Mars upside down

Which way is up in space? Planets are usually shown with the north pole at the top and the south pole at the bottom. In this remarkable image taken by ESA’s Mars Express, the Red Planet is seen with north at the bottom, and the equator at the top.

Paolo Nespoli returns to Earth

ESA astronaut Paolo Nespoli landed back on Earth early this morning after 139 days in space. The ride home from the International Space Station required braking from 28 800 km/h to a standstill in barely three hours.

Fact Sheet – Families Package

The Families Package will provide targeted assistance to improve incomes for low- and middle-income families with children. It is part of the Government’s focus on reducing child poverty, and ensuring children get the best start in life.

Families Package

Details of the Families Package, providing support to improve incomes for low and middle income families with children.

ASB Rugby Awards Nominations

Champion teams the Black Ferns, New Zealand Under 20, and the Crusaders, have been nominated for Team of the Year at New Zealand’s biggest celebration of rugby, the 2017 ASB Rugby Awards – taking place on 14 December.

The art of wellbeing

A prestigious city art gallery is not where most people would expect to find Red Cross volunteers. However on 8 December that was exactly where volunteers from Bounce, a Red Cross youth-led wellbeing project, were taking their message to the community.

Seven people arrested following investigation into methamphetamine and cannabis network

Please attribute to Detective Inspector Paul Newman, National Organised Crime Group Police have arrested seven people on drugs charges following a long-running investigation into a methamphetamine and commercial cannabis distribution network. The arrests follow an inquiry involving Police and Customs into a criminal syndicate where members were primarily using residential properties to set up sophisticated indoor cannabis growing systems.

Person killed in crash near Akaroa

One person has been confirmed dead after a crash on Onuku Road near Akaroa. Emergency services were notified shortly after 1pm this afternoon that a vehicle had left the road and travelled approximately 10 metres down a bank. One person was found deceased in the vehicle a short time ago. No details regarding the person are available at this stage.

Wellington Police catch Christmas parcel thieves

Santa had a bit of a helping hand to save a number of Christmas presents yesterday, thanks to some great work by a number of Wellington District staff. Police were called around 11am when a courier van was stolen from an address on Rowe Road, Wainuiomata where it had been delivering a parcel. After receiving information from members of the public who reported seeing suspicious behaviour in the area, staff already deployed in the area were able to locate and arrest the man responsible a short time later.

New safe speed camera to help improve safety and prevent road trauma

A new safe speed camera will start operating next week on East Coast Road in Redvale in an effort to lower speeds and reduce deaths and injuries on our roads. “Road crashes have devastating impacts on families and communities,” says Superintendent Steve Greally, National Manager Road Policing. East Coast Road in Redvale is among 33 locations across the country where new digital cameras are being installed as part of the third phase of the $10m static camera expansion programme, announced in July 2013.

30 arrested in major Waikato Police operation

Waikato Police yesterday terminated a major, district-wide operation targeting organised criminal groups and drug dealing. The Waikato District Organised Crime and Major Crime Teams have been conducting search warrants at 14 properties across the district since Monday 4 December. 30 people have been arrested and are facing a total of 87 charges including; serious drug offences relating to dealing methamphetamine and cannabis, firearms offences, and offences involving stolen property.

Continued appeal for sightings of Nigel Peterson

Rotorua Police are still appealing for sightings of missing man Nigel Peterson, who has not been seen since Friday 17 November.
 
The last sighting of Nigel was at around 3pm that day, on Old Taupo Road.
 
Nigel’s family remains optimistic and hopeful of finding Nigel and Police want to hear from anyone who believes they may have seen Nigel since 17 November.

30kg of methamphetamine seized in drug operation

Six people have been arrested and an estimated 30kg of methamphetamine has been seized following a second wave of terminations in relation to Operation Sweden. 
 
Those arrested yesterday were in Manukau, Lower Hutt and Masterton.  These arrests follow the arrest of 11 people last week in Masterton on drugs charges as part of the same operation.

Witnesses sought for fatal collision in Dunedin

Dunedin Police are seeking witnesses to a crash at the intersection of Dundas and Great King Streets, Dunedin, at around 6pm on Tuesday 12th of December. 77-year-old pedestrian Judith Mary Egerton, of Dunedin was killed when a car collided with her. The Dunedin Enquiry Section  is investigating and would like any witnesses to come forward by contacting the Dunedin Central Police Station on (03) 471 4800 and asking for Sgt Sheldon Kindley.

Lego is more than child’s play

These brightly coloured bricks raise important and challenging questions about creativity and play, conformity and autonomy, identity and culture, writes Victoria’s Associate Professor in Philosophy Sondra Bacharach.

Police identify those responsible for kitten death

To be attributed to Constable Chris Wakelin: 
 
Police have this morning made enquiries into a disturbing video shared online, which shows a kitten in Southland being killed. 
 
We have identified those responsible, who are all aged between 11 and 16 years old.  The offenders will all be interviewed and referred to the Invercargill Youth Services team for appropriate action.

Name release- Dundas Street fatal

Police are now able to release the name of the pedestrian killed in a crash with a car at the intersection of Dundas and Great King Streets, Dunedin, at around 6pm last night. She was 77-year-old Judith Mary Egerton, of Dunedin. Police extend their sympathies to her family and friends.

Fatal truck crash, Drury

Police are currently attending a crash on Fitzgerald Road in Drury where a truck has driven off the road. The driver of the truck has died at the scene.  It is believed at this early stage to have been a medical event. There are diversions in place between Waihoehoe and Brookfield Roads and motorists are asked to avoid the area if at all possible until further notice. 

Six arrested following search warrants in Huntly

Please attribute to Inspector Andrew Mortimore, Waikato West Area Commander A Police operation executed in Waikato earlier this morning has resulted in several arrests and the recovery of a number of firearms. Local staff, supported by the Armed Offenders Squad, Police Eagle helicopter and drug detector dogs, executed five search warrants at addresses in the Huntly West Area.

Rakaia fatal name release

Police can now release the name of the man killed in the crash on the Rakaia Bridge in Canterbury this afternoon. He was 48-year-old Ian Adrian Yee from Christchurch. Our thoughts are with Mr Yee’s family at this time.