Police Commissioner Peter Marshall has admitted to MPs
that the police handling of the "Roast Busters'' case could
have been better.
Mr Marshall was grilled by a select committee about the
police response to the case in which underage girls claimed
they had been plied with alcohol and sexually abused by west
Asked for his assessment of the police response, Mr Marshall
said: "Certainly, the situation involving the initial
response that there hadn't been a complaint and then we found
there had been a complaint ... was something that we should
have been sharper on in terms of communication.
"That excited, naturally, the members of the public, and we
Police Minister Anne Tolley asked for the Independent Police
Conduct Authority to investigate the police's handling of the
Labour police spokeswoman Jacinda Ardern pointed to a drop in
public confidence in the police since the Roast Busters case,
which a survey showed had fallen from 82 per cent to 76 per
Mr Marshall defended this record, saying that the survey
often fluctuated, had a margin of error of 3 per cent, and
was roughly the same as this time last year.
The commissioner, who will soon finish his tenure, said the
case was not a blot on his legacy because crime and road
deaths had dropped steadily under his watch.
"I'm very bullish about what police have achieved. I think
the New Zealand public is well served by this place.''
- By Isaac Davison of the NZ Herald