UPDATE: Lake Hawea fire

A scene examination has been completed by Police and Fire investigators at the site of yesterday’s dwelling fire on a rural property on Domain Road, Lake Hawea. This has determined that the fire was not suspicious. The remains found within the dwelling are human. They have been removed from the site and are being transported to Christchurch for post mortem and formal identification.

Police praise preparedness of kayakers rescued from Wellington Harbour

Two kayakers, a 59 year old and 29 year old father and son, have been rescued from Wellington Harbour after getting into trouble while out fishing. The pair left Petone this morning, both wearing lifejackets and each had a mobile phone in a waterproof plastic bag. The weather deteriorated and when they were around 200 metres off shore one of the kayakers became swamped by a wave and overturned.

Search for Tyler Nii suspended

Attributable to Inspector Olaf Jensen, Area Commander, Otago Lakes District: The search for skydiver Tyler Nii in Lake Wakatipu has been suspended. The Police National Dive Squad completed the final phase of their sonar search yesterday, and unfortunately have not located Tyler.

Maritime Police remind boaties to carry lifejackets at all times

Maritime Police would like to remind boaties that they must carry lifejackets on board at all times.  The reminder comes as three out of six boats on Auckland’s North Shore which were checked this morning, were found not to be carrying any lifejackets at all.  “Every vessel must carry a fit-for-purpose lifejacket for every passenger on board.  And if you’re in a vessel that is less than 6 metres long you must be wearing it,” said Senior Constable Peter Comer, Auckland Maritime Police. “The weather is warm and a lot of people are still on holiday which means there are more boaties out on the water.  We want people to enjoy themselves, but to do it safely and encourage all boaties to follow the Boating Safety Code – it could save your life,” he said.

Police seek sightings of missing Hamilton woman

Police are looking for 48-year-old Elenoa Phillips who was reported missing on Monday 8 January 2018. She was last seen leaving her home address in Hamilton on Thursday 4 December 2017 at approximately 10pm, driving a grey Toyota Camry. She had told her flatmate that she was going to meet family however she failed to return home.

Man missing in Dunedin (+PHOTO)

Dunedin Police are appealing for sightings of 59-year-old Trevor Pont who has been missing since early this morning in the Wakari area. Mr Pont was last seen leaving Wakari Hospital grounds at around 6am this morning. He was later observed walking down City Road towards town.

Name release, Kinloch fatal

Police can now release the name of the motorcyclist who died following the crash on Whangamata Road, Kinloch near Taupo on Saturday January 20. He was 65 year old Mark Frecklington from Auckland. Our thoughts are with his family and friends at this time.

Appeal for witnesses, Winton assault

Attribute to Detective Regan Fahey Winton Police are appealing for witnesses following a reported assault on the corner of Park and Prince Street on Monday (January 22). Anyone who was in the area at around 6.30pm and saw an altercation between two males is being urged to contact Winton Police on (03) 236 606 or Crimestoppers anonymously on 0800 555 111.

Fire at Domain Road property, Lake Hawea

At approximately 11:20am Police were called to assist with a fire in a non-mobile house bus used as a dwelling on a rural property on Domain Road, Lake Hawea. Fire and Emergency NZ have put the blaze out and located possible human remains within the dwelling however, this is yet to be confirmed by a forensic pathologist. Police and Fire will carry out a scene examination tomorrow morning.

Update: Body found at Awatoto identified

Police have today completed the formal identification of the body found on Awatoto Beach on Friday 19 January. 
 
We can now confirm that it is missing 32-year-old French man Pierre Antoine Paludet. 
 
Mr Paludet’s family has been advised and arrangements will be made to return him home to them.

Test your children’s road safety knowledge before school starts back

As kids head on back to school next week we want parents to take the time to check they’re up to speed with road safety.
 
“The summer holidays are long and that means some children might have forgotten some of the basic rules they need to follow to keep themselves safe,” says Inspector Peter McKennie, Manager of Operations for Road Policing.
 
“Add to that their excitement about returning to school and seeing their friends and this can mean they will be less alert to the traffic dangers around them.

Update: Fatal Dunedin house fire

Police and Fire and Emergency NZ are today continuing to examine the scene of a fatal fire on Wesley Street, Dunedin. 
 
ESR is providing assistance at the scene also.
 
We expect to be able to remove the bodies of the deceased from the house this afternoon, and post mortems will be done tomorrow.

Fatal crash, Rerewhakaaitu, Bay of Plenty

At 6:53pm tonight Police were called to a crash between a car and a logging truck on Ash Pit Road, Rerewhakaaitu, Bay of Plenty. The driver of the car has died at the scene. The truck driver was uninjured in the crash. The Police Serious Crash Unit is investigating and while a scene examination is carried out Ash Pit Road, between Republican and Rerewhakaaitu Roads, will be closed.

Appeal for information following assault, Wanaka

Attribute to Detective Alan Lee Wanaka Police are appealing for sightings of black Mazda ute following an assault at Puzzling World on Saturday afternoon (20 January). At around 3.30pm three men assaulted an Australian tourist when he intervened in what appeared to be a racially targeted verbal altercation.

Police continuing enquiries into Panmure incidents

Please attribute to Detective Inspector Aaron Pascoe, Auckland City Police Police are continuing to investigate two incidents over the weekend on Tripoli Rd, Panmure which resulted in a number of people being injured. Police increased patrols in the area last night and there were no incidents of note overnight.

Serious crash near Masterton

Diversions are being put in place on Castlepoint Road, Te Ore Ore, near Masterton following a serious crash this evening. A car has collided with a power pole just before 8:20pm, about 1km north of the intersection with Masterton Stronvar Road. Two people are injured, one seriously and one critically, and were being transported to hospital.

Investigation into Panmure incidents

Please attribute to Detective Inspector Aaron Pascoe Police are continuing to investigate two incidents on Tripoli Road, Panmure. In the early hours of Saturday a car struck a group of people. Later that day, before midnight, three people were attacked at a house.

Media advisory – Panmure incidents

Detective Inspector Aaron Pascoe will be conducting a media stand-up this afternoon, regarding two incidents in Tripoli Road, Panmure this weekend. The stand-up will be held at the scene in Tripoli Road, Panmure at 3.30pm. This will be the only opportunity today to speak to Detective Inspector Pascoe regarding the incidents.

Drugs, guns and cash found at Te Atatu property

A 48-year-old Te Atatu man is facing a number of charges after a significant amount of cash, weapons and methamphetamine were found at a property in Te Atatu Peninsula yesterday. 
 
Police were initially called shortly before 11am yesterday, to reports of two men fighting with golf clubs at a Te Atatu address. 
 
On attendance, police observed drugs at the address and therefore conducted a full search of the property.