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Police updates – fatal house fire Opotiki, fatal car crash Moerewa

Police updates on crimes and investigations for 15 February 2024. Fatal crash, Moerewa One person has died following a fatal crash in Moerewa, Far North, on...

Police operation targets commercial burglaries in Rotorua

A five-day operation targeting commercial burglaries, youth and gang crime in Rotorua has resulted in several arrests. The operation follows an increase in commercial burglaries...

Motorists and locals frustrated by congestion delays on State Highway 2 into Tauranga

Motorists are expressing their frustration over significant traffic delays on State Highway 2 into Tauranga, describing the situation as an "absolute joke" and reporting...

Cops appeal for video of Bayfair ‘smash and grab’ Michael Hill robbery

Police are continuing to investigate the robbery of a jewellery store at the Bayfair shopping complex on Saturday 27 January. At around 2.50pm that day,...

Apprentice builder killed by falling framing – WorkSafe Investigation

The death of a teenager on a Bay of Plenty building site is yet another example of why the construction sector needs to up...

Michael Hill to beef up security following recent robberies

Two more Michael Hill stores suffered 'smash-and-grab raids' this weekend, continuing a series of robberies at the chain over the past two years. The latest...

Watch: Brazen thugs target Bayfair Michael Hill store

Shoppers at Bayfair Shopping Centre in Mount Maunganui this afternoon were greeted by the sight of a brazen 'smash-and-grab' robbery at the Michael Hill...

Police updates – fatal crashes Mapua, Pukehina and Otara

Police updates on crimes and investigations for 23 January 2024. Name release: Fatal crash on State Highway 60, Mapua Police can release the name of the...

Harley Shrimpton homicide – man charged with murder

Today Western Bay of Plenty Police have arrested and charged a 22-year-old man with the murder of Harley Shrimpton. A further charge of aggravated robbery...

Man responsible for drive-by pellet gun shootings in Rotorua last year arrested

Rotorua Police have arrested and charged a 21-year-old man in relation to an incident in November last year where a child was struck in...

Fatal crash, Murupara

One person has died following a crash involving a car and a motorcycle at the intersection of Rimu Road and Oregon Drive in Murupara...

Tauranga death not being treated as suspicious – police

Police can confirm the death of a woman in Tauranga is not being treated as suspicious. Officers were called to an Aria View property in...

Police updates – fatal crashes Waimarino, Sefton and Taupo

Police updates on crimes and investigation for 9 January 2024. Fatal crash, Main Road North, Sefton Police can confirm two people have died following a crash...

Names of victims of recent road tragedies released

Police have released the names of the victims of recent road tragedies around the country. Serious crash, Peria The names of the two children who died...

‘Incredible rescue’ after 23 hours in the sea

A man has been saved after spending 23.5 hours in the water at sea off Whangamatā, using the reflection from his wristwatch to catch...

Police updates – Bethells Beach, Rotorua, Domett and Matakatia Bay fatalies

Police updates on crimes and investigations for 2 January 2023. Update: Incident at Bethells Beach Police can confirm a person has died following a water-related incident...

Fatal crash – Kaimai

Police can now confirm one person has died in a crash on State Highway 29, Lower Kaimai. The two-vehicle crash happened shortly before 12:15pm yesterday. A...

Serious crash, SH25, Coromandel Peninsula

State Highway 25 is closed between Hikuai and Whangamatā, while emergency services respond to a serious crash. The crash involving a car and a motorcycle...

Fatal crashes – Pyes Pa Road and SH30

Fatal crashes have been reported in the last 24 hours, in two Bay of Plenty locations. Fatal crash, Pyes Pa Road Police can now confirm one...

Guns and weapons seized at Whakatane gang funeral

Police maintained a visible presence in Whakatane yesterday and 15 people have been arrested as Police monitored a tangi procession. Of those arrested, 14 are...

Restaurant owners who exploited migrant workers must pay over $420,000

The former owners of 2 North Island restaurants who exploited migrant workers and breached numerous minimum employment standards must pay more than $330,000 in...

Police updates – Whakatane homicide, Lucas Heights incident, Kekerengu fatal crash

Police updates on crimes and investigations for 12 December 2023. Investigation continues following death in Lucas Heights Waitematā Police investigating the death of a man in...

Update: Homicide investigation, Whakatāne

Police are continuing to investigate after the death of a man in Whakatāne Monday night. Initial indications suggest there was a gang-related disorder incident before...

Homicide investigation launched in Whakatane

Police have launched a homicide investigation after a man died in Whakatāne last night. Around 9:40pm on Sunday the man in his 20s was brought...

Bank cards stolen during medical event returned to victim

Police in Tauranga have arrested the person who stole a woman’s purse and bankcards from her husband’s phone case while her husband suffered a...

Homicide investigation launched in Harley Shrimpton case

Police have launched a homicide investigation after the body of missing 28-year-old Harley Shrimpton was located on 5 December. Shrimpton had been missing since 3...

Kawerau man missing

Kawerau Police are appealing for the public’s help to find 74-year-old Matthew Weko. He was last seen on Thursday 30 November at his home on...

Police acknowledge IPCA report into Rotorua arrest

Police acknowledge a report by the Independent Police Conduct Authority which found Police used unjustified and excessive force while arresting a man in Rotorua. On...

Workplace death – Ohauiti

One person has died following a workplace incident on Upper Ohauiti Road, Ohauiti. Emergency services responded to the incident where a quad bike has rolled...

Successful search and rescue exercise, Papamoa Beach – Motiti Island

A major Search and Rescue exercise at Motiti Island and Papamoa Beach has concluded. The exercise was part of NZSAR's Operation Whakarauora Tangata, and saw...

Arrest made in relation to disappearance of missing man Harley Shrimpton

A man is due in court today charged with kidnapping in relation to the disappearance of Tauranga man Harley Shrimpton. Police hold significant concerns for...

Police updates – Naenae victim named, serious crashes Te Puke and Rotorua

Police updates on crimes and investigations for 22 November 2023. Update: Serious Crash, Amohau St, Rotorua Police can now confirm one person has died following a...

Police updates – missing Tauranga man, fatal crash Matamata-Piako

Police updates on crimes and investigations for 19 November 2023. Fatal Crash Matamata-Piako, Waikato Police can confirm one person has died after a crash in the...

Keep New Zealand Beautiful Awards 2023 winners announced

Iconic Kiwi charity Keep New Zealand Beautiful have announced the winners of their Beautiful Awards 2023, including New Zealand’s most beautiful towns and most...

Police acknowledge IPCA findings regarding withdrawal of prosecution, Bay of Plenty

The Independent Police Conduct Authority (IPCA) have today released a report into Police withdrawal of prosecution concerning a fatal motorcycle accident on 29 January...

Arrests made following Ōpōtiki shooting

Police have made two arrests in relation to a shooting where a 20-year-old woman was seriously injured in Ōpōtiki on Saturday 21 October. “These arrests...

Two arrests following firearms offending, Ōpōtiki

Ōpōtiki Police have arrested two people following recent offending involving firearms in the area. On Monday 16 October, Police were notified that a person had...

Three arrested, weapons seized in Bay of Plenty

Three people have been arrested and offensive weapons located by Police in Whakatane and Ōpōtiki. 'Staff are continuously assessing ongoing gang conflict in the area,'...

Man charged with murder in relation to Mt Maunganui death

An 80-year-old man has been arrested in relation to the death of a woman at a residential address in Mount Maunganui last night. Police were...

Three fatal crashes overnight

The Serious Crash Unit is investigating after three separate crashes in the North Island overnight. The first crash occurred just before 7pm. Police were advised...

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