Record-breaking cocaine seizure in banana shipment

A 41-year-old has been arrested in Australia in what has been described as New Zealand’s largest cocaine seizure. About 190kg of cocaine has been located in a container of bananas. A joint Australian Federal Police and Australian Criminal...... Read More

Police warn of new phone scam targeting NZ

If you receive an angry call from someone seeking compensation for car damages, hang up. Police have identified a new telephone scam targeting New Zealanders. Calling from an international number that's then redirected through a local number,...... Read More

Man admits to shooting BOP woman in the head

A man who killed his estranged partner by shooting her in the head at point-blank range had attended a relationship counselling session with her just hours earlier. Ōtorohanga man Flint Wallace, 57, pleaded guilty to a single charge of murder when he...... Read More

Man facing kidnapping and indecent act charges

  A 27-year-old Huntly man was arrested yesterday following an attempted abduction and a series of indecent acts towards children in Hamilton. An investigation began when a four-year-old girl was abducted in Hamilton on 5 October. The girl was...... Read More

Fraud on the rise: customers on track to lose $70m

New Zealand customers are losing almost 15 per cent more to scammers than they did last year. Provisional data from the country’s banks suggests customers are on track to lose about $70 million in fraud-related scams this year, says Banking...... Read More

Standing up against domestic violence

While we all know that most people are not violent, all it takes for bad things to happen is for good people to do nothing. And too many of us must be doing an awful lot of nothing, says White Ribbon’s manager, Rob McCann. “We currently...... Read More

Jail term for role in BOP gang killing

A high-ranking Mongrel Mob member has been sentenced to 19 months' jail for destroying a van used to kill a rival gang member. Henare Raukokore Swinton was sentenced in the High Court in Rotorua on Friday after being found guilty in September...... Read More

Suspected drink driver crashes into BOP house

A suspected drink driver has crashed into a beachside Bay of Plenty home, narrowly missing a couple and young child.  Emergency services were called to the home in Pukehina, east of Tauranga, around 11.30pm on Friday.  The driver, a man in...... Read More

Coroner links synthetic cannabis to deaths

A woman who heard her friend was sleeping off a synthetic cannabis binge made a glib prediction which came true. "Oh great that is the last thing we need, a dead guy in the van in the morning," she remarked. The following morning her...... Read More

Fireworks seized, vendor wants police to pay

A firework vendor says the New Zealand Police should pay for his entire stockpile of items which they seized during the first day of permitted sales.    Don Gorrie was selling fireworks on the side of the road on Whakatane on November 2 when...... Read More

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