Fatal crash, Chartwell, Hamilton

Source: New Zealand Police

Emergency services are attending a crash at the intersection of Comries Road and Hukanui Road, Chartwell, Hamilton.

A car collided with a parked vehicle around 8.05am.

The sole occupant of the vehicle has died.

Police continue to investigate the circumstances of the incident.

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Fatal crash, Tokomaru Bay, Gisborne

Source: New Zealand Police

One person has died following a crash on Waima Road in Tokomaru Bay, Gisborne.

The crash, involving a car and pedestrian, was reported around 10.55pm yesterday.

The pedestrian died at the scene.

An investigation into the circumstances of the incident is ongoing.

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Fatal crash, Mokotua

Source: New Zealand Police

One person has died following a crash in Mokotua.

One person has died following a crash between a car and a quad bike on Mokotua Road, Mokotua, near Invercargill.

The crash was reported about 4:10pm today.

The road has been closed at the northern end and the Serious Crash Unit will attend the scene.

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Breakdown/blockage – State Highway 5, Tarawera

Source: New Zealand Police

SH 5 near Tarawera is down to one lane due to a break down/blockage.

State Highway 5 near Tarawera is down to one lane due to a truck that has broken down on the highway.

Motorists are advised to expect delays.

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Caring cops – Police graduation tomorrow

Source: New Zealand Police

Fifty-nine new cops are preparing to graduate from the Royal New Zealand Police College on Thursday.
 
All are taking on the challenge of helping their communities to be safe and feel safe, but some of the graduates are also taking their previous work caring for others to a new level. 
 
For the past three years Constable Sasha-Lee Graves has been a support worker, helping to look after and look out for people with physical and intellectual disabilities and mental illness.
 
She says while this was fulfilling work, moving into policing will offer her more opportunities to make a difference to others, especially vulnerable people in her community.
 
“Hopefully one day I will be able to help people understand the different aspects of mental health through policing and how we are all connected to it in some way.”
 
Sasha-Lee will be posted to Waikato District.
 
Constable Jessie Latimer spent two years working at a high school in Kawerau, where she collaborated with the school, Police and many other agencies to create opportunities for youth in the area.
 
Jessie has also worked as a personal trainer, using those skills to benefit adults with disabilities. 
 
“I’ve joined Police to see if I can make a genuine change in my community,” says Jessie, who will be posted to Bay of Plenty District.
 
Coming from the US and posted to Eastern District, Constable Bridgette Melvin has brought with her an impressive background in the social service sector.
 
She has worked on an early literacy programme for vulnerable children, has helped new migrants develop English language skills, worked in aged care and has supported people with intellectual disabilities.
 
“I have always had an interest in communities and community building, and I felt policing would be a great way to be involved with different communities and help people feel safe.”
 
Constable Donovan Burrows grew up in South Africa, and on moving to New Zealand decided to join up as a volunteer fire fighter. This motivated him to make the move into policing. 
 
“As a volunteer fire fighter I found fulfilment in being able to help people in the community, but I decided I wanted a role in preventing harm and preventing accidents rather than just responding to them. So that’s when I decided to apply to join Police.”
 
Donovan will be working in Northland District.
 
Constable Yuko Ryujin, who is originally from Japan, knows how vulnerable some immigrants feel in a new country.
 
She has volunteered at the Shakti Ethnic Women’s Refuge and Support Group, and says policing will help her do more to support immigrants.
 
“I would like to be a role model in the immigrant community and help everyone feel safe regardless of their background.” 
 
Yuko will be working in Canterbury District.
 
Some talented sports people will also be on parade tomorrow, among them equestrian and rugby player Constable Stacey Anderson.
 
Stacey will be tackling crime in Canterbury District with as much gusto as her father – 1987 World Cup winning All Black Albert Anderson – tackled opposing players throughout his rugby career.
 
Stacey started playing rugby for the Southbridge Rugby Club, like her father, and has represented Canterbury.
 
She has also represented New Zealand in equestrian events, competing to Grand Prix level.
 
Mother of two, Constable Carly Anderson, has topped the wing and will receive the Minister’s Award at the ceremony.
 
Based in Nelson and posted to Tasman District, Carly has worked in retail environments in the US and New Zealand.
 
She says she has joined Police to help make our communities safer and show her children and others that “anything is possible if you put your mind to it, and don’t mind putting in the work.”
 
Another great role model is Constable Sholto Leaso, who will receive the Leadership Award.
 
Sholto is proud of his Samoan/Hawaiian/Māori/Dutch ancestry, and says he can relate to a lot of youth in New Zealand due to his upbringing in South and West Auckland, working in the Auckland Fish Market and in a gym as a personal trainer.
 
“I know I can be a role model and someone that young people can trust.”
 
Sholto is posted to Bay of Plenty District.
 
Commissioner Mike Bush, other members of the Police Executive, and Police Minister Hon Stuart Nash will also be present at the graduation ceremony on Thursday 27 February.
 
Awards
 
Minister’s Award recognising top student – Constable Carly Anderson, Tasman District
 
Award for second top student – Constable Jordyn Paekau, Waikato District
 
Commissioner’s Award for Leadership – Constable Sholto Leaso, Bay of Plenty District
 
Physical Training and Defensive Tactics Award – Constable Joseph Laiman, Southern District
 
Driver Training and Road Policing Practice Award – Constable Jaimee Leader, Central District
 
 
Firearms Award – Constable Sholto Leaso, Bay of Plenty District
 
Deployment information
 
The new constables will have a one-week break before starting duties in their districts. The wing is being dispersed as follows: 
 
Northland – 4
 
Counties Manukau – 1
 
Waikato – 10
 
Bay of Plenty – 6
 
Eastern – 4
 
Central – 5
 
Wellington – 15
 
Tasman – 4
 
Canterbury – 4
 
Southern – 6
 
Media
 
Media are welcome to attend the Graduation Parade which takes place at the Royal New Zealand Police College in Porirua.
 
The ceremony starts at 2.00pm on Thursday 27 February.
 
Any media wishing to attend the graduation should contact the Police Media Centre by 5pm Wednesday at media@police.govt.nz.
 
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Update – Serious crash, SH4, Manunui

Source: New Zealand Police

Police can now confirm one person has died after a crash on State Highway 4, Manunui.
 
Police were notified of the two vehicle collision at 6:06 pm.
 
State Highway 4 between Mahoe Road and Tanoa Street remains closed closed for several hours.
 
Police would like to thank motorists for their patience.
 
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Serious crash, SH4, Manunui

Source: New Zealand Police

Emergency services are currently responding to a serious crash on State Highway 4, Manunui.

Police were notified of the two vehicle collision at 6:06 pm.

Initial indications are that one person has sustained serious injuries.

State Highway 4 between Mahoe Road and Tanoa Street will likely be closed for several hours.

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Motorists urged to drive safely after eight deaths on our roads this weekend

Source: New Zealand Police

Joint statement from New Zealand Police and Waka Kotahi NZ Transport Agency

Police and the NZ Transport Agency are appealing to drivers to take care on our roads after five fatal collisions this weekend.

Eight people have died since Saturday – five in four separate crashes in the Waikato and three in a single-vehicle collision in Northland.

A number of people were also injured in these crashes.

Police Acting National Manager of Road Policing Inspector Gini Welch says while it is too early to definitively understand the causes of these collisions, we do know that most deaths that happen on our roads could have been avoided.

“Every loss of life on our roads is a tragedy and these deaths will have a major impact both on individual families and wider communities.

Police work closely alongside our road safety partners including the NZ Transport Agency, local authorities and the Ministry of Transport, but we need everybody to do their part in keeping our roads safe.”

NZ Transport Agency Senior Manager Road Safety Fabian Marsh urges drivers to remember the basics when it comes to safe driving.

“All of us can make mistakes when we’re driving, and we are all vulnerable in a crash. But we can all take a few simple steps to make sure a mistake doesn’t result in loss of life or limb.

Make sure everyone in the car is wearing a seatbelt on every trip. Avoid distractions like cellphones, drive within the speed limit and never get behind the wheel if you’re intoxicated. Mistakes are inevitable, but deaths and serious injuries from crashes are not.”  

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Update – Fatal crash, SH3 near Mangakowhai Road, Piopio

Source: New Zealand Police

One person has died following the serious crash on SH3 near Mangakowhai Road, Piopio today.

The crash was reported to Police around 12:40pm.

Another person sustained serious injuries.

SH3 remains closed while the Serious Crash Unit examines the scene, with diversions in place at Ruru Street, Piopio to the south, and Tikitiki Road to the north.

Police thank motorists for their patience. 

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SH3 closed following serious crashes

Source: New Zealand Police

SH3 is currently closed following two recent crashes at Piopio.

Around 12pm Police received a report of a crash involving a car and a motorcycle at the intersection of SH3 and Kuratahi Street in Piopio.

One person was reported to have moderate injuries and another minor injuries.

At 12:40pm Police received a report of a two-vehicle crash on SH3 near Mangakowhai Road.

One person is seriously injured and a helicopter will be assisting. Another person has sustained moderate injuries.

The Serious Crash Unit has been notified.

SH3 is closed and diversions are in place at Ruru Street, Piopio to the south, and Tikitiki Road to the north.

Police ask motorists to be patient and take care.

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