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Shutdown of sex industry rejected: [2 Edition]
KOMINIK, Anna. Timaru Herald [Timaru] 30 Oct 1996: 1.
MPs yesterday rejected a proposal to shut down the sex industry following the grisly murders of three sex workers in Auckland's redlight district, but said they would support decriminalising soliciting.
Auckland mayor Les Mills has called for a crackdown on the sex industry in the notorious Karangahape Road and Fort Street after prostitute Natacha Hogan, 21, was bludgeoned to death with a stone 11 days ago.
Another man and a woman from Cleopatra's Massage and Escorts Club were killed after a stabbing at the club last Saturday night.
However, MPs said the proposal was "unrealistic" and would only push the industry further underground.
NZ First list MP Deborah Morris said she had canvassed a number of sex workers on the issue and trying to shut down the industry would only put them in greater danger.
Associate Health Minister Maurice Williamson described Mr Mills' solution as "appalling".
"It would be like if someone went into a church group and killed a couple of people, would Les Mills be calling for churches to be shut down?"
Mr Williamson said decriminalising solicitation would not by itself prevent violence against prostitutes. However, it would introduce better controls in the industry, including restrictions on where prostitutes could work.
"I would prefer there was no prostitution but the problem is that there always has been and there always will be and the best thing to do is try to restrict it as best as possible and make sure it is done in a proper controlled environment," he said.
In Australia, soliciting has been decriminalised in New South Wales and Victoria, but there were restrictions on the area and circumstances where prostitutes could solicit for customers.
Mr Williamson plans to introduce a private members' bill into Parliament if he loses his cabinet role in the new Parliament.
Otherwise he will lobby for another MP to pick it up. Labour MP Annette King said the time was ripe to introduce the issue into Parliament because "whether people like it or not women and some men are forced into selling their bodies to make money and pretending it isn't here doesn't solve the problems".
"I don't know enough about how it has worked in other countries but I would be in favour of Parliament investigating it," she said. Head of Wellington District CIB Detective Inspector Quentin Doig said decriminalising prostitution would not stop violence against prostitutes.
"People have still got to ply their wares to earn the money and we're unfortunately going to end up with people who may end up committing various crimes against a prostitute."
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WALSH, Rebecca. Evening Post [Wellington, New Zealand] 15 Feb 1997: 1.
Police believe a knife was the weapon used to kill 15-year-old Vanessa Woodman, whose body was found in the grounds of Wellington's Onslow College on Thursday night.
The officer in charge of the inquiry, Detective Inspector Quentin Doig, said a knife was among items seized from a house in the area.
He would not comment on what the other items seized were. "One is a knife which we believe is the weapon."
The body of the St Mary's College student was found near an old confidence course structure, which residents call "the fort", alongside Onslow College's top field about 10.40pm on Thursday.
She was found by her caregiver. Mr Doig said the girl had been out with friends in the Onslow College grounds but became separated from them.
Her caregiver became concerned when she didn't return home and went looking for her.
Police arrested an 18-year-old man early yesterday morning and charged him with murder.
He entered no plea when he appeared in Wellington District Court yesterday, and was remanded in custody until Monday. His name was suppressed.
The man knew the victim, but Mr Doig was not prepared to comment on the relationship.
He said Vanessa was not in Social Welfare care and had been with her caregiver for about four months.
Classmates from St Mary's College said a prayer for Vanessa yesterday morning and were asked to remember "what a mischief-maker she was".
Those spoken to said Vanessa, whose nickname was "Ness", was full of life and always happy.
They said students at St Mary's were devastated and many had gone home early on hearing of her death.
St Mary's College principal Mary Cook said the school would not make any public statement about Vanessa's death out of respect for the wishes of her family.
A post-mortem examination was completed last night. Police were still looking into the possibility that further charges would be laid.
Mr Doig said the police team had been scaled down from more than 30 officers originally involved to 24.
Further inquiries into Vanessa's background were continuing. The scene examination was expected to be finished by late tomorrow.
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Posted 24 January 2012 - 12:45 PM
Waikato Times [Hamilton, New Zealand] 23 Feb 1998: 1.
Two former top police officers, hired by the Picton man whose sloop is at the centre of investigations into the disappearance of two Blenheim friends, were expected to start making their own inquiries today.
Corporate Risks, the Wellington private investigation company of Quentin Doig and Carl Berryman, today confirmed the pair had left for Marlborough.
The two -- Mr Doig, the former head of Wellington CIB, and Mr Berryman, former head of Wellington Police Crime Control Unit -- have been hired by Scott Watson's Wellington lawyers, John Billington QC and Bruce Davidson.
Mr Watson's yacht has remained at the centre of the police inquiry into the disappearance of Olivia Hope, 17, and Ben Smart, 21, early on New Year's Day.
Detective Inspector Rob Pope, who heads the police inquiry, today would not comment on the involvement of the two former officers.
". . . I've always maintained that nobody in this investigation has been investigated. We're still very much in the early stages of consolidating the picture."
He said police were still not at a stage where they could state whether the pair's disappearance was foul play. -- NZPA
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Posted 24 January 2012 - 12:47 PM
Waikato Times [Hamilton, New Zealand] 24 Sep 1998: 3.
Police were accused in Parliament of misusing their resources when they raided the home of Waitangi Fisheries Commissioner Shane Jones and the office of lawyer Donna Hall. Labour's justice spokesman Phil Goff suggested yesterday police were unduly influenced by former Wellington CIB head Quentin Doig, employed as a private investigator by the Waitangi Fisheries Commission.
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Posted 24 January 2012 - 12:48 PM
REID, Neil. Evening Post [Wellington, New Zealand] 06 Feb 1999: 2.
Police exhausted every avenue in their hunt for Norrie Triggs' killer, says the former head of the Wellington CIB.
Monday is the fifth anniversary of the discovery of Triggs' body in his Sandhurst Way, Chartwell, bedsit.
Despite extensive police inquiries the former Public Trust computer programmer's killer remains on the loose.
Quentin Doig, who headed the homicide inquiry, said he could not find any fault in the investigation.
"We went as far as we could," he said. "We just couldn't find anything that was leading towards an offender."
Triggs died as a result of a blow to his head. He was found slumped in an armchair in his small bedsit by his landlady Margaret Galvin. She would not comment when approached by The Post.
Police believe someone tidied the flat and arranged Mr Triggs in a sitting position after the beating.
Mr Doig left the police under the Police Employment Rehabilitation Fund (Perf) in June 1997 after 24 years. He now runs his own security and investigative company.
Mr Doig said the mystery of Mr Triggs' death wouldn't be solved, "unless we get some help from anyone who has information".
The file is now in the hands of Detective Senior Sergeant Hugh MacRae.
See MYSTERY page 13
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Posted 24 January 2012 - 12:50 PM
BAIN, Helen. Dominion [Wellington, New Zealand] 02 Jan 1996: 1.
THE new year got off to a busy start for Wellington police, with a homicide and arsons in Karori, a stabbing in Wainuiomata, drunk drivers and many arrests for drunk and disorderly behaviour.
However New Year revellers in other areas, including traditional troublespots, were quieter than in past years, with about 300 people arrested around New Zealand.
Detective Inspector Quentin Doig of Wellington said an unemployed 18-year-old man was involved in a dispute with a visitor to his Karori Rd flat about 10pm on Sunday.
Mr Doig said the visitor was severely beaten with a weapon and suffered serious head injuries.
He was dead by the time police arrived.
The dead man was Boyd William Bevan, 42.
The 18-year-old was spoken to by police at the flat and has been charged with murder.
He will appear in Wellington District Court this morning.
Yesterday, police were examining the scene and an autopsy was carried out on the dead man.
Also in Karori, three parked cars, including one in a carport, were set alight early yesterday. Two were in Chaytor St and one was in Monaghan Ave.
Accelerant was used to start the fires and police were treating all three as suspicious.
Inspector Albie Wilson said the car arsons could possibly have been the work of the Karori arsonist, who has lit many scrub fires in the suburb.
A car in a layby off State Highway 1 at Paekakariki was also burnt out early on New Year's Day.
Wellington police were kept busy dealing with widespread drunkenness and disorderly behaviour, with 23 arrests for such offences, Mr Wilson said.
He said most of the trouble began after 1am and police were particularly concerned that some pubs were still open at 6am, with drunken patrons still on the streets at 7am.
"We need to consider for future years whether it would be more appropriate for liquor licences that do not allow opening past 2am."
Ambulance staff also reported a busy night, with 28 callouts between midnight and 8am on New Year's Day, most to assaults in the central city. Mr Wilson said the police flying squad, set up to catch drunk drivers, stopped 1361 vehicles around the city, and nine motorists tested positive for excess breath alcohol.
However motorists overall were well-behaved, and most people walked or caught taxis.
Mr Wilson said the absence of fatal accidents in the Wellington region at both Christmas and New Year could be attributed to sensible driving and the presence of the flying squad.
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A 29-year-old man is in hospital after being stabbed in the stomach at a party in Wainuiomata early yesterday.
Detective Sergeant Murray Rei of Lower Hutt said the single stab wound was serious but not life-threatening.
A Wainuiomata man, 33, had been arrested and charged with wounding with intent to cause grievous bodily harm. He is to appear in Lower Hutt District Court today.
At Mt Maunganui, police arrested 75 revellers, including one man who threw a "tuna bomb" -- a type of explosive used in fishing -- into the crowd.
Senior Sergeant Merv Mist said it was lucky no one was hurt.
But he said most arrests were for minor offences and this year was nothing compared to last year when police clashed with thousands of revellers who pelted them with bottles.
"The crowd this year was mostly very friendly and there to enjoy themslves, not cause problems."
Nelson police also reported a busy New Year, with 18 arrests for fighting and alcohol-related offending, mostly by poeple from out of town.
Police said revellers in other holiday spots and main centres were fairly quiet.
CAPTION: Photo MICHAEL SMITH Police tape cordons off the flats in Karori where a man was killed Photos DON ROY Stuntman Mark Taylor throws himself off Wellington's city gallery as part of the New Year celebrations in Civic Square. Several thousand people crammed into the square as the Taranaki stuntman, otherwise known as Pyroman, and other acts performed in the lead up to midnight. Upper Hutt police sergeant Murray Kinzett pipes out Auld Lang Syne for New Year revellers in Civic Square
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Posted 24 January 2012 - 12:51 PM
BARNAO, Pete. Dominion [Wellington, New Zealand] 26 Sep 1998: 3.
OPPOSITION MPs stepped up demands yesterday for a ministerial inquiry after a judge ruled that police warrants executed in a search for leaked Waitangi Fisheries Commission documents were invalid.
Labour justice spokesman Phil Goff said the ruling reinforced the need for an inquiry into searches at the offices of Wellington lawyer Donna Hall and the homes of former commissioner Sir Graham Latimer and commissioner Shane Jones.
Justice Gallen ruled in the High Court at Wellington that warrants for searches affecting Ms Hall and Sir Graham were invalid. Police are considering an appeal.
Alliance leader Jim Anderton called for commissioners to be suspended while a formal inquiry was held into circumstances surrounding the searches.
But Police Minister Clem Simich ruled out a ministerial inquiry, at least for now, saying any complaint should go first to the Police Complaints Authority.
Police conducted the raids last month, after a complaint by the commission that confidential documents had been leaked amid a bitter dispute over allocation plans for Maori fishing assets.
Sir Graham resigned as commission deputy chairman this year and opposes the commission's plans. Ms Hall, the wife of High Court judge and Waitangi Tribunal chairman Eddie Durie, is acting for urban Maoris in a case alleging bias and pre-determination by commissioners.
In his ruling, Justice Gallen said the official who gave commission documents to Ms Hall may have acted in breach of trust and loyalty, but not corruptly. There was insufficient evidence of an offence punishable by imprisonment.
His decision was not a criticism of district court judge Richard Watson, who issued the warrants, as he had been presented with only one side of the issue.
Wellington Police district manager Gerry Cunneen said yesterday that police were deciding whether to proceed with the investigation. Seized documents were being held, pending further legal advice, in sealed containers. This was in line with agreements made with all parties when they were taken.
Mr Goff said the judgment strengthened the presumption that police decisions were made under undue influence from former Wellington CIB head Quentin Doig, who works as a private investigator for the commission.
Mr Doig rejected this, saying it was Mr Cunneen -- his former superior and not a subordinate -- who had approved police action to execute the search warrant. The original complaint had been made by the commission directly to police.
He also rejected suggestions by Mr Goff that he had been in possession of seized documents. His only role had been to view documents at Ms Hall's office and advise police on their relevance.
"I certainly didn't remove any documents from Donna Hall's office. It would have been quite inappropriate to do so," Mr Doig said.
Ms Hall said the decision was a victory for accountability. "For Sir Graham, what (Justice Gallen) has made clear is that giving information that was necessary to progress the civil proceedings was not an improper act, and that by me then issuing the proceedings against the commission -- that is not an improper act either."
The commission was waging an orchestrated campaign of bullying opponents, she said.
Commission chief executive Robin Hapi said the commission had had no option but to lay a complaint with police. It would have faced serious criticism if it had covered up the leak of documents including material on its commercial businesses and operations and legal advice.
"Disclosure of such material could have potentially threatened those businesses' competitive position and, as a result, constituted a threat to the assets held by the commission on behalf of all Maori."
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Waikato Times [Hamilton, New Zealand] 25 Sep 1998: 2.
An oral decision was expected from Justice Gallen in the High Court at Wellington today on whether search warrants issued for documents related to the Waitangi Fisheries Commission should be declared invalid.
Police used warrants to raid the offices of Wellington lawyer Donna Hall and the Far North homes of Waitangi Fisheries Commissioner Shane Jones and Sir Graham Latimer, who this year resigned as deputy commission chairman.
Ms Hall acts for Maori groups taking legal action over how the Waitangi Fisheries Commission has used its powers to allocate the fisheries resource to Maori.
Sir Graham had advised the Maori groups seeking to complain or litigate against the commission.
It was alleged in court that police took papers and electronic files related to that action which were subject to solicitor-client privilege. Lawyers acting for Ms Hall, Sir Graham, Muriwhenua and Te Arawa argued there was insufficient evidence for the warrants to be granted. They said warrants had been executed in an intimidatory fashion not intended by the District Court judge who issued them.
Labour MP Phil Goff has alleged that former Wellington CIB head Quentin Doig, employed as a private investigator by the Waitangi Fisheries Commission, had exerted undue influence on the police decision to conduct the raids after a complaint from the commission that confidential documents had been leaked.
Yesterday, Mr Goff called for a ministerial inquiry into police conduct over the matter.
It was particularly disturbing that police downloaded the entire contents of Ms Hall's computer, accessing privileged information between Ms Hall and her clients, he said.
Crown lawyer Ken Stone told the High Court yesterday that Mr Goff's statements were part of "a blatant attempt to influence public opinion and the court", despite court orders banning the release of details of the raids on Ms Hall and Sir Graham.
He said the allegations were biased, incomplete and in some cases completely wrong.
Justice Gallen ruled that the confidentiality orders would not be renewed.
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Posted 24 January 2012 - 12:56 PM
REID, Neil. Evening Post [Wellington, New Zealand] 27 June 1997: 5.
The Wellington police district needs at least 75 more officers to fight crime effectively, a frontline officer says.
The officer believed most of the 200 new staff would be sent to Auckland, leaving Wellington still short-staffed.
"If we don't have enough staff for the frontline then we are fighting a losing battle," he said. "The 200 staff will hardly cover the amount who are leaving the force. Wellington could do with an extra 75 staff to make a difference and to be comfortable."
Police Minister Jack Elder said the 200 extra staff would help protect the community against crime. Since the election, 80 additional police had been employed.
"The extra officers will strengthen the frontline and improve police service to public."
Senior police have admitted Auckland is understaffed, meaning hundreds of crimes are not investigated.
The Wellington officer said understaffing in the Capital was forcing some staff to leave police.
"Auckland is in dire straits and Wellington isn't that much better," he said.
Several senior Wellington and Kapiti district police officers had left the police force this year, including Detective Inspector Quentin Doig and Detective Sergeant Carl Berryman.
The Post understands the Wellington district is at least 20 officers short of meeting its recommended operational level.
Kapiti Coast Mayor Brett Ambler said he understood the Kapiti region would receive six extra police staff.
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Posted 24 January 2012 - 12:59 PM
KING, John. Evening Post [Wellington, New Zealand] 07 Nov 1997: 1.
Private investigators are looking into the illegal selling of imported used cars in Wellington.
The Imported Motor Vehicle Dealers Institute is looking at taking 40 private prosecutions against people for illegally selling imported second-hand vehicles for profit without a licence, its chief executive John Nicholls said.
"A whole lot more are being evaluated as to whether they should be prosecuted," Mr Nicholls said.
The institute has briefed Wellington investigators Risk, co-owned by former Wellington CIB head Quentin Doig, to look at cases in the area.
"We have got two investigations going at the moment (in Wellington) and a number in the South Island," Mr Doig said.
His company would investigate the cases and manage any prosecution that resulted. Before any case went to court it would be examined by an independent group of former CIB officers and then a barrister, he said.
Licensed dealers are concerned they are being undercut by unlicensed dealers selling through side of the road car fairs or through classified advertisements.
The law allows an individual to sell six vehicles a year. Those selling more than that for profit had to be licensed. Mr Nicholls said unlicensed dealers were more likely to bring in vehicles with wound odometers. "I think they are one of the high-risk categories. They were also often not registered for GST."
Mr Nicholls said it was hard to know how big the problem was but over a four-month period an institute survey revealed 950 suspicious cases involving 3700 vehicles.
Motor Vehicle Dealers Institute chief executive Steve Downes said private prosecutions against unlicensed dealers were nothing new. His organisation had spent $1 million taking prosecutions against 70 people over the past 10 years. All but one had been successful, he said. It had another 10 prosecutions pending. "We only scratch the surface. There is a lot of unlicensed selling going on."
CAPTION: Quentin Doig - two cases.
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Posted 24 January 2012 - 01:00 PM
HOWARD, Karen. Dominion [Wellington, New Zealand] 04 Mar 1997.
SOUNDSAIR owners Cliff and Diane Marchant escaped uninjured when their plane crashed on takeoff from Wellington Airport yesterday morning.
Detective Inspector Quentin Doig said the Cessna 185 Skywagon was taking off on a private flight back to the Marchants' home in Marlborough when it crashed at 10.13am.
He said witnesses saw the plane take off soon after an airforce Boeing 727. It climbed about 15 metres before rolling to the right and plummeting, the right-hand wing hitting the ground first.
The plane came to rest by the boundary fence on the far side of the airport and Mr and Mrs Marchant walked away from the wreckage moments later.
In another air accident in Wellington yesterday, a 33-year-old man and a 25-year-old woman escaped serious injury when the home-built plane they were flying crashed into Porirua harbour.
Police said the Neico Lancair 235 crashlanded 100 metres off Camborne in knee-deep water shortly before 4pm.
Witnesses said the $100,000 plane, built by its owner, John Spry, appeared to suffer engine failure and glided into the water. The pilot and passenger were taken to Wellington Hospital with minor head injuries.
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Air accident inspectors will look at the wreckage today. Wellington Airport was closed immediately after the Marchants'
accident while the airport fire service, police and ambulance staff attended the scene.
WestpacTrust rescue helicopter pilot Steve Oliver saw the crash. "What caught my attention was I saw this big jet take off and then the small plane take off immediately after.
"I looked up and thought he's pretty keen to be taking off so soon afterwards. Normally they take off two to three minutes out. He was probably only waiting 30 to 40 seconds.
"About 150 feet (45 metres) up it did a rapid roll to the right. I thought it would carry on and just go inverted. I thought he was beyond the point of recovery."
Mr Marchant almost managed to right the plane but was not quick enough and the right wing hit the ground, Mr Oliver said.
Mr Doig said the plane was given clearance to take off. He refused to say whether Mr Marchant had asked for an exemption from the wake turbulence separation rule that forbids light planes taking off less than two minutes after jets.
Wellington Airport communications manager Heather Hayden said a significant number of flights were delayed till the airport reopened about 12.30pm.
Civil Aviation Authority deputy director Max Stevens said the suspension of Soundsair's licence did not affect private flights. Mr Marchant said yesterday the plane was not part of Soundsair's regular fleet, but was occasionally leased to Soundsair for flights to the Marlborough Sounds.
CAPTION: Photo MARK ROUND The Marchants' Cessna lies on its belly after crashing at Wellington Airport yesterday The nose-wheel, which landed in Moa Point Rd, next to the airport
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Posted 24 January 2012 - 01:01 PM
Evening Post [Wellington, New Zealand] 01 Jan 1996: 1.
An 18-year-old man has been charged with murder after a man was found dead in Karori last night.
Police launched a homicide inquiry after the body of a 42-year-old man was found in a block of flats at 312 Karori Road. The name of the victim has not been released yet.
Police said the arrested man would appear in Wellington District Court tomorrow.
Detective Inspector Quentin Doig said police were called to the flat by a "distressed" neighbour who heard people fighting.
The victim, a visitor to the flat, was dead when police arrived. He had been severely beaten. Police are searching for the weapon.
The 18-year-old man was also at the flat, along with a woman. Police were speaking to the woman today but she was unlikely to be charged in relation to the attack.
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"They were acquaintances. It appears there was a dispute that led to a violent argument which resulted in violence."
Mr Doig said police wanted to hear from other residents of the block of flats who noticed anything unusual between 10pm and 10.30pm.
Meanwhile, violence and sex offences marked the close of 1995 for Wellington.
On Sunday, a woman was raped in a central city alleyway and police are still searching for her attackers. The woman, a visitor to Wellington, was abducted from the Manners Mall area about 12.30am and taken to Lukes Lane behind the Social Welfare building.
Detective Sergeant Merv Theobald said the woman had wandered the streets distressed until she was taken to police by members of the public at 5.30am. Police are searching for four youths, aged 14 to 16, Maori or Polynesian and wearing baggy clothing, Mr Theobald said.
On Saturday, a man was arrested at Naenae after a woman awoke at 3am to find someone naked in her bed. A 30-year-old man was to appear in Lower Hutt District Court today.
Yesterday four men burst into a Strathmore house about 1am and assaulted a man at home with his four-year-old son. Two of the men were carrying firearms and the victim was struck about the body but was not seriously injured.
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Posted 24 January 2012 - 01:03 PM
REID, Neil. Evening Post [Wellington, New Zealand] 24 Sep 1998: 3.
A Waitangi Fisheries Commission member believes he has been the subject of harassment from police and the former head of the Wellington CIB.
Shane Jones, of Mangonui, Northland, told The Post today he believed he and his family had been harassed after he opposed fishing allocations proposed by the Waitangi Fisheries Commission.
His comments follow claims by Opposition justice spokesman Phil Goff in Parliament yesterday that Quentin Doig, the former head of the Wellington CIB, had exerted influence over his former colleagues to get search warrants.
Last month officers searched the houses of Mr Jones, Wellington lawyer Donna Hall and former commission member Sir Graham Latimer. That followed a complaint from the commission that commercially sensitive documents had been leaked.
"My people, my legal advisers and scores of people who have given me support have all concluded that I am the subject of extreme intimidation," Mr Jones said.
Wellington district police manager Superintendent Gerry Cunneen said he would comment after speaking to staff.
Mr Doig said he intended to comment later today.
A Police National Headquarters spokeswoman said it was an issue for Wellington police to comment on.
Mr Goff asked Police Minister Clem Simich in Parliament yesterday why police considered a Waitangi Fisheries Commission complaint sufficiently important to justify the resources used in the execution of the search warrants. Mr Goff said there appeared to be an "old boys" network operating where priorities were based on connections, not the seriousness of the offence.
Mr Simich said the importance police placed on complaints and the resources used was a matter for them.
"At present, aspects of the police investigation are the subject of court proceedings and until they are resolved I am not in a position to elaborate."
Commission chief executive Robin Hapi said it was inappropriate to comment on Mr Jones' claims.
"The commission has no influence on the police as to how they conduct their inquiries and nor do we want to have any influence," he said.
Caption: Shane Jones
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Posted 24 January 2012 - 01:05 PM
MacKENZIE, Jonathan. Dominion [Wellington, New Zealand] 19 May 1997.
POLICE chiefs have called a top- level summit in Wellington today to find out why officers are leaving the force in droves.
Concern over a record number of police "perfing", or taking the Police Employment Rehabilitation Fund payout, led Police Commissioner Peter Doone to call the summit.
It met initially last month but "nothing concrete" had emerged, Police Association president Greg O'Connor said yesterday.
Wellington CIB boss Detective Inspector Quentin Doig resigned earlier this year and Paraparaumu's two senior officers, Senior Sergeant Peter Thompson and Detective Sergeant Peter Scott, as well as Senior Sergeant Jim McLaughlin of Porirua are on leave pending approval of their departure on medical grounds.
In 1996, 332 police "perfed" and, according to the Police Association, latest figures show that 126 mainly experienced officers have already left this year.
Mr O'Connor said the figures showed that officers leaving had on average 17 years' experience.
Of those leaving, 23 were ranked sergeant or senior sergeant. Two inspectors and 31 senior constables also left. Another 48 officers had retired or resigned.
Last year 32 officers, ranked above inspector, left compared with 13 in 1992.
"The loss of experience will impact seriously on the reputation and performance of police," Mr O'Connor said.
Frontline enforcers were hamstrung by the Bill of Rights and other laws that diluted police powers, especially when dealing with young offenders, he said.
On the streets juveniles, armed with a working knowledge of the law, taunted officers by saying, "You can't touch me," he said.
"To go to work and be abused and put up with the rubbish we do is quite soul-destroying.
"People just throw their arms up and think, well, what's the point?
"That a society has allowed that to happen, that a kid can say `up you' and there's nothing you can do about it, that's more soul- destroying than anything else.
"It leaves cops shaking their heads and when you start thinking like that you start looking for your exit."
Police management did not have to accept the high leaving rate when feedback from officers "indicated positive action can be taken to reduce the numbers", summit chairman Jon White said.
Staff have been invited to make submissions to any members of the summit on the understanding their views will be treated in strict confidence.
The perf scheme allows police suffering from medical or psychological ills to leave with an employer-subsidised superannuation payment. Staff contribute 7.5 per cent of their pay and it pays out up to $250,000 for 20 years' service.
* Prime Minister Jim Bolger told the National Party's Wellington division conference at the weekend that next month's Budget would contain measures on fighting crime involving a greater community role.
* Bolger seeks new ways p2
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Posted 24 January 2012 - 01:07 PM
MacDONALD, Erin. Evening Post [Wellington, New Zealand] 26 June 1997: 4.
The Capital's former top investigator is now branching out with his own company, providing a security investigative service to businesses.
QUENTIN DOIG'S police career reads like a gripping detective novel with its tales of covert drug operations, grisly murder investigations and even a stint at the FBI National Academy.
Wellington's former top investigator, who left the job this year, is now channelling his 24 years police experience into the corporate sector.
He and former Wellington Detective Sergeant Carl Berryman launch their new company Corporate Risks (NZ) Ltd next month. It will provide a security and investigative service to businesses.
Mr Doig said he is not setting out to go into competition with the police and hopes to work closely with his former colleagues.
Mr Doig gave away thoughts of being a teacher and joined the police at age 20.
His career as an investigator had humble beginnings. "I started off in the bicycle theft office and in those days there were four staff investigating bicycle theft in Christchurch."
After five years, and by now specialising in drug investigation work, Mr Doig was promoted to Detective Sergeant.
In the late 1970s he managed his first major case. In charge of the West Coast-based investigation, he and his team of police and customs officers, together with the Auckland drug squad, pinned Brian Curtis and Alan Menzies to a $4 million haul of heroin brought into the country on a yacht which attempted to make landfall at Karamea. It was the biggest heroin seizure at the time. In the early 1980s, and now attached to the Auckland drug unit, he and an undercover officer went to Sydney to help Australian federal police squash drug dealers attempting to set up a heroin supply route into Auckland.
Mr Doig said drug investigative work was at a ground-breaking stage in the early 1980s as new laws allowed police to use electronic devices to bug drug dealers homes and tap phones.
At the age of 33 he was promoted to the senior rank of detective inspector and came to Wellington to head the National Bureau of Criminal Intelligence at Police National Headquarters The unit, under Mr Doig's direction, was responsible for selecting and training undercover agents, co-ordination of the Criminal Intelligence functions throughout the country, the Police Terrorist Intelligence unit (now the Threat Assessment Unit) and the National Bomb Data Centre.
In 1988 he realised a goal to work at a police posting overseas and was given 16 days notice to move with his wife and two preschoolers to Sydney as the New Zealand Police liaison officer. His work included busting drug dealers with 400kg of ecstasy.
It was during this time that Mr Doig said he experienced one of his most rewarding moments.
A well-dressed young man walked into the New Zealand High Commission in Sydney in 1989 and asked to speak to him. Mr Doig didn't recognise the man at first.
"The last time I'd seen him, he was breaking into chemist shops to feed his drug addiction," he said. "I'd spent a lot of time trying to help him but when I moved to Auckland we'd lost touch. He had heard from his parents I was working as the Sydney police liaison officer and came to let me know what he had done with his life and to thank me for helping to get his life back on track."
The man was now a successful architect. In 1992 Mr Doig returned to Wellington to head the district's specialist investigation units including fraud, sexual abuse and organised crime.
A highlight was a three-month course at the FBI National Academy in Quantico, Virginia.
On the serious crime front, he's overseen a number of high profile Wellington cases, including the homicide investigations of Norrie Triggs, Eugene and Gene Thomas and schoolgirl Vanessa Woodman. He also headed the investigation which saw the conviction of Phillip John Smith for the murder of a Johnsonville father of two in 1995. Mr Doig left the police under the provisions of the Police Employment Rehabilitation Fund. The fund allows police to leave with a lump sum payment if they cannot continue for medical, physcial or pyschological reasons.
He will not talk about his specific reason for leaving - and will not comment on the increasing numbers of police leaving the force under the scheme.
"I left because I felt I had run my race in the police," he said. "I felt I was beginning to lose my edge as a senior police manager. I have always set myself high standards and I wasn't prepared to compromise those. The police has been very good to me but at the age of 44 I wanted to do something different."
"I am leaving with many good memories and close friends in the police."
Corporate Risks Ltd will provide criminal civil investigation services to businesses in Wellington and the South Island.
Mr Doig is opening an office in Christchurch in July. "We will be able to advise companies in relation to product contamination (for extortion), assist in employment vetting and make inquiries into senior executive apointments, provide an advisory service to senior management in relation to threats against them, their family, and homes and carry out trade inquiries to avoid the prospect of counterfeit goods being exploited in the market."
His new business will also provide expert advice on building security including closed-circuit television and a de-bugging service. Mr Doig said there was a niche in the market for his company because the police had moved away from the formal crime prevention role and it was being left to the private sector.
"We're not going to be in competition with the police but we believe we have the background and the ability to provide a service," he said. "The last thing I want to do is work against the police. It is our aim to work closely with the police and to assist by what we are doing."
CAPTION: INVESTIGATOR - Quentin Doig's career reads like a gripping detective novel. Picture: JO HEAD
Copyright Independent Newspapers, Ltd. Jun 26, 1997
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Posted 24 January 2012 - 01:08 PM
MacDONALD, Erin. Evening Post [Wellington, New Zealand] 07 May 1997: 3.
The head of the Wellington Police CIB is leaving - in the wake of large numbers of police "perfing".
Detective Inspector Quentin Doig said today he was not prepared to discuss the matter. It was not known if he was "perfing" - leaving the force under provisions of the Police Employment Rehabilitation Fund.
Mr Doig has overseen many major criminal investigations in Wellington including the recent homicides of Norrie Triggs, Graham Davies, Boyd Bevan and Vanessa Woodman.
The Post reported yesterday that Kapiti-Mana police district lost three senior policemen in the past week.
Paraparaumu has already lost five staff through perfing in the past 18 months.
A second conference is being planned for May 19 to examine why large numbers of police are perfing.
The Perf scheme allows police suffering medical or psychological ill-health to leave with an employer-subsidised superannuation payment.
Thirty-two commissioned officers left last year compared with 13 in 1992. Last year 127 non-commissioned officers perfed compared with 47 in 1992.
The first disengagement summit was held on April 22 and looked at the factors contributing to why police leave, demographic and attrition factors and strategies that reduce attrition.
Police media spokesman Rob Lee said the discussions were in the formative stages and information was still being gathered. It was not known when the findings or any outcomes would be released.
Police Commissioner Peter Doone called for the conference after publicity about the numbers of policing taking the Perf option and rumours it was to be scrapped.
In March Police Minister Jack Elder assured police there was no intention to remove the right of a sworn police officer to leave under the provisions of Perf.
CAPTION: Quentin Doig - leaving.
Posted 24 January 2012 - 01:26 PM
Van den BERGH Roeland. Dominion [Wellington, New Zealand] 23 July 1997.
CORPORATES are increasingly calling on private eyes to investigate white-collar crimes that have become a low priority for the police.
One of the new breed of gumshoes is a former Wellington detective inspector, Quentin Doig, who has teamed up with three other former detectives to set up Corporate Risks.
Businesses had significant concerns about internal losses and the need to tighten internal structures to prevent theft and fraud, Mr Doig said.
"Companies are certainly very frustrated that if the matter is not over the $500,000 barrier the Serious Fraud Office has got, and it may well be a matter of just $20,000 to $30,000, it will be treated as a very low priority by the police and may not even be investigated."
That was no comfort to a company that suspected a staff member of fraud, but did not know if it had enough evidence to take action or if the police would investigate.
The Wellington fraud squad was previously under Mr Doig's control "and I was only too aware of how much work they were having to put on either a low priority or actually turn away, and that's frustrating for the staff working there".
Corporate Risks would not be working in competition with the police.
"We want to work closely with the police. Basically what we are doing is giving them a hand to deal with their core business.
"The police has in my opinion a big role and should play a big role in advising both the corporates and members of the community how to protect themselves. But a lot of that has been left now to the private industry.
"There is too much time now in the police spent on meeting corporate objectives, trying to meet hourly budget requirements set by the Treasury.
"The guys there are working very hard to do what they can with a shrinking lid of resources and from a management prospective it was very frustrating that I personally had neither the human resources nor the monetary resources to do what was needed.
"You get to the stage where you have had enough of it and that's why I decided to start my own business where it was my own fault if I can't service the needs or can't supply staff with what they need. "I want to be hung, drawn and quartered for my own managerial failures and not for those of people above me."
Besides criminal investigations, Corporate Risks' services will include crisis management support, executive employment vetting, personnel issues, and building security advice, surveillance and de- bugging.
There were few top-level corporate security consultants in Wellington and the South Island, Mr Doig said.
Most companies received security advice from their auditors, "but we have had many years of experience dealing with the criminal mind". "We know how the criminal thinks and that gives us a certain advantage in going in and looking at systems and commenting on whether there are areas that can be tightened up or improved on.
Security failures within companies tended to concentrate on a lack of sufficient controls on staff handling money, invoicing and contract placement.
"It is a very competitive environment in the corporate sector at the moment and there certainly appears to be considerable concern about the need to protect the secrecy in relation to contract bidding, contract negotiation and developement of new product."
He was not aware of any incidents of recent industrial espionage, but companies were taking preventative steps by having their offices swept for listening devices.
"I'm aware where some businesses have allegedly been the subject of electronic interception by some means or other, but whether that is a huge problem in New Zealand I can't comment."
"(However) if we follow the trends from overseas, there is a need to ensure that trade matters are properly protected."
Mr Doig said Corporate Risks was still in its marketing phase, drumming up business through a network of contacts built up during 24 years in the police, 21 years of which were spent in the criminal investigation branch.
"Over the years you get various offers to go out and do various things when you are in a senior position in the police and I had a number and turned them down because I actually did enjoy the job. I got a huge kick out of working with the young staff and developing them."
The other members of the team are former detective sergeants Carl Berryman and David Horsburgh, of Wellington, and former detective inspector Kevin Burrowes who heads the Christchurch office.
CAPTION: Photo MARTIN HUNTER QUENTIN DOIG . . . `I want to be hung for my own managerial failures'
Copyright Independent Newspapers, Ltd. Jul 23, 1997
Posted 24 January 2012 - 01:32 PM
ACC has secret unit to tackle dangerous clients: [2 Edition]
Dominion [Wellington, New Zealand] 23 Nov 2000: 27.
ACC has set up a top-secret national unit to manage claimants considered too risky for its workers to deal with in person.
The unit has been set up at a secret location after the fatal stabbing of ACC worker Janet Pike in the Henderson office in West Auckland in June last year.
She was murdered by claimant Johnny Manu, a schizophrenic who visited the office claiming he was owed $350. He is now serving a life sentence.
About 30 threatening claimants are being handled by the remote claim unit in a location known only to a few in ACC management.
National security manager Quentin Doig, employed a year ago to boost safety, screens clients to see if they meet the criteria for special management. He said the unit's clients typically exhibited behaviour seen as potentially threatening to staff, or had historically behaved in a threatening way.
"Unfortunately, we live in an aggressive society," said Mr Doig, a former detective and head of Wellington CIB.
"We have a responsibility to provide good case management to our claimants, but we also have a responsibility to protect our staff. ACC is determined not to have another member of staff injured or killed at work."
Cases handled by the unit are reviewed annually to see if they continue to meet the criteria.
"We are still trying to provide the necessary care and support for them," Mr Doig said. So far, four clients had moved out of the unit's care.
The unit was trialled last year before the murder, and was formalised afterward.
An Occupational Safety and Health investigation into the murder recommended that ACC enforce its safety procedures and make personal alarms mandatory for staff. It found that seven security measures were not taken on the day of Mrs Pike's murder. A closed-circuit television system was not on, Mrs Pike did not have her portable panic button, and she should have been accompanied by another worker.
OSH cleared ACC in respect of the Health and Safety in Employment Act.
The death prompted security upgrades at ACC branch offices. Staff now wear personal alarms when interviewing claimants and are trained how to respond when alarms are activated, including evacuating the office. They receive training from the police on recognising aggressive behaviour in clients, and in calming techniques.
Mr Doig said ACC staff were frequently threatened by clients. About one complaint a month was serious enough to be reported to police.
He said he had been surprised by the staff's high level of tolerance of abusive clients and was educating them not to stand for such behaviour. It was not a huge leap from someone being aggressive on the phone to a physical assault, he said.
ACC is looking at the privacy issues of sharing information on potentially dangerous clients with other agencies that may be involved with them, such as the Inland Revenue Department, Department of Child, Youth and Family Services, and the Department of Work and Income. -- NZPA
Supplied by New Zealand Press Association
Copyright Independent Newspapers, Ltd. Nov 23, 2000
Read also Remote Claims Unit thread
And ACC calls in the Serious Fraud Office thread take note of post #92 dates etc
Posted 24 January 2012 - 01:38 PM
MARTIN, Yvonne. The Press [Christchurch, New Zealand] 06 Dec 2000: 4.
ACC staff working for a top-secret unit handling claims for potentially dangerous clients are being counselled and monitored for job stress.
The claims unit was set up in a secret location after the fatal stabbing of ACC worker Janet Pike in West Auckland in June last year. It has two claims managers and they handle about 30 clients, by telephone or mail.
One of the unit's staff is already transferring to another ACC job after seven months due to the job pressure.
"She has had enough dealing with difficult people," said national security manager Quentin Doig.
Some clients ring the unit up to 15 times a day and leave messages, to which staff respond.
Although staff did not have face-to-face contact with clients, they did work under high pressure levels, said Mr Doig.
They received counselling and were monitored to ensure the pressure did not become overwhelming.
"It's pretty tough going. These people (clients) you just can't satisfy or please, so there is not a great deal of job satisfaction," said Mr Doig.
"The only satisfaction in it is knowing that they are making life a bit safer for those out in the branches."
Most of the unit's cases involve long-term serious injury -- more than half of them head injuries.
Case managers in ACC offices identify clients with whom they are having problems. Mr Doig and branch managers then assessed cases to see if clients met the criteria for remote management.
Copyright Independent Newspapers, Ltd. Dec 6, 2000
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Posted 24 January 2012 - 01:41 PM
ALLEY, Oskar. Dominion [Wellington, New Zealand] 18 May 1999: 13.
A PROPOSAL to slash Wellington's CIB team by half is astounding and could jeopardise serious crime investigations such as murders, the former head of the department has said.
Former detective inspector Quentin Doig, who left his police job in June 1997, said he could not believe recommendations to cut CIB staff from 52 to 25.
Mr Doig said that three years ago there were 70 bureau staff.
His disillusionment with staffing reductions was one of the main reasons why he left.
"It's a sad state of affairs and I'm disappointed for the Wellington public in general," Mr Doig said.
In 1994 the CIB was divided into two teams to investigate the Norrie Triggs and Eugene and Gene Thomas murders, he said.
"There is no way that could be done today. In my opinion, the recommendations are going to severely affect the competency and standard of the higher-level investigations in Wellington.
"A great deal of fraud and property-related crime will go uninvestigated."
Mr Doig said his position had not been filled since he left the CIB. He felt "very sorry" for CIB boss Detective Inspector Brett Kane, who was faced with the prospect of a void of investigative experience.
Wellington Mayor Mark Blumsky and Wellington Central MP Richard Prebble also criticised the recommendations.
Mr Blumsky said he already had quite serious concerns about police numbers, and the Government had failed to grasp the effects.
"I think it is a real issue for the Government. I think they are taking it a bit lightly and have been a bit glib with some of their answers. We believe there is a problem," he said.
Though policing was the Government's responsibility, Wellington City Council was preparing a safety manifesto looking at how to overcome the policing shortfall, Mr Blumsky said.
One option was to ask the Government to give the council bulk funding and to run police work itself, as in the United States.
"Maybe that's what our community wants if they don't have the confidence in central Government," Mr Blumsky said.
Mr Prebble, a former police minister, expressed yesterday his "very grave concerns" about staffing shortages in a letter to Police Minister Clem Simich.
It is understood that the recommendations make no provision for the administrative senior-sergeant position responsible for planning policing for protests.
Mr Prebble said Wellington should be excluded from a population- based staff allocation model because it was the capital, and policing protests and escorting dignitaries put extra pressure on resources.
"A simple population formula will result in Wellington citizens having less police available than those of any other city," he said in the letter.
"The tragic examples in the last two weekends where young teenagers were savagely beaten illustrates the point."
Mr Prebble has said he knew that police officers had been taken off the streets to attend some diplomatic functions.
Copyright Independent Newspapers, Ltd. May 18, 1999