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Politics Friday: Gerry Brownlee and Poto Williams discuss Christchurch's Covid situation and Three Waters

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Labour's Poto Williams and National's Gerry Brownlee today joined Canterbury Mornings to discuss what has been a turbulent week for the Canterbury region.John MacDonald asked if enough had been done by the Government to protect the South Island from Covid and whether the Government had dropped the ball in preparing for the arrival of the Delta variant in New Zealand.He also questioned why the Government was so intent on pushing ahead with the Three Waters Reform when it was clear from Councils around New Zealand that they were not in favour of handing over their water assets.LISTEN ABOVE

19mins

29 Oct 2021

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Minister for Police, Hon Poto Williams - New funding to support frontline Police

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The New Zealand Police force has been funded $45 million from the Government to go towards frontline safety. Over $15 million will go towards a new tactical response model. PMN News Reporter Levi Matautia-Morgan spoke with the Minister of Police Hon Poto Williams and asked whether or not the money will go towards arming the police force.See omnystudio.com/listener for privacy information.

12mins

23 Sep 2021

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Poto Williams: Police won't be armed under revamped tactical response model

Heather du Plessis-Allan Drive

The Government's new tactical response model is being seen as a compromise.More than $15 million is being put towards the revamp, in which officers will be supported by AOS-level training and intelligence analysts.But, Police Minister Poto Williams says, they won't be armed.LISTEN ABOVE

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22 Sep 2021

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Judith Collins: Poto Williams 'needs to show some spine' or go

Heather du Plessis-Allan Drive

National is calling on Police Minister Poto Williams to resign following her comments on Newstalk ZB's Mike Hosking Breakfast today.The Minister pushed back at the suggestion the police should be armed, and says the communities she represents - Māori and Pasifika - are against arming officers.National leader Judith Collins says Williams should be replaced by someone capable of caring about police officers.Ms Collins told Heather du Plessis-Allan firstly, Ms Williams representing claims are incorrect."You've got a minister there who says she represents Māori and Pasifika communities - no she doesn't, she doesn't at all. She represents Christchurch East."I can't imagine too many people in Christchurch East agree with her pathetic response when asked to condemn the activist group People Against Prisons Aotearoa, who want to disarm, defund and abolish what they call the blood-stained, racist institution that of the New Zealand Police. She couldn't even stand up for Police then."Police can't come out and fight for themselves when it comes to the media, the least thing they want from their Minister is to have some spine and to stand up for them, and if she can't do that she should go."Collins believes Ms Williams has lost the confidence of the front line.

3mins

21 Jul 2021

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Heather du Plessis-Allan: Poto Williams should be representing the police

Heather du Plessis-Allan Drive

I feel for our country’s cops at the moment, especially after those train wreck comments by their Minister Poto Williams this morning.My problem is not that she opposes the arming of frontline police, she’s entitled to her opinion. My problem is that she says her reason for that is because the communities she represents don’t want it.I’m talking about the communities I represent which is Māori and Pasifika communities. What is she talking about? She’s the Police Minister.If there is a group she is supposed to represent and have the back of it’s the police. She is the person who is supposed to go to the Finance Minister and the Prime Minister and argue for resources and funding to make sure cops can do their jobs.And if there’s a second group she should be representing, it’s the people of Christchurch east who elected her. Who are a mix of ethnicities -  12 per cent Māori, 4 per cent Pasifika, 87 per cent Pakeha, 5 per cent Asian. But instead, she makes it sound like she’s the representative of South Auckland's Māori and Pasifika communities. Christchurch East voters should be annoyed.The Nats are calling for Poto Williams to be sacked, I personally think that’s over the top. Her comments aren’t a sackable offence, but they have likely eroded officers’ confidence in her as their Minister.She clearly does not have their backs as a priority and that is why I feel sorry for them, because it’s hard to be a cop at the moment. They’ve got gun violence that’s so bad even the police commissioner admits it’s worrying himThe Government's told them they’re on a pay freeze for three years and then the Prime Minister signs off nearly three million dollars of spending to go to members of the Mongrel Mob, which is a gang cops are spending their working hours trying to disrupt.The police association says in the last two weeks they’ve had more feedback from frontline officers than in the last five years combined. So officers are upset, and frankly, after hearing the minister today, with good reason.

2mins

21 Jul 2021

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Kerre McIvor: Who does Poto Williams actually represent?

Kerre McIvor Mornings Podcast

We are one of just 19 nations out of 197 that does not have an armed police force. Most are island nations like the Marshall Islands, Nauru, Samoa, Fiji, Tuvalu and the like.But Norway, the UK, with the exception of Northern Island, Iceland and New Zealand are the outliers in more developed nations who have decided that they will police by consent and not force. However, times change, communities change and attitudes change.   For a long time, the police themselves did not want to be armed. The most recent survey of police showed 69 per cent wanted to have guns on them at all times, not just in the boot of their cars. This is up considerably from 2008, when just 48 per cent of officers wanted to carry firearms. I don't blame police one little bit for wanting the added assurance of having a firearm. A significant number of the crims they're dealing with have guns, and more importantly they're not afraid to use them - against each other, against members of the public and against police. A survey in 2017 found a 38 per cent increase in the number of staff who'd been threatened with a firearm compared to two years previously.Of frontline staff, 21 per cent had been threatened with a gun, 40 per cent of those more than once.Of course, that number will be up considerably given the shootings over the past four years. However, Police Minister Poto Williams, who was on with Mike Yardley this morning, says the people she represents are dead against routinely arming police.We did ask for clarification from the Minister as to who exactly her people are.She is a New Zealander of Cook Island descent, the MP for Christchurch East and the Police Minister.However, in the interview, the people she says she represents appear to be exclusively Māori and Pacific Islanders from south Auckland.Not Christchurch, not New Zealanders as a whole, and not the police. So, a rather small sample size to make a decision that the police should not be routinely armed in the face of the dangers they are exposed to on a daily basis.

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21 Jul 2021

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Poto Williams: Police Minister says she is not in favour of general arming of Police

The Mike Hosking Breakfast

There is an unwillingness from the Police Minister to bring back Armed Response Teams.A recent Police Association survey shows 69 per cent of officers want to be armed, at all times.The National Party is calling for the reintroduction of the Armed Response Teams.A trial of the teams ended last year, with police finding they didn't align with the style of policing Kiwis expect.Police Minister Poto Williams told Mike Yardley having permanently armed police caused some communities some real concern.“Maori and Pacific populations are stopped more, charged more, arrested more so for those communities to have permanently armed police is a real difficulty for them.”Williams says she's in favour of police being armed when they need to, but she doesn't support general arming.LISTEN ABOVE

7mins

20 Jul 2021

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Hon Poto Williams - New Minister for Building & Construction & Minister of Police

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On Monday the Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern named her new cabinet for the next three years, widely noted as the most diverse cabinet, with 8 of the 20 Cabinet ministers being women, 5 Māori cabinet ministers, one South Asian, 3 cabinet ministers from the rainbow community & 3 Pasifika Cabinet Ministers.See omnystudio.com/listener for privacy information.

11mins

6 Nov 2020

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Hon Poto Williams - New Minister for Building & Construction & Minister of Police

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On Monday the Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern named her new cabinet for the next three years, widely noted as the most diverse cabinet, with 8 of the 20 Cabinet ministers being women, 5 Māori cabinet ministers, one South Asian, 3 cabinet ministers from the rainbow community & 3 Pasifika Cabinet Ministers.See omnystudio.com/listener for privacy information.

11mins

6 Nov 2020

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Poto Williams: Christchurch East MP vows Labour will be a strong voice for the city

Canterbury Mornings with Chris Lynch

Christchurch East MP Poto Williams vows a stronger voice for Christchurch will emerge from the new Labour stronghold.The Christchurch East MP comfortably took the electorate with a more than 14,000 vote majority between her and nearest rival, National's Lincoln Platt.Williams told Chris Lynch Labour's in a position now to push the message more strongly for the city.She says the national Covid 19 recovery needs to look at Christchurch's unique set of legacy earthquake issues.Williams said she is sad to see National veteran Gerry Brownlee on the losing end, even if their relationship got testy at times.Listen above.

4mins

18 Oct 2020

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