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ENFORCEMENT: NZ Police Commissioner reappointed for further term

Posted 6/7/2016

Police Minister Judith Collins has announced the reappointment of Mike Bush as Commissioner of Police, praising his role as a respected leader who has achieved a lot during his first term as Police Commissioner.

“His focus will be on modernising the police workforce, and building a more open and inclusive culture to deliver a world class police force that better reflects the communities they serve,” Ms Collins said.

Mr Bush has been a police officer since 1978. He was previously the Deputy Commissioner Operations and the District Commander for Counties Manukau. 

From 2003 to 2007, Mr Bush was New Zealand Police’s South East Asia Liaison Officer, based in Bangkok. He was the first New Zealand official to reach Phuket after the 2004 Asian tsunami, and was awarded the MNZM for his achievements in that operation.

Mr Bush was initially appointed in April 2014 for three years. His re-appointment will extend this by a further three years to April 2020.

The Police Commissioner is appointed by the Governor-General on the recommendation of the Prime Minister. The reappointment process was run by the State Services Commission with oversight from the Minister of Police.

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