I’m sure you will all be with me when I say my thoughts are with the people and communities of Canterbury currently suffering from floods and heavy rains. The Trust Board is behind any Patrols working to assist their communities with extra funds if required. It certainly behoves us as an organisation to consider how we can assist communities in these times. It is for reasons such as this (and COVID-19) that the CPNZ Trust Board has commenced communications with the National Emergency Management Association (NEMA).

Recent discussions about mandatory training have occurred with our partners, the Police. The question arose about whether members of a Patrol who do not patrol should have to complete the mandatory training. Discussions centred around the fact that every member of aPatrol is, in some way or another, privy to sensitive Police information, patrol information, has access to vehicles, offices, police stations etc. Having some members of a Patrol trained, and some not trained, is not an ideal situation. CPNZ assures Police a level of integrity that allows us into the inner workings of police operations. This translates to all members of a Patrol being vetted and having successfully completed the mandatory training.

The Board and Police recognise that there are members in a Patrol that provide a support function only and do not patrol operationally. However, I am sure that the rationale stated above makes sense to everyone. Training can be done online with help from a training officer, mentor or patrol colleague if required.

I want to thank all those that have proffered feedback on the Best Practice Manual and the new Code of Conduct. All feedback is being listened to and considered by the Board.

Lastly, I look forward to seeing many of you at district training events and/or the 2021 Annual General Meeting (AGM) in Lower Hutt. The AGM is the culmination of another year of hard work by the Board and National Office, and I’m looking forward to seeing all of us together again.