Police & Crime

Sister’s plea: help find my brother

The sister of an autistic man who’s been missing since Friday is imploring the public to keep an eye out for him. Michelle Peterson’s brother Nigel was last seen at around 3pm on Otonga Road, heading towards Old Taupo Road, in Rotorua. He...... Read More

Boat found in Bowentown search

An upturned boat has been found in the area where police are searching for a fisherman missing after three people were tipped out of a boat on the Bowentown Bar last night. A 28-year-old man and a 10-year-old boy were found alive on the shore last night...... Read More

Search for fisherman near Waihi Beach

A search is under way for a fisherman missing off Bowentown Harbour in Western Bay of Plenty. The 24-year-old man from Rotorua was in a party of three people who were fishing yesterday evening. Police were alerted after 11pm when two members of the...... Read More

Cell camera left obscured before inmate’s death

Prison staff failed to search an inmate's cell and neglected to clean an in-cell camera which had been obscured for 15 days before he died. Wayne Hotton died by suicide at the then-Serco run Mt Eden Correctional Facility on 6 September 2014. In...... Read More

Police name woman who died in West Coast crash

Police have named the woman who died following a crash on State Highway 6 on the West Coast last week.  She was Iwona Porawska-Hyjek - a 47-year-old Polish national holidaying in New Zealand.   The crash happened on Thursday, November...... Read More

Search for missing Rotorua man continues

The search for missing Rotorua man Nigel Peterson continued today. Nigel was last seen at around 3pm on Friday, 17 November, on Otonga Road, heading towards Old Taupo Road in Rotorua. Senior Constable Colin Fraser said: "Police and Land...... Read More

Toddler airlifted to Waikato Hospital

A pair of Westpac rescue helicopters were called to two separate incidents in the Coromandel over the weekend. The first was scrambled to Whiritoa at 11:56am on Saturday, where a man in his 40s had fallen from the second floor of a house. The...... Read More

Survey: One in three NZ women harrassed online

One-third of New Zealand women have been subjected to online abuse and harassment, with half of the victims fearing for their personal safety, according to a new Amnesty International survey. The global Amnesty International poll looked at the experiences...... Read More

Man dead in train accident

A man has been killed after being hit by a train in Upper Hutt. Police said they were called to the scene near the Heretaunga Railway station about 4.10pm. Metlink said buses would replace trains between the Taita and Upper Hutt stations. The 4.20pm...... Read More

Kaimai Ranges crash victim named

Police have revealed the identity of the man killed in a crash on State Highway 29 on the Bay of Plenty side of the Kaimai Ranges early on Friday. He was 37-year-old Cambridge man Ahmed Shariff. The crash happened near McLaren Falls...... Read More