The PICP Secretariat is hosted by NZ Police at Police National Headquarters in Wellington, New Zealand.  It operates on behalf of all 21 members of the PICP by:

  • Representing and promoting the PICP’s interests at regional and international forums;
  • Delivering the annual PICP conference where members discuss regional policing challenges and collectively make decisions in relation to the strategic direction of the PICP;
  • Supporting capacity development activities for future leaders of Pacific police services through the delivery of secondment and exchange programmes;
  • Supporting the Executive Leadership Team and other chiefs to deliver on a PICP vision of strong and courageous leadership; and
  • Supporting the delivery of PICP-mandated programmes.

Executive Director, Waata Shepherd

Waata is originally from Gisborne NZ and has been Executive Director of the Secretariat since 2014.  He has been with NZ Police for over 36 years, predominantly in criminal investigations as a detective.  Prior to joining the Secretariat he performed Area Commander roles in Taranaki Rural and Gisborne provincial areas.

Executive Coordinator, Kevin Kneebone

Kevin is from the Waikato region of NZ and joined the Secretariat in 2014.  He has been a NZ Police Officer for over 25 years, 18 of which were in South Auckland working predominantly in Youth and Community policing.  He has also spent time as a Teaching and Learning Advisor at the Royal NZ Police College and as Prevention Manager Youth & Community in Police National Headquarters.  In 2005 Kevin was made a Member of the NZ Order of Merit (MNZM) for services to NZ Police.  He also has a degree in Social Services (BSS) and a postgraduate diploma in Strategic Management.  

Executive Coordinator, Jonelle (Jonny) Lancashire

Jonny is an Australian national and has been the Australian Federal Police (AFP) secondee to the Secretariat since early 2015.  She has been an AFP member for 29 years, working in most states of Australia as a detective.  She has also worked with a UN Peacekeeping mission to Cyprus and as a senior Police negotiator in Africa.  Before joining the Secretariat she worked in the AFP’s Melbourne Office.

Executive Coordinator, Anaru George

Anaru is a NZ Police Officer currently on secondment to the Secretariat.  He has worked in a variety of roles in the Northland and Wellington Districts including Iwi Liaison, Youth Aid/Education, Training, Recruitment, Community Policing and as a Police negotiator.  Most recently he completed a two year secondment at the Royal NZ Police College as Head of School of Prevention where he had oversight of the development and delivery of prevention training modules to NZ Police and external staff.  Anaru has also been deployed overseas – in 2009 to Jakarta, Indonesia as Head of Training to train their Master Trainers in the NZ Police Community Policing model, and in 2010 to Shanghai, China as Contingent Head tasked with the security of the NZ Pavilion during the World Expo.

Performance, Planning and Policy Advisor, Riki Croft

Riki has been with the Secretariat since 2015.  Prior to joining the Secretariat he worked in the NZ Police National Prevention Centre as a Research and Performance Analyst, working predominantly in the analysis of domestic violence and victims data.  Riki also has private sector experience having worked for Air New Zealand for 7 years as an analyst in both NZ and Europe. He has qualifications in commerce and marketing from Lincoln University and a Bachelor of Laws from Victoria University in New Zealand.