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The Wally Haumaha report is expected on Monday, but its fate may remain unclear



That was a comment made for officers investigating rape claims who would return to hurt Wally Haumaha.

The results of a Government investigation into the appointment of a deputy police commissioner are expected to be released on Monday after four months of accusations and controversies.

The investigation was triggered by an attack on Haumaha's suit for the role, after which he appeared to have shown support for police officers accused of rape by Louise Nicholas during Operation Austin in 2004.

The appointment of Deputy Commissioner of Police Wally Haumaha was examined by a Government investigation after issues were raised with comments made during Operation Austin.

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The appointment of Deputy Commissioner of Police Wally Haumaha was examined by a Government investigation after issues were raised with comments made during Operation Austin.

But the final report from attorney Mary Scholtens QC will only answer one question that now hangs on Haumaha: does the State Service Commission (SSC) have all the relevant information during its appointment?

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Since the investigation was announced, allegations of persecution have emerged and are now subject to an investigation into the Independent Behavioral Police Authority.

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Police Minister Stuart Nash was forced to defend the nature of his relationship with the deputy commissioner of the Wally Haumaha police at issue, under fierce questions in the DPR.

Scholtens has heard evidence from Department of Justice staff and Corrections regarding bullying, allegedly occurred during a joint 2016 project led by Haumaha.

This means that the fate of high ranking officers may still be unclear after the report was released Monday.

Over the past week, the question of who could fire Haumaha from an officially appointed position has been raised.

The displeasure of Louise Nicholas at the appointment of Wally Haumaha as Deputy Commissioner of Police sparked the next controversy.

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The displeasure of Louise Nicholas at the appointment of Wally Haumaha as Deputy Commissioner of Police sparked the next controversy.

In Parliament on Thursday, Police Minister Stuart Nash confirmed Commissioner of Police Mike Bush did not have the power to detain Haumaha. Bush is said to have received legal advice for this effect.

Under the 2008 Police Law, a deputy commissioner holds the position of "happily the Governor-General" at the recommendation of the prime minister.

And while Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern previously said Haumaha "could go", in August he said it could be for the SSC and Public Attorneys to evaluate the suitability of Haumaha "after the first investigation".

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Wally Haumaha's request was thrown into political turmoil.

National party police spokesman Chris Bishop, who called for the dismissal of Haumaha, said his appointment and "irresistible situation" must be owned by the prime minister.

It is expected that Service Minister Chris Hipkins will hold a press conference in response to Scholtens' findings on Monday afternoon.

COMMENTS THAT CAUSE CONTROVERION

Police Minister Stuart Nash announced the appointment of Wally Haumaha to Deputy Commissioner in May.

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Police Minister Stuart Nash announced the appointment of Wally Haumaha to Deputy Commissioner in May.

The appointment of Haumaha's deputy commissioner was announced in May by Police Minister Stuart Nash, who said he was "very happy".

But Louise Nicholas, a victim adviser who had an influence on the police, was unhappy.

He was flown to Wellington two days later to meet Bush, Haumaha and deputy commissioner Mike Clement.

Police Commissioner Mike Bush, center, discussed questions about the appointment of Haumaha and subsequent investigations at the Parliamentary election committee meeting in Wellington

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Police Commissioner Mike Bush, center, discussed questions about the appointment of Haumaha and subsequent investigations at the Parliamentary election committee meeting in Wellington

That was Haumaha's comments made to investigate her 2004 rape claims which disappointed her.

Haumaha, then a senior sergeant, described his former colleague Bob Schollum as "a legend in himself", and Brad Shipton as a "big softie in the heart".

The couple, together with former assistant commissioner Clint Rickards, were released from package rape Louise Nicholas, but Schollum and Shipton were convicted of the rape of a woman Mt Maunganui.

Nicholas' departure made headlines on July 29. He said Haumaha did not have the integrity needed for the job, and he "hit the roof" after hearing about his promotion.

"An ugly animal is ready to go up … and that's what happened," he said.

TIMELINE

July 1984: Wally Haumaha joins the Rotorua Police.

2004: Haumaha was interviewed as part of Operation Austin – an investigation into rape claims against Rotorua police officers.

May 29, 2018: A Police Minister "Stuart Nash" who was very pleased to announce that Haumaha had been appointed as Deputy Commissioner of Police.

May 31: Victim companion Louise Nicholas met with police officers.

June 29: The report emerged from Nicholas's anxiety about the decision to promote Haumaha. The police gave an apology from Haumaha, and acting PM Winston Peters said an investigation would be held.

August 1: Dr Pauline Kingi, who was appointed chairman of the investigation, resigned after calling for his dismissal because he supported Haumaha 23 times on the social networking site LinkedIn. Lawyer Mary Scholtens QC was then appointed as his replacement.

September 6: The Independent Police Behavior Authority (IPCA) stressed that it would investigate formal intimidation complaints against Haumaha carried out by two women who were staff from the Ministry of Justice and Corrections, which had previously been supported by a police project led by Haumaha.


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