Auckland put its hands up to host the 2023 International Association of Women in Police (IAWP) Annual Conference, and IAWP said yes.

Taking place in Auckland for the first time, the five-day conference will attract more than 600 senior police, researchers and policy makers from around the world – all of which are dedicated to strengthening the profile and inclusion of women in the police.

The event will generate an estimated $1.3 million for the local economy, but head of the Auckland Convention Bureau (ACB) Anna Hayward says the contribution will go beyond the financial.

“Business events provide benefits for both Auckland and New Zealand. Beyond the economic value, these events provide a platform for our local talent to collaborate and share knowledge with experts from across the globe, which leaves a lasting impact on our community,” she said.

“At the same time, business events play a key part in Auckland’s economic recovery. Not only does it give the region a domestic and international profile, but it also supports the local accommodation, hospitality and tourism sectors.”

New Zealand Police executive director people operations Kaye Ryan said the 2023 IAWP Conference will offer an important platform for New Zealand to showcase its expertise in policing and increase greater diversity in the profession.

“New Zealand Police is thrilled to have secured the right to host this world-class conference for the first time in September 2023,” she said.

“We recognise the value different perspectives and experiences bring to our organisation of 14,000 people. By reflecting the communities we serve and appreciating different thinking, we are best placed to prevent crime, reduce harm and advance our vision of being the safest country.”