Formal complaint laid against Police deputy commissioner Haumaha

A complaint of bullying has been formally laid against Wally Haumaha. This increases the pressure on him (and the Government). with an inquiry under way over his controversial appointment.

NZH: Formal complaint about alleged bullying laid against deputy commissioner Wally Haumaha

A formal complaint of alleged bullying has been laid against deputy commissioner Wally Haumaha.

The complaint was laid by one of the three women who walked out of Police National Headquarters in June 2016 and refused to return because of Haumaha’s alleged behaviour.

The Herald revealed last month that the three women told their managers, did not return to PNHQ, and continued working on the project from the Justice Ministry offices.

One of the women confirmed to the Herald she formally laid the complaint last week, although the police last night refused to comment, or even acknowledge the complaint had been laid.

This was on the grounds that Mary Scholtens, QC, who is heading the Government inquiry into the appointment process of the deputy commissioner job, has said she will consider the bullying allegations.

In response to questions from the Herald, Deputy Commissioner Andy Coster declined to answer, citing a letter from Scholtens requesting information from the police including whether any complaint was laid formally, or informally, but only prior to Haumaha’s appointment in June.

However, the minute released by Scholtens which confirmed she was considering the bullying allegations specifically noted “this does not prevent any complaint being made to, or considered by, any other agency”.

See Power, politicians and police – What the inquiry into the appointment of Deputy Commissioner Wally Haumaha is really about

7 Comments

  1. Gezza

     /  September 6, 2018

    Not directly relevant to this but worth noting that a week back 1ewes had a small item on the news at six reporting that nobody at all has come forward claiming to be a victim of Anihera’s alleged “pedophile” husband or others in the “pedophile ring”. One hopes she is receiving help.

    • Corky

       /  September 6, 2018

      ”One hopes she is receiving help.”

      I would say things don’t look good for her case. However, knowing the Maori mindset, and how powerful people can exert pressure, I wont be dismissing her claims entirely.

  2. lurcher1948

     /  September 6, 2018

    Squirrels everywhere

  3. Gezza

     /  September 6, 2018

    One of the women confirmed to the Herald she formally laid the complaint last week, although the police last night refused to comment, or even acknowledge the complaint had been laid. This was on the grounds that Mary Scholtens, QC, who is heading the Government inquiry into the appointment process of the deputy commissioner job, has said she will consider the bullying allegations.

    However, the minute released by Scholtens which confirmed she was considering the bullying allegations specifically noted “this does not prevent any complaint being made to, or considered by, any other agency”.

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    Crazy. Surely they can acknowledge the complaint had been made?

    • Alan Wilkinson

       /  September 6, 2018

      First they won’t identify a leaker. Now they won’t acknowledge a complaint. Next they won’t admit they are a police force.