Dangerous man wanted over serious assault on the loose in lower North Island

A dangerous man is on the loose in the lower North Island, wanted by police over a serious assault.

Police say Henare Keri Namana, 34, is believed to be in Wairarapa, Wellington or the Hutt Valley area.

They say Namana is dangerous and shouldn't be approached.

Namana is wanted for arrest over a serious assault.

Anyone with information on Namana's whereabouts is urged to contact Masterton Police on (06) 370 0300.

Henare Keri Namana.
Henare Keri Namana. Source: NZ Police

Trio wanted after woman dragged 'significant distance' by vehicle during Christchurch robbery

Three men are wanted over the robbery of a woman in Christchurch which saw her being dragged for a "significant distance" by a vehicle.

Police say at approximately 6.50pm on Monday, the 26-year-old woman was approached by three men in a vehicle while she was walking on Niven St, Avondale.

One of the men tried to take her bag as the vehicle started to drive off with the woman still clutching the bag.

The woman was then dragged a "significant distance ending up on Breeze Road," police say in a statement.

Anyone with information about the incident is urged to contact Detective Joanne Parks on 03 3637400.

Police car generic.
Police car generic. Source: 1 NEWS


'Absolutely heart-breaking' - Older Kiwis warned to watch out for Valentine's Day online dating scams

Valentine's Day is thought of as the most romantic day of the year, but with the number of online romance scams on the rise that isn't the case for everybody.

The scams happen a lot because more and more Kiwis are looking for love on dating sites and apps.

Retirement Commissioner Diane Maxwell has called the scams, which costs Kiwis an estimated $1.4 million last year, "absolutely heart-breaking".

"Because we are living longer we are looking for love later, so older New Zealanders who might go on dating websites put to much information on and then they're falling victim to these scams," Ms Maxwell said.

She says the common story is that once connecting with someone online and "buttering them up" for a time, the victim is then asked to send their new significant other money.

Ms Maxwell's advice is for people to talk about any concerns they might have.

"People don't talk about this stuff because they're embarrassed and ashamed, but these people are organisations of hundreds of people who work on these scams for months.

"So people shouldn't feel ashamed for falling for it," she said.

The Government's Commission for Financial Capability reports 12 per cent of all frauds and scams are related to romance.

Netsafe estimates in 2017 romance scams cost Kiwis more than $1.4 million. Source: Seven Sharp