Police under-reporting more than 95 per cent of gun crimes - investigation

New figures show police have been under-reporting the number of gun crimes in New Zealand.

They have identified flaws in their system suggesting less than five per cent of gun-related offences are being recorded in the police national database.

In their monthly magazine, police strategy group manager Catherine Petrey says, "Other than anecdotal reports from our frontline police, we don't know the level of risk to the public, let alone our frontline workers."

An internal investigation led by Ms Petrey exposed major failings in police reporting over a three-month period.

While there were 86 reports of crimes involving firearms, just five were recorded correctly.

In that time, police seized 29 firearms, but only recorded four cases properly. And in 22 cases, despite evidence of firearms being used in the crime, none were seized or officially recorded.

The Police Association said the issue of firearms in the hands of criminals as a "much greater risk than New Zealand realises".

"A number of the gun lobby think we've been crying wolf over the seriousness of the firearms issue in New Zealand and now we're vindicated... Showing that actually, it is a major problem," president Chris Cahill said.

Police Minister Stuart Nash says he was surprised by the findings.

"Making decisions, you've got to have complete data, and the less data you have, the less robust your decisions are going to be," Mr Nash said.

The police said they are working on a video and "communications to staff" to better educate them about how to record firearms in the system.

The evidence suggests police are correctly recording fewer than five per cent of crimes involving firearms in their national database. Source: 1 NEWS


Inter-generational dance project explores women's movement in New Zealand

Dancers as young as 12 have teamed up with those as wise as 80, to create a dance exploring the women's movement in New Zealand.

The inter-generational project called "RESPECT: Perspectives in Motion" will be performed at Auckland's War Memorial Museum this weekend.

It's a response to a current exhibition, called "Are we there yet? Women and Equality in Aotearoa".

The collaborative performance has been organised by the New Zealand Dance Company, featuring ladies from their seniors dance classes and students taking part in their spring school holiday dance programme.

Professional dancer and tutor Katie Rudd says the two groups "bring some really unique energies and wisdom and experiences to the work".

"It's exploring the ideas around supporting and embracing all individuals in society."

"I wouldn't say it's a strong feminist movement of anything, it's more about looking at creating everyone as equals," she said.

Tutors have worked with the dancers taking part to choreograph the piece, incorporating a range of ideas and personal experiences.

"We had to write a letter to our younger self and then we took some key words out of that and created moves" said Felicity Learnan, one of the senior dancers.

"It's amazing how you can make the dance so meaningful."

Gail Alex, another senior dancer, says the project's been challenging.

"I'm far out of my comfort zone doing this, but getting more and more out of it as we go along" she said.

Their public performance will take place in the atrium of Auckland's War Memorial Museum, at 1pm on Saturday.

The international creation will be performed at Auckland Museum. Source: 1 NEWS


Search suspended for crew member missing from Sealord vessel off Wairarapa coast

The search for a missing crew member from a Sealord vessel off the coast of Wairarapa has been suspended due to deteriorating weather conditions today.

Sealord said they realised yesterday morning the crew member did not report for duty, and reported this to authorities immediately.

The crew member was not on active duty at the time of disappearance and the reason for the disappearance is still unknown at this stage, said the company.

Four vessels were sent out and involved in the search last night, however, due to deteriorating weather conditions this morning the search has been stopped until further notice. 

A decision will be made later on whether to resume the search.

Sealord's Otakou
Sealord's Otakou Source: Sealord


One person dead after crash on Auckland's Albany Expressway, major delays expected

One person has died following a crash on Auckland's Albany Expressway this morning.

Police were called to the incident at around 6am and the road is expected to be closed for some time.

Diversions are in place on Tawa Drive and Bush Road.

The Serious Crash Unit is currently investigating the incident.

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

Person dies after being hit by vehicle near Otaki

One person has died after being hit by a vehicle south of Otaki on the Kapiti Coast this morning. 

Police were called to the incident at around 5am.

The Serious Crash Unit is investigating and the road will be closed for some time.

Diversions are in place on Addington Road for southbound traffic and Te Waka Road for northbound traffic.

A road closure sign in front of a Police vehicle
A road closure sign in front of a Police vehicle. Source: 1 NEWS