Tracey Martin. Photo NZ Herald/files
A New Zealand First MP wrote to a senior police boss to
voice "significant issues"about the possible transfer of a
local sergeant who was also on the same school board of
trustees as her.
Tracey Martin wrote a letter to Inspector Scott Webb on her
official MP letterhead in her capacity as the chair of the
Mahurangi College board of trustees about the redeployment of
long-serving Sergeant Bede Haughey, the officer in charge of
the Warkworth station.
Mr Haughey is also a parent trustee on the school board and
Ms Martin said "we have developed a close working
relationship over the past four years and this has extended
outside the school to include many community initiatives"and
his transfer would cause "significant issues".
"During a recent meeting to discuss a youth initiative in
Warkworth, Bede alerted me to possibility that he might be
transferred to other duties in Orewa for 12 months and not be
available to continue his work on these initiatives during
that time. Such a move would present us with significant
"I am confident that you will place a suitably qualified
reliever at Warkworth station during Bede's absence but that
person could not possibly get up to speed and make a
meaningful contribution to the community in that time," Ms
Martin wrote on March 31.
The letter went on to detail Mr Haughey's involvement in the
community and in particular battling the effects of legal
Ms Martin finished her letter by stating: "While I have no
intention or desire to influence the decision on where you
place your resources, I did want to voice my concerns of the
impact this might have on the Warkworth community".
Mr Webb, the area commander for Rodney, wrote back a month
later to thank Ms Martin for her letter in support of Mr
"The consideration to rotate Bede is one of an operational
policing decision and careful consideration has been given to
The letters were released under the Official Information Act
following claims that politicians were often in contact with
Maurice Williamson resigned his ministerial portfolios last
week after the Herald revealed he called a senior police
officer about a National Party donor who was facing criminal
The police reviewed the prosecution after the phone call, but
the charges were not withdrawn.
In the police emails, Inspector Gary Davey said he phoned Mr
Williamson on January 28.
"He started by saying that in no way was he looking to
interfere with the process, he just wanted to make sure
somebody had reviewed the matter to ensure we were on solid
ground as Mr Liu is investing a lot of money in New Zealand."
- Jared Savage of the NZ Herald