Arrest warrant for Bay man

Eastern and Waikato police are seeking the public's help to locate Mataatua Uka. There is a warrant for his arrest issued by the Hamilton District court on  July 20 on a burglary charge, says Senior Sergeant Yvonne Parker. The 34-year-old... Read More

Two bodies found in Mamaku Forest

Police searching for Raymond and James Fleet have today found two bodies in the Mamaku Forest. The uncle and nephew were reported missing on Wednesday August 9. While the bodies are yet to be formally identified, police at this stage believe they are... Read More

Hunt for gunman goes national

The manhunt for Rollie Heke, who is accused of firing at police officers in Morrinsville early Sunday morning, has gone national. A national operation to locate Heke is being managed out of Police National Headquarters in Wellington, while investigators... Read More

Bay dairy robbed with tomahawk

Police are on the hunt for a man who robbed a Kawerau dairy wielding a tomahawk. At around 6.45pm on Saturday, an offender armed with a tomahawk axe entered the River Road Dairy and threatened the shop assistant, stealing cigarettes and confectionary. Police... Read More

Firearms arrest in Te Puke

An armed police operation in Te Puke yesterday was completely unrelated to the search for Rollie Heke, says police. A 20-year-old Te Puke man appeared in Tauranga District Court on firearms charges after his arrest in an armed police operation east of... Read More

Alleged armed offender still on the run

The search for an “armed and dangerous” man with links to Tauranga continues, three days after he allegedly fired on police in Morrinsville. Detective Inspector Graham Pitkethley says police, including members of the Armed Offenders Squad,... Read More

Armed offenders target petrol stations

Police are on the hunt for two men who committed two aggravated robberies and a burglary armed with a hammer and tomahawk. Hamilton Police are investigating the three incidents from overnight, which they believe are linked. The first incident happened... Read More

Police losing hope in forest search

A positive outcome for two men missing in the Kaimanawa Forest is “diminishing”, says police. More than 40 search and rescue volunteers, including those from Tauranga, Taihape and Whanganui have joined the search for two men who fled in the... Read More

Suspicion around men's disappearance

Rotorua Police are continuing to investigate the disappearance of Raymond and James Fleet, who have not been seen for more than a week. The uncle and nephew were reported missing on Tuesday, August 8. Rotorua investigations manager Detective Senior Sergeant... Read More

Search reveals items of interest

Police and LandSAR volunteers have resumed their search for two men in Tongariro National Park, near the edge of Kaimanawa Forest, after discovering a number of items of interest. Remnants of a campfire, believed to be lit on Saturday, were found near... Read More



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