Monday, 17 February 2020


By Sergeant Andrew Morrison


Christmas is nearly here and we wish everyone a happy and enjoyable time.

We do however want everyone to stay safe and advise that drinking to excess or taking illicit drugs can end up ruining your or others’ holiday period.

“Plan before you party.” Don’t drink and drive and think about your neighbours.

Theft from shops increases at this time of the year and if you see someone stealing please let the store staff know. 


Five Family Harm incidents attended this week.

On the 25th a young couple arguing at a Miro Place address separated when things got out of hand, while also that day a separated couple argued about custody issues at a South Highway address and court orders were enforced.

Also on the 25th a couple argued about their relationship at a Catherine Crescent address and sound advice was given.

Two sisters were fighting at a Simpson Place address on the 27th and were subsequently separated to wider family.

On the 2nd an ex-partner visited a Catherine Crescent address in breach of a restraining order against him and our enquiries are continuing.     

On the 25th a man stole from a Joan Gaskell Drive store and enquiries are continuing in relation to security footage obtained, while on the 28th an argument between ex-flatmates over a dog resulted in trespass notices being served.

On the 30th we dealt with an incident of threatening text messages at a Catherine Crescent address, while also that day a wallet left unattended at Hot Water Beach was stolen.

A local man was identified stealing from a Joan Gaskell Drive store on the 1st and he is to be interviewed.

An iPhone and keys were stolen from an Albert Street motel on the 2nd and a Samsung Tablet was also stolen from a car parked in Coghill Street that day.       


No drunk drivers apprehended this week.

Please take a bit more care in carparks as we have had a few minor crashes reported recently.

On the 1st a tourist crashed their campervan on Link Road, Hahei and we remind everyone to slow down more when conditions are different to what you are used to.

More than 50 people, among them several Mercury Bay-based commercial fishermen and their families, gathered on Saturday evening last week at the Mercury Bay Bowling Club in Whitianga to farewell the Moana New Zealand fish factory in Whitianga.

It was on Sunday, 17 November announced that a Mercury Bay Golf & Country Club 18-hole ladies golf team took out the 2019 Women’s National Club Teams’ Championship. The announcement was made at the Hauraki Golf Course in Mangatarata, after which the team members - Robyn Anderson, Chris Watson, Barbara Bradley and Joan Roseman - were each presented with a medal and the “Women’s National Club Teams’ Championship” Trophy.

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