Manawatu-Whanganui

Man behind meth ring in prison has sentence reduced

A man who was running a methamphetamine supply ring from inside Manawatu prison has had his sentence reduced by the Court of Appeal. Brian Taylor was already serving 16 years for various convictions, including wounding with intent to cause grievous...... Read More

Police seeking aerial footage of Castlecliff

Whanganui Police are seeking assistance from the public in relation to Operation Nguru — the investigation into the homicide of Kevin Ratana. On 21 August 2018, Mr Ratana was shot and killed in Castlecliff, Whanganui. Police are seeking to establish...... Read More

Trial of man accused of friend’s murder called off

The trial of a man accused of murdering his friend, who disappeared in May 2011, has been called off. David Lyttle was accused of killing Whanganui man Bret Hall after what the Crown described as a dispute over money. However, the defence suggested...... Read More

Arrest made regarding the death of Kevin Ratana

Whanganui Police have made a further arrest in relation to the death of Kevin Ratana on August 21 2018. A police spokesperson says a 27-year-old man appeared in Whanganui District Court today charged with murder. “He was remanded in custody...... Read More

Tararua Mental Health Service to relocate

After 18 months of planning, the Dannevirke office of Tararua Mental Health and Addictions Service is on the move. The service will move from its current site at Dannevirke Hospital, on the corner of Barraud and Waterloo Streets, to 20 Allardice St,...... Read More

WDHB introduces new Meals on Wheels for all ages

Whanganui Hospital’s Meals on Wheels Service has a new menu with a modern twist which dietitians believe will appeal to people of all ages wanting to have their main meal of the day delivered to them. Pesto chicken pasta, hoisin ginger pork and...... Read More

Vehicle dumped following high-speed chase

Levin and Kapiti Police are appealing for information following a fleeing driver incident that went from Otaihanga to Otaki just before midday yesterday, October 15. At about 11.42am Police in the Kapiti Coast area sighted a disqualified driver of...... Read More

Senior patched gang members charged with murder

Whanganui Police have arrested two senior patched Black Power gang members for the murder of Kevin Ratana on 21 August 2018. Kevin was shot outside his home that morning, while leaving to go the gym. Two further shots were fired into the house where...... Read More

SH1 closed near Taihape following truck crash

State Highway 1 just south of Taihape will be closed for most of the morning while a crash site is cleared. A truck crashed at the intersection of Gorge Road and ended up on its side at about 2.30am, says police. "No one was injured in the crash. "A...... Read More

Woman named in fatal Foxton crash

Police can now confirm the name of the driver who died in a crash on State Highway 1 near Foxton on Friday. "She was 31-year-old Michelle Grace Tunley from Lower Hutt," says police in a statement. "Our thoughts are with her family at...... Read More