Ram raid at Tauranga liquor store

Alcohol and cigarettes have been taken in a ram raid at a Tauranga liquor store. An alarm was set off at the Thirsty Liquor Store on Chapel Street around 12.15am. There's evidence that bollards had been damaged out the front of the shop, and the... Read More

Teen arrested after armed robbery

A 16-year-old has been arrested following the armed robbery of a Maungatapu dairy. Two offenders are alleged to have walked into the Lucky 7 Dairy on Maungatapu Road armed with a firearm on Wednesday night. Senior Sergeant Graeme Hill says a firearm... Read More

Armed robbery investigation continues

Tauranga Police are investigating an aggravated robbery at Lucky 7 Superette on Maungatapu Road. Emergency services were called at about 6.45pm. “A firearm was allegedly used, described as a black pistol by a witness. No one was injured,”... Read More

Firearm used in Maungatapu robbery

UPDATED 8.42PM: Two men armed with a firearm attempted to hold-up a superette in Tauranga earlier this evening. Police were called to reports of an armed robbery at the Lucky 7 Superette on Maungatapu Road around 6.40pm. A police spokesperson says initial... Read More

Tractor thief hoofs it in Paengaroa

Police were involved in low speed pursuit following the theft of a tractor from a rural property in Paengaroa overnight. The vehicle was reported stolen from a Te Tumu Road property by its owner, who is also believed to have been involved in the pursuit... Read More

Teen charged for hoax bomb calls

An Israeli-American teenager has been indicted in Israel on allegations he made thousands of hoax bomb calls, including to a Jewish centre in New Zealand, and earned thousands by offering to phone in threats against schools, hospitals and planes. A number... Read More

Gang clash accused in court

The 27-year-old arrested during a gang altercation in the Bay of Plenty has appeared in court. Daniel Tere McMeeking appeared in Rotorua District Court this morning facing charges relating to firearms, disorder and drug offences. He is jointly charged,... Read More

Missing boy located

UPDATED 9.35AM: Police report Tematau has now been found. He was located at an address in Paeroa this morning and is safe and well. Police would like to thank those members of the public who provided information and assistance. EARLIER: Police are very... Read More

Gang clash ends with AOS arrest

The Armed Offenders Squad was brought in to assist with the arrest of a 27-year-old man in Rotorua yesterday. The arrest followed police enquiries into a gang altercation that took place at the Kuirau Park markets earlier in the day. Reports from the... Read More

Police cleared over non-fatal shooting

The Independent Police Conduct Authority has found two officers were justified in shooting a man following a domestic incident in the Waikato. The Kerepehi man, aged 50 at the time, was shot seven times by police after he pointed a rifle at two officers... Read More



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