Raw video: Stolen car with young teens inside driven the wrong way up Auckland motorway

Footage posted online shows a stolen car being driven the wrong way on Auckland's Southern Motorway today, coming dangerously close to hitting oncoming vehicles.

The silver vehicle, which police say was stolen during an aggravated robbery in Papatoetoe last night, is driven close to the crash barrier as cars come at it about 11am.

Police say it's a miracle no one was killed after the incident in the city's south. Source: 1 NEWS

Police say the car was being driven by a 15-year-old and that there was another the same age in the vehicle, and three 13-year-olds.

Having been driven north in the south bound lane, the car eventually stopped on Great South Rd in Papatoetoe with the five occupants allegedly fleeing.

Police say five people are in custody over the incident. 

The Police Eagle helicopter was used to monitor the incident, and police dogs were used also.

Witness Daniel North told 1 NEWS he noticed the Police Eagle helicopter hovering over the Takanini onramp, before seeing cars giving chase.

Police at the scene after South Auckland pursuit.
Police at the scene after South Auckland pursuit. Source: Supplied

He was travelling north on the Southern Motorway and noticed the fleeing car dodging oncoming traffic.

"It wasn't until we were going past the Hill Rd exit we saw the vehicle being driven erratically in the wrong direction up against the median barrier," Mr North said.

"It was a miracle the driver didn't collide with anyone, other drivers had to take evasive action to avoid the totally reckless idiot behind the wheel."


Woman dead, two other people critically injured in Christchurch stabbing

One woman is dead and two people are in a critical condition after a stabbing in Christchurch.

Police were called to a stabbing on Ilam Rd in Christchurch. One woman was killed and another man is in critical condition.
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Police were called to Ilam Road at 7.50pm on Saturday.

Detective Senior Sergeant Scott Anderson said a man and woman were stabbed by another man, who then turned the knife on himself.

He says those involved were known to each other.

Police are not seeking anyone else over the incident.

Little South Auckland town celebrating their own female pioneers

Next week will mark 125 years since women in New Zealand won the right to vote.

As the country prepares to mark the historic day, a little town south of Auckland is celebrating their own female pioneers.

The residents of Pukekohe say women’s suffrage is about the lasting inspiration it gave to those who followed.

Hundreds turned out today to show their appreciation and remembered those like the woman who started a female fitness club in 1913 or ran for president of the RSA.

Pukekohe's not the only town making big noise this year, a number of towns up and down the country are expected to hold events like this, ahead of next Wednesday's 125th celebration.

Hundreds will join Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern in Auckland’s Aotea Square for a sunrise salute to those who made the women’s vote and countless other everyday tasks possible.

Pukekohe turned out to celebrate their own as New Zealand gets set to mark 125 years since women’s suffrage. Source: 1 NEWS


Police appeal for sightings after man found dead on Auckland road

A body has been found on an Auckland road after being hit by a vehicle, but police believe the man may have already been deceased before the incident.

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

Police were called to the scene on Popes Road, Takanini, at 7.20pm after reports that a pedestrian had been hit by a car.

Police say initial indications are that the man was already deceased on the road when hit by the driver who contacted emergency services.

Police are investigating and no further information is available at this time.

Anyone who saw a man wearing a red checkered shirt and jeans hitchhiking along Popes Road earlier this evening has been advised to contact Papakura Police on 09 295 0200.

Boy, 4, found dead in sewage pond after going missing from West Coast farm

A four-year-old boy has been found dead in an effluent pond after going missing from a West Coast farm today.

Police received a report Reuben Nolan had disappeared from a farm in Hari Hari, West Coast, just before 1.30pm today.

Police, local volunteers, family, neighbours and friends joined the search for the boy, whose body was found in an effluent pond at 4pm.

Police would like to extend their condolences to the family for their loss.

Reuben's death will be referred to the Coroner, and his family is being assisted by Victim Support.

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Police generic Source: 1 NEWS