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Police updates – Waihola Highway crash, house fire in Ngaruawahia, Firth of Thames missing kayaker

Police updates for 6 November 2022 news

Police updates on crimes and investigations for 6 November 2022.

Update – Waihola Highway crash

One person has died following a crash on Waihola Highway (State Highway 1) this morning.

The crash involved a truck and a ute and was reported to Police at 6.15am.

The driver of the ute passed away at the scene.

The road remains closed between Waihola and Milburn.

Search under way for missing kayaker – Firth of Thames

A search is under way for a kayaker missing in the Firth of Thames.

The kayaker set out from Kaiaua at around 3pm yesterday, with the intention of fishing at the mussel farms.

He did not return as expected and was reported missing last night by his family.

An extensive search has been carried out since the man was reported missing last night.

Police have led the search, with both the Police Maritime Unit and Eagle helicopter involved.

Coastguard has provided assistance and a fixed wing aircraft has also been deployed this morning.

At around 6.30am this morning the man’s kayak, along with his fishing gear, was located around three miles east of Orere Point.

Police urgently want to hear from anyone in the Firth of Thames area who may have seen something which could assist in locating the missing kayaker.

If you can help, please call 111 and quote event number P052502217.

Fatal house fire, Ngaruawahia

Emergency services were called about 10.40am to Sims Street, Ngaruawahia, following a report of a fire at a property.

One person has been located deceased.

Cordons will remain in place at the property while an examination is carried out.

Fire and Emergency New Zealand and Police will make enquiries into the cause of the fire.

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