Police investigating aggravated roberry in Christchurch

Police are investigating an attempted aggravated robbery at a fruit and vegetable store in Christchurch. File photo. Photo: RNZ / Claire Eastham-Farrelly At 9am today, police were called to the Grower Direct Market on Yaldhurst Road, Sockburn, Christchurch. Three offenders entered the store with what was believed to be a firearm and attempted to rob … Read more

Watch – Jacinda Ardern and Ashley Bloomfield hold Covid-19 briefing on Omicron

Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern has confirmed that the whole of New Zealand will move into the red light Covid-19 setting at midnight tonight. The nine Covid-19 cases in Nelson yesterday have been confirmed as the Omicron variant, Ardern said. Another household member has since tested positive. They are one family and recently attended a wedding … Read more

Child Matters warns of little action on dealing with high rates of child abuse

There has been no progress in dealing with New Zealand’s high rate of child abuse despite strategy talks in recent years, according to an independent child abuse advocacy and training provider. Child Matters wants to see the issue of child abuse prioritised. (file image) Photo: 123RF Child Matters said one child died every five weeks … Read more

Large fire in Hutt Valley brought under control

Residents in Trentham in Upper Hutt are being asked to conserve water so a nearby reservoir can refill after its water was used to douse a large vegetation fire. Photo: Supplied/ The Way Studios Fire and Emergency said Wellington Water allowed firefighters access to the reservoir for firefighting use after the fire broke out in … Read more

Vegetation fire threatens properties in Taupō

Several houses and a resthome are being evacuated in Taupō as a vegetation fire threatens properties. File photo. Photo: RNZ / Richard Tindiller Police are asking people to avoid Rickit Street, near the wastewater treatment plant and cemetery. Emergency services are responding to the fire. Police are at the scene assisting with evacuations and traffic … Read more

Five flights, airport linked to Nelson-Tasman Covid cases

Five Air NZ flights have been linked to nine cases in the Nelson Tasman areas, and a crew member has tested positive for the virus. File photo Photo: camfoto/123RF Large testing centres are operating in the Nelson Marlborough region today, as health authorities ramp up screening. There are 35 testing sites in the Nelson Marlborough … Read more