Petrol passes $2.30 per litre hitting new record and prices are forecast to rise

The price of 91 octane petrol has now exceeded $2.30 a litre, the highest price ever.

The Automobile Association says prices jumped up by three cents per litre yesterday, in response to rising oil prices.

That's due to reduced exports coming out of Iran ahead of heavy sanctions from the US Government.

While that increase has been predominantly offset by cheaper refined fuel, and a small gain in the New Zealand dollar, we're still forking out more at the pump.

According to the AA, the national fuel price for 91 octane is now $2.329 a litre.

The AA's Mark Stockdale says the latest price jump is unwarranted and doesn't correlate with what's happening in the market.

He's sceptical the rise is down to fuel companies spreading the cost of Auckland's fuel tax across the country's stations.

"It's too soon to say whether it's happening."

Transport Minister Phil Twyford has previously signalled that price-spreading "won't be tolerated", but says there's no evidence to suggest the rest of the country is paying for Auckland's fuel tax.

"We're tracking the data very closely. There is no evidence to suggest that there's any price spreading going on," he said.

"I've got officials monitoring the prices very closely. If there is any indication, then we'll act on it."

With the country-wide fuel tax kicking into effect at the beginning of next month, the AA says prices are forecast to continue to rise.

From July 1 motorists in the city will be shelling out 11.5 cents more per litre for petrol.
Source: 1 NEWS

'Some links to the Mongrel Mob' – seven charged after BOP police sting sees guns, Hilux vehicles, $21k cash, drugs seized

Police have arrested and charged seven people after executing a number of search warrants in the eastern Bay of Plenty as part of Operation Notus II.

Speaking to media today Senior Sergeant Richard Miller said the operation had "some links to the Mongrel Mob".

Operation Notus II is the second phase of a long-running investigation, led by the National Organised Crime Group, into organised crime and the supply and supplying of methamphetamine and cannabis in the eastern Bay of Plenty region.

Acting Eastern Bay of Plenty Area Commander, Senior Sergeant Richard Miller briefed media today. Source: 1 NEWS

Search warrants were conducted this morning in properties in Kawerau, Whakatāne and Te Teko.

The seven are facing a number of charges, including possession for supply, and supplying, methamphetamine and cannabis, as well as firearms-related offending.

They will appear in Whakatāne District Court this afternoon.

Along with methamphetamine and cannabis, 26 firearms and more than $21,000 in cash has been seized.

Three stolen Toyota Hilux utes were recovered from one address in Kawerau, along with a number of power tools.

A stolen Toyota Hilux Surf and trailer were recovered from another address.

Operation Notus, launched in October 2017, revealed the Kawerau Mongrel Mob's involvement in the commercial distribution of meth and cannabis to the community.

As a result of the investigation, 48 people were arrested and almost $3 million in assets were frozen in March 2018.

Acting Eastern Bay of Plenty Area Commander, Senior Sergeant Richard Miller, said, "This was a major disruption to organised crime and methamphetamine supply in EBOP".

Guns seized during Operation Notus II in the Eastern Bay of Plenty
Guns seized during Operation Notus II in the Eastern Bay of Plenty Source: NZ Police


Watch: 'Make it lit fam' - Andrew Little releases video appealing for 2019 New Plymouth youth MP

MP Andrew Little has released a video appealing for a 2019 New Plymouth youth MP.

In the video, Mr Little can be seen making digs at his political rivals - David Seymour, Gareth Morgan, Bill English and John Key - while attempting to appeal to the modern teenager.

"I'm Andrew Little. You may know me for such things as my cat (soz Gareth), beard polls, party hats and Dancing With The Stars. Just kidding. That's Not Safe for Twerk," the Justice Minister says.

"But if you're going to have a backing track, make sure it's pretty legal. So make it lit fam."

The MP can be seen making digs at his political rivals as he tries to appeal to the modern teenager. Source: Breakfast

Man in critical condition after stabbing at property near Opotiki

A man has been hospitalised in a critical condition following a stabbing at a property near Opotiki, in the Bay of Plenty, this morning.

The man has been transported to Whakatāne Hospital after he was stabbed at an address on Waiotahe Valley Road, in Waiotahi, at 7.25am.

The people involved in the incident are known to each other, police say.

Police know the identity of the suspect and are working to locate him.

A scene examination is currently being carried out at the address.

Source: 1 NEWS