Region 1

Region 1, IPA New Zealand section, encompasses the area from the North Cape, the northern most tip of New Zealand, south to Auckland, New Zealand's largest metropolitan area. The region has much to offer visitors where ever their interests may lay.

We have an active membership of about 222 active members for the region.

For non IPA New Zealand members, email addresses for 'OUR PEOPLE' are available on our 'Contact us' page under Regional Officers.

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Europe - Learning about what IPA can practically do for me


My name is Corina WILLEY and I’ve been a frontline Constable for about 3 and a half years and am now based currently based at North Shore Policing Centre, Auckland, New Zealand.

I’m writing purely to encourage all Police employees to become members of the International Police Association (“IPA”).

I joined the IPA at the start of the year after speaking with Senior Sergeant William ‘Billy’ LAWRENCE about my upcoming travels  around Europe.  He is the current Vice President and regional Secretary here in Region 1. 

I didn't know much about what IPA was and he has an office full of posters and badges and has been overseas so when we got chatting it was clear quickly that i could get help from other police officers overseas.

It turned out being a member of IPA also comes with awesome perks/opportunities such as:

    • Cheap holiday homes all over the world!
    • Chance to arrange ride-alongs internationally
    • Meet ups with fellow officers from all walks of Police life worldwide
    • Plan airport pick-ups and free tour guides (from willing IPA members)

Just quickly, I’ll tell you about my experience as an IPA member so far (I’ll try keep it quick).

Earlier in the year I went on an overseas trip.  I was in Ireland for two days only so before I left I Facebook messaged the Ireland IPA Section through their page asking if there was any way I could arrange for someone to show me around while I was there. When you travel on your own it can be quite daunting and although I’ve been away before this was the first time I used the IPA. 

The IPA  organised to have me collected from the airport when I arrived which would be one of the stressful parts of landing in any foreign country– I had however  already organised bus tickets so I didn’t require that but it gave me a confident feeling about the trip.

A member of the IPA section in Dublin volunteered to show me and another IPA member from the Malta Police, around the main tourist attractions in Dublin.

I was collected from my Hostel in the morning of the first day and the three of us headed out for the day in an unmarked Police patrol vehicle.

We were taken to the best fish and chips shop in the city to take care of the foggy head from our night out and then a 40 minute drive to Trim  Castle  which featured in the movie Braveheart. It has been here since 1300 and is one of the few Norman castles still standing in Europe. We then moved onto the Jamieson’s Distillery and also  an old Police station with Court tunnel which they told me was  haunted- maybe they think I scare easily  We ended the day with a trip to a Court hearing for a gang related case involving a serious assault.

Between the three of us we were able to exchange work stories during the day. It is one of the things that I noticed very early on in the day was that we may be separated by distance but we had similar ‘better work stories’.  To be fair mine were pretty lame compared to their stories as it turned out they are  both Detectives involved in the  Human trafficking sections in their home countries. One thing I would say with confidence is that IPA allows you to meet other young police staff who are serving in very similar roles. I was surprised at how much at ease we were with each other from the outset  and I now have two great contacts who I stay in touch with through social media.

We had such a  great day out and I was invited to their after-work drinks two days later at the  main Dublin Police station, unfortunately (super gutted), I was leaving the country the day prior to these drinks so couldn’t go!

When I left they made sure I knew that if  I were to ever come back to let them know well  in advance so I’m able to attend some work drinks and see more of Ireland. They also encouraged me to let other Kiwi Cops who are taking time out on travelling around Europe  know my story and that they too would be more than welcome! It was very obvious that they loved showing off where they live as much as I do, national pride is a great thing.

I had also messaged the Croatia IPA page as well as the Malaga, Spain IPA pages – Both were quick to get back to me and  advised me to just walk into any Police Station and show my IPA card and they would organise something.  My trip went quick and I had a lot organised so I didn’t take them up on that offer but having that card in my bag was re assuring.

Now I am back I have to get my head into work and save my money and store my  leave for my next trip but I really wanted to let any one who isn’t IPA  know how easy it was to meet up with Police around the world.

I’ve also just found out about another awesome new perk we have now is the discounted Snow Planet passes!

Four day snow passes will be available every day. Each pass will get you boots, helmets, boards or skis plus full day entry to the snow. And all for just $20 a pass. This means I can prepare for my trip to the Alps without breaking the bank …. 

I also know there are opportunities to get overseas to conferences or to complete some development a Castle.. in Germany   Who Knew !!!!

World Police Games August 2017 by Sarah SU

I travelled to Los Angeles, United States of America to participate in the World Police Fire Games on the 7th August 2017.  I won two silver medals in the 100 metres and 200 metres sprint events for 50 to 54 years women.  I came second to World Marsters competitor Krista Francis-Raymah from Trinidad of Tobago.  She is an outstanding sprinter and won both events.  I received support

from Sheriffs and Police Officers at the Track & Field Event.  I have made friends and have them on my personal facebook. 


It was truly an honour to represent NZ Police this year and although I haven’t sprinted since the Australian, NZ Police Games in 1987, I was very happy to gain a second place.  I am keen to compete in the WPFG 2019 which are held in Chengdu in China.  I previously won two gold medals at the 2015 WPFG in body building held in Virginia, USA.


I was very fortunate to have IPA member Gloria Ramirez Halman, Region 6, Southern California host me from the time I arrived in the States for a whole week.  She drove me to my events situated over an hour away so that I could compete.  She organised my shopping sprees at the best Malls and shouted a boxing training session for me with a UFC trainer.  My success with my competing is due to her being such a wonderful host.

She drove me to a Mexican Tequila tasting annual event in San Jose, Northern California where I shared a VIP table with her and her son and close friends.  Whilst in San Francisco Bay Gloria introduced me to the President Tom of the Alameda County Deputy Sheriffs Association who took me for a tour in their Social Club rooms.  I received luncheon and a Swagg bag of souvenirs from Region 9, San Francisco Bay. 


I am overwhelmed with the kind hospitality I have received from IPA members in USA especially

Gloria Ramirez-Halman who is now a member of Region 9, Northern California.  I have made a lifetime friend and plan to visit her next year.  I appreciate the support I have received from my own Region here in Auckland.


Sarah Su

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