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Nine police staff disciplined over sexual harassment since 2014

Police have taken disciplinary action against nine staff for sexual harassing their work mates since 2014.

Official Information released to RNZ shows there have been a total of 20 complaints in that time.

Eleven other internal sexual harassment complaints did not lead to disciplinary action but would have been investigated.

It is not clear if the nine disciplined staff were uniformed officers, civilian employees, or if they still worked for the police.

RNZ asked if those involved were subject to a criminal investigation, but police were yet to confirm those details.

Police decide on a case-by-case basis whether the complaint should be dealt with as either an employment or criminal investigation.

In a statement, police deputy chief executive of people Kaye Ryan said any form of harassment was unacceptable and as an employer they would not tolerate that behaviour.

In a statement, Police Minister Stuart Nash said he expected all sexual harassment complaints, including those made against police staff, to be treated seriously.

"If an investigation finds sufficient grounds to warrant action, I expect police staff to be treated no differently from any other member of the public.

"I encourage women and men to speak up if they witness or are subjected to unacceptable conduct.

"Police have learned from the 2007 Commission of Inquiry into Police Conduct. Police organisational culture and practice is now more progressive and empathetic."

Police Association president Chris Cahill said it was naive to think the New Zealand police was immune from workplace sexual harassment

"If you did that, you're then ignoring that there is always a risk of other matters that haven't been reported, and you don't want to say everything's perfect and miss the opportunity to make it even better.

"To me, it does say that people can come forward but that there's not a significant issue."

Considering New Zealand Police employs more than 12,000 people, the number of complaints was small, Mr Cahill said.

Trainee officers

On Tuesday, it was revealed four trainee police officers at the Royal New Zealand Police College in Porirua were stood down pending investigations into claims of misconduct.

Two of those investigations were criminal.

And there are reports that at least one of the cases involves accusations of indecent assault but the police will not confirm that.

By Katie Doyle

rnz.co.nz

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Wellington petrol prices are some of the highest in NZ - why is it so high?

Motorists living in Wellington and parts of the South Island remain frustrated at having to pay more for petrol than anyone else.

The director of Rankin Treasury, Derek Rankin, said the government could help by dropping charges on petrol. Source: rnz.co.nz

In Wanaka it costs almost $2.64 to fill up. Wellingtonians are paying $2.49 a litre for petrol at the main stations in town.

That's more than in Auckland, which, even with its new regional fuel tax, is sitting around $2.46 in the central city - and Hunterville - where you can fill your tank for just $2.30.

On Adelaide road in the suburb of Newtown, two main players sit right opposite each other - BP, and Caltex.

Both are charging very close to $2.49 a litre - and motorists are not impressed.

Two Australian tourists in particular said in Whanganui the petrol was 19 cents cheaper per litre. They reckoned prices here were "a joke".

At a Challenge station in Johnsonville the price is four cents a litre cheaper, which is enough to convince locals to avoid the bigger players just a few minutes drive away.

Lloyd Hassed, the owner of the Johnsonville Challenge, said the reason his prices were cheaper was simple.

"It's over to their head office I guess, a lot of those sites are run by oil companies, and we're not."

He says there used to be Challenge stations in Wellington.

"What Challenge sites there were around have disappeared, because Caltex bought them, and sold a few of the sites off."

In Timaru two women have started a Facebook event, calling for people to boycott petrol stations on 26 October and October 27, as a protest about the inflated prices.

So far 18,000 people had indicated they were interested.

The Government said taxes were not the reason prices were so high - and was planning to push through legislation to allow the Commerce Commission to carry out market studies and require companies to hand over information.

Fuel companies need to explain why there's a 40 cent variation in fuel prices across the country, Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern said.

"Just this morning the fuel station nearest my home is charging less a litre than the fuel station near the airport in Wellington. Ten cents less, and that's with the regional fuel tax in Auckland.

"There are variation in prices that cannot be explained solely by transport costs," she said. 

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New Colmar Brunton research finds business confidence is politically biased

Business confidence is politically biased - that's the finding from Colmar Brunton research.

It shows business confidence and the economic trendline of National and Act supporters match up and comes as the Labour-led Government is struggling in the area.

Finance Minster Grant Robertson says he accepts the news, stating he deals “with real data”.

“Clearly, there is a historical alignment between business pessimism and the presence of a Government with Labour at its core.”

The ANZ business confidence trend line for the past three years and the economic outlook trend among National and ACT supporters are remarkably similar – it took a dramatic drop when Labour gained power following last year’s election.

Ganesh Nana, an economist for Business and Economic Research Limited, says it's not just a problem for this Labour government - Helen Clark struggled too.

“In the Helen Clark era, the 2000 – 2008, we had a significant number, we had a about 80-odd months of negative business confidence despite GDP growth and budget surpluses and other reasonably positive economic indicators.”

In contrast, former prime minister John Key did much better with business confidence when he came into power, but current leader Simon Bridges says that's because National policies serve business better.

“It's no secret business owners know that National is better for them and there are lots of reasons not to like what Labour is doing,” he said.

Business NZ boss Kirk Hope says Labour’s policies is what’s hurting their relations.

“Businesses have seen some of the policies that they don't really agree with [such as] employment law changes and they don't like the way the oil and gas ban was done,” he said.

“Those create real fear and that leads to a confidence decline.”

So while business confidence is a point of pride for finance ministers, Mr Robertson says it’s not hurting his own sureness.

“I'm not lying awake at night worrying about the state of those business confidence numbers.

“I just want to make sure we take a realistic view of the New Zealand economy.“

Colmar Brunton analysis shows business confidence is influenced by which party is in power. Source: 1 NEWS