Bay of Plenty

’I was the unlucky one’

I was a right klutz, a right stumblebum. I had just had a privileged but confronting few minutes chatting life and death with Kristie Purton – one of the Cystic Sisters, and a young mum who has come home to die. This spunky, freckle-faced 35-year-old...... 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

Footage appeal after Kawerau shooting

As police continue to investigate the fatal shooting of a 29-year-old man in the Bay of Plenty, appeals are being made for anyone who saw the incident unfold. The man’s death was a conclusion of events that unfolded in Kawerau on Thursday morning. At...... Read More

BOP arrests in relation to Dunedin murder

Two people have been arrested as part of the ongoing investigation into the death of a man whose body was found at a rural location north of Dunedin on Monday 18 February. The arrests were made in Rotorua late yesterday afternoon, says Detective Inspector...... Read More

Man shot by police in Kawerau following bank robbery has died

A series of incidents this morning has led to a man being shot and killed by police in Kawerau. Earlier, police said an armed man entered a bank on Fletcher Street just after 9am and left with cash but no one was injured. A family harm incident this...... Read More

Tauranga’s boxer’s ambitious plan for 2019

New Zealand boxing veteran Gunnar “The Stunna” Jackson (28-12-4, 12KO) will begin writing the final chapter of his career on Saturday night, when he takes on newcomer Marcus “The Headache” Heywood in a five-round middleweight...... Read More

Council plea to help track stray dogs

A plea is being put out for information to help to identify a pack of dogs that is repeatedly attacking animals in the Snodgrass Road area of Te Puna. In the last 12 months, animal officers have responded to 21 incidents related to roaming dogs. These...... Read More

Man shot by Police in Kawerau

A man has been shot by Police following a series of incidents in Kawerau this morning. Police were made aware of both a bank robbery in Kawerau and a family harm incident around 9am, where the offender was reported to be armed. Police subsequently...... Read More

Police operation closes SH30 in Eastern BOP

A police operation in Te Teko has closed a section of State Highway 30. The NZTA says the road is closed between Braemar Road and Grieve Road. “Please follow the detour and allow at least an extra 15 minutes travel time.” The detour...... Read More