Wellington Scoop

School ball cancelled after suspicious package found in Te Papa’s loading dock

Report from RNZ
Te Papa has apologised to Wellington secondary students whose school ball was cancelled last night when the national museum had to be evacuated.

A Defence Force disposal team carried out some controlled detonations after a suspicious package was found in the loading dock at Te Papa about 6pm.

The package was subsequently found to be harmless.

The museum had been due to host the Wellington Girls College school ball last night, but a cordon was in place outside when students arrived.

It’s understood the event is being rescheduled.

Te Papa’s spokesperson Kate Camp said the safety of the public came first, and museum officials were thankful for the understanding shown by students.

News from NZ Police – June 8
The incident at Te Papa has been resolved and cordons have been stood down. The item of concern was found to not be a safety risk. Police inquiries will continue.

News from Te Papa – June 8
A suspicious package found at Te Papa which saw us evacuate earlier this evening has been dealt with by the experts and found to be harmless. Te Papa will open tomorrow as usual.

Our apologies to those who missed out on their school ball as a result – we understand it’s being rescheduled. The safety of the public comes first at our place of course and we’re thankful for the understanding of those affected.

We appreciate the rapid assistance and expertise of Police and NZDF. We will work with Police to help in their further inquiries.