Police & Crime

Roast Buster interview ’re-traumatising victims’

A member of the notorious Roast Busters gang has been labelled "an entitled young man who epitomises rape culture" after speaking out publicly for the first time. Joseph Parker, a member of the group of teenage boys who boasted online about...... Read More

Rapist’s victims call for law change after $28k court ruling

The lawyer of a woman ordered to pay a man the court found was likely to have abused her has lashed out at the justice minister for suggesting her client had bad legal advice. Mariya Taylor was ordered to pay $28,000 to Robert Roper, after losing a civil...... Read More

Five people in hospital after Whanganui stabbing

Two people are in a critical condition after five people were injured in a stabbing incident in Whanganui. Multiple police cars flocked to Wicksteed Street about 4.15pm after reports of stabbings. Witnesses told RNZ the incident appears to have taken...... Read More

One person injured in Woolston shooting

One person has received minor injuries following a shooting in Woolston. Police were called about 11pm to Ferry Road, Woolston on Monday, following a report of a firearm being discharged. One person, who had been assaulted during the incident, received...... Read More

Man attacked with bat in BOP armed robbery

Bay of Plenty Police are investigating an aggravated robbery in Reporoa in which firearms and other items were stolen. Police received a report early Monday, that around 2.45am a man had been hit across the body with a baseball bat and threatened with...... Read More

Tree falls on people in Queenstown

A number of people are reported to have been injured in an incident in Queenstown this afternoon. Emergency services are responding to an incident at the Shotover Jet base. Reports came in around 1pm indicating that a tree had fallen onto people at...... Read More

One seriously injured in Lower Hutt crash

Emergency services are at the scene of a serious two-vehicle crash on Eastern Hutt Road, near the Pomare railway station. Police were called about 11.40am. Initial indications are one person is seriously injured. The road is closed and diversions...... Read More

Missing man’s body found

  Police have recovered the body of missing Carterton man Finn Yeats.   The 20-year-old was reported missing from his home on January 15, says police. “His body was located in the Tongariro area yesterday afternoon.” Concerns...... Read More

Attacker jailed 15 years after Kaitaia rape

Wiremu Abraham has been sentenced following a long-running investigation into a frightening rape incident in Kaitaia in 2003. A female victim, who was aged 34 at the time, was disturbed by Abraham in her home while she was sleeping with her children,...... Read More