South African Wing Patron endears the Police

Staff Reporter –

south-african-1Former Race Relations Conciliator and Families Commissioner Gregory Fortuin received yet another distinction recently at the Royal New Zealand Police College.

He was received as the ‘Police Wing Patron’ for Recruit Wing 302 at the College on Monday, October 3, 2016.

He is perhaps the first person of South African origin to achieve the distinction of being the Wing Patron at the New Zealand Police Training College.

A moving Powhiri attended by his family, South Africa’s High Commissioner to New Zealand, Salvation Army Commissioner, senior Police managers and staff from the Royal New Zealand Police College and 40 new recruits were in attendance at the Ceremony.

“These 40 new recruits will undertake 16 weeks of training at the police college and further work place assessment. They will forever be known as the Gregory Fortuin Wing,” Inspector Rakesh Naidoo said.

He said that the role of Wing Patrons is to be a mentor and serve as an example of leadership and excellence.

“The role of Wing Patron is afforded to people that are outstanding examples of service, commitment to the values of our country and police and who have made a practical difference to our communities,” Inspector Rakesh said.south-african-2

Mr Fortuin is a Member on the Police Commissioner’s Ethnic Focus Forum. He is third member of the Forum to become a Wing Patron, following Abbess Manshin of the Fo Guang Shan Temple and Community Centre, Flat Bush, East Auckland and Dr Anwar Ghani, former President, Federation of Islamic Associations of New Zealand.


  1. Gregory Fortuin (Centre) with (from left) Jamie Milne of New Zealand Football, Sergeant Ratapu, Sergeant Cam, Carmen Fortuin, Inspector Rakesh Naidoo and Elke Schaefer at the Royal New Zealand Police College on October 3
  2. Jamie Milne of New Zealand Football Sergeant Cam, Gregory Fortuin, Inspector Rakesh Naidoo at Royal New Zealand Police College on October 3.

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