Security at Work and Income (Winz) service centres will be
controlled differently from Monday, Ministry of Social
Development chief executive Brendan Boyle said.
Security guards would control entry and might ask for
identification, he said.
''If anyone is assessed as presenting a risk, they may be
"While this may cause some slight inconvenience to clients,
we believe that in the interests of safety for staff and
clients this is a step worth taking.''
All ministry offices would observe two minutes' silence at
9.51am on Monday, to remember Peggy Noble and Leigh
Cleveland, who were killed in Ashburton at 9.51am a week
The funeral for Ms Cleveland will be held in Alexandra this
All offices including contact centres would close between
noon and 1pm on Thursday during the Ashburton Community Civic
Service, as a mark of respect, he said.
An independent security review into the ministry's physical
security environment would be conducted by former New Zealand
Police commissioner Rob Robinson and Deloitte New Zealand
chairman Murray Jack.
The review was to determine the risks associated with the
ministry's functions and activities and reveal if all
practicable steps were taken to ensure the safety of ministry
''We owe it to our staff to take another good look at their
The review would investigate whether changes were needed to
ensure the physical safety of staff and members of the public
from threats and assaults.
The review would be in two parts.
The first part would look at the public-facing service
centres, mainly Winz sites including those where the ministry
was co-located with other agencies.
The first part of the review was aimed to be completed in two
The second part of the review process would have a longer
completion timeframe and review all the remaining ministry
Staff feedback would be gathered during the review process.
Staff were ''shaken'' after the attack, and the stream of
subsequent threats to various sites has understandably
compounded their unease, she said.
She thanked the ministry frontline staff for working this
week and continuing to serve the public, Mr Boyle said.
• A 41-year-old male beneficiary who allegedly rang the
Alexandra Winz office on Thursday and expressed his ''joy''
at the fatal shooting has been charged with misusing the
Sergeant Aaron Nicholson, of Wanaka, told the Otago Daily
Times police were alerted by Winz and the man is due to
appear in the Queenstown District Court on October 6.
Sgt Nicholson said the man's comments were made in a ''rather
insensitive and offensive manner'' breaching
- Additional reporting Mark Price.