ORC seeks new Chief Executive

Otago Regional Council chairman Stephen Woodhead has advised that the council is continuing to work through the process of selecting and appointing a Chief Executive to serve from the end of Peter Bodeker’s five-year contract, but at this point have reached the conclusion that the next appointee should come from outside the organisation.

Cyanobacteria confirmed in Tomahawk lagoon

Potentially toxic blue-green algae (cyanobacteria) has been collected from the Tomahawk lagoon in Dunedin, prompting a warning from the Otago Regional Council for people (and dogs) to avoid contact with the waters of the lagoon.

TIN companies now generating $10b a year

Economic Development Minister Simon Bridges and Science and Innovation Minister Paul Goldsmith have today congratulated New Zealand’s leading hi-tech companies for achieving a combined annual global revenue of $10 billion for the first time.

Bus Talk – Bus drivers have a challenging job

We’ve received a lot of positive feedback about bus drivers recently from our bus ambassadors and from bus users via our Facebook page. Many people are reporting their experiences of our Dunedin bus drivers as generally friendly, courteous and especially helpful to passengers trying to negotiate recent changes to the bus services.

Serious crash in Otaki

State Highway 1 at Otaki is closed following a serious crash just before 4pm near the main roundabout. Initial reports indicate it involved at least one vehicle and a pedestrian. The pedestrian has been taken to hospital in a serious condition.

Police investigating robbery in Palmerston North

Attributable to Detective Sergeant Dave Wishnowsky, Manawatu CIB: Police are appealing for information about a robbery in Palmerston North in which an elderly female victim was tied to a chair in her home. One male offender has entered a residential property on Church Street, between Victoria Ave and Albert Street, between 9am and 9:30am today.

Update 2 – Road reopens following crash near Dunedin

The road has now re-opened following a serious single-vehicle crash near Dunedin this afternoon. Emergency services were called to the scene at the intersection of Tirohanga Road and Outram-Mosgiel Road at 3pm.  Any witnesses to the incident who have not yet spoken to police are asked to make contact with Dunedin Police as soon as possible.

Name release – Jet boat incident on Waimakariri River

Canterbury Police can now release the name of the man who died on the Waimakariri River following a jet boat accident earlier today. He was 47–year-old, Duayne Barry Insley from Glenorchy.  The incident occurred at approximately 10:30am, Sunday 15 October, 2017 during the upstream leg of the World Championship Jet Boat Marathon.

Cambridge Police seek witnesses to serious crash

The following may be attributed to Constable Casey Gies: Cambridge Police are seeking a driver and any further witnesses to a serious crash which occurred on Friday night. The collision between four vehicles happened at 11:30pm on Friday 13 October, 2017 on State Highway 1, Karapiro, near Hickey Road. Two people were injured, one seriously, and Police are yet to speak to one of the drivers.

Tragedy for family and Defence Force

Defence Minister Mark Mitchell has extended his deepest condolences to the family of the Special Operations Force soldier who died during a maritime counter-terrorism training exercise off the Coromandel Peninsula this morning.

Charges laid in relation to motorcycle theft

Please attribute to Constable Jonathon Mitchell, Tauranga South Police Tauranga Police  have charged two males in relation to the theft of a 1973 Norton Commando motorcycle, which was stolen from the Greerton Cherry Blossom Festival on 30 September 2017. The bike was recovered by Police last week, and has been returned to it’s owner.

Name release – fatal Taupo crash

Police can now release the names of the people who died in the crash on State Highway One, just south of Tutukau Road, Taupo, on Tuesday 10 October.
They were: 
• Mele Ilisapi Oliveti, 44, a Tongan national residing in Palmerston North 
• Helen Adele Paul, 56, of Kaikohe
• Leighton Phillip Ahuriri, 60, a New Zealander residing in Western Australia
• Hone Te Ahurei Hawkins-Kanuta, 5,  of Kaikohe.
Police’s thoughts are with the whanau and loved ones of all those involved in the crash.

Investigation into Taupo fatal underway

The Police Serious Crash Unit (SCU) has begun the investigation to establish the cause of a crash which claimed four lives yesterday afternoon at the intersection of SH1 and Tutukau Road, Taupo. A 56-year-old woman, 60-year-old man and a five-year-old boy travelling in one vehicle were killed, along with a 44-year-old woman in the other vehicle. A 10-month-old baby boy who suffered critical injuries in the crash was transferred from Waikato Hospital to Starship overnight.

Serious crash Wairau Valley

Police are attending a serious crash involving a milk tanker and a power pole on State Highway 63 in the Wairau Valley, Marlborough. The driver of the truck is currently trapped and is being cut free. Emergency services were called to the crash near Parsons Road at 8.08am.

Update: State Highway 63 tanker crash

Both lanes of State Highway 63 in the Wairau Valley are now open following this morning’s serious crash. Emergency services were called to the milk tanker crash at 8.08am. The driver was trapped in the vehicle for a time, but has been cut free and flown to Nelson Hospital with moderate injuries.

Missing Westport man

Police are concerned about a missing 24 year old Westport man. Byron Donaldson was last seen on Monday evening in Westport. He has short brown hair, and was wearing dark jeans, a blue hoodie and a beanie.

Mercer fatal crash name release

A second person died in hospital on Wednesday 4th October following a crash on Mercer Ferry Road, Waikato on Saturday September 30th around 3:15pm. He was 96-year-old Leon Robert Idoine from Auckland. His wife, 96-year-old Mary Alice Idoine, died in the crash.

Three arrests for Levin aggravated robbery

Three people have been arrested and charged in relation to the aggravated robbery of a Levin petrol station last month. 
The petrol station on Oxford Street was robbed at gunpoint on 20 September 2017.
Two 19 year olds and a 25 year old man are due to appear in the Masterton District Court this afternoon on aggravated robbery charges.

Police praise actions of lost tourists

Central Otago Police are praising the actions of a group of overseas tourists who became stuck overnight following a 4WD trip up Old Man Range, near Alexandra.  The three occupants of the vehicle had been following tracks outlined in a book of 4WD trails in Central Otago, successfully making the trip up to Old Man Rock. However when they attempted to travel further they became stuck.

Police response to IPCA findings

To be attributed to Counties Manukau District Commander Superintendent Jill Rogers: Police acknowledge the findings by the Independent Police Conduct Authority which determined that it is not possible to draw any link between Police actions on 6 January 2016 and the tragic death of Joanne Pert the following day. Ms Pert was murdered on 7 January 2016 while out for a run in Remuera by Tevita Filo, who was an undiagnosed schizophrenic.

School resources

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Exports underpin strong economic growth

The New Zealand economy continued to grow solidly in the June quarter, posting a 0.8 per cent increase in GDP, taking New Zealand’s growth rate for the year to 2.7 per cent, Finance Minister Steven Joyce says.

Update on Marsden Point pipeline disruption

The government and industry continue to work to maintain the fuel supply into Auckland, with offers of support from New Zealand Defence Force having been accepted by industry, says Energy and Resources Minister Judith Collins.

Update on Marsden Point pipeline disruption

Fuel allocations to airlines at Auckland Airport have been increased and flight schedules are returning to normal, as the fuel pipeline repair is on track to be completed well before school holidays begin, says Energy and Resources Minister Judith Collins.

Reappointments to Valuers Registration Board

Land Information Minister Mark Mitchell has announced the reappointment of Phillip Curnow and Ken Taylor to the Valuers Registration Board for a further three-year term. The Board is the authority that oversees the performance of New Zealand’s land valuers.

ECan chairman David Bedford retires

Environment Minister Dr Nick Smith has today paid tribute to the service given by David Bedford as a commissioner, appointed councillor and chair of Environment Canterbury during the past seven years.

Strong economy delivers $4.1 billion surplus

The New Zealand Government has achieved its third fiscal surplus in a row with the Crown accounts for the year ended 30 June 2017 showing an OBEGAL surplus of $4.1 billion, $2.2 billion stronger than last year, Finance Minister Steven Joyce says.

Further NZDF flight to Vanuatu

Foreign Minister Gerry Brownlee today announced a further New Zealand Defence Force C-130 flight to Vanuatu to deliver relief supplies for communities evacuated from Ambae.