Tomahawk wielding offenders sought

A shopkeeper is nursing a cut to his hand after two men armed with tomahawks burst into a dairy and attempted to rob it. Hamilton Police are seeking the community's assistance to identify two offenders who have entered a superette armed with tomahawks. The... Read More

Tauranga baby murder trial adjourns

The High Court trial of a man accused of murdering a three-month-old boy in Tauranga last year resumes this morning, after being adjourned following issues raised by public defender Rob Stevens regarding the Crown's opening. Crown prosecutor Anna... Read More

Man accused of baby murder in court

The man accused of murdering a three-month-old baby boy in Tauranga has been granted interim name suppression. The trial into the death of Richard Uddin started in the High Court at Tauranga today. The accused, who cannot be identified for legal reasons,... Read More

Paeroa man accused of acid throwing

A Paeroa man is on trial in the District Court at Tauranga, accused of dousing his partner in petrol and threatening to set her alight. Posini Munu, 44, is facing trial on one charge each of acid throwing, wounding with intent to injure and threatening... Read More

Meth and guns seized in Bay raids

Western Bay of Plenty Police have seized methamphetamine, firearms and ammunition today following the execution of a number of search warrants. The search warrants were executed at addresses in Tauranga, Papamoa and Maketu and were targeting methamphetamine... Read More

Armed police in Bureta

Armed police have been spotted in Bureta this afternoon. A caller to the 0800 SUNLIVE news hotline says the police, armed with rifles and pistols, were seen on Kulim Ave. A police spokesperson has confirmed to SunLive that armed police are in the area. "It... Read More

Police fatal shooting ‘justified’

The fatal shooting of a man who presented a shotgun and attempted to shoot police has been deemed justified. Waikato Police acknowledge the Independent Police Conduct Authority's report which finds that the fatal shooting of Nicholas Marshall in... Read More

German tourists robbed of passports

Three German tourists have lost most of their belongings, including their passports, after their rental car was broken into. The trio were visiting Kaiate Falls on Tuesday afternoon when the theft occurred. Moritz Grossman, who has been in New Zealand... Read More

IPCA partially clears Whakatane officer

The Independent Police Conduct Authority has partially cleared a Whakatane officer in relation to a complaint of using excessive force. The IPCA found the officer's use of force on the complainant was justified while initially detaining him, but... Read More

Fatal house fire treated as homicide

Police have launched a homicide investigation following a fire which killed a 58-year-old woman. Roma Midwood died in a house fire on May 1 in Tirau. Based on investigations to date, police believe the fire was deliberately lit. The fire occurred between... Read More



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