Flooding on SH 1, Kuku

Flooding on SH 1, Kuku

Source: New Zealand Police (District News)

Severe flooding has been reported on SH 1 at Kuku, between Ōhau and Ōtaki. 

The road remains open at the moment, however the water is reported to be rising, and there may be further delays or road closures. 

Motorists are asked to avoid or postpone unecessary travel in the area if possible. 

For those on the road, make sure you take extra caution and drive to the conditions.

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Issued by Police Media Centre. 

Serious crash – SH58, Porirua

Flooding on SH 1, Kuku

Source: New Zealand Police (District News)

Emergency services are in attendance at a serious crash on State Highway 58 near the intersection with James Cook Drive in Whitby, Porirua.

Police were called to the two-vehicle collision shortly before 6.20pm.

Two people have been injured in the crash, one with serious injuries who is being airlifted to hospital.

A section of State Highway 58 has been closed due to the crash, which is expected to cause significant delays.

Eastbound traffic is being diverted onto Postgate Drive and traffic travelling west is being diverted onto Joseph Banks Drive.

Police advise motorists to avoid the area if at all possible.

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Fatal crash – Horowhenua District

Flooding on SH 1, Kuku

Source: New Zealand Police (District News)

One person has died following a serious crash involving a car and a truck in Horowhenua today.

Emergency services were called to Hokio Beach Road, between Hokio Sand Road and Moutere Road, at around 1pm.

Sadly, one person died at the scene.

Enquiries are ongoing to determine the circumstances of the crash.

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Issued by Police Media Centre
 

Police seeking sightings of missing Auckland man

Police seeking sightings of missing Auckland man

Source: New Zealand Police (District News)

Police are appealing for sightings or any information on the whereabouts of Atonio Finau, aged 65, who is missing.

The family of Mr Finau have not heard from him since the 16 November, and have concerns for his welfare.

Police were notified last week and despite a number of enquiries being carried out, his whereabouts remains unknown.

Mr Finau lives in the Otahuhu area but was last known to be in the Laingholm and New Lynn areas.

The photo of Mr Finau sitting shows the clothing he was last known to be wearing.

If anyone knows where he is, or has information that may help find him, we ask them to please call Police on 105 and quote file number 211203/4366.

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Nick Baker/NZ Police

Further details on Police checkpoints in Northland

Flooding on SH 1, Kuku

Source: New Zealand Police (District News)

Please attribute to Northland District Commander Superintendent Tony Hill:

Northland Police are now in a position to release further details around planned Police checkpoints in partnership with Iwi to come into effect when the borders around Tāmaki Makaurau are lifted on 15 December.

Following discussions with local iwi and community, Police will set up and manage two short-term controlled checkpoints south of Whangārei once the northern boundary is disbanded.

These checkpoints will be located on State Highway 1 at Uretiti and the second on State Highway 12 near Maungaturoto and will focus on northbound traffic only.

Police will be very mindful of traffic flows, but the public can expect they may be stopped and spoken to by Police to ensure they are abiding by the requirements of the Public Health Order. This means travellers into the region will need to show proof of vaccination status or a negative COVID-19 test. The rules around this are on the COVID-19 website for travel at the Red and Orange settings under the Covid-19 Protection Framework.

These checkpoints will operate 24/7 short term, Police will then move to a new model which will involve having random checkpoints and spot checks across the District to check that people are continuing to comply with the travel restrictions.

In total, Police will have 74 staff working on a roster to operate the checkpoints on a 24/7 basis. The staff for these checkpoints will come from both Northland and other Police Districts. As we have done previously with the existing Auckland borders, we are able to deploy staff from other districts to support this work. This ensures we can meet other demands on police as we do for all popular holiday spots during the summer months.

Police will be stopping the vehicles, and Tai Tokerau Border Control will be assisting us to check vaccine passes and or proof of a negative COVID19 test, to ensure as smooth and quick as possible a process through the checkpoints.  We are mindful that traffic through this region is normally busy at this time of year and motorists will know they need to plan their trip and be prepared.

The checkpoints will not be stopping every car and will not hold up traffic unnecessarily or impede essential travel but travellers should be prepared and expect to be stopped.

Police are looking forward to welcoming visitors to Northland safely and in a way that will help protect vulnerable communities.

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Southern District Police ramps up the work for safer summer roads

Flooding on SH 1, Kuku

Source: New Zealand Police (District News)

Police are reminding people that as summer and the party season gets underway, there is even more reason for people to take extra care with their driving and not take risks.

Acting Otago Coastal Area Commander Inspector James Ure says Police will have a presence on southern roads right throughout the summer, to help ensure everyone gets to their destination safely.

“There is one key message for drivers: if you drink alcohol, don’t drive. It’s that simple.”

In the last weekend of November there was a series of coordinated and targeted checkpoints throughout the region, providing a clear indication to motorists of what to expect as Police try to keep roads safer, and free of impaired drivers.

“Drivers can expect to be stopped and tested anytime, anywhere,” Inspector Ure says.

On Saturday November 27, road policing teams conducted four checkpoints around Dunedin city.

More than 700 drivers were stopped over the course of the evening, with 40 of those found to have consumed alcohol, and four over the legal limit.

“We are going to do all we can to make a positive impact on our roads by targeting those who think they can drink and drive, particularly as we lead up to the Christmas break.

“This means a more intensive approach to our breath testing checkpoints, moving from place to place quickly, and in all manner of locations.”

There were also patrols and checkpoints in Southland and Central Otago in the last weekend of November.

Checkpoints in Wanaka, Roxburgh, Albert Town, and Cromwell stopped a total of 748 vehicles for breath testing, with nine drivers processed for being over the legal limit.

Across Southland, more than 500 vehicles were stopped during the weekend, followed by three further checkpoints on Tuesday which stopped 765 vehicles.

New equipment is helping with this intensification, with staff making good use of the new Mobile Road Safety Bases across the district.

“These bases are terrific – staff are able to deploy in them, set up a checkpoint within minutes and get through a large number of tests, before packing down quickly and moving to the next spot.”

Police continued their operation in the first weekend of December, reminding drivers that we can be anywhere, anytime.

This weekend across Central Otago and Dunedin, Police stopped 666 drivers, 19 of whom were over the legal limit.

In one incident near Alexandra a vehicle was reported swerving across the road and involved in several near misses. Police stopped the vehicle and the driver blew an Excess Breath Alcohol reading of 400 micrograms. The limit for drivers over 20 years old is 250.

In Invercargill, Police conducted 14 checkpoints and stopped over 3000 vehicles between Tuesday and Saturday. Eleven people blew Excess Breath Alcohol readings.

Southern District Police will continue to intensify the use of high-volume checkpoints to reduce the severe impacts caused by motorists driving under the influence of alcohol.

Police remain focused on changing four main behaviors (RIDS: restraints, impairment, distraction, speed) which contribute to death and injury on our roads as a result of people driving too fast for the conditions, driving while impaired (by alcohol, drugs, or fatigue), driving while distracted (including using a cell phone) and not being properly restrained.

“We want to make it clear that if you’re drinking, don’t drive. Instead, plan ahead and arrange for an alternative means of transport. No motorist should be driving impaired – whether that is from alcohol, drugs, or fatigue.”

“We do this to keep people safe. Especially coming into Christmas we don’t want any family to have spend the holiday season grieving for a loved one.”

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Arrest made over jewellery store theft, firearm located

Flooding on SH 1, Kuku

Source: New Zealand Police (District News)

Auckland City West Police have arrested a man as part of an investigation into thefts from businesses in recent weeks.

Inspector Wayne Kitcher, Area Prevention Manager, says Police executed a search warrant at a Massey address on Monday evening.

A 30-year-old man was located at the property and has been charged with theft in relation to an incident at Michael Hill Jewellers at St Lukes Shopping Centre on 4 December.

He is also facing theft charges in relation to incidents at a nearby electronics store and a petrol station.

“Police have not yet located the jewellery allegedly stolen on Saturday, however our investigation is continuing into the matter,” Inspector Kitcher says.

“During the search warrant Police have also located a firearm, ammunition and a quantity of drugs.

“The discovery of these items will now form part of these ongoing enquiries and as such we cannot rule out further charges being laid.”

The 30-year-old man charged is due to appear today in the Auckland District Court.

Police are limited in further comment at this stage as the matter is before the Court.

ENDS.

Jarred Williamson/NZ Police 

Use of force on a man in central North Island justified

Source: Independent Police Conduct Authority

7 December 2021 

The Independent Police Conduct Authority has found that a Police officer was justified in using force to defend himself when he was accosted as he arrested a man in central North Island.

The officer attended a house to arrest the man for breaching his electronic bail monitoring conditions.

When the officer made the arrest, another man present physically intervened. Fearing that he was about to be assaulted, the officer punched the second man and a scuffle broke out between the two. The second man then ran inside the house, locking the door behind him.

The officer aimed pepper spray at the second man through an open window, and then broke a glass panel on the door to gain entry, only to find the man had escaped through a back window.

The Authority is satisfied the officer was justified in using the force he did in self-defence and that the force was reasonable in the circumstances. We also found that the officer’s entry into the house was lawful.

Public Report

Decision to use force on man in central North Island justified (PDF 378 KB)

Police agree with IPCA findings

Flooding on SH 1, Kuku

Source: New Zealand Police (District News)

Police agree with the findings of an IPCA report, which concluded a Police officer was justified in using force against a man who tried to intervene during the arrest of another man.
 
The officer went to a property in a central North Island town on 10 January 2021 to locate a man who lived at the house and arrest him for breaching a bail condition.
 
While trying to take the man into custody, a man visiting the property attempted to intervene by initially yelling at the officer, before repeatedly pushing him.
 
The visitor continued to behave aggressively at which point the officer advised him he was under arrest.
 
Feeling increasingly under threat, the officer elected to use the tactical option of closed-hand tactics, punching the man. 
 
The IPCA found the officer’s use of force was justified and reasonable, and his later entry into the property was lawful.
 
Central District Commander Superintendent Scott Fraser says the officer acted appropriately in confronting and difficult circumstances.
 
“This was a clear situation when the officer was put at risk. His actions were consistent with relative policy and both justified and lawful.”
 
The man who assaulted the officer was arrested the following day at another address. He was charged with aggravated assault and subsequently pleaded guilty.
 
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Serious crash – SH 1, Puhoi

Flooding on SH 1, Kuku

Source: New Zealand Police (District News)

Emergency services are in attendance at a serious crash on State Highway 1 near Puhoi.

Police were called to a two vehicle collision shortly before 8am.

Three people have been injured in the crash.

One person is in a critical condition and another is serious. A third person has suffered moderate injuries.

A section of State Highway 1 has been closed due to the crash which is expected to cause significant delays.

Police advise motorists to avoid the area if at all possible.

The Serious Crash Unit will examine the scene and an investigation will commence into the crash.

ENDS.

Jarred Williamson/NZ Police