First Te Pou Tupua appointed

Dame Tariana Turia, DNZM and Turama Hawira have been appointed to the office of Te Pou Tupua which was established under the Whanganui River Treaty settlement to act as the human face of Te Awa Tupua, Treaty of Waitangi Negotiations Minister Christopher Finlayson and the Whanganui iwi announced today.

Teki if you’re seki

‘Oku pehē ‘e he Minisitá ‘a e Potungāue ma’ae Kakai Pasifikí ko ‘Alfred Ngaro, ‘I he ‘uike ni, ‘e fakamamafa’i ‘a e makehe ‘ange ‘a e Faiva Faka-Tongá, Hiva Faka-Tongá, Lea Faka-Tongá pea mo e Anga Faka-Tongá.

$800,000 for 3-D mapping of Northland

Economic Development Minister Simon Bridges and Primary Industries Minister Nathan Guy have announced government funding of up to $800,000 for 3-D aerial mapping of Northland to provide the region with highly accurate geographical data to make better business decisions.

New data to guide student choices published

New data that shows the employment status and earnings of graduates from tertiary institutions will provide students with a valuable tool when making important decisions about their study options, Tertiary Education, Skills and Employment Minister Paul Goldsmith says.

Ultra-Fast Broadband in 190 more towns

The Government is investing $270 million to roll out Ultra-Fast Broadband (UFB) to 190 more small towns, and extend rural broadband to another 74,000 households and businesses, Communications Minister Simon Bridges says.

New IPCA chairperson appointed

District Court Judge Colin Doherty has been appointed chairperson of the Independent Police Conduct Authority (IPCA), Associate Justice Minister Mark Mitchell announced today.

NZ to invest in new Synchrotron capabilities

New Zealand will invest AU$15.1 million in a programme to construct several new beamlines at the Australian Synchrotron in Melbourne and secure long-term access for Kiwi scientists, Science and Innovation Minister Paul Goldsmith announced today.

Court of Appeal rules in Sanctuary’s favour

It is time the Brook Valley Community Group accepted the multiple court rulings in favour of the Brook Waimarama Sanctuary and stopped its disruption to this critical Nelson environment project following today’s Court of Appeal decision, Environment Minister Dr Nick Smith says.

Two men charged over the 1987 murder of Chris Bush

Please attribute to Detective Inspector Gary Lendrum, Counties Manukau Police: Police have now charged two men in relation to the 1987 murder of Chris Bush in Maramarua. Police have been investigating the tragic and senseless death of Chris, who was shot dead 30 years ago at the Red Fox Tavern just before midnight on Saturday 24 October.

Arrest made in relation to a number of burglaries in Christchurch

Christchurch Police yesterday arrested one person in relation to a spate of burglaries at backpackers and hostels in the past week. A 31-year-old male was arrested and he will appear in the Christchurch District Court this morning facing a number of burglary charges. “It’s excellent work by the Christchurch Tactical Crime Unit in locating and arresting the person responsible for theses burglaries so quickly,” says Detective Sergeant Damon Wells.

Palmerston North controlled purchase operation

Manawatu Police conducted a controlled purchase operation alongside licensing inspectors and Health representatives in the Palmerston North and Feilding areas on Friday 25 August. Controlled purchase operations are carried out to check processes and ensure compliance with the Sale and Supply of Alcohol Act 2012 by licensed premises, which assists in preventing and reducing the supply of alcohol to young people. Two underage volunteers, aged 16 and 17, visited a number of licensed premises attempting to purchase alcohol, including bottle stores, supermarkets, restaurants and bars.
In total 27 premises were visited, of which three failed by selling alcohol to a volunteer.

Whakatane Police make arrest following January gang incident

Please attribute to Detective Sergeant Darren Thomas: Police have arrested a man in relation to a gun being fired during a gang funeral procession in Whakatane on January 17th 2017. The 28-year-old man is facing multiple firearms related charges, as well as charges of participating in an organised criminal gang and rioting. He is set to appear in Whakatane District Court on September 6th.

Two Police officers assaulted in Dunedin overnight

Please attribute to Inspector Jason Guthrie, Otago Coastal Area Commander: At approximately 11pm last night two Police officers were allegedly assaulted while responding to a report of disorder at an address on Kenmure Road, Dunedin. When Police arrived at the address a male officer knocked on the door to establish what was happening. A man from within the household opened the door and assaulted him, at one stage using the broken leg from a wooden garden table as a weapon.

Police pleased with no alcohol sales to minors during operation

Please attirbute to Inspector Vaughan Graham, Auckland City Police. Partner agencies came together last Saturday night to run a Police led alcohol Controlled Purchase Operation (CPO) designed to help ensure alcohol is not being sold to minors.  The operation was rolled out across 25 premises including St Heliers, Kohimarama, Mission Bay, Orakei, Ponsonby and Grey Lynn resulting in no alcohol sales to minors. 

Incident at Lake Coleridge

Attributable to Sergeant Phil Simmonds, Police Search and Rescue Co-ordinator: Emergency services were called to Lake Coleridge, near Mt Hutt, yesterday evening around 5pm to reports a man had been swept under while fishing. Initial reports suggest the man had been attempting to come to the aid of another fisherman.

Job advertisements remain steady in July

The number of online job advertisements was steady in July 2017 and increased by 9.2 per cent over the year, according to the All Vacancies Index in the latest Ministry of Business, Innovation and Employment (MBIE) Jobs Online report.

New scholarship to support greenhouse gas research

A new $400,000 scholarship programme to build global expertise on climate change, agriculture and food security will boost New Zealand’s contribution to agricultural greenhouse gas research say Climate Change Minister Paula Bennett and Primary Industries Minister Nathan Guy.

Road closed south of Taupo following crash

State Highway 5 (Napier-Taupo Road) is closed at Maunganamu, south of Taupo, following a crash shortly after 6am this morning. A man has been transported to hospital by helicopter with serious injuries. The road is expected to be closed for some time and motorists are advised to delay travel or take alternative routes where possible.