Jail for convicted child porn offender

A Tauranga man is set to serve prison time after being found guilty of possessing and distributing objectionable images of children. Graeme Ross Allen, 46, will serve up to three and a half years in prison for his offending. The sentence was handed down... Read More

Disabled man assaulted in own home

A disabled man who says he was assaulted in his own home waited six days to be formally interviewed by police - and even then he had to make the hour-long drive to the nearest station. Christopher Cook, who lives in an isolated area of the Coromandel,... Read More

Papamoa road rage ends in jail time

A Te Puke man who struck another man in the face with a weapon in a Papamoa road rage incident is to serve time in prison. Jason Thomson, 25, appeared in the Tauranga District Court Monday morning and was sentenced to two years and one month in jail. The... Read More

Police tightening up on school drivers

Tauranga drivers are soon to be under the spotlight as police tighten up on speed around Western Bay of Plenty schools. Western Bay of Plenty road policing manager acting Senior Sergeant Wayne Hunter says a campaign is set to begin in the first week... Read More

Fatal crash: tourist ordered to pay $5k

A 19-year old German tourist has been ordered to pay $5000 in reparations after causing the death of his friend in a road crash near Thames in November. Felix Eisele pleaded guilty to a charge of careless driving causing death after he pulled out in... Read More

Distracted drivers lead to minor crashes

Driver distraction is believed to be the key cause behind a series of minor crashes around the region this weekend. Western Bay of Plenty road policing manager acting Senior Sergeant Wayne Hunter says four crashes were reported on Saturday. “On... Read More

Two arrested in police pursuit

UPDATED 4.30PM: Two people have been arrested following a lengthy police pursuit. A stolen vehicle was seen passing through Katikati heading south on State Highway 2 towards Tauranga at around 2.48pm, says a police spokesperson. "The driver failed to... Read More

Afternoon crash delays Bayfair traffic

Traffic is backed up on State Highway 2 after a car and motorbike crashed near Bayfair this afternoon. A police media spokesperson says the crash happened just before 3pm. "A car and motorcycle collided at the roundabout by the Bayfair Shopping Centre. "There... Read More

Tree death witnesses sought

Rotorua police are seeking witnesses to a tree falling on a woman's car in Rotorua last Friday, which killed the driver, 56 year woman Trisha Butterworth. The accident happened about 10.45am on January 6 at the intersection of Amohia and Arawa... Read More

Stolen goods accidentally sold to owner

A woman who obtained stolen goods and accidentally sold the items back to their owner has escaped jail time. Louise Surgenor, 23, appeared at Tauranga District Court on Wednesday facing a number of charges for obtaining and attempting to sell stolen... Read More



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