Reforms to EQC Act announced

Finance Minister Steven Joyce and the Minister Responsible for the Earthquake Commission Gerry Brownlee have today announced plans to simplify and improve the EQC scheme for New Zealanders.

Beginning of Eid

Muslim New Zealanders will today celebrate the Islamic festival Eid ul-Fitr following the sighting of the new moon and will come together to celebrate at Parliament next week, Minister for Ethnic Communities Judith Collins says.

Search for missing fisherman in Edendale, Southland

A search and rescue operation has been launched in Edendale, Southland after a fisherman was reported overdue late yesterday. The man was believed to be fishing off rocks in the Fort Rose, Stirling Point area yesterday. Police visited the area last night and the man’s car and some fishing equipment was found. A search was launched last night and a helicopter assisted with the search however nothing was found.

Southern Police warn of icy roads and thick fog

Police are warning motorists to drive with extreme caution following three crashes on Southland’s icy roads this morning. Two cars have slipped off the road on the Te Anau-Mossburn Highway by Gorge Hill since 9:30am. Another car crashed on Cardrona Valley Road at approximately 8am. There are no significant injuries, however those involved are shaken and the vehicles have been towed. 

Test match crowd well-behaved

Police continue to be impressed with fans attending matches in the DHL NZ Lions series, with a well-behaved and enthusiastic crowd at tonight’s first test at Eden Park. Inspector Gary Davey said there had been very few issues with the capacity crowd at the stadium or at the various fan zones and bars where fans congregated before the game. Police evicted three people from the ground and arrested another person for invading the pitch after full time.

Auckland Police investigating cash in transit robbery

Auckland Police are investigating after a cash in transit van was robbed outside Eden Park overnight. The incident happened at 12.40am this morning when two men armed with firearms approached two staff at the stadium and demanded money. No-one was injured in the incident however cash was taken. All members of the public had left Eden Park by the time of the incident with only event and stadium staff still at the scene.

Arrest following West End, Palmerston North robbery

Palmerston North Police have made an arrest following a robbery at the Westend Store on Wednesday 21 June. A 26-year-old woman has been arrested and will be appearing in the Palmerston North District Court tomorrow charged with aggravated robbery and the aggravated wounding of the store owner. The store owner is in a stable condition but remains in hospital.

UPDATE: Middlemarch plane crash

One person has died and another has serious injuries following a plane crash at Welshman’s Creek, northeast of Middlemarch. The injured man has been taken to hospital. There are no further injuries.  Police are working to inform next of kin and our thoughts are with the friends and family of those involved.

Cordons in place after suspicious object found on Huntly roundabout

Waikato Police have cordoned off a roundabout in Huntly after a suspicious object was located on the centre island. Cordons are in place at Tainui Bridge Road, Tumate Mahuta Drive and George Drive. They are expected to be in place for at least three hours while Police await specialist assistance. Police are advising the public to avoid the area or take alternative routes if possible.

Government supports CarboNZero Zoo

The Government’s Waste Minimisation Fund has awarded $30,000 towards a feasibility study to help Wellington Zoo continue to reach their sustainability targets, Associate Environment Minister Scott Simpson announced today.

Top-of-the-range patrol vessel for Nelson fisheries officers

If you’re thinking of violating fishing rules in the Nelson region, you’d be wise to think twice.MPI Nelson fisheries officers have welcomed a faster, sleeker, more advanced patrol vessel to the fold – one that eliminates the need to go back to base to refuel or to carry fuel on board.

Film and Literature Board of Review Appointments

Internal Affairs Minister Peter Dunne today announced the reappointment of Dr Gareth Schott and Sandy Gill as members of the Film and Literature Board of Review, for new three-year terms along with the appointment of Rachael Schmidt-McCleave as President.

Canterbury launches refreshed economic development strategy

Today a refreshed economic development strategy for Canterbury was launched at an event in Christchurch. The Canterbury Regional Economic Development Strategy positions the region so that economic growth can continue once earthquake recovery and the rebuild cease to drive economic activity and employment. Government investment in Canterbury has been significant, with Government spending $14.3 billion on Canterbury earthquake costs by December 2016, and in the six months post the 2016 earthquake, contributing around $850 million to Kaikōura’s recovery and rebuild.

Name release – Lichfield crash

Police are now able to release the name of the woman who died after a vehicle collision on State Highway One, Lichfield yesterday. She was Jenny Hera Hughes, a 65 year old woman from Hamilton. Police were called to the scene at 2:15pm yesterday afternoon, following a collision between three cars and two trucks at a road works site,

Robbery of Sunbeam Milk Bar – Gore

Police are appealing for witnesses, after two males have entered the Sunbeam Milk Bar, Coutts Road in Gore tonight at around 7.20pm and demanded money and cigarettes. They were unsuccessful in their attempt to rob the milk bar and ran off from the store.  No one was injured. They were last seen  running west on Coutts Road towards Robertson Street. 

Fatal crash in Lichfield, south Waikato – update

The driver of a truck,  a woman in her 60s has died following a crash in Lichfield this afternoon. Police were called to attend the crash at 2.15pm today between three cars and two trucks at a road works site. SH1 is still closed as heavy haulage recovery vehicles are working at the scene.  The road will be closed for at least another hour.

Police searching for missing Auckland man

Police are currently looking for 36-year-old Jeremy Charles Judson (pictured), who has been reported missing by his family.  
 
Jeremy was last seen on 11 June in the Newmarket/Epsom area, where he is known to have sometimes slept in a car.  
 
Police are also appealing for sightings of that car – a black 2000 Honda Avancier stationwagon, registration FPC411.

Waikato Police investigate what happened to missing man Frederick Hayward

Police are making fresh enquiries into the disappearance of 67-year-old Hamilton man Frederick “Rick’ Hayward.
 
He was last seen leaving his home around 5pm on Monday 2 September 2013, with the intention of travelling to the family bach in Raglan.
 
As revealed on Police Ten 7 on TV2 earlier this evening, after initially being treated as a missing person’s inquiry, new information has come to light.

Sentencing for Operation Livorno

Please attribute to Detective Superintendent Greg Williams: Police and Customs note the sentencing today of four people including two Taiwan nationals who were charged in relation to the importation, as well as conspiracy to import methamphetamine into New Zealand. In early 2015, a joint investigation involving Police and Customs was launched after it was discovered that a drug syndicate was operating, which involved Taiwanese nationals travelling to New Zealand under the guise of being tourists. They would receive packages which claimed to contain wine, when in reality they contained methamphetamine in a liquid form.

Ministers welcome OAG Border Sector report

Border sector Ministers have welcomed a new report by the Office of the Auditor-General published today on the use of information at New Zealand’s ports, and say their agencies will continue to work closely to protect our borders.

Kaikoura slip clearance half-way mark reached

Transport Minister Simon Bridges says a major milestone has been reached this week in the Government’s effort to restore road and rail links to Kaikoura, with work crews estimating that the half-way point has been reached in the massive job of clearing the slips from the transport corridor north of Kaikoura.

Serious crash near Edgecumbe

Police and emergency services are currently in attendance at a serious crash on Te Teko Road between Edgecumbe and Te Teko. Police were called at 12:45pm when two vehicles have collided. One driver has been transported to Whakatane Hospital in a  serious condition.

Missing rifle magazine located

Please attribute to Inspector Matt Broderick, Acting Area Commander Hawke’s Bay: The rifle magazine that was reported lost yesterday following the execution of a search warrant in Napier has now been located. It has been located by Police and early indications are that it has not been tampered with.

Development in 2013 Waikato missing person’s investigation

Police will this evening announce a significant development in the investigation into the disappearance of Hamilton man Frederick “Rick’ Hayward. Mr Hayward was last seen leaving his home around 5pm on Monday 2 September 2013, with the intention of travelling to Raglan. New information has come to light which will feature tonight on Police Ten 7 on TV2 at 7.30pm.

Police seek to locate missing Henderson man

Police have concerns for a missing 65-year-old Malaysian Man, Geok Yeo who went missing from Henderson around the Lincoln Road area on  Friday 16 June, 2017.  He left his home address by foot and may be using public transport. Geok was last seen wearing a blue/green tartan long sleeve fleece shirt, blue shoes and he was holding a small plastic bag.

Update – Stoke fire

Please attribute to Senior Sergeant Blair Hall, Area Response Manager:
 
The body of a person located in the remains of a Stoke house which caught fire early in the morning of 21 June has today been removed from the scene.  
 
A post mortem will take place later this afternoon.
 
Police and Fire Service officers remain at the scene, working to establish the cause of the fire.

Survey results show Police staff strongly committed

Organisational results from Police’s independent annual voluntary Workplace Survey continue to show high levels of engagement and commitment amongst Police staff. Deputy Chief Executive People, Kaye Ryan said the 2017 survey, released today, showed similarly strong levels of engagement with the 2016 survey, with results dipping very slightly but remaining high and stable at just over 72%, with the organisation’s performance index also staying stable at just over 63%. “These results reflect that overall we continue to have a highly committed and motivated workforce, with the top rating response showing that 88.6% of staff remain strongly committed to the work they do.