Dad’s ’feeling’ about baby’s death

The jury at the trial of a man accused of murdering his nine-month-old daughter has heard him telling police about the moment he realised his daughter was "gone".  Donovan Michael Duff, 42, is on trial at the High Court in Rotorua,...... Read More

Missing Coromandel man’s car found

A search is underway in a remote section of bush in the Coromandel Peninsula after a man mysteriously disappeared a fortnight ago.  Shannon Earle Makowharemahihi, 37, was last seen on June 1 at the property he shared with a flatmate not far...... Read More

Offenders pilfer Bay solar system

Offenders in the Bay of Plenty took on a concrete bunker shed with a steel reinforced door in order to steal items used to power a solar system. The offending took place sometime between Sunday June 3 and Tuesday June 6 at the Fish and Game Reserve...... Read More

Dead baby found with meth in her system

A nine-month-old baby allegedly murdered by her own father - and described by her grandfather as 'my heart' - was found to have traces of methamphetamine in her system. The presence of methamphetamine in the urine of Maija​ Puhi-Duff was...... Read More

Police seeking the public’s help to locate woman

Tauranga Police are wanting to locate 30-year-old Harata Kiwi. She is sought on a warrant to arrest for failing to appear in Tauranga District Court and is actively avoiding Police, says a statement from police. "Kiwi is likely to be in the Western...... Read More

Gang membership ’bigger than people realise’

After years of stagnation and often decline, gang member numbers appear to be increasing. Figures released to RNZ Insight by the Gang Intelligence Centre, show that in April this year there were 5785 identified gang members and prospects preparing...... Read More

Police called to possible shooting

UPDATED 6.10PM: Police say officers, including members of the Armed Offenders Squad, are in the area making enquiries to establish exactly what has taken place. "At this stage, no information has been confirmed," says a spokesperson. "We...... Read More

Tauranga man found guilty of historic rape

A Tauranga man has been found guilty of an historic rape. Damien John McFetridge has been convicted in the Gisborne District Court this week, after being charged with three counts of rape and one representative charge of indecent assault. All the...... Read More

Alcohol and cigarettes taken in armed robbery

Police are on the hunt for four men who robbed a liquor store of alcohol, cigarettes and e-cigarettes. CCTV images of the accused have been released by police in an attempt to identify those responsible for the crime in Tokoroa. Detective Constable...... Read More

Man dies after using synthetic cannabis

A coroner has heard how a Taupō man collapsed and died after inhaling synthetic cannabis. Coroner Gordon Matenga now wants more public awareness around the dangers of synthetic cannabis, particularly the tendency for users to slip into unconsciousness.  Toxicologist...... Read More

Opinion Poll

Should schools be able to fine parents for parking illegally?

Yes, schools should have the right to fine those putting children in danger.
No, it should be left for police to handle.