Charges laid in Tauranga hit and run

Police have laid charges against a driver who hit a motorcyclist and fled the scene earlier this week. The crash occurred on the roundabout at the intersection of 11th Avenue and Devonport Road on Monday afternoon. The driver failed to stop at the time,... Read More

Iron bar used in armed robbery

Five men are alleged to have burst into a liquor store armed with an iron bar. Police say the men threatened staff with violence before taking off alcohol, cigarettes and cash at about 4.30pm. Police are appealing to the public for any information about... Read More

Corrections teaming up with Horticulture

  News the Department of Corrections and Horticulture NZ will be partnering in the Bay of Plenty to help turn offenders' lives around is being welcomed. Following the successful first year of a pilot programme in Hawke's Bay that was... Read More

Arsonist targets boarded up house

A boarded up house has been completely gutted after being targeted by an arsonist. Police says the fire service was called to 7 Shelley Court Lane in the Waikato after neighbours hear smoke alarms going on at about 5.30pm on Monday. “The Fire Service... Read More

Man, 94, fails to show up in Taupo

A 94-year-old man who had planned to travel between Auckland and Taupo is currently missing. Police received a report from a relative overnight that the man was intending to drive to Taupo, after leaving his Hillsborough, Auckland yesterday morning.  “The... Read More

Motorcyclist in suspected hit and run

UPDATED 6.20PM: A police spokesperson says the vehicle involved in the incident has since been found. She could not say whether any charges had been laid in relation to the crash, as enquiries are still ongoing. EARLIER: A motorcyclist has been injured... Read More

Police hunt Papamoa bike thieves

“It's pretty much a case of lock it or lose it.” This is the message from Papamoa Police following recent theft of bikes in the Papamoa area. Sergeant Tristan Murray advises people who do lock their bikes up, to use a high quality bike... Read More

Image released to help identify remains

Police have turned to social media in the hopes of identifying remains found in remote bushland in southern Tasmania. On Sunday, July 9, the remains were located in an area of remote bushland in the Huon Valley. They were un-covered near a make-shift... Read More

Jet Ski and boat nicked

Appeal are being made for any information about a stolen Jet Ski and boat. The first is a Kawasaki Jet Ski which was taken from a Tauranga property around June 27. The Jet Ski, pictured above, is a Kawasaki PWC.  Model SC650, with side by side seats... Read More

Woman disappears three days ago

Police are appealing to the public for any information about Suzanne Fay Holmes. The 49-year-old woman was last seen at Te Urewera three days ago. Police say they located her car in the area, but there have been no signs of Suzanne. “Ms Holmes'... Read More



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Silhouetted sunrise on July 14th. Photo: Janet Hetherington

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