Police & Crime

Christchurch Police shot at during vehicle stop

Christchurch Police are making enquiries after an incident in Anzac Drive where it appears shots were fired at a police car overnight.   "Just before 1am this morning, officers signalled a car to stop in Wainoni, due to the manner of driving."...... Read More

Single vehicle crash Far North - SH1 Okaihau

One man is in a serious condition and has been flown to hospital following a single vehicle crash today at 12.30pm The crash was on State Highway 1, near Puketi Road. The Serious Crash Unit has been advised.   ... Read More

Relief teachers: Music schools set to rethink hiring policies

Music schools will now be reconsidering who relieves their classes, after a Wellington music school potentially employed a sex offender as a reliever. The Ministry of Education was notified by Island Bay School on Wednesday that a sex offender, who had...... Read More

Boat crash on Shotover River

Police and emergency services are enroute to reports of a boat crash on the Shotover River, Skippers Canyon, Queenstown. Initial reports indicate that there are 10 people on board, and some have injuries. The crash occurred around 10am. More information...... Read More

Inmates forced to urinate in sinks, bottles - advocacy group

A prisoner advocacy group has highlighted the plight of a group of inmates in a unit at Auckland Prison who are not being granted access to a toilet during the day. Christine McCarthy from the Howard League for Penal Reform said the issue was raised...... Read More

Man faces charges after Whāngarei house fire

A 33-year-old man is being charged in connection with what the police call a family harm incident in Whāngarei yesterday. Shortly after they were called to a Maunu Road house around 6.30pm, it caught fire. The police say a man who fled the scene...... Read More

Man shot in Kawerau named

Police have now named the armed gang member shot dead by police in Kawerau yesterday after a bank robbery. He was 29-year-old Astin Cruz Hooper of Te Teko. He was believed to be high on methamphetamine and shot at police before he was killed in a...... Read More

Festival organisers wary of inviting drug-testing group

A rocketing demand for party pill-testing has a not-for-profit organisation's hands full. KnowYourStuffNZ is having the busiest season but some event organisers are still wary of the service, which operates in a legal grey area. Festivalgoers heading...... Read More

Accused officer recounts night of alleged sexual violation

A police officer facing four sex charges has detailed the night he's accused of sexually violating a woman in her Auckland home in 2002. Detective inspector Kevin Burke has pleaded not guilty to two charges of sexual violation, and two charges...... Read More