GUEST BLOG: Jackie Foster – Our policing Justice system is broken


Looking back on the last three years, it certainly has been a journey of learning, understanding and devastation. Learning that Aotearoa cannot trust our policing system, understanding that there are irregularities in our policing system and being utterly devastated that even when true documented evidence is put in front of the so-called system, it is either ignored or the people reading it are blind.

Let’s start with that word irregularities. It was only June of this year we all saw the horrific story of Alan Hall. A story that reeks of police irregularities and corruption. Teina Pora another corrupt police investigation not to mention Arthur Allan Thomas where the police admitted planting evidence to get a conviction and yet the officer that planted it never got convicted. By the time Alan Hall, rightly receives compensation, the above three examples would have cost Aotearoa more than ten million dollars, destroying countless lives and families all the while the police simply shrug their shoulders with a couldn’t give a toss attitude.

My last blog discussed the shocking way I have been treated by the Independent Police Conduct Authority, only seemingly getting a voice once a Queens Counsel lawyer got involved. The IPCA thought I was going away and if they ignored me enough the whole matter would just disappear. Ignorant to the point of giving me written evidence stating that that a letter addressed to Judge Colin Doherty, Chairman of the IPCA, was actually read by someone else, a junior government employee that works there, and that junior employee decided that the Judge should not receive it, but what that junior employee failed to understand is, what they did is and due to this I have engaged legal counsel to address this which will play out publicly over time and embarrass the government in doing so.

One must ask, “why is it that it takes normal everyday kiwis to highlight such horrific government departments inefficiencies before change is created”? Daily we see Ministers of the government trying to explain their departments way out of terrible situations that should never have occurred. Repeatedly we see those Ministers trying to dig their departments out of holes created by inept policy which they can fix, but repeatedly those holes seemingly just get bigger.

The above depiction has ignited a fire within my soul that will not simmer until I see some change in Aotearoa, enough so for me to create a Charitable Trust that will help kiwis in similar situations and a trust that will highlight the serious issues that face kiwis every day of their lives.

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Social Justice Aotearoa will advocate for everyday kiwis and will walk their journey alongside them. We will not stand down until everyone gets a fair deal and we will keep blogging for you all to read about the journeys we are travelling.

Jackie is a hardworking mother and grandmother; she is also the Managing Director of her own business. She runs Social Justice Aotearoa. 



  1. Since much of the NZ public service is afflicted by a hive mind of unconscious narcacistic personality disorder, and the policing justice system is no exception, you cannot expect anything else. The first priority is to cover there own backsides, and then the backside of the govt, and then anyone else being state funded, and then serving the public is a distant fourth. It explains the plethora of public service lawyers, media advisors, PR and communications consultants, and various other spin doctors, who can sound credible arguing that black is white and one and one make three, while the truth, and decency, and the right thing to do, cannot be seen while they have their heads in the sand. Crown law still sticking to its view on the Peter Ellis case come hell or high water is a prime example, when the okham razers explanation of what occurred, was that the police believed a conspiracy theory, that had no actual basis. Should all those public servants involved in putting and keeping Allan Hall in gaol, be now chipping in to pay his compensation? The need for an orgsnisation like Social Justice Aotearoa, shows that there isn’t true othersight of the public service, and the oversight that does exist is like orwells doublethink, apparently monitoring but actually just covering for them. Even the new Aged Care Commissioner, has been carefully set up, so as to not cause any problems for the public aged care sector. Because it’s not independent, but is actually part of the Health and Disability Commission, aka the HDC, which is an organisition that could be generously described as virtually useless in terms of what it puportedly does, when it actually make sure that a lot of very concerning medical incidents NEVER get properly investigated ( Go figure.

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