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Crash blocks SH1 at Paekakariki – long delays for peak-hour traffic

A crash on State Highway 1 at Paekakariki has closed the road in both directions. The Transport Agency advises: avoid the area if possible and, if not, expect long delays. Read more »

No sign of him: third day of search for missing police dog lost in the bush

dog missing

News from NZ Police
Search teams are back in the Mt Holdsworth area this morning in the third day of a bid to find missing police dog Thames, ahead of a predicted bad weather forecast change. Read more »

Yacht and two boats seized during drugs investigation in Marlborough Sounds

News from NZ Police
Marlborough Police have found 25 kilograms of cannabis in a yacht in the Marlborough Sounds, during an investigation, known as Operation A, targeting the organised cultivation and sale of cannabis in the Sounds.

Application has been made to the High Court for restraint of property pursuant to the Criminal Proceeds (Recovery Act) 2009 and has seen $575,000.00 worth of assets restrained.

This includes the yacht searched upon termination of the investigation.

Further property restrained includes 2 further boats, a vehicle and two residential properties.

Three persons were arrested and face charges of cultivating cannabis, possession of cannabis for supply and possession of equipment for cultivating cannabis.

Investigations are continuing to establish if further charges will result.

“The financial investigation is continuing to establish the extent of the benefit obtained through the criminal activity identified” says Detective Senior Sergeant Brent Murray from the Southern Asset Recovery Unit.

“So far this has been a very successful investigation, which is ongoing, and at this stage inquiries would indicate significant income has been generated from the cultivation and sale of cannabis.”

“New Zealand Police, including the Asset Recovery Units, will target criminals involved in crime, including the sale of controlled drugs. The aim is to continue to dismantle and disrupt criminal enterprises benefiting from the profits earned through crime, preventing the harm caused in the community from their criminal activites.”

Man assaulted in Titahi Bay, in hospital with serious head injuries

News from NZ Police
Police are investigating how a 45 year old man sustained serious injuries in Titahi Bay last night. He sought assistance from the occupants at an address on Main Road, Titahi Bay, shortly after 11.00 pm. He was then taken to Wellington Hospital with serious head injuries. Read more »

Body found in burnt-out car

News from NZ Police
Nelson Police are investigating a fatal car fire on State Highway 6 on the Whangamoa Saddle. Read more »

New breath-testing devices will save time

News from NZ Police
New handheld breath screening devices being rolled out in Wellington from mid-May will potentially save Police and motorists hours at the roadside. Read more »

Man and woman arrested after Singapore tourist family robbed in carpark

News from NZ Police
Police have arrested a man and woman in connection with the robbery of a family of Singaporean tourists in Levin yesterday afternoon. Read more »

Only her head was above water: 87-year-old woman rescued from stream

News from NZ Police
An 87 year old Blenheim woman was lucky to be rescued after straying from a rest home in the town yesterday afternoon and falling into a creek. Read more »

Hastings council to pay $94,000 for mower death of four-year-old

News from Worksafe NZ
Hastings District Council has been fined $29,500 and ordered to pay reparation of $65,000 (on top of $12,356.70 already paid) after a tractor mower, operated by one of their employees at a public park, struck a child and killed him.

Hastings District Council was sentenced in the Hastings District Court under the Health and Safety in Employment Act for failing to take all practicable steps to ensure no action or inaction by an employee harmed any other person.

On 8 October 2013 the employee was mowing Kirkpatrick Park at 700 Orchard Road where three children, including the four-year-old victim, were playing. At some point the employee noticed the three children getting closer to the mower – he waved at them to get out of the way and tooted the tractor’s horn to warn them.

On the mower’s 8th run across the park, the victim stopped running behind the mower and sat down while the other two children continued to chase the mower. On the 9th run the mower passed the victim sitting on the ground. During the 10th run, the victim was running at a diagonal angle towards the tractor when he was struck and run over by the right-hand side of the mower unit. He suffered fatal injuries.

“Children are particularly at risk when public areas like parks are being mowed,” says Keith Stewart, Chief Inspector at WorkSafe NZ.

“While the Hastings District Council did have an informal system of stopping the mower and not starting it again until the member of the public had moved on, this process should have been formalised and documented in the Safe Operating Procedures for the tractor mower. The guidance should also have been clearly articulated to all staff so that they knew how to use the tractor mowers safely.

“Those simple steps could have made all the difference to the victim and his family.”

Talleys to pay over $80,000 for death of crewman who fell through two hatches

News from Maritime NZ
Talleys Group Ltd has been fined $48,000 and ordered to pay $35,000 in reparation to the family of a crewman killed after falling nearly 7m on the vessel Captain MJ Souza in Nelson in May 2012. Read more »

New radar camera will detect red-light runners on Karo Drive intersection

Press Release – New Zealand Police
A new Police red-light camera is to go live at a high-risk Wellington intersection from 8am on Thursday. Read more »

Stronger than Thursday: second South Island earthquake felt in Wellington

A severe earthquake was felt throughout Wellington at 3.36 this afternoon, stronger than the quake that was recorded yesterday. Read more »

Not dangerous but avoiding arrest: police want help to find Hutt Valley man

News from NZ Police
Wellington Police are appealing for help to locate this 36 year-old man who has an outstanding warrant for his arrest. Read more »

Otaki police chase stolen car at 150kmh on SH1; driver arrested in Te Horo

News from NZ Police
Otaki police this morning tried to stop a Honda CRV motor vehicle that was being driven south on State Highway 1 in Otaki. Police pursued the Honda as the driver overtook several vehicles and reached speeds of approximately 150 km/h. Read more »

Two women killed in head-on crash

News from NZ Police
Two women died in a two-vehicle head-on crash yesterday afternoon on Devon Road in New Plymouth. Read more »

Four rescued dogs to graduate as trained explosives detectors

Press Release – Civil Aviation Authority
Four rehomed dogs are to graduate from an explosive-detector dog training programme at Trentham. Read more »

23-year-old driver missing after car crash; found in brambles down a bank

News from NZ Police
Police tonight found missing Hawke’s Bay man Aaron Vandenburg whose car was found crashed on the Napier-Taupo Road this afternoon. Read more »

New helicopter rescues Wellington tramper in Tararua Ranges

Press Release – Philips Search and Rescue Trust
The Palmerston North Rescue Helicopter was dispatched to the Tararua Ranges late this afternoon to assist Police in the search and rescue of a 52 year old Wellington man. Read more »

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