Temporary accommodation opens in Waiau

Building and Construction Minister Dr Nick Smith and Hurunui District Mayor Winton Dalley have officially opened the Waiau temporary accommodation village for Hurunui residents whose homes were damaged in the Kaikōura Earthquake.

$30k to provide 150 mentoring opportunities

Youth Minister Nikki Kaye today announced $30,000 of funding towards mentoring initiatives aimed at encouraging young people to explore potential career paths, develop career-related skills and transition to successful tertiary education.

Wilding conifer work plan announced

Primary Industries Minister Nathan Guy and Conservation Minister Maggie Barry have announced the Government will control the spread of wilding conifers over an additional five priority areas this year in Canterbury, Otago and Southland.

Funding for award-winning Whangawehi Stream project

The final phase of a collaborative project protecting and enhancing fresh water and coastal ecosystems along the Whangawehi Stream on the Mahia Peninsula is being supported by $145,000 from the Community Environment Fund, Associate Environment Minister Scott Simpson says.

Police seek sightings of vehicle after woman badly assaulted in Pt Chevalier

Please attribute to Detective Senior Sergeant Glenn Baldwin, Auckland City Police. Police are seeking sightings of a 1998 blue Volkswagen Polo hatchback, registration CYJ547, that was stolen after a vicious and unprovoked attack in Pt Chevalier, Auckland last night. At approximately 7pm on Monday 17 July, a 55-year-old woman walked from her house to her car to buy takeaways for dinner and found two men attempting to break into her neighbours car. 

Response to IPCA report on unjustified use of Taser by police officer

Please attribute to Acting District Commander for Counties Manukau, Inspector Julia Lynch: Police acknowledge the findings by the Independent Police Conduct Authority that an officer’s use of a Taser on a 17-year-old man who was resisting arrest and spat twice at a Sergeant was excessive and unjustified. During the early hours of 15 September 2016, the Sergeant stopped to intervene after he saw the highly intoxicated man and his girlfriend having an argument on the side of the road in Manurewa. Almost immediately the man was verbally abusive to the officer who then attempted to arrest him for behaving in a threatening manner.

Media stand-up regarding Pt Chevalier assault

Police will hold a media stand-up regarding the assault of a mother and daughter in Pt Chevalier last night. Detective Senior Sergeant Glenn Baldwin will be available at 1pm at Auckland Central Police Station on the corner of Cook Street and Vincent Street in the city. Media: Please meet outside the front entrance by 12.50pm.

House fire in Motueka

Emergency Services are currently attending a house fire on Queen Victoria Street in Motueka. Police were notified about the fire just after 11.30am this morning. No injuries have been reported as a result of the fire.

Allow extra time for road travel between Picton and Christchurch

Motorists travelling between Picton and Christchurch are asked to allow extra time for their journey as there are a number of road work sites on the route. With SH1 closed and given it is the school holidays, it is anticipated there will be heavy traffic flows on the route over the coming days. On the route between Picton and Christchurch there are a large number of road work sites. While these sites are being well managed by traffic control staff, they are causing delays.

Arrests following dairy robbery in Nelson

Nelson Police have today made three arrests in relation to an armed robbery at the Victory Discounter Dairy on Sunday 16 July. The three men were arrested following the execution of search warrants. The men aged 22, 21 and 20 will all be appearing in the Nelson District Court tomorrow, Wednesday 19 July, facing charges of aggravated robbery and unlawfully taking and unlawfully getting into a stolen motor vehicle. “It is pleasing that we have located three of these offenders so quickly and they can now be held to account for their actions,” said Detective Senior Sergeant Craig Johnston.  

Police seek missing 94-year-old in white Holden Vetra

Police is concerned for the whereabouts of a missing 94-year-old man who had planned to travel between Auckland and Taupo today.  Police has received a report from a relative this evening that the man was intending to drive to Taupo, after leaving his Hillsborough, Auckland this morning.  The man has not arrived in Taupo. Police have received one reported sighting in Matamata earlier today. 

Car break-ins in Bryndwr, Fendalton and Waltham. Keep your valuables safe.

Overnight on the 17th to the 18th of July, seven vehicles were broken into in Bryndwr and Fendalton and five in Waltham. Many were parked on driveways. Most were thoroughly searched, with parking metre change and electronics taken. While Police will continue to focus on vehicle crime around areas where it is reported that they happening –  there are some things the community can do to help. “It can take as little as five seconds for an offender to smash a window and grab an item from a vehicle, and the cost of repairing the smashed window is often greater than the value of the items taken.

Missing 94-year-old located

The 94-year-old man reported as missing last night has now been located. Police were notified at 7.39am this morning that his vehicle had been discovered down a bank in Fordell, Whanganui. The man was been taken to Whanganui Hospital to be treated for minor injuries.

High Court Judge appointed

Wellington public servant and barrister and solicitor Gerardus van Bohemen has been appointed a Judge of the High Court, Attorney‑General Christopher Finlayson announced today.

New West Coast Research Institute announced

The New Zealand Institute for Minerals to Materials Research, led by industry organisation Minerals West Coast Trust, has become the third successful proposal to receive funding through MBIE’s Regional Research Institutes initiative.

New Research Institute for Bay of Plenty

Plantech: the New Zealand Institute for Technology and Innovation in Premium Plant-based Value Chains, based in Tauranga, has become the fourth successful proposal to receive funding through MBIE’s initiative to establish new Regional Research Institutes.

New Research Institute for Bay of Plenty

Science and Innovation Minister Paul Goldsmith today announced a new Regional Research Institute based in Tauranga that will leverage the Bay of Plenty’s strengths in horticulture to accelerate and commercialise research and innovation for the benefit of the region.

Boost for regional economic growth

Economic Development Minister Simon Bridges and Primary Industries Minister Nathan Guy have announced $17.7 million in funding over the next two years for the Regional Growth Programme as part of Budget 2017.

Using data to get the best for premature babies

Bringing together data from across government, a study looking into the lives of premature babies will help front-line doctors and parents make better informed choices about the care of their children, Statistics Minister Scott Simpson says.

More funding to help equip Māori youth

Māori Development Minister Te Ururoa Flavell says more young Māori will get help to obtain essential documents to help set them up for their futures after an additional $8 million was allocated in Budget 2017 for Passport to Life.

New West Coast Research Institute announced

Science and Innovation Minister Paul Goldsmith today announced a new Regional Research Institute based in Greymouth that will use innovative research and manufacturing techniques to unlock the potential of New Zealand’s minerals resources.