Police Minister Stuart Nash shrouded in fog as he tests cannon for burglary prevention

New Zealand's Minister of Police received a face full of fog today, while testing new cannons that are aiming to deter offenders from targeting dairies. 

Stuart Nash announced last week there would be more financial support for high risk businesses, after spates of armed robberies plague dairies around the country. 

The government is offering subsidised fog cannons to high risk businesses. Source: 1 NEWS

The new changes mean businesses will pay up to $250 for fog cannons, after only three cannons were installed by last November. 

It comes after a new $1.8 million fund for security systems including ultra-sonic sirens, fog cannons and DNA spray was launched by police to help prevent aggravated robberies in dairies and liquor stores last September. 

Police say 54 eligible and high-risk businesses tentatively signed on for the co-funded prevention measures such as ultra sonic sirens, fog cannons and DNA spray in 2017. 

Location and whether stores have been robbed before are a couple of the factors that determine a businesses eligibility for co-funding.

The Minister of Police has announced the fog cannon subsidy will be lifted so more businesses can afford it. Source: 1 NEWS

Two people dead after crash involving petrol tanker and another vehicle in Northland

Two people have died after a crash involving a petrol tanker and another vehicle in Oakleigh, south of Whangarei this afternoon.

Police say the crash happened around 12.10pm by Rama Rd and Marsden Point Rd.

It has now been confirmed that two people have died. 

Marsden Point Road will be closed for some time as the serious crash unit investigates. 

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


'Doing everything we can' - firefighters say it will take three weeks to put put massive Chatham Islands fire

A massive scrub fire which broke out on the Chatham Islands late last week could take up to three weeks to fully extinguish according to Fire and Emergency NZ.

Fire services say the blaze has ripped through approximately 2500 hectares of land, which is equivalent to about 3000 rugby fields.

They have been battling the fire since it broke out on February 1, using helicopters and ground crews to contain the blaze.

"Firefighters and helicopter pilots have been working 11 hour days to get this thing under control, and now they’re working equally hard to extinguish it, hopefully by the end of the month," Principal Rural Fire Officer Craig Cottril says.

The sheer size of the fire means crews expect to be fighting the blaze until the end of the month.

"Because the fire is so big, it’s going to take some time until it’s fully out, but we are doing everything we can to extinguish it by February 28," Officer Cottril says.

An investigation into what caused the blaze is continuing.

The fire is now burning over 2000 hectares, but residents have been able to return home. Source: 1 NEWS