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Mon, 22 Jan 2018 06:56:49 +0000 Fatal crash, Rerewhakaaitu, Bay of Plenty
Bay of Plenty

At 6:53pm tonight Police were called to a crash between a car and a logging truck on Ash Pit Road, Rerewhakaaitu, Bay of Plenty.

The driver of the car has died at the scene. The truck driver was uninjured in the crash.

The Police Serious Crash Unit is investigating and while a scene examination is carried out Ash Pit Road, between Republican and Rerewhakaaitu Roads, will be closed.

Diversions are being put in place but Police ask that motorists avoid the area for the next few hours if at all possible.


Issued by Police Media Centre

Mon, 22 Jan 2018 04:23:55 +0000 Name release - Fatal crash in Alexandra

Police can now name the woman who was killed in a crash in Alexandra on Friday 19 January 2018 around 12:50pm.

She was 85-year-old Valerie May McGrath of Alexandra.

Police apologise for earlier reporting that she was 86-years-old.

Our sympathies are extended to Ms McGrath’s family and friends.

Police continue to investigate the cause of the crash.


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Mon, 22 Jan 2018 03:42:47 +0000 Appeal for information following assault, Wanaka

Attribute to Detective Alan Lee

Wanaka Police are appealing for sightings of black Mazda ute following an assault at Puzzling World on Saturday afternoon (20 January).

At around 3.30pm three men assaulted an Australian tourist when he intervened in what appeared to be a racially targeted verbal altercation.

He was checked by medical professionals following the attack and was thankfully not seriously injured.

The man who was being racially abused has not been identified, he is believed to be of Indian descent.

Mon, 22 Jan 2018 03:00:16 +0000 Police continuing enquiries into Panmure incidents
Auckland City

Please attribute to Detective Inspector Aaron Pascoe, Auckland City Police

Police are continuing to investigate two incidents over the weekend on Tripoli Rd, Panmure which resulted in a number of people being injured.

Police increased patrols in the area last night and there were no incidents of note overnight.

Detective Inspector Aaron Pascoe says police will remain vigilant in the Panmure and Glen Innes areas.

Mon, 22 Jan 2018 02:09:22 +0000 Man critically injured in Picton Ave incident, Christchurch

Attribute to Detective Senior Sergeant Leairne Dow:

Police are investigating after a man was assaulted at an address on Picton Ave, Riccarton, around 1:00pm this afternoon.

The man is believed to have been stabbed and has been taken to hospital with critical injuries.

Fire and Emergency NZ were also called to the address after a minor fire was reported at the same house. 

Police are currently speaking to a woman who is assisting with enquiries.


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Mon, 22 Jan 2018 00:44:27 +0000 Fatal Dunedin house fire

Police are working with Fire and Emergency New Zealand to determine the cause of a fatal house fire in Wesley Street, Dunedin this morning. 
Emergency services were called to the fire at around 5.20am.   Tragically, we found two occupants deceased in the house. 
We are working to formally identify the two deceased and inform family members. 
Police are currently treating the fire as unexplained and we would like to hear from anyone who saw or heard anything suspicious in the area around the time of the fire. 

Sun, 21 Jan 2018 22:52:12 +0000 Man charged with manslaughter following Kaikohe death

Please attribute to Detective Senior Sergeant Rhys Johnston, Far North Police

Police enquiries have continued into the death of 58-year-old Christopher Vujcich, who died following an incident in Kaikohe on Friday evening.

A post-mortem examination was conducted yesterday in Auckland.

As a result of further enquiries, Police have now charged a 21-year-old Kaikohe man with manslaughter.

He will be appearing in the Kaikohe District Court on 30/1/18.


Nick Baker/NZ Police

Sun, 21 Jan 2018 09:04:10 +0000 Serious crash near Masterton

Diversions are being put in place on Castlepoint Road, Te Ore Ore, near Masterton following a serious crash this evening.

A car has collided with a power pole just before 8:20pm, about 1km north of the intersection with Masterton Stronvar Road.

Two people are injured, one seriously and one critically, and were being transported to hospital.

The Serious Crash Unit will be attending, and diversions will be put in place.

Motorists are asked to avoid travelling through the area if possible.


Issued by the Police Media Centre



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