Police staff receive Sir Woolf Fisher Police Fellowship

Press Release – New Zealand Police

Police staff were yesterday (October 31) awarded for their work with the opportunity to travel and study internationally.

Both constabulary and non-constabulary staff from around the country received their awards from Sir Noel Robinson, chairman of the Sir Woolf Fisher Trust, at Police National Headquarters in Wellington.

“Fellows come from all walks of life and all parts of policing,” says Commissioner Mike Bush.

“The Fellows are frontline officers as well as those who work behind the scenes to serve their communities.”

“What they all have in common is their dedication and commitment to policing.

As well as rewarding hardworking Police staff, the Fellowships also acknowledge the invaluable support of partners and families who enable Police to give their best to the job.”

This year’s recipients are only the second to ever receive such an award.

The Sir Woolf Fisher Police Fellowships were established in September 2017 and many of the 2018 Fellows are currently studying abroad or have recently returned.

“We are proud to partner with Police and to value their contribution to making New Zealand the safest place to live,” says Sir Noel Robinson.

“We would like to see the Fellowship carry on for many generations to come.”

In attendance at the 2019 Sir Woolf Fisher Trust Police Fellowship Awards were:

Penny Clevely – Police National Headquarters
Detective Sergeant Jon Gower – Northland
Detective Sergeant Brad Greenstreet – Canterbury
Asher Hauwaho – Wellington
Tracey Hawkins – Eastern
Constable Jason Herring – Bay of Plenty
Constable Simon Kairau – Southern
Inspector Bronwyn Marshall – Police National Headquarters
Sergeant Deane McEntee – Auckland
Senior Constable Terri Middleton – Tasman
Senior Sergeant Lyle Norriss – Auckland
Senior Sergeant Sharon Price – Counties Manukau
Inspector Andrew Sloan – Eastern
Sergeant Jarod Walsh – Waikato

Background information about the Sir Woolf Fisher Trust Police Fellowships

In 2017, the Woolf Fisher Family Foundation established the Sir Woolf Fisher Trust Police Fellowship programme to recognise excellence and outstanding service by Police employees and encourage positive development in policing in New Zealand.

Fellowships are awarded each year for staff at the rank of Constable up to (and including) the rank of Inspector, and non-constabulary equivalent positions.

Each Fellowship comprises funding for international travel for up to 6 or 8 weeks and for a partner to accompany.

The trip includes time to holiday and to undertake a pre-agreed programme of study.
Biographical information about Sir Woolf Fisher

Sir Woolf Fisher (1912-1975) was the co-founder of Fisher and Paykel and foundation Chair of New Zealand Steel.

In 1964, Woolf Fisher was knighted for his outstanding contribution to industry and education in New Zealand.

Sir Woolf was passionate about education and in 1960, established the Woolf Fisher Trust to fund overseas fellowships for deserving New Zealand principals and teachers.

This was designed to further particular subject knowledge, learn from international best practice and enrich education in New Zealand.

Over 1200 Woolf Fisher Fellowships have since been awarded to recipients and their partners.

Sir Noel Robinson, Sir Woolf’s nephew, is the chair of the Woolf Fisher Family Foundation, the Woolf Fisher Trust and the Sir Woolf Fisher Charitable Trust.

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