Multi-million dollar crime syndicate busted in Tāmaki Makaurau

A multi-agency investigation has dismantled an Auckland criminal syndicate being operated by Vietnamese nationals. The ongoing operation by New Zealand Police and the Ministry of Business, Employment and Innovation (MBIE) resulted in 10 arrests, dismantling drug cultivation and money laundering operations. Twelve people are also facing deportation from New Zealand. As part of Operation Beryl, … Read more

Best in show

Two days of bright sunshine had the Nelson-Tasman public out in force at the Nelson Golden Edge A&P Show at the Richmond Showgrounds. Spotting a great opportunity for road safety engagement, Tasman Road Policing partnered up with Tasman District Council, insurer AMI and Downer to put together an interactive and educational stand that had the … Read more

Kicking off positive engagement

Once a week, a local Chatham Islands beach is filled with the sight and sounds of excited tamariki as they run around giving their best effort to playing sport. Each Tuesday of this current term, around 40 enthusiastic tamariki arrive by bus to meet the islands’ Sole Charge Constables Lucie and Will Joines who facilitate … Read more

Proactive release of the TNOC Strategy year two implementation report

Home > About us > Publications and statistics > Proactive release of the TNOC Strategy year two implementation report Proactive release of the TNOC Strategy year two implementation report Date Published:  December 2023 In November 2019, Cabinet approved the Transnational Organised Crime Strategy 2020-2025 (the Strategy). The Strategy provides a framework for a more coordinated, whole-of-system … Read more

Police seize significant amount of cash and drugs in Whanganui

Four people are before the courts and Police have seized thousands in cash and a kilo of illicit drugs following search warrants in the Whanganui area. Operation Arch is part of the ongoing efforts to target the distribution of illegal drugs in Central District. Approximately $70,000 in cash, and 1kg of methamphetamine and other controlled … Read more

Counties Manukau Police not horsing around when it comes to retail crime

Counties Manukau Police have reined in a prolific shoplifter this week with the assistance of a trusty steed or two. Inspector Joe Hunter, Counties Manukau South Area Commander, says Police have been making enquiries into a person of interest believed to be involved in several incidents of shoplifting in the district. “Senior Constable Borrell and … Read more

Police inconvenience alleged burglars

Police quickly had offenders in their sights after a burglary at a Kohimarama dairy early this morning. Initial reports were received about a burglary taking place at the store on Kohimarama Road just before 2am. Auckland City East Area Commander, Inspector Jim Wilson says a Police unit patrolling nearby was quickly on scene. “A suspicious … Read more

Don’t get carried away – as you carry your crates, this Crate Day

Police are working with our partners to prevent alcohol-related harm in our community with Crate Day and the summer period fast approaching. We want everyone to have fun, but in a way that respects others, and with no harm to other members of the community or the environment. Police are aware of a large gathering planned for … Read more

‘Hit by a car and keep coming back’

In November 2022, Constable Zane Wienk was laying road spikes in Manukau when the target vehicle swerved across the road and hit him, smashing him into a tree. Zane suffered multiple, near-fatal, injuries but his life was saved by the actions of paramedics and his colleagues. In this video, Zane tells of the incident, his long … Read more

Lifesaving efforts earn national honour

A Hawke’s Bay sergeant has received national honours for his life-saving efforts to rescue a man at risk of drowning in the Wairoa River on New Year’s Eve two years ago. Sergeant Willie Tran was presented with a Royal Humane Society Bravery Award by Assistant Commissioner Richard Chambers at an awards ceremony in Hastings recently. … Read more

Policepics thank you note 24 Nov 2023

Home > Policepics thank you note 24 Nov 2023 Submitted by jhex68 on Fri, 24/11/2023 – 3:19pm Thank you to the kind students from Manurewa Intermediate who stopped some of our officers on the street to give us some beautiful cards! Instagram image:  Comment > Connect > Support Comment How will this information impact your … Read more

Police release appeal, following positive lines of enquiry into Kaitaia assault

Kaitaia Police are seeking the public’s assistance in an ongoing investigation into a serious assault on Friday morning. Police were called after two members of the public were assaulted outside the PAK’nSAVE in Kaitaia on 17 November. Detective Sergeant Russell Richards says the initial incident unfolded inside the supermarket before 11am. “Two men, one of … Read more

An exercise in partnership

Preparing for the worst doesn’t get much more extreme and elaborate than this. More than 200 emergency services personnel descended upon Fiordland recently for one of the largest Search and Rescue Exercises the region has seen. The evaluated SARex was organised by Southern District Police SAR staff, part of the Nationally Significant – Whakarauora Tangata … Read more

New Zealand welcomes European Parliament vote on the NZ-EU Free Trade Agreement

A significant milestone in ratifying the NZ-EU Free Trade Agreement (FTA) was reached last night, with 524 of the 705 member European Parliament voting in favour to approve the agreement. “I’m delighted to hear of the successful vote to approve the NZ-EU FTA in the European Parliament overnight. This is an important step towards the … Read more

Police advise vehicle owners to exercise vigilance against car theft

Over recent months Police have noted a sharp increase in the number of motor vehicles being stolen in Invercargill and throughout Southland. Vehicles targeted are earlier model Mazda’s, Nissan’s, and Toyota’s. It is believed a group of Invercargill youths are responsible for many of these vehicle thefts and recent burglaries targeting Vape stores in Invercargill … Read more

Prickly search tests SAR skills

​What do you get when you combine three fisherman and a dummy – no it’s not a joke, but rather the premise for the annual Hawke’s Bay Search and Rescue Exercise. Around 40 people from Police, Amateur Radio Emergency Communications (AREC) and Land Search and Rescue (LandSAR) were put to the test in the weekend-long exercise. … Read more

Goose the dog helps search on Mount Peel

Search and rescue volunteers braved the weather on Friday night in search of two people overdue from a day walk at Little Mt Peel. The pair ventured into the hills but missed a track junction and continued past their turnaround point before becoming lost. South Canterbury and Rakaia Land Search and Rescue volunteers including ‘Goose’ … Read more

Community at heart of hate response

Police is two years into a four-year programme of work to reduce the harm caused by hate-motivated offences in Aotearoa New Zealand. Led by Deputy Commissioner Wally Haumaha, Te Raranga – The Weave is tackling hate-motivated offences on two fronts: providing new training to frontline staff and developing tools and information to help the public … Read more

Police swiftly respond to illegal street racing event, Hawke’s Bay

Attributable to Road Policing Manager Inspector Angela Hallett The sun was setting on a grey and misty Hawke’s Bay evening as hundreds of people were gathering for an event on Saturday night intent on conducting illegal activities on our roads. Police were suiting up too and rolling out in teams across Hawke’s Bay in large … Read more

Police appeal for sightings of missing Tauranga man

Police are appealing for information regarding missing Tauranga man Harley Shrimpton. Harley, aged 28, has been reported missing by his family and there are concerns for his welfare. Harley was last seen by family members in Tauranga around two weeks ago. If you have seen Harley, or have information which might help Police locate him, … Read more

Further humanitarian support for Gaza, the West Bank and Israel

The Government is contributing a further $5 million to support the response to urgent humanitarian needs in Gaza, the West Bank and Israel, bringing New Zealand’s total contribution to the humanitarian response so far to $10 million. “New Zealand is deeply saddened by the loss of civilian life and the grave humanitarian situation as a … Read more

Global reach stymies scammers

Constable Kevin Liang Deng joined Police to help his community – and helping them he is. When Kevin learned of two members of the Chinese community being scammed, he involved two of Police’s liaison officers in the Far East, with the result that the victims got some of their money back. Scam victims from ethnic … Read more

Don’t make pour decisions at Toast Martinborough

Sip back and relax at Toast this weekend, but don’t over-indulge and end up being the one your friend’s wine about. Police want to ensure everyone’s grape expectations of a safe and enjoyable weekend are met, and we have been working closely with the organisers to ensure this.  When enjoying the day sampling the best … Read more

Policepics – Central rural school visit – 16 Nov 2023

Home > Policepics – Central rural school visit – 16 Nov 2023 Submitted by jhex68 on Tue, 14/11/2023 – 1:42pm There were lots of questions for Feilding Community Constables Char and Trev –  and plenty of pats for police pup Iha – when they visited Colyton School in Central District. It was a great chance … Read more

Rescue in Tararua

Attributable to Sergeant Tony Matheson: Two people were safely located after they became overwhelmed during a multi-day hike in the Tararua Forest Park yesterday afternoon. The pair were walking when extreme wind conditions and poor weather forced them off the track. Rescue Coordination Centre NZ (RCCNZ) was notified around 2:30pm when a rescue beacon was … Read more

‘I do it because it works’

An ongoing personal and professional commitment to supporting rangatahi, which all started with the NZ Defence Force’s Longest Day, culminated in a prestigious award this week for Senior Constable Glenn Dawson. Glenn, a Canterbury-based Youth Aid Officer, was awarded the Minister of Defence Award for Excellence for Outstanding Contribution to the Limited Service Volunteer (LSV) … Read more

Caretaker arrangements extended

Chris Hipkins and Christopher Luxon have agreed the Governor General will be advised to extend the current caretaker government arrangements until a new Government is formed.  “Under section 6 of the Constitution Act current Ministers must leave office at 11.59pm tomorrow, Saturday 11 November. Given the writ has not yet been returned due to recounts … Read more

Police drug and alcohol policy – Police Manual chapter

Home > About us > Publications and statistics > Police drug and alcohol policy – Police Manual chapter Police drug and alcohol policy – Police Manual chapter Date Published:  November 2023 This chapter has been developed to protect the wellbeing of all Police employees, as well as the integrity, reputation and effectiveness of Police. It … Read more

Sexual offences – Police Manual chapter

Home > About us > Publications and statistics > Sexual offences – Police Manual chapter Sexual offences – Police Manual chapter Date Published:  November 2023 This chapter details sexual and related offences and provides links to relevant legislation; and describes the application of New Zealand Police policies and procedures for dealing with complaints of a … Read more

One call, one superb rescue

When high waves tipped three mates out of their boat on a recent fishing trip in Port Waikato, the quick thinking of Southern Emergency Communications Centre call taker Brooke McDermott and combined efforts of a team from across Tāmaki Makaurau brought them safely back. The trio had checked weather reports before heading out over Labour Day weekend … Read more

Cracking down on gangs

New search powers are proving an effective tool in disrupting gang tensions and de-escalating ongoing violence in the Eastern District. The Criminal Activity Intervention Legislation (CAIL) Act 2023 amended the Search and Surveillance Act and other Acts, and included the introduction of gang conflict warrants. These warrants were used for the first time in the Eastern … Read more

Policepics gumboot Friday 14 Nov 2023

Home > Policepics gumboot Friday 14 Nov 2023 Submitted by jhex68 on Thu, 09/11/2023 – 9:16am The Hawke’s Bay Police rural and cyclone recovery teams and partner agencies donned their gumboots last Friday to support Gumboot Friday and recognise the importance of mental health in our communities. Hearing Eskview Kindergarten were also getting involved, the … Read more

From touchline to frontline

Members of Recruit Wing 370 have started work in their districts with some very apt advice still ringing in their ears. As they graduated from initial training last month, Patron Paddy O’Brien ONZM addressed them about the Police values – words to remember from a retired police officer and famous former rugby referee, at a … Read more

Police launch homicide investigation following unexplained death in Ellerslie, further appeal for information:

A homicide investigation has been launched as Police continue to appeal for information regarding the death of a man in Ellerslie. Detective Inspector Scott Beard, Auckland City CIB, says the post-mortem examination of the 66-year-old male located at the address has been completed today.  “While Police had always been treating this investigation as a homicide … Read more

Aotearoa New Zealand to attend PIF Leaders’ Retreat

Aotearoa New Zealand will be represented by caretaker Deputy Prime Minister Carmel Sepuloni at the 52nd Pacific Islands Forum Leaders’ Retreat in the Cook Islands. Minister Sepuloni will be accompanied by Government-elect representative Hon. Gerry Brownlee. “Regardless of who is in Government, Aotearoa New Zealand’s relationship with our Pacific whānau is long-standing and vital,” said … Read more

Update: Public appeal and media advisory following unexplained death in Ellerslie

Please attribute to Detective Inspector Scott Beard, Auckland City CIB: Auckland City Police are appealing to the public for sightings of a woman after a man was located deceased in Ellerslie overnight. Police were called to the property on Celtic Crescent at around 7.58pm following a report of a man found unresponsive at the address. … Read more

Firearms Safety Code now in reo Māori

In a first, New Zealand’s Firearms Safety Code is now available in reo Māori. The Firearms Safety Code is as important to New Zealand’s 234,000 firearms licence holders, as the Road Code is to New Zealand drivers. But until now it has only been available in English. Te Tari Pūreke, the Firearms Safety Authority, recently … Read more

Arrest following search warrants in Massey, West Auckland

Yesterday, West Auckland Police conducted a series of search warrants across the West Auckland area as part of Operation Cobalt. As a result, one man has been arrested on serious drug-related charges and unlawful possession of a firearm and ammunition. Acting Detective Senior Sergeant Benjamin Bergin says, “This arrest is an example of the ongoing … Read more

Policepics – Knitted dolls Southern – 03 Nov 2023

Home > Policepics – Knitted dolls Southern – 03 Nov 2023 Submitted by jhex68 on Fri, 03/11/2023 – 10:17am A retirement village in Invercargill has been knitting up a storm for the greater good of the community. The village’s knitting group has kindly donated these mini knitted people to our officers to hand out to … Read more

Police appeal for information after reports of powerline tampering, Christchuch

Canterbury Police are concerned the message is not getting through to individuals seen tampering with power lines and boxes in Christchurch. In April, Police received a number of reports about suspicious activity around power lines in Canterbury, including tampering with power line cabling and boxes predominantly in the red zone area. On Monday 30 October, … Read more

Appeal for information on historic sexual offending at Auckland school

Police making enquiries into historic allegations of sexual offending at King’s College are appealing for victims to come forward.  Counties Manukau CIB are investigating a number of complaints against a former teacher and rugby coach at the school in Ōtāhuhu, while he was employed between 1988 and 1994. Detective Senior Sergeant Mal Hassall says investigators … Read more

Information and advice sent to the Minister of Police (1 – 30 September 2023)

Home > About us > Publications and statistics > Information and advice sent to the Minister of Police (1 – 30 September 2023) Information and advice sent to the Minister of Police (1 – 30 September 2023) Date Published:  November 2023 If you wish to lodge a request for official information relating to the documents … Read more

Book scam a real page turner

Straight away Sergeant Eric Browne knew something wasn’t right. When an elderly gentleman came to see him at Gore station speaking in code and talking about local corruption between a Gore bank and Police, Eric was intrigued and very concerned. It wasn’t until the man asked Eric to check a police ID number, that he … Read more

Arrests made and firearms seized as Police continue work to disrupt gang activity in Gisborne

Attributable to Inspector Darren Paki, Tairāwhiti Police: Four gang members have been arrested and charged with firearms-related offences, following a number of shootings in Gisborne on 13 and 15 October. Three of those men, aged 24, 26, and 33 were arrested as a result of three search warrants at Gisborne residential addresses last week. The … Read more

Firearms Official Information Act proactive public releases (October 2023)

Home > About us > Publications and statistics > Firearms Official Information Act proactive public releases (October 2023) Firearms Official Information Act proactive public releases (October 2023) Date Published:  October 2023 In keeping with the Open Government Partnership National Action Plan 2016-2018, and as Administrator of the Arms Act 1983, Police is releasing its responses … Read more

Police break Class A drug supply chain

Please attribute to Detective Inspector Darrin Thomson, New Zealand Police National Organised Crime Group: Police have made 24 arrests and seized firearms and significant quantities of illegal drugs, as part of two long-running investigations targeting a Class A drug supply chain between Auckland and Christchurch. Those arrested face serious charges including dealing Class A drugs, … Read more

A Southern investigator’s legacy

“I have dyslexia, so it wasn’t an easy pathway with a lot of writing and reading. That was the biggest hurdle, but I was determined.” That determination has gone on to be a keystone of Malcolm’s career with New Zealand Police, where he has become a towering figure in the world of investigations, working on … Read more

Arrests made after aggravated robbery in Northland

Three youths will be put before the Court today following an incident in the Whangārei District yesterday afternoon. Police received a report of an aggravated robbery at a commercial address on Rauiri Drive, Marsden Cove, around 3.14pm. Three youths wearing masks and carrying a golf club and a knife entered the premises and threatened staff … Read more

A race against time

“Lucky to be alive” is how Whanganui Search and Rescue O/C Sergeant Colin Wright described a hunter after a major search and rescue operation was mounted when he failed to return home. Saturday 14 October started as a good day out hunting with friends for the 59-year-old man. The group were hunting on a private … Read more

New Zealand calls for humanitarian pause in Gaza

In a statement to United Nations Security Council New Zealand calls for a humanitarian pause in Gaza Establishment of humanitarian corridors for water, food, fuel, medicines and other basics of life Establishment of designated safe areas that are strictly off limits as targets In a statement to the United Nations Security Council this morning, New … Read more

Breaking the silence

As a Police recruit, Jaimie-Leigh struggled with unresolved childhood trauma of psychological and sexual harm. It affected all her relationships, her mental and physical health, so during her initial training at the Royal New Zealand Police College (RNZPC) she embarked on a significant healing and wairua journey. Now, 18 years later, Jaimie-Leigh is a detective … Read more

I spy…a crime taking place

An eagle-eyed neighbour in Orakei has helped stop an alleged criminal in his tracks during the long weekend. A local resident came home to find an unwanted guest allegedly snooping around his property on Saturday evening. Auckland East Response Manager, Senior Sergeant Megan Dalton, says the victim called Police after observing the male acting suspiciously … Read more