Dairy owner assaulted in Gate Pa robbery

UPDATED 4.25PM: Police are attending the scene of a robbery in Gate Pa this afternoon. A police spokesperson says a man entered the Gate Pa Suprette just before 4pm and demanded money. He allegedly assaulted the dairy owner, before making off with the... Read More

Gun held to man’s head in the Bay

A member of the public was stopped by gang members in the Bay of Plenty and had a shotgun held to his head. Police are investigating the January 17 incident after the man was stopped by gang members on the corner of on the corner of Churchill Street... Read More

Police investigating Whitianga blaze

The police and Fire Service are continuing investigations into the cause of a large fire near Kaimarama, on the Coromandel Peninsula.   The fire is believed to have started sometime on January 17.  “A large area of bush was destroyed... Read More

Wheelbrace robbers caught

A wheelbrace was used to threaten a motorbike bike shop attendant at Moto Revolution in Waihi road this afternoon, by two men wanting childrens bikes, a police spokeswoman says. The males were wearing hoodies, black sunglasses, had facial tattoos and... Read More

Ecstasy importer faces life sentence

A 21 year old Tauranga man who pleaded guilty to importing the class B drug ecstasy, is facing a maximum sentence of life imprisonment when he appears for sentencing in Tauranga District Court on February 20. When he made the first order over the darkweb... Read More

Photo scam pops up in the Bay

A photography agency which operated out of Bayfair has been slammed by the Privacy Commission for unauthorised use of children's images. Expression Sessions set up a stall in Bayfair Shopping Centre in 2014, offering free photo shoots for children,... Read More

Police hunt Landis Hodge

Members of the public are being asked to keep their eye out for Landis Hodge. The 41-year-old has several warrants for his arrest for breaching court bail. An appeal on the Bay of Plenty Police & Taupo Police Facebook Page says Hodge may be travelling... Read More

Armed police in Whakamarama

Armed police have been spotted in Whakamarama this morning. A caller to the 0800 SUNLIVE news hotline says police have closed the Barrett Road intersection. Another says officers were seen with “big guns” and believed something serious was... Read More

Police appeal for missing woman

Police are seeking the public's assistance in locating Shelly Crooks, who has been missing since December 22, 2016. Shelly, who was was last seen in Punakaiki, on the South Island West Coast, told a friend she was going to hitch hike to Opotiki... Read More

Thieves ransack Waipuna Hospice

Thieves who ransacked the Waipuna Hospice depot in Brook St, Tauranga, overnight targeted the tools depot staff use to fix and repair the donated goods and items before sale. “This is a major disruption at our busiest time of year,” says... Read More



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