Victim named in alleged marae murder

Police can now release the name of the woman who died following an incident at Huria Marae in Tauranga on Thursday night. She was Ariana Eva Mahu, of Tauranga. Police say the 37-year-old was taken to Tauranga Hospital in a critical condition, where she... Read More

Accounts of Siggy’s death don’t agree

Police accounts of what happened to Katikati father of two Siegfried Newman, who went missing 10 years ago on February 25, are at variance with each other. One report says Siggy most likely died in the Kaimai Ranges on February 25, 2008, while a recent... Read More

Murder accused to stay in custody

Updated: A 21-year-old man charged with murder following the death of a Tauranga woman will stay behind bars until his next court appearance. The man, who has interim name suppresion, appeared before Judge Christoper Harding in Tauranga District Court... Read More

Woman dies following Tauranga incident

A woman has died after suffering critical injuries in an incident in Tauranga. Police say the 37-year-old was taken to Tauranga Hospital in a critical condition, where she later died. "Police were called to a local marae at 11.50pm," says Acting... Read More

Man assaulted in Brookfield

A man has been taken to hospital after being assaulted in Brookfield this evening. A police spokesperson says police were called to an assault in Aaron Place just before 6pm. "We are still in attendance and have no further information at this stage." Police... Read More

Armed offenders flee shop with till

Four armed offenders stormed into a Huntly store and stole cigarettes and the shop's till. Detective Mike Kaukau says police are investigating the aggravated robbery that occurred in Huntly on Tuesday 20 February. Around 2.50pm, four armed offenders... Read More

Police apologise for staining beach

Police are apologising after a operation in the Coromandel, allegedly targeting cannabis, went slightly awry when blue liquid was left staining sand at a popular local beach. A helicopter was spraying planted areas of Kennedy Bay on Monday but spilled... Read More

Rumour mill triggers police reminder

Bay of Plenty residents are being reminded about the potentially misleading nature of information available on social media, after a rumour triggered widespread panic online earlier this week. SunLive received a number of messages from concerned social... Read More

Opotiki murder accused appears in court

A 27-year-old man has appeared in the Whakatane District Court today charged with the murder of an Opotiki woman on Monday. He has been granted interim name suppression by Judge Louis Bidois. The identity of the deceased woman is also suppressed. The... Read More

Opotiki homicide: murder charge laid

Police have charged a 27-year-old man with murder in relation to the homicide of a woman in Opotiki on Monday. He is due to appear in Whakatane District Court at 11.45am today. “We are pleased to have made this arrest so quickly and hope it will... Read More



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