[Sitting date: 31 May 2012. Volume:680;Page:2755. Text is incorporated into the Bound Volume.]
KANWALJIT SINGH BAKSHI (National) to the
Minister of Police: What recent investments has the Government made in new police stations?
Hon ANNE TOLLEY (Minister of Police)
: Today I opened the new Ōtāhuhu Police Station in Counties-Manukau. The $8.6 million facility is the second new station to open in Counties-Manukau this month. Everyone in the project should be congratulated, as it, too, came in well under budget. Nationally recorded crimes are at a 15-year low, and Counties-Manukau police have made a valuable contribution to this, and I take this opportunity to thank the local officers for all their hard work.
Kanwaljit Singh Bakshi: What other investments has the Government made in police stations in Counties-Manukau?
Hon ANNE TOLLEY: Two weeks ago I opened the new $10.2 million police hub at Botany. The two new stations provide modern working environments for the additional 300 police officers that this National Government has put on the front line in Counties-Manukau to further reduce crime and make our communities safer.
Nicky Wagner: What investments has the Government made in new police facilities in Christchurch?
Hon ANNE TOLLEY: Earlier this month the first sod was turned for a new temporary police station for Christchurch central. Providing a strong police presence in the city as Christchurch and the surrounding area face their rebuilding phase is a really important symbol of the Christchurch rebuild. The temporary station is expected to cost around $19.8 million and is on track to be completed before the end of the year.