Monday, 17 February 2020


According the latest NIWA “Hotspot Watch,” most of the Waikato (including the top half of the Coromandel Peninsula), Auckland and Northland are experiencing drought conditions, with “severe drought” in pockets of the Far North and Great Barrier Island.

By Sergeant Andrew Morrison


Alcohol remains a major factor in the incidents we attend and I suggest there would have been far fewer Family Harm incidents attended this week if people involved had consumed less alcohol.

Please secure your property as best you can, especially in the Matarangi area which appears to have been targeted recently and report any suspicious behaviour.


No arrests during this period.


Eight Family Harm incidents attended during this period.

On the 22nd a family sought support for their child’s behavioural issues at a Whitby Avenue address and they were referred to Oranga Tamariki, while also that day the Police were called when an ex-partner was acting inappropriately at a Cholmondeley Crescent address and direct advice was given.

A local man was warned for breaching a trespass notice issued by his ex-partner at a Campbell Street address on the 23rd, while on the 25th a drunk young couple argued at Coroglen and were subsequently taken home by their parents.

Also on the 25th a drunk couple argued at a Goldfields Drive, Matarangi address and were separated when things started to get physical.

Advice in relation to obtaining a Protection Order was given to a couple arguing at a Matarangi address on the 26th, while on the 27th a couple arguing at a South Highway address were given sound advice.

On the 28th support agencies were involved in relation to behavioural issues of a boy at a Whitby Avenue address.  

On the 23rd a trailer with registration number 15F59 was unlawfully taken from a SH25, Whitianga address overnight, while also that evening money was stolen from an unattended jacket left at an Albert Street licensed premises.

We are investigating A Peeping and Peering incident that occurred at a Grierson Close, Hahei address on the 23rd and an Assault allegation on the 25th, where it is alleged a cyclist assaulted a skateboarder on Joan Gaskell Drive on the 25th.

On the 26th a small amount of methamphetamine was located in a found cell-phone on Leeward drive and we hope to identify the owner.

Four wallets were stolen from a Marram Place, Matarangi address overnight on the 27th, while also that day an iPad was stolen from an Ocean Close, Matarangi address while the owner was outside gardening.

Two women were observed stealing on CCTV footage at a Joan Gaskell store on the 27th and our enquiries are continuing.

A shed was broken into and fire started at a South Highway address on the 27th and we request anyone with information in relation to this or any other offending to contact us as soon as possible.   


No drunk drivers apprehended this week.

Memories of the 60s and early 70s came flooding back to me in the days preceding last Sunday’s Whitianga Summer Concert. Sadly, as various friends from out of town arrived for the event, I couldn’t help but be reminded that the 70s’ “child of god” was becoming much closer to God than child. “Not enough time to worry about this,” I told myself. After all, this year’s Summer Concert promised to be a big one and we were all to enjoy it while we could.

Pop in to Tairua Four Square and you are likely to encounter a big man with a huge smile and a strong voice to match. If you are lucky you will hear this cheerful guy behind the check-out counter singing.

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