Fifty-nine new constables of Wing 348 were attested yesterday, at the Police
College in Porirua, and will graduate tomorrow Thursday 25 November.
Commissioner Andrew Coster, Police Minister Poto Williams and Wing Patron Dr
Mustafa Farouk QSM will attend the graduation ceremony.
Dr Farouk is a member of the Police Muslim Communities Reference Group. This
group guides Police in the implementation of the Royal Commission of Inquiry
into the 15 March Terrorist Attacks.
In the aftermath of those attacks in Christchurch, Dr Farouk deployed
immediately alongside Police. He played a pivotal role liaising with police,
helping to plan the response to provide reassurance to affected families and
the wider Muslim community. He has also been a voice for the Muslim community
on firearms law reform and an advocate to address hate and discrimination.
When he spoke to the wing on their first day of training, Dr Farouk
emphasised the importance of relationships between police and their
“No matter what you do, relationships are important because that is what
will make your work easier. My advice to you is get to know the people
you’ll be dealing with.”
Due to COVID restrictions, limited numbers of family and friends have been
invited to the graduation from alert level 2 areas of the country. The
ceremony will also be livestreamed to those unable to attend.
Minister’s Award recognising top student – Constable Lewis Ferguson,
Counties Manukau District
Patron’s Award for Second in Wing, recognising second top student –
Constable Friederike Faber, Counties Manukau District
Commissioner’s Award for Leadership – Constable Matthew White, Northland
Physical Training and Defensive Tactics Award – Constable Tama Tukaki,
Driver Training and Road Policing Practice Award – Constable Lisa Garrity,
Firearms Award – Constable Wayne Sandbrook, Central District
The wing is being dispersed to districts as follows, starting their frontline
duty on 6 December:
Northland – 2, Tamaki Makaurau – 21, Waikato – 4, Bay of Plenty – 2,
Eastern – 6, Central – 5, Wellington – 8, Tasman – 3, Canterbury –
3, Southern – 5
Female 42.4%, gender diverse 3.4%, and male 54.2%; NZ European 69.5%; Māori
11.9%; Pacific 8.5%; Asian 6.8%; Other 3.4%