Southern Police : Nothing changed since Tom Lewis wrote Coverups & Copouts

Remember when Police bought up all the copies they could, and ‘disappeared’ public library lending copies….

Nothing has changed. No-one is policing the Police.
This is the New old news….


C L O S E ● T O ● H O M E

A 25-year-old woman says she filmed a police officer minutes before he attacked her.

### ODT Online Wed, 19 Jul 2017
Police assault allegation
By Rob Kidd
Police are investigating allegations an experienced Otago police officer subjected a woman to a vicious attack while he was off-duty. The 25-year-old complainant said she was at a fancy-dress birthday party on Saturday night when the alleged assault took place. She said the man, who was wearing a wig at the time, smashed her face into the bonnet of a car before dragging her down a driveway on her front. The pair had never previously met, she said. “He just lost it.” The Otago Daily Times has chosen not to identify the officer involved, the woman or the town where the alleged incident took place. A police spokesman said police were aware of a complaint about an off-duty officer early on Sunday. Police would not confirm whether the man remained at work.
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Speaking of cover-ups….

After reading the Otago Daily Times (page 3) yesterday, it was interesting to google the name *Kallam Croudis* —there’s a name for Conflicts of Interest, past and present.

NZ Police should sack Croudis. What a corrupting and observable liability—

Det Snr Sgt Kallum Croudis has been criticised over his handling of a case which resulted in a woman’s confession being thrown out by the court.

### ODT Online Mon, 17 Jul 2017
Judge critical of senior officer
By Rob Kidd
A senior Dunedin police officer has been slammed by the court over his involvement in a case in which he had a conflict of interest. Detective Senior Sergeant Kallum Croudis spoke to a suspect at least three times without being part of the investigation team. Judge Michael Crosbie also criticised the officer’s record-keeping and his “casual approach”, which resulted in police obtaining an unlawful confession from the woman regarding the death of a Dunedin man. In his judgement ruling the confession inadmissible [Judge Crosbie] noted Det Snr Sgt Croudis was a friend of the dead man’s father. Southern district commander Superintendent Paul Basham said the comments of the court would be taken very seriously and “the issues raised in the judgement are of concern”. A spokeswoman later confirmed police would not pursue the prosecution against the woman. […] At the May hearing, [Croudis] said he spoke to the female defendant at least three more times before she had a “voluntary” interview at the station.
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Back when, the same, the same….

### 01:43, Jan 31 2009
Judge lambasts top cops in damning report
via Sunday Star-Times
The actions of some of the country’s highest-ranking police have been criticised in a damning Independent Police Conduct Authority report due out later today. The report – released after a two-year investigation – makes adverse comments about 10 Dunedin police, including four inspectors, a detective senior sergeant and two detective sergeants. Justice Lowell Goddard is understood to criticise police for their involvement in private investigations of ACC clients – and for how they handled their subsequent inquiries into complaints. The inquiry was launched after conflict of interest allegations that Peter Gibbons – a former Dunedin CIB head who became a private investigator working for ACC’s fraud unit – used his police constable son-in-law to improperly obtain search warrants and seize property from ACC clients. The clients alleged that when they complained, senior police – including three of Gibbons’ former CIB colleagues – failed to act. […] Gibbons, who was a detective senior sergeant in the CIB in the 1990s, supervised three of the police criticised in the Goddard report Detective Senior Sergeant Kallum Croudis, Detective Sergeant Malcolm Inglis and Detective Sergeant Brett Roberts. A previous internal police inquiry showed Croudis assigned Henderson ACC-related cases knowing about his conflict of interest as Gibbons’ son-in-law. Inglis and Roberts conducted the initial inquiries into Van Essen’s complaints. Croudis, Inglis and Roberts have been involved in both the original inquiry and reinvestigation of the David Bain mass murder case. Croudis arrested Bain in 1995.
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Peanut-brain danger man Jeremy Buis of Dunedin Police…. Last updated 22:36, July 17 2017
Police officer convicted for harassing Dunedin businessman for years
By Jack Fletcher
Dunedin policeman Jeremy Buis was responsible for the more than two-year campaign of harassment of local businessman Daniel Pryde. Jeremy Fraser Buis, 39, was convicted on a raft of charges relating to the harassment of Daniel Pryde after a June 2012 parking dispute escalated. Suppression of his occupation was lifted in the High Court at Dunedin on Monday. [17 July 2017] …. In April, Buis was found guilty of criminal harassment, threatening to do grievous bodily harm and intentional damage. He was sentenced to 200 hours of community work and order to pay emotional harm reparation of $15,000. Buis’ name suppression was lifted on April 21, but his occupation remained suppressed until Monday.
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Southern Police have a dreadful history including participation in the crimes and events described in Coverups & Copouts, for which no prosecutions have issued. Few street-wise people in Dunedin trust the thin blue line to do their job. Is it any wonder Buis, Croudis and their ilk exist, and what of the off-duty police thug who attacked the 25-year-old female complainant on the weekend?

For these men, Louise Nicholas doesn’t exist.


### ODT Online Wed, 19 July 2017
Integrity of police threatened
OPINION New Zealanders need to have faith in the police force, a belief that when bad things happen to them, someone will be on their side, helping to right a wrong. That faith has been sorely tested in past years when police officers themselves have decided they are above the law. At the extreme end of the spectrum, in the United States, there has been ongoing debate about the role of the police in the shootings of young black men, in particular. Now, a white Australian woman has been shot in a Minnesota alley after calling the police about a possible assault in the alley behind her home. Most New Zealanders will surmise those sorts of incidents will never happen in this country. But the line between upholding the law by men and women in uniform and them taking the law into their own hands is becoming increasingly blurred. This week, the Otago Daily Times has reported on two incidents which have shaken public confidence in the police to the core.
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Comment by Elizabeth
2017/03/31 at 2:24 am

Calls for a Royal Commission of inquiry into historic child abuse have been rife these last weeks, inflaming social media and mainstream media (MSM) around New Zealand.

Bless their hearts, Lauda Finem, based offshore, banged out a post at their website yesterday that easily sums up the New Zealand ‘scene’. This is a must read.

LF’s introductory comments are provided here, with excerpts of relevance to Dunedin.


March 30, 2017 1:14 am • Lauda Finem
Why Bill English & Nasty Nats find Child Abuse Royal Commissions Terrifying
For the past month or so Kiwi newspapers and other media outlets have been slowly publishing stories relating to the growing chorus of voices calling for a Royal Commission into historic child abuse.
The latest trigger seems to have been an open letter calling for the same, although, in our view, a very narrow, much less desirable version of the ‘Royal Commission Into The Institutional Responses to Historic Child Sexual Abuse’ that our Australian PM Julia Gillard was forced to initiate in 2013; which is only now beginning to release various stats and reports on some of the findings and the evidence that has been heard.
Bill English, the halfwit that National decided to replace John Key with, has of course avoided mentioning the apparent success of the Australian commission, noting only that it might come in handy for New Zealand’s state sector when it comes to lessons that might be learned.

[photo caption] Just how much sway has Police Commissioner Mike Bush had on a government that is clearly terrified of any inquiry

English is in fact completely out of touch with reality in almost everything he has said publicly on the subject; going so far as to claim that there is nothing to be gained or learned by New Zealand establishing a similar inquiry.
This is despite the success of the Australian model and the fact that both Ireland and the UK have also conducted national inquiries.
Not only is the National party Government determined NOT to hold such an inquiry, they are also, seemingly, equally determined not to even entertain the notion that the victims of historic child abuse, sexual, physical and emotional deserve an unreserved apology from the crown. They also deserve to see, where at all possible, their abusers convicted and serving prison sentences.
This fact alone should have every right thinking New Zealander appalled. More especially given the likely scale of the criminal offending, if the Australian Royal Commissions findings are anything to go by; there being absolutely no reason to believe that New Zealand’s statistics would be any different to those of Australia.
In fact, if one is to take the figures recently released by the Australian Commission, and then compare them with the suggested 1100 children that the Kiwis say have been sexually abused whilst in care historically, clearly, New Zealand has had a far more significant problem than Australia per capita.
In fact, New Zealand’s problem does not seem to have abated, the country is still in the grip of almost daily reports of contemporary offending; the only conclusion being that the problem is not only systemic but there may be continuing cultural or institutional causes for its existence.


● To view the open letter and petition go to


[excerpts – Lauda Finem]

The first thing that has to be said is that those who have only just arrived at this cause are only calling for an inquiry into children in State care. This is significantly less than the Australian model which has left absolutely no rock un-turned in its pursuit of perpetrators, cover-ups and the truth.

The beauty of the Australian model is that it has captured everything, the words “Institutional Response” powerful in who it captured. Cardinals, Bishops, Priests, Religious orders, schools, Teachers; state and private, police, social workers, the scope has been enormous….and rewarding, if the sheer volume of the Commissions results are anything to go by.

There is some anecdotal evidence that the New Zealand police have in fact been one of the primary reasons for the National Party Government, to date, being loathed to even consider a Royal Commission. First and foremost the absence of the religious organisations stands out like balls on a short haired dog. Second, the absence of the New Zealand police.

Does Bill English seriously believe that New Zealand Govt agencies, including the country’s systemically corrupt police force will learn anything from the published results of the Australian Royal Commission? Does any New Zealand politician seriously believe that for one minute? If they do then they should be pointed in the direction of a clinical psychologist for evaluation and treatment.

For both the New Zealand police and the country’s government it’s always been about harm minimisation, not for the unfortunate victims you understand, but rather for themselves.
Until recently, Police Association president for life, Greg O’Connor, was living breathing evidence that the New Zealand police force had gained absolutely nothing from either of the two Australian State crackdowns on police corruption. In fact, many of the gang rapes committed by New Zealand police remained concealed for years after both of those inquiries, some that we are aware of, indeed probably many more, remaining outside the public’s knowledge, the Police Commissioner and Prime Ministers dirty little secret.

Just how many of these men and woman suffered serious abuse at the hands of paedophiles and psychopaths working for New Zealand Govt agencies, including its police force?

In short, Bill English knows that once the scale of historic sexual physical and emotional harm to Kiwi children is known to the public the government will no longer be in control of the inquiry. Growing public anger will inevitably ensure that any Royal Commission gets what it needs, whether initially proposed and sanctioned or not, to aid in the job of ascertaining the enormous scale of the problem in New Zealand.

Evidence of these police and Government cover-ups is to be found here on Lauda Finem, it’s also to be found in a variety other places, libraries and online.
The work of Kiwi investigative journo Ian Wishart, in particular a special investigation Wishart conducted over a two year period, culminating in his 2007 accusations of New Zealand Police involvement in organised child sexual exploitation rings in both Christchurch and Dunedin. Accusations that were never properly investigated by police or the IPCA for quite obvious reasons.
Police behaviour that was at the time of the offending known to John Jamieson, then Christchurch District Commander and subsequently, as Commissioner of police (1984 – 1994), a man who the Catholic Church, following Jamieson’s brief and unremarkable political career, hired with the obvious intention of insuring that all accusations of historic child sexual abuse were mustered smoothly out the back door, much to the Arch Bishop’s benefit.

Prior to joining the Catholic Church John Jamieson, as Commissioner of Police, himself assisted in concealing, from the media and the public, allegations of rape, violence and corruption against serving police officers, one of whom escaped to South Africa with the aid of at least nine other serving Gisborne police officers.
In short, Bill English, without a shadow of a doubt, is fully cognisant of the scale of the historic problem in New Zealand, in particular the police involvement. He also likely knows that the scale of Historic child abuse in New Zealand is far greater than what has historically occurred in Australia, if only on a per capita basis.

New Zealand police have in the past used all sorts of skulduggery in efforts to thwart official inquiries into their unlawful practices and conduct, including sexual and physical abuses.

[photo caption] Two dirty cops: ex New Zealand police commissioners John Jamieson (L) and Howard Broad (R) Jamieson was certainly, without a shred of doubt, a master of the dark art of police corruption and cover-up

Lauda Finem have in the past written extensively on the existence of these practices and a secret police network, comprising ex police, some turned corrupt private investigators and others turned corrupt politicians, from local bodies right up to New Zealand’s Parliament.

See: New Zealand Police, ODESSA and just how they look after their own

See: New Zealand’s most powerful political force is?

We would also recommend that readers check out Ian Wishart’s article “To Serve and Protect”, also published in 2007, it’s an eye opener and gives readers some idea of what could be investigated had the New Zealand Government followed an identical path to that of the Australian Royal Commission into Institutional Responses to Child Sexual Abuse.

See: Ex police commissioner Howard Broad to head CYF inquiry

Like ex Commissioner Jamieson, Police Commissioner Howard Broad was implicated by Wishart in sordid events which had been exposed by ex Christchurch cop turned whistle-blower and author Tom Lewis.



Quick references:

August 14, 2007
Ian Wishart: To Serve & Protect: June 07

Tom Lewis: Coverups & Copouts (Hodder Moa Beckett, 20 March 1998)
The book written by ex senior police officer Tom Lewis traverses the seedy side of Dunedin during the eighties, including the infamous ‘Dunedin Sex Ring’ case.

“There have been police enquiries in New Zealand and there has even been the odd exposé but there has never been a book like Tom Lewis’ COVERUPS AND COPOUTS. His story will shock the average New Zealander and shake the New Zealand police to the very core. Not only does the former detective sergeant describe in methodical detail some of the worst coverups in NZ police history, but he punctuates his story in the most compelling fashion. Tom Lewis actually dares to name names. From commissioners to constables, the truncheon isn’t spared. This book will not have won Tom Lewis any friends in the New Zealand Police, but it will finally lay bare to New Zealanders what most had never thought possible of our Police:
* Christopher John Lewis – the truth behind the royal assassination attempt
* Ron Jorgensen – alive and well – and living in Australia
* Dunedin sex ring – why the police copped out
and much more.”

More on police officer Tom Lewis and the Dunedin Sex Ring:
Case Number: 2015 Tom and Teresa Lewis Against Otago Daily Times | Press Council Meeting December 2007


Posts by the New Zealand Police Conduct Association (NZPCA):

July 27, 2014
INVESTIGATEMAGAZINE.TV publish allegations

July 27, 2014
Tom Lewis

July 27, 2014
“Cover ups and Cop outs” the book

August 1, 2014
Police respond to allegations and possible publication


Other references:


Posted by Elizabeth Kerr

This post is offered in the public interest.

*Image: – Behind my eyelids are islands of violence by feebeelu


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8 responses to “Southern Police : Nothing changed since Tom Lewis wrote Coverups & Copouts

  1. Elizabeth

    ### 7:51pm 20 Jul 2017
    Dunedin cop convicted of harassing member of public, another accused of smashing woman’s face into car bonnet
    Source: 1 News
    Two concerning cases are tarnishing the image of southern police.
    One officer has been convicted of harassing and threatening a member of the public and another is being investigated over assault allegations on a female over the weekend. The conviction for harassment started over a petty parking dispute between Dunedin policeman, Constable Jeremy Buis, and the eventual victim Dan Pryde. […] Even though he was the victim of police harassment, Mr Pryde still has a positive view on the New Zealand Police, saying: “In my opinion one bad apple doesn’t spoil the whole bunch and I think this guy is one bad apple in the police force.”
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    ### 5:12am 21 Jul 2017
    Police Superintendent defends southern cops after harassment conviction and brutality accusation
    Source: 1 News
    A Police Superintendent has been forced to defend southern police after two concerning cases tarnished their image. […] Southern Police Area Commander Superintendent Paul Basham says southern police should be judged on the good work they do around the community. “We take our image and our trust and confidence in the New Zealand police very seriously, nobody’s more concerned about that headline or the reporting or the facts around that case than we are,” Mr Basham said.
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  2. Elizabeth

    Did the police deliberately botch the investigation ?
    Circles within Dunedin’s rich circles of influence ?

    Judge Crosbie was highly critical of the police case, labelling aspects of the investigation as “haphazard and undocumented”, despite them having good cause to suspect her of the offence she was charged with.

    The court heard it was not until the 10th page of her 12-page statement that Sergeant Sheldon Kindley provided her with a Bill of Rights’ caution.

    ### Last updated 14:27, July 25 2017
    Case against woman in prominent Dunedin family dismissed after police botch-up
    By Hamish McNeilly
    A drug charge against a member of a prominent Dunedin family has been withdrawn after a police botch-up. The 37-year-old woman was facing a charge of supplying a class B drug, namely morphine, to a man who injected the drug and died on April 21, 2016. It was later found the 39-year-old man, who has permanently name suppression, died due to a pre-existing medical condition, with morphine detected at therapeutic levels. On Tuesday morning in the Dunedin District Court, Judge Michael Crosbie dismissed the charge against the woman and permanently suppressed her name, after police offered no further evidence. 
    It followed a July decision where Judge Crosbie found police obtained a statement from the woman through “improper means”, including a threat about her being interviewed and not providing her the Bill of Rights caution at the start of her statement to police. Failure to give the caution was a “serious intrusion of the defendant’s rights”, the judge said. He said the “impropriety was more than reckless” and noted the defendant’s interview came after four interactions with Detective Senior Sergeant Kallum Croudis. He saw her at the scene and at the supermarket, phoned her, and visited her, despite not being the officer in charge of the case or involved in the inquiry team.
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  3. Elizabeth

    My contacts say the woman rang them bragging that she had gotten off.
    Is that what you do when you’re mixed up in local drug use and someone dies.

  4. Elizabeth


    The Bill of Rights Act has been in since 1990 and while cops got it wrong in the early days, 27 years on, very few cases are now dismissed on such grounds. Am I cynical to think that a lack of investigation or such basic mistakes only occur when prominent people are involved.


  5. Elizabeth


    So why does the Head of the Dunedin CIB, Det Snr Sgt Callum Croudis engage in making contact with the suspect on 4 different occasions resulting in the suspect fronting up at the police station to answer questions about a suspicious death. Then when that suspect does front up she is interviewed by someone either so incompetent or briefed to exclude the most basic rules regarding the Bill of Rights Act relating to the interviewing of suspects to ensure this case is tainted.

    It does not add up – the top detective (Croudis) supposedly not involved in this case yet the one repeatedly contacting the suspect rather than those who were running the investigation. 

    Softly softly boys – we need to downplay this death because the suspect is part of a prominent family with whom the Police have a cozy relationship. 


  6. Elizabeth

    Riddled with it.

    Fri, 28 Jul 2017
    ODT: Police prosecution process unacceptable, judge says
    By Rob Kidd
    A judge heaped a little more pain on an already embattled Dunedin police force yesterday. Judge Michael Crosbie made a costs order of $250 for a “high-level of non-compliance” with the prescribed court procedure.
    He said the methods of  the city’s police prosecution  were “unacceptable” and had been for months. A man who had denied five breaches of a protection order was called in the case-review list at the Dunedin District Court yesterday morning. According to the Criminal Procedure Act, when someone pleads not guilty to a charge, their counsel and a prosecutor must sit down for discussions, primarily with the aim of progressing towards a resolution. […] The court heard how the system in Dunedin involved lawyers waiting in the court’s public area outside an office to speak to a prosecutor.
    The counsel involved said he waited two and a-half hours for such a meeting without any joy. “The police have not done their job,” Judge Crosbie said. “The current process is unacceptable.” Cont/

    Police failings (via ODT)
    July 6: Judge dismisses a charge of aggravated burglary because police fail to undertake proper identification procedures.
    July 7: Det Snr Sgt Kallum Croudis slammed over his role in a case in which he had a conflict of interest.
    July 18: High Court lifts occupation suppression on Const Jeremy Buis who stalked a Dunedin businessman for two and a-half years.
    July 19: Police confirm they are investigating allegations an experienced Otago officer seriously assaulted a woman at a party.


    Judge Kevin Phillips:

    Fri, 28 Jul 2017
    ODT: Man free after ID botch-up
    By Rob Kidd
    A Dunedin man accused of attacking someone with a ratchet during a home invasion has walked away from a potential jail term of up to 14 years because of a police mistake. Shane Bachop (23) was charged with aggravated burglary just days after an alleged break-in at a Wakari home on August 2 last year. The victim told police he was in his bedroom when a man and woman entered and hit him over the head with the metal tool. He named the defendant as one of those involved and described the other as a “blonde-headed chick with a pink beanie”. But 11 months later, Mr Bachop left the Dunedin District Court a free man after Judge Kevin Phillips dismissed the charge, identifying significant police shortcomings in the process. “There is no reliable identification evidence,” the judge ruled. Cont/

    ID procedure (via ODT)
    Police formal identification procedure
    • Police  “photo-montage” protocol must be followed, according to the Evidence Act, unless there is good reason not to.
    • Onus is on the prosecution to prove an identification made by a witness is reliable.
    • Must take place as soon as practicable after an offence is reported.
    • The suspect is pictured alongside no fewer than seven similar-looking people.
    • No indication is given to the witness as to who the suspect may be.
    • Witness is informed the suspect may or may not be among those pictured.

  7. Elizabeth

    NZ Police shove it around a bit. North Island cop standing deep in it.

    ### NZ Herald 27 Jul, 2017 8:22am
    Exclusive: Waikato’s top cop investigated over trying to stop daughter’s arrest 
    By Belinda Feek – Hamilton
    The IPCA is investigating a complaint over the actions of Waikato police district commander Superintendent Bruce Bird during the arrest of his daughter. Waikato’s top cop tried to put pressure on his staff to stop the arrest of his daughter. Area commander Superintendent Bruce Bird was the subject of an employment investigation after the incident but has been allowed to keep his job. He is also subject to an Independent Police Conduct Authority (IPCA) investigation. Interfering with the arrest of a friend or family member is a conflict of interest and a breach of police policy. Bird’s daughter was arrested after a domestic incident in January and taken to Hamilton Central Police Station, sources told the Herald. Soon after, Bird – who has been Waikato’s top cop since 2014 – found out about the arrest and phoned the senior officer on duty and put pressure on him to stop the arrest from happening. Despite his interference, the woman was still processed and arrested. The Herald understands the prosecution was handled outside the Waikato district and she was given diversion. The senior officer who was on duty when Bird’s daughter was brought in abruptly quit police shortly afterwards, the Herald understands. The officer, who the Herald has chosen not to name, then filed an official complaint with the IPCA. An investigation is still ongoing.
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  8. Hype O'Thermia

    Protecting (certain members of) the community since, oh WAY back when.

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