Firearms incident in Foxton

Source: New Zealand Police

Police are responding to a firearms incident at an address on Main St in Foxton.

A person has sustained serious injuries.

Police are conducting enquiries to locate the offender.

A number of schools have gone into voluntary lockdown as a precautionary measure.

People are advised to avoid the area.


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Arrests made following Bay of Plenty organised crime operation

Source: New Zealand Police

Police in the Bay of Plenty on Friday executed a number of search warrants following a three-month-long investigation targeting the sale and supply of illicit drugs.

Search warrants were executed in the Taupo area on Friday and four people were arrested.

They will face a range of serious charges under the Misuse of Drugs Act in relation to dealing in the Class A controlled drug methamphetamine, dealing in MDMA, dealing in LSD, and charges relating to commercial cannabis cultivation.

Charges also include participating in an organised crime group, unlawful possession of pistols, supplying a pistol to an unauthorised person, conspiring to pervert the course of justice and conspiring to bring a false allegation.

The principal offenders appeared in Rotorua District Court on Saturday 12 October.

Police cannot rule out further arrests being made in relation to this investigation.

This investigation has targeted a small group involved in dealing in significant amounts of methamphetamine and other drugs across the Bay of Plenty and beyond.

All those in the group are either patched members of the Rebels or are associated to that gang.  

As part of the ongoing investigation Police have seized assets worth approximately $950,000, including a 6.3 hectare lifestyle block in Wairakei, a residential section in Omori, ten vehicles including a classic car and five Harley Davidsons, and jewellery.

“Make no mistake, gangs are all about organised crime and making money,” says Detective Senior Sergeant John Wilson.

“The sale of illicit drugs by these groups causes immense harm to those who can least afford it.

“Police are committed to targeting and investigating those who engage in illegal activity, and holding them to account, so that our people and our communities are kept safe.

“Operations like this one targeting those trying to make money from the addictions and misfortunes of others sends a clear signal that crime, in the end, does not pay.”

The Criminal Proceeds (Recovery) Act was enacted to allow Police to ensure that people are held to account and do not benefit from the proceeds of crime, says Detective Senior Sergeant Keith Kay, Officer in Charge of Asset Recovery.

“This proceeding is an excellent result, in particular for the Taupo and Bay of Plenty communities,” says Detective Senior Sergeant Kay.

“Police is seeking help from the community to identify illicit proceeds obtained from crime.

“If anyone has any information that would assist Police they are encouraged to report that information in confidence either to their local Police station or anonymously via Crimestoppers on 0800 555 111.”

If you, or someone you know needs help with an addiction to methamphetamine, help is available. Call the Alcohol Drug Helpline on 0800 787 797 or visit


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Police responding to incident near Auckland Airport – update

Source: New Zealand Police

Please attribute to Inspector Joseph Hunter, Counties Manukau Police

Police responding to reports of a threat being made at a facility near Auckland Airport this morning have completed their search, and are confident there is no risk to the public.

Police have been at the location on Geoffrey Roberts Road since about 8am, and the building was evacuated shortly before 9am.

Police specialist groups, along with military and aviation security personnel, have been carrying out searches and extensive enquiries have been carried out.

This has now been completed and no objects of concerns were located.

Police are satisfied the threat was not a legitimate one.

Staff members at the evacuated site will now able to return to the building.

We want to reassure the public that we take these threats seriously and respond accordingly, and thank members of the public for their patience while our work was carried out.

Cordons around Laurence Stevens Drive and Geoffrey Roberts Road have now been lifted.

Police will be investigating the source of threat, and cannot rule out laying charges once that is completed.


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Police responding to incident near Auckland Airport

Source: New Zealand Police

Police are responding to reports of a threat being made at a facility near Auckland Airport.

Police have been at the location on Geoffrey Roberts Road since about 8am.

Specialist groups are currently on site and are conducting enquiries.

A section of Laurence Stevens Drive and Geoffrey Roberts Road is currently closed while Police are at the scene.

Members of the public heading to the domestic terminal are advised to use Tom Pearce Drive. Significant delays are expected.

Police appreciate motorists cooperation ahead of time as we conduct those enquiries at the location.


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Serious crash in Opotiki

Source: New Zealand Police

Emergency services are responding to a serious crash on Waiotahe Beach Road, Waiotahe in Opotiki district.

The crash, involving a car and a pedestrian, was reported at 7.40am.

Early reports indicate one person sustained injuries.

Roads are closed and diversions are in place.

Motorists are advised to avoid the area, if possible. 


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Missing person – Tolaga Bay

Source: New Zealand Police

Gisborne Police are urgently seeking sightings of 27-year-old Jamie Kaiwai.

Jamie has been reported missing and was last seen in the Tolaga Bay area on Thursday morning, 10 October.

Police and Jamie’s family have concerns for her welfare, and are asking anyone who may have seen her, or who has information about her whereabouts to get in touch immediately on 111.


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Update – Missing teenager

Source: New Zealand Police

Update – Missing teenager

Sunday, 13 October 2019 – 5:00pm


The 17-year-old reported missing from the North Shore on 11 October is no longer being sought by Police.

Enquiries have confirmed she departed New Zealand in recent days.


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Vehicle break-ins, Thames

Source: New Zealand Police

Please attribute to Detective Mark Leathem:

Police are seeking information in relation to around 20 vehicle break-ins over Friday and Saturday night in and around the Thames township.

“Our team are actively working to identify those responsible but we urge the public to come forward with any information that will help in identifying the group of individuals responsible,” says Detective Mark Leathem.

Cars being broken into is often an opportunistic crime and you can minimise the risk of having your car stolen or broken in to by:

·           Always taking your keys with you when you leave your vehicle.

·           Always locking your vehicle when you leave it.

·           Closing all windows, including sunroofs.

·           Parking in well-lit areas if possible.

·           Remove, or put out of sight, items like radar detectors as these can be targeted by offenders.  

·           Trying not to leave valuables in your car. Thieves will break in for something as small as loose change.

·           If you have to leave valuables in your car, make sure they are out of sight, but remember hiding them is not as safe as removing them.

·           Don’t leave documents with personal information or keys to your house/business/boat etc in your vehicle.

We urge residents to be extra vigilant and ask that if you see or hear something, or you see someone acting suspiciously,  call Police on 111.

Any members of the public with any information about this incident are asked to contact the local Police station on 105.  

Information can also be passed on anonymously via Crimestoppers on 0800 555 111. 


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Wanted to arrest – Uditha Punchihewa

Source: New Zealand Police

Please attribute to Detective Senior Sergeant Martin Todd, Wellington CIB:

Police are wanting to locate 31-year-old Uditha Punchihewa who is wanted to arrest.

Punchihewa is described as being of medium to solid build with a shaved head and is believed to be in the Wellington area.

He is regarded as dangerous and should not be approached.

Anyone with information about his whereabouts should call Police on 111 or anonymously via Crimestoppers on 0800 555 111.


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Appeal for information following robbery in Whakatane

Source: New Zealand Police

Whakatane Police are appealing for information after a robbery at the Avenue Dairy on Alexander Avenue at 3.30pm on Saturday 12 October. 

Four offenders, some armed with weapons, entered the dairy and stole cigarettes and tobacco. 

All four fled the dairy on foot and were last seen heading down Alexander Avenue in the direction of King Street. 

Police believe the offenders are familiar with the area and would like to speak to anyone who was in the vicinity at the time and saw anything suspicious. 

Anyone with information can contact Whakatane Police on 07 308 5255  and ask to speak to Detective Blair Adamson.

Alternatively they can contact Crimestoppers anonymously on 0800 555 111.


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