Police apologise for staining beach

Police are apologising after a operation in the Coromandel, allegedly targeting cannabis, went slightly awry when blue liquid was left staining sand at a popular local beach. A helicopter was spraying planted areas of Kennedy Bay on Monday but spilled... Read More

Rumour mill triggers police reminder

Bay of Plenty residents are being reminded about the potentially misleading nature of information available on social media, after a rumour triggered widespread panic online earlier this week. SunLive received a number of messages from concerned social... Read More

Opotiki murder accused appears in court

A 27-year-old man has appeared in the Whakatane District Court today charged with the murder of an Opotiki woman on Monday. He has been granted interim name suppression by Judge Louis Bidois. The identity of the deceased woman is also suppressed. The... Read More

Opotiki homicide: murder charge laid

Police have charged a 27-year-old man with murder in relation to the homicide of a woman in Opotiki on Monday. He is due to appear in Whakatane District Court at 11.45am today. “We are pleased to have made this arrest so quickly and hope it will... Read More

Police chase ends in arrest

UPDATED: A 34-year-old man is facing a number of charges following a police chase through Welcome Bay overnight. A car failed to stop when signalled to pull over by police at the Welcome Bay roundabout shortly before 11pm. A man and a woman were taken... Read More

Brazilian cocaine courier jailed

A Brazilian national who tried to smuggle three kilograms of cocaine into New Zealand will spend more than eight years behind bars. Cassio Spadari Kawasaki, 38, arrived at Auckland International Airport on November 12. A baggage search revealed... Read More

Opotiki murder, man arrested

Police investigating a homicide in Opotiki yesterday have arrested a 27-year-old Opotiki man this afternoon and charged him with motor vehicle offences. He is assisting  Eastern Bay of Plenty Police with the homicide inquiries, says Detective Senior... Read More

Victim:paedophile's sentence not enough

A man who was sexually abused by a Catholic brother when he was six says a 33-year-jail sentence for the paedophile is not long enough. The convicted sex offender Bernard McGrath preyed on children in New Zealand and Australia where he's just been... Read More

Woman murdered in Opotiki

A murder investigation has been launched in Opotiki after a woman was found dead in Wharf Street, Opotiki today. Around 1:15pm Opotiki Police responding to a reported domestic incident found a woman deceased in a residential property near the CBD, says... Read More

Body found in Raymond Stirling search

A man's body has been found in the Hamilton suburb of Rototuna.  The discovery was made on Saturday afternoon and while formal identification is yet to take place, it's believed to be missing Hamilton man Raymond Stirling.  Raymond,... Read More



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