Fernhill crash – update

Police can now confirm that one person is dead following a crash on Swamp Road, Fernhill, Hastings, earlier today. The deceased man was the sole occupant of the car and no other vehicles were involved. No details regarding the deceased are available at this stage as next of kin notifications are still to be completed.

Serious assault against Counties Manukau Police officer

Counties Manukau Police are investigating a serious assault against a police officer last night, which occurred while staff were dealing with disorder in Otahuhu. The female officer was taken to hospital with a head and arm injury after being knocked unconscious by an unknown man from behind. Inspector Rod Honan says Police wish to speak to anyone who has information which may help with enquiries. 

Wellington taxi driver injured in shooting

An investigation has started after a taxi driver was shot in Wellington last night. The male driver was shot in the shoulder while he was in his taxi on Stone St in Miramar at about 9.10pm. He had taken two passengers – a man and a woman – from Courtenay Place to Stone St where it’s believed a dispute occurred over the fare.

Shape up or ship out

Dr Bevan Marten’s keen interest in maritime law is purely scholarly—although he admits his favourite Lego model as a child was a container ship.

Stand up and be counted

New Zealand ranks third highest in the English-speaking world on the Gini coefficient, a key global measure of inequality. How do we give the most marginalised people in our society a voice?

Bad baby

A debut novel by Annaleese Jochems won the 2016 Adam Prize for best folio at Victoria University’s International Institute of Modern Letters and has just been published by Victoria University Press.

‘Communist’ a convenient term of abuse

Some excitable types say Jacinda Ardern is some sort of communist, but New Zealand socialism has remained predominantly democratic, writes Associate Professor Jim McAloon from Victoria’s history programme on the 100th anniversary of the

Scotland push All Blacks all the way

Scotland had their chances but it was the All Blacks’ finishing skills and a reliable scrum at key moments that made the difference in a pulsating 22-17 Test win at Murrayfield in Edinburgh on Sunday (NZT).

Few incidents at New Zealand-Fiji match

Police are reporting few incidents of concern at tonight’s Rugby League World Cup 2017 quarter final between New Zealand and Fiji at Wellington’s Westpac Stadium. Wellington District Rugby League World Cup Operations Commander Inspector Neil Banks said overall the crowd was well behaved, with the Fijian supporters creating a good family atmosphere. However, one person was taken to hospital with a suspected broken ankle when they attempted to jump a barrier to get onto the playing surface. This person would be summoned to face a charge of pitch invasion under the Major Events Management Act, which carries a maximum penalty on conviction of up to three months’ jail or a fine of up to $5000.

No arrests at Tonga-Lebanon match

Police have praised the crowd at this evening’s Rugby League World Cup 2017 quarter final between Tonga and Lebanon at Christchurch Stadium. Canterbury District Metro Area Commander Superintendent Lane Todd said there were no incidents of concern and no arrests. Police evicted one person for intoxication, but the level of alcohol consumption was low. “It’s been really good. The crowd was really well behaved with no issues with alcohol.”

Arrest made in relation to Helensville shooting

Please attribute to Acting Detective Senior Sergeant Megan Goldie: Police have arrested and charged a man after a woman suffered a gunshot wound at a Mill Road, Helensville address, just before 4am this morning. The 28-year-old man is charged with wounding with reckless disregard and unlawful possession of a firearm and is due to appear in Waitakere District Court on Monday.

Arrest made following stabbing in Bluff

Police have arrested a 23-year-old woman after an incident at a Bluff address early on 18 November 2017. Police were called to a Boyne Street property at 12:22am where a 28-year-old man had received moderate injuries from a single stab wound to his arm. The victim was transported to Southland Hospital and is currently awaiting surgery.

Serious crash in Tatuanui, south Waikato

Police are attending a serious collision near the Tatuanui roundabout on State Highway 27, near Matamata.  Two vehicles are involved. One person is in a critical condition and another has moderate injuries. Road users are advised to seek alternative routes or to delay travel.

Arrest made after man injured in Hawke’s Bay

Please attribute to Hawke’s Bay Area Commander, Inspector Dave Greig Police this morning arrested a 40-year-old man after another man presented to Hawke’s Bay Hospital yesterday with critical injuries. Inquiries are continuing but Police are confident there is no ongoing risk to public safety.

Read set for Scottish challenge

All Blacks captain Kieran Read said his side will be drawing on the inspiration their midweek team provided when beating the France XV in Lyon on Tuesday when meeting Scotland in Edinburgh on Sunday (NZT).

NZ’s future in renewable energy

A newly released National Energy Research Strategy for New Zealand provides a valuable framework for achieving resilience and sustainability, writes Dr Nick Long, Director of the Robinson Research Institute in Victoria’s Faculty of Engineering.

A place for leadership

Place, purpose and process should be the most important aspects of leadership, with personality consigned to the background, writes Brad Jackson ahead of his inaugural lecture as Professor of Public and Community Leadership in Victoria’s School of

Name release – Ohingaiti collision

Police can now release the name of the man who died in a collision in Ohingaiti on Sunday 12 November, 2017.    He was 54-year-old James Gregory Nelson of Paraparaumu. A man has been charged with dangerous driving causing death in relation to the incident however Police continue to seek witnesses.

Whanganui cordons now lifted

Attribute to Andrew McDonald, Acting Area Commander Whanganui Police have stood down cordons and extra staff in the Tawhero area of Whanganui where there were reports of a male carrying a firearm wearing a balaclava this morning before 8am. Police had cordoned the area around Tawhero School as a precaution and the school voluntarily had gone into lockdown.  Police received only one report of this male, and we have not located anyone of this description in Tawhero.

Further synthetics arrest in Porirua

Police have today been undertaking further enforcement activity in Porirua relating to the sale and supply of synthetic drugs. 
Following the execution of a search warrant at a Porirua address today, a 34-year-old man will appear in Porirua District Court tomorrow, charged with possession of psychoactive substance for sale and selling psychoactive substances. 
A second man at the address has been charged with possession of cannabis.

Test Preview: All Blacks v Scotland

The All Blacks return to Murrayfield for the first time since 2014 to face a Scotland side that has steadily moved up the world rankings and are desperate to secure their first win over the All Blacks.

Appeal for information following fleeing driver incident

Counties Manukau Police are seeking witnesses after a man fled from Police and attempted a number of carjackings on Great South Road Takanini around 4pm today. At approximately 3:45pm Police attempted to pull over a vehicle on Hill Road, Manurewa but the driver failed to stop. Police initiated a pursuit and road spikes were deployed successfully a short time later.

Fatal crash – SH6 Harihari Highway, West Coast

A person has died in a one vehicle crash on State Highway Six, Harihari Highway, on the West Coast this afternoon. Emergency services were called to the crash near Happy Valley Road, in which a van has rolled, at approximately 2:10pm. A woman has died at the scene and ambulance is responding to attend to six other occupants from the vehicle who have varying injuries.

Response to IPCA report on Lower Hutt incident

Police accepts the findings by the Independent Police Conduct Authority which determined that two officers unlawfully arrested a man in Lower Hutt in 2015. The incident occurred on 23 December, 2015, when police attended an address to serve a trespass notice. Following a conversation, the incident escalated, resulting in an altercation and subsequent arrest of the man concerned.  “New Zealand Police strive to deliver policing to the highest standards and learnings have been taken from this incident,” says Acting Wellington District Commander, Inspector Chris Bensemann. 

Missing: Danae Russell from Greymouth West Coast – have you seen Danae?

Family and Police have concerns for the safety of Danae Russell, who was last seen at the Greymouth Medical Centre yesterday morning 15 November. Danae is a 34-year-old woman with long dark brown hair and glasses.  She’s 5 foot 3 inches tall and of medium build.  When Danae left the medical centre she was wearing a blue and grey knitted jersey, with dark blue skinny jeans, pink and white sneakers and gold earrings.