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42 women recruits starting police training in Porirua

News from NZ Police
TNew Zealand Police will be recognising International Women’s Day by preparing for the arrival of forty-two female recruits – the largest number of female recruits ever in a single Wing. Wing 315, which has a total of 80 new recruits, begins at the Royal New Zealand Police College in Porirua on Monday.

Dame Jenny Shipley is the Wing Patron and she will be supporting these recruits through their training. Dame Jenny was the first female Prime Minister of New Zealand.

Wing 315 recruit Kiahli Ibbetson feels honoured to have the opportunity to learn from her. “She has been instrumental in encouraging women into areas traditionally held by men. I will be encouraged to perform to the best of my ability – I don’t want to fail in front of a former Prime Minister!”

Miss Ibbetson, 19, is excited and nervous about starting at the College. She has wanted to join New Zealand Police for a long time, and started the process when she was just 17.

As a volunteer Fire Fighter in Matata, she has worked closely with Police in her community and seen first-hand what a rewarding and challenging job it is.

Miss Ibbetson says that joining the Matata Volunteer Fire Service, which is also a first responder brigade, has been one of the most worthwhile experiences of her life. Joining NZ Police and getting paid to do this valuable work in the community was an obvious choice.

“I know being a Police Officer won’t always be the easiest of jobs, but I know I’ll feel a sense of satisfaction at the end of the day knowing that I’ve helped keep my community safe,” says Miss Ibbetson.

New Zealand Police has set an ambitious target of having 50% female recruits by 2021. In December 2017 NZ Police held its first Women’s Recruitment Day.

“Wing 315, which is over 50% female, demonstrates we are making significant progress towards achieving this target,” says Kaye Ryan, Deputy Chief Executive: People.

“Police are looking to recruit people who are compassionate and empathetic, and who want to make a positive difference in their community. Gender and ethnic diversity are an important priority for NZ Police, and we are committed to improving our numbers of women so we can better represent the communities we serve.”

News from NZ Police
Fifty nine new constables from Wing 312 will graduate from The Royal New Zealand Police College on Thursday. Wing Patron Sir Mark Solomon will be at the graduation ceremony as well as Police Commissioner Mike Bush and Minister of Police, Stuart Nash.

The wing is made up of 19 women and 40 men, the youngest is 18 and oldest 54.

Wing 312 has behind them an impressive list of previous qualifications and careers.

Constable Timothy Emery has a private pilot license and Edison Dumo has an MBA and Bachelor of Science in Mathematics.

Constable Chelsea Warman competed as a weightlifter at the 2015 Olympics and Kyla MacKenzie is a two-time international cheerleading champion.

There is also a family connection to Police, Constable Louise Piper is the daughter of Christchurch Sergeant Paul Piper. Louise has also worked on the production team for a number of television shows including Dog Squad and four of the graduating recruits have a military background.


The Commissioner’s Award for Leadership, which recognises outstanding potential to lead self and others, is being awarded to Constable Robyn Smith who is being posted to Waitemata.

The Patron’s Award, which recognises the second top student after the collation of all course assessments, is being awarded to Constable Liam Neems who is being posted to Counties Manukau.

The Minister’s Award, which recognises the top student after the collation of all course assessments, is being awarded to Constable Craig Muir who is being posted to Northland.


Northland 6

Waitemata 8

Auckland 11

Counties 12

Waikato 7

Bay of Plenty 4

Eastern 4

Central 2

Wellington 2

Canterbury 2

Southern 1