Why the New Zealand Police Museum is Worth a Visit

Why the New Zealand Police Museum is Worth a Visit

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OPINION: As I (Sam) arrived at the New Zealand Police Museum with my Mother (Tena) & Father (Brent); we were welcomed by the Office Lady (Front of House Officer of New Zealand Police Museum) she walked us in through a door to the Museum opening where all the collection of Artefacts were located for us to learn more about & see!

I mentioned to the lady that the Museum is very modern and it’s fantastic to see what the New Zealand Police as a service is doing, to see this was an eye-opener. I felt like I was getting to know the operations and history more as I observed the Artifacts up close! My parents have never been to the Museum either, so they were quite happy to join me checking it out. The New Zealand Police have always had me interested because they’re different from all the things they do for our country & communities.

It was amazing to see the different diversity and types of old – new Uniforms over the years. I personally like the Modern Uniform because for the most part it looks almost maxed out.


I explain more about the Uniforms & their differences & how they’ve changed over the years, the New Zealand Police Modern & Historical Uniforms from the 1940’s to 2016+ The Modern Uniform bits and pieces as of roughly 2016 to present; is a navy dark blue color that stands out,

Here are the specs: 

Overt SRBA (Stab Resistant Body Armour), Duty Belt, Standard Leather Handcuff Pouch, Nickel chain-link metal Handcuffs, Torch, Glock holster attachment plate, Pouch and PPRK (Personal Protection Kit that contains disposable gloves, face shield. band-aids, antiseptic wipes, antiseptic cream, and disposable soft earplugs), Oleoresin Capsicum (OC) spray and pouch, Constable epaulets, New Zealand Police Notebook, Handheld portable Radio, Extendable baton and holder and finally a Taser with a belt clip.

The Historic Uniform bits and pieces as of roughly 1950s was a little different because it slowly graduated into the new Modern Uniform over the years, this ranges from 1940’s – the early 2000’s then entirely ending at 2016:

New Zealand Police ratchet-style Handcuffs, Chrome plated Torch, Metal Whistle on-chain, New Zealand Police Women’s Gloves and, New Zealand Police Woman’s Handbag.


Credit, Source: /Sam Hudson


Slain on Duty marks Police officers that had unfortunately passed on while on Duty, this bookmarks from the year 1886 to present times (2020, March 3rd as of writing this.)

“Niel Mcleod came to New Zealand with a large family group in 1865 on the ship Viscount Caning. At 25 years of age, he joined the New Zealand Armed Constabulary and is sent to Alexandra Military Settlement, at the foot of Mt Pirongia. Soon after his marriage, in 1878, his status changed to town constable. He considered himself fortunate to be transferred to Warkworth in 1880 where a new dwelling and courthouse awaited him.”

Credit, Source: /Sam Hudson

Walking through the New Zealand Police Museum, we noticed a glass box full of most likely seized drugs, etc. The picture above shows Marijuana joints (three of them) outside a Winfield box (Winfield is an Australian brand of cigarettes).

There were other items, but we wished not to show them, the box contained:


Cannabis, Cocaine, Smoker’s Neck Rest, and a Homebake kit used to make illegal substances for one’s use.

We also saw a Distillery that’d be used to brew alcohol illegally; it was seized in Dunedin by Detective A W McDougall in January 1942.

Credit, Source: /Sam Hudson

If you are willing to check out the New Zealand Police Museum be

sure to check out their Trip Advisor below:

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