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Invasive clam discovery leads to temporary closure of Taupō water park

Following the detection of the invasive Asian clam at the Lake Taupō Aqua Park, Biosecurity New Zealand has enacted a temporary shutdown of the...

Search continues for missing woman in the Pureora Forest

Waikato Police Search and Rescue are continuing to search for a missing 79-year-old woman in the Pureora Forest, who was reported missing on Saturday...

Search under way for missing tramper in Pureora Forest

Police are currently searching the Pureora Forest for a missing tramper. The tramper, a 79-year-old woman, was reported missing late in the afternoon on Saturday...

Enquiries continue to locate man in Hilltop incident

Enquiries are ongoing to locate an identified man following an incident in the Taupō suburb of Hilltop yesterday afternoon. “This man knows who he is,...

‘He wouldn’t be able to stop it’ – paddleboarder rescued from Lake Taupō

Police are urging water goers to make sure they are properly prepared, after rescuing a paddleboarder who was blown 5 kilometres out on Lake...

Pair rescued from Mt Ruapehu after spending over 12 hours on the mountain

Two people were rescued from Mt Ruapehu after intense weather led to them becoming lost on their return down the mountain. At around 7:40pm Sunday...

Police updates – Taupo fatal crash, Paraparaumu Beach missing woman

Police updates on crimes and investigations for 10 January 2024. Name release, fatal crash Taupo Police are now able to release the names of the two...

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...

Taupo arrest – Police acknowledge IPCA findings

Police acknowledge today's IPCA’s finding that an officer used unreasonable force on a woman being arrested. The incident occurred in Taupo in November 2020 when...

Name Release, Waitaanga Homicide

Police can now release the name of the person who died following the arson of a Waitaanga property on Wednesday 11 October. Extensive DNA testing...

Fatal crash, SH 1, Turangi

Police can advise one person has died following a crash on SH 1 in Turangi last night. They were initially in a critical condition and...

Tom Phillips case: Police looking for stolen quad bike

Police working to locate Tom Phillips and his children are seeking sightings of a stolen quad bike. A red farm-style quad, with no registration, was...

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...

Dashcam footage sought following fatal crash near Turangi

Police investigating a fatal crash that took place on SH1, south of Turangi are appealing for dashcam footage from motorists travelling in the area...

Police seek tramper, Pureora Forest Park

Police wish to make contact with the owner of the pack shown in the photos attached to this release. The pack was left at Hauhungaroa...

Fatal crash – Turangi

A person as died following a single vehicle crash in Turangi late yesterday evening (21 September 2023). Emergency services were called at 11:13pm after the...

Tom Phillips case: Police issue warrant to arrest for alleged robbery

Waikato Police investigating an aggravated robbery in Te Kuiti from May have now obtained a warrant to arrest for Tom Phillips. 'Recent developments in our...

Rescue on Mount Ngauruhoe

Police are urging people heading into the outdoors to be adequately prepared, after two ill-prepared men were rescued from Mount Ngauruhoe in the weekend. At...

Taupō land rescue serves as reminder to trampers

Two people were lucky to walk away unharmed after finding themselves trapped near the summit of the Tongariro Alpine Crossing yesterday afternoon. The pair were...

$1 million+ in assets seized from gang boss

New Zealand Police’s Waikato / Bay of Plenty Asset Recovery Unit has successfully forfeited a significant number of assets from the Taupo-based Midlands Rebels...

Praise for SAR specialists following massive search effort for woman missing in Kinloch

Jan-Marie Burton who was reported missing last Wednesday from Kinloch, was found in the Kawakawa Bay Reserve on the shore of Lake Taupō, late...

Woman missing in Kinloch located

A woman reported missing from Taupō on Wednesday 26 July has been located safely. She was found by searchers in the Kinloch area and is...

Police updates – Kinloch missing person, Invercargill youths caught following car thefts

Police updates on crimes and investigations for 29 July 2023. Update: Search for person, Kinloch, Taupo Police continued the search for Missing woman Jan-Marie Burton yesterday...

Search for person, Kinloch, Taupo

Last night Police and LANDSAR volunteers searched for Jan Burton, missing in the Kinloch area. Police Eagle Helicopter assisted with the search. Today search teams including...

Police updates – Akatawara Forest missing men located, Chch burglaries, Ashburton fatal crash

Police updates on crimes and investigations for the afternoon of 17 July 2023. Missing men located, Akatarawa Forest The two men reported missing in Akatarawa Forest...

Ruapehu ski season to go ahead this winter

The Government will provide up to $5 million to the liquidators of Ruapehu Alpine Lifts (RAL) to ensure the mountain’s 2023 ski season can...

Police updates – missing Taupo man found deceased, witnesses sought in Porirua crash

Police updates on crimes and investigations for the morning of 10 June 2023. Missing Taupo man located deceased Police can advise a man previously reported as...

Police updates – traffic incidents Ellerslie, Central Auckland & Chch, missing Taupo man

Police updates on crimes and investigations for 9 June 2023. Fatal crash, Ellerslie One person has died following a fatal crash in Ellerslie this morning. Police responded...

Police updates – missing Northland man – body found, Taupo fatal crash

Police updates on crimes and investigations for 7 June 2023. Police continue to appeal for sightings of Veon Smith Police are continuing to appeal to the...

Rescue highlights importance of keeping Personal Locator Beacon close – police

Police want to remind people to carry your Personal Locator Beacon (PLB) on your person rather than in your pack or bag, so you...

12 youths arrested for recent aggravated robberies in Rotorua and Taupo

Rotorua and Taupō Area Police have arrested 12 young people in relation to three aggravated robberies and a ram-raid style burglary in the past...

Further arrests in relation to Taumarunui ram raid

Ruapehu Police have made two further arrests in relation to a burglary in Taumarunui earlier this month. At around 4am on Thursday 13 April Police...

Taumarunui ram raid – youth appears in court

A youth appeared in Taumaranui Youth Court yesterday facing burglary charges, following Police enquiries into a recent ram-raid style burglary. At around 4am on Thursday...

More heavy rain expected in Auckland and upper North Island today

The Metservice has issued a number of weather advisories for the upper North Island today. More heavy rain is expected to hit flood-affected Auckland late...

Te Kuiti blocked due to flooding

A number of roads in Te Kuiti have been closed due to flooding. The Mangaekewa Stream has overflowed following heavy rainfall, and motorists should delay...

Taumaranui assault – police appeal for information

Police are seeking help from the public following an assault in Matapuna, Taumarunui last week. At around 5:30pm Tuesday 3 January a woman was reportedly...

Police updates – Taranaki car fire victim named, river users be aware

Police updates on crimes and investigations for 29 December 2022. Name release – Taranaki car fire Police can now confirm the name of the person who...

Warning to boaties following fire at Kinloch, Lake Taupō

Boaties using the water near Kinloch Beach, Taupō, are urged to take care after a vessel caught fire and sank this afternoon. About 2.50pm, Police...

Police updates – Bluff Harbour tragedy, Rongotea fatal crash, Taupo shoplifter nabbed

Police updates on crimes and investigations for 24 December 2022. Name release- Bluff harbour Police are now in a position to name the man who died...

Police target sale of MDMA and cocaine, Taupō

Taupō Police are actively focusing on minimising the harm of MDMA and cocaine across its community and through its hospitality industry. Taupō and Turangi Area...

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