Social Justice Aotearoa will ensure New Zealand has a just, civil, and transparent police force by advocating for the Independent Police Complaints Authority to be Headed by an independent suitably qualified person from another commonwealth country such as Australia, Canada, or the United Kingdom.
The Police are there to protect the citizens of New Zealand and fairly enforce the laws of our land in an open, honest, and transparent way. Should any police practise or action be legitimately brought into question there must be a full and independent investigation into all allegations. To achieve an independent enquiry with an honest and independent result all investigations must be led/overseen by a suitably qualified person who is not a citizen of New Zealand and has no connection to New Zealand or any government department. This was done in the Arthor Allan Thomas inquiry
where R. L. Taylor, a former Justice of the Supreme Court of New South Wales headed that inquiry.
Values and Principles
That no person that has been employed in any capacity by the New Zealand police can be employed or contracted to work for the IPCA, which we believe makes the governing body overseeing the New Zealand Police totally independent. Should any police practise or action be legitimately brought into question there must be a full and independent investigation into all allegations. Everyone is entitled to justice, to a fair hearing, and to be treated with respect in the justice system including within any investigation within the Independent Police Complaints Authority.
The rule of law and judicial independence are fundamental values that should be protected; justice should follow transparent and fair processes, and the right to justice must be equitably protected in all its forms including within all activities and investigations the Independent Police Complaints Authority are involved in.
International public law obligations should be fairly and openly honoured and respected by the Independent Police Complaints Authority.
We will ensure that everyone before the Independent Police Complaints Authority, at any stage of the process, regardless of gender, race, origin, or financial status, is treated equally, accorded due process, and without any limitation on their right to the truth.
To create a totally independent body whom the public can trust to oversee any policing concerns/complaints that arise.