Grave concerns for missing Palmerston North 21-year-old mother after disappearance from hospital

There are grave concerns for a mental health patient who disappeared while in the care of Palmerston North Hospital.

The 21-year-old was last seen at Palmerston North Hospital on Saturday. Source: 1 NEWS

Chelsea Brunton was last seen on Saturday, when she was allowed to leave the hospital premises to smoke a cigarette.

There are grave concerns for Chelsea Brunton who disappeared while in the care of Palmerston North Hospital. Source: 1 NEWS

The 21-year-old's family told 1 NEWS she had been under 24-hour supervision in the hospital's mental health ward up until the day before she went missing.

Ms Brunton's uncle, Phil Fisher, says despite Chelsea no longer needing 24 hour surveillance on the day of her disappearance he was "struggling to understand" why she was able to leave the hospital grounds unsupervised.

"I find it odd given her mental health state," said Mr Fisher.

The Mid Central District Health Board says it is working with police to "assist finding Chelsea and are doing all we can to facilitate her safe return".

Police are appealing to the public for sightings of Ms Brunton and say they're working with her family and the DHB to find her.

Ms Brunton has a three-year-old daughter and her disappearance is being described as out of character.

Police are asking anyone with information to contact them (06 351 3600).

Mother of crying toddler filmed wandering South Auckland street wearing only a nappy spoken to by police

Police have spoken to the mother of a child who was captured on video clad in only a nappy wandering a South Auckland street alone. 

The footage was posted on Facebook yesterday by an Otara woman who found the child alone wailing "mummy". 

Inspector Wendy Spiller of Counties Manukau Police said they are aware of the video which was published on social media. 

"Police are conducting inquires and have identified the child and the child's mother and have spoken to her to establish what has occurred," Inspector Spiller said in a statement this afternoon. 

"The child's welfare remains the priority in this situation and Police are working with the family and the Ministry for Vulnerable Children, Oranga Tamariki."

The post on Facebook was captioned: "She was running towards a different direction from home before this video.

"I saw her and called her come here, but she was scared of me, took her home and no one was home."

The video shows the toddler walking with the woman towards a house, she knocks and yells "hello", and the upset child hides behind a door crying.

Then she walks outside where a car has pulled up at the property. She asks a woman in the car, "Your son? With no clothes on?".

The woman in the car answers, "yeah", and is surprised to hear the child was out on the road. 

NZ Herald reported the woman in the car commented on Facebook her brother was inside and looking after the female toddler, but "she always [does] this - walk out if she [doesn't] see me". 

The woman told NZ Herald she was not the mother of the toddler, but instead the aunt. 

The Facebook video has been watched over 100,000 times with almost 2,000 mostly negative comments aimed at the caregiver of the toddler. 

Police said anyone with concerns about a child's welfare should contact Police.

"If it's an immediate issue, don't hesitate to call 111," they said. 

Toddler filmed alone in South Auckland.
Toddler filmed alone in South Auckland. Source: 1 NEWS


Video: The moment man is sentenced to 15 years in prison over New Zealand Customs' $176m meth bust

A 20-year-old Hong Kong national has been sentenced to 15 years and five months for the importation of 176kg of methamphetamine, with a street value of around $176m, into New Zealand.

Kai Yip Cheung will spend a minimum of nine years inside after the was sentenced in the High Court in Auckland. Source: 1 NEWS

Kai Yip Cheung imported 176 kilograms of methamphetamine, with a street value of around $176 million. Source: New Zealand Customs

A joint Customs and Police operation intercepted 10 shipping containers last year where upon examination found the meth wrapped in bags of tea concealed inside the structure of the containers.

Kai Yip Cheung, 20, was recruited from Hong Kong to assist in the logistics of clearing the drugs in NZ, a court heard. Source: 1 NEWS

At the High Court in Auckland today Justice Simon Moore said Kai Yip Cheung was recruited from Hong Kong to assist in the logistics of clearing the drugs in New Zealand.

The meth was wrapped in bags of tea concealed inside the structure of the containers. Source: New Zealand Customs

Justice Moore described how a phony company was set up in Auckland under the guise of importing scaffolding.

Four other importations had been successfully completed before Customs swooped on the fifth shipment.

Cheung came to New Zealand on a student study visa and enrolled in an English language course. He had poor attendance and sat no exams.

One piece of the 176 kilograms of meth imported into the country. Source: New Zealand Customs

Justice Moore said Cheung had no intention of studying English and completing the course. Cheung's role was to look after the containers once they arrived in the Auckland warehouse and clear them of the drugs.

Justice Moore said Cheung was lured to his role because he was in debt and wanted easy money.

Cheung must serve a minimum nine years in jail before he is eligible for parole.