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New Zealand. 2002 ‘Referees.’ Arms Manual; 2002 (16.5), p. 16:2. Wellington: NZ Police. 1 November
1. In addition to the usual two referees required for form Pol 67J, the application when forwarded to the Area Controller shall also have attached two further references as to the applicant's character and fitness to possess MSSA's. The referees must be endorsement holders or persons who are serving members of an organisation associated with firearms or bona fide collectors or persons who are able to demonstrate a long term interest in firearms. References from acquaintances, no matter how worthy are of no value unless they verify the applicant's fitness for the endorsement.
2. These references are crucial to a successful endorsement application. The Area Controller must be able to identify the referees' qualifications to give a valid reference.
3. Members of Police may not give character references. (General Instruction C31). However a member of the Police might provide a reference to behaviour provided he/she is suitably qualified, e.g. the member holds an endorsement, and has observed the applicant using firearms.