course remain unnamed. (Not many of us name our keyboards).

Nobody else, from the Police Minister down to station staff, have a clue what he’s on about.


– Newshub

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They say that news is something that someone, somewhere, wants kept quiet.   Cam Slater doesn’t do quiet, and as a result he is a polarising, controversial but highly effective journalist that takes no prisoners.

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