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Wednesday, November 9, 2011
By NEILL GORDON
Superintendant Sam Hoyle
Saying a building is not
earthquake proof is no excuse for
taking these staff out of Napier.
We want the officers on the
ground here, a dedicated station
for Napier, not a branch of
Labour List MP
A proposed downgrade of the Napier
Police Station, making it a branch of
the Hastings station, would mean
significantly fewer police for Napier,
concerned officers say.
A suggested relocation of Napier s
detectives to Hastings raises safety
concerns for both police officers and
the public, says police staff spokes-
man Detective Sergeant Emmet
Police management have begun
consulting staff on merger scenarios,
with one option being shifting most,
or all, of Napier s 10 crime squad
detectives to Hastings.
One factor driving the merger is
that both stations have been
identified as needing earthquake
Hawke s Bay is near the top of the
national list for a new station and
the old Hastings courthouse site is a
Napier s child protection unit
shifted to Hast-
ings and further
expected to be
Hoyle says plans
for the two police
areas to become one have not been
finalised yet and a proposal will be
put forward to the Police Comm-
issioner early next year.
Napier response [uniformed staff]
and community staff will stay in
Napier and Hastings response and
community staff will stay in Hast-
All our existing stations will
The main change is likely to be in
the command structure of the two
He emphasised the proposals are
in the planning stages, with final
decisions yet to be made.
Labour List MP Stuart Nash says
police officers had been approaching
him with their concerns.
Saying a building is not earth-
quake proof is no excuse for taking
these staff out of Napier. We want
the officers on the ground here, a
dedicated station for Napier, not a
branch of Hastings.
Mr Nash says he would fight like
hell to retain the Napier station at
its current strength.
Detective Sergeant Lynch, the
Police Association s regional director,
says even losing 10 detectives to
Hastings would be taking a hell of
a lot of support away from the
front line and 15 or 20 minutes
down the road is a significant
Fresh in officers minds is the
significant difference it would
have made during the Chaucer Rd
siege in May 2009, he says.
Half a dozen officers among the
dozen first on
the scene that
travel times on
it would have
had a significant
impact on our
ability to have
sorted that out
as quickly as we did.
We were on the ground doing
huge things -- in fact, the extrac-
tion of [wounded Senior Constable]
Bruce Miller would have been
delayed and he had quite signifi-
cant injuries, as we know.
We don t want to harp on about
the worst case scenario because
it s not something that happens
everyday but it is something we
need to consider.
The Chaucer Rd scenario is a
very good example. It took a lot of
staff to cordon that area and we
could do that because we had the
numbers. We will make direct ref-
erence to that in any submission.
Other reasons the Police Associ-
ation is very opposed to having
the investigation teams all based
in Hastings is the loss of communi-
cation between the generally more
experienced investigative staff and
uniformed officers and the public s
need to be able speak directly with
detectives in Napier.
It would also make the excellent
relationship the police have with
their partner agencies harder to
maintain, Mr Lynch says.
Playground party time
Let's play: Park champion Andi Plumpton, second from left, and a bunch of Pirimai children are looking forward
to the installation of more play equipment.
In a few short years the Pirimai
community has raised more
than $50,000 for children s play
equipment on the Allen Berry
This Saturday they will be
celebrating with a Community
Fun Day from 2pm to 5pm and
hopefully raising the last $1200
needed for play equipment for
It s an amazing achievement,
which was led by Pirimai
Residents Association chair-
woman Andi Plumpton.
She was chuffed to see neigh-
bourhood kids enjoying the play-
ground and looking forward to
the junior equipment being
installed with a community
working bee at the end of the
Saturday s fun day, sponsored
by Creative Communities and
Pirimai Baptist Church, will
include food stalls, games, a
bouncy castle, face painting and
Donations to the playground
came from Napier Rotary Club,
Kingdom Trust, Eastern and
Central Community Trust and
businessman Bruce Emerson.
Napier bestows honours
That's the spirit: Neville Smith receiving his Spirit of Napier Award
from Mayor Barbara Arnott.
behalf of the
Port of Napier
Spirit of Napier Awards were
presented to Neville Smith and
the Port of Napier last week.
First introduced in 2002, the
awards acknowledge people who
have made significant contri-
bution to the development and
direction of the inner city.
Mr Smith is a long-term
stalwart of the Art Deco Trust
and his company, previously
Brebner Print and now Geon, has
sponsored Art Deco Weekend for
almost 20 years.
He has helped cement a special
relationship between the Navy
and Hawke s Bay through his role
as naval liaison officer.
He is also involved in wide-
ranging charitable work with
young people and organisations.
Specifically, his award was in
recognition of his leadership and
commitment in generously sup-
porting and promoting Napier s
heritage both nationally and
Garth Cowie accepted the Port
of Napier s award for proactive
development and promotion of
cruise ship visits, enhancing
Napier s profile and contributing
significantly to the tourism
Seventy four ships are expected
to visit Napier this cruise season
with 112,000 passengers and
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