Three men at large after aggravated burglary of Mt Maunganui home and police pursuit

Three men are on the loose after an aggravated burglary of a Mt Maunganui home in the early hours of this morning.

Police say they were alerted to the burglary at 4.20am at a house on Valley Road in the Tauranga suburb.

When police arrived at the house the trio, who were carrying weapons, ran from the house and got into a car.

A police pursuit then played out and the men pulled over near Blake Park and got into another car which police pursued to Maunganui Rd.

The men have then run from that vehicle and through Omanu Golf Club and along the side of the airport.

The area was cordoned and a dog unit and armed police patrols searched for the men for some time. The cordons have now been lifted.

Police say in a statement "the occupants of this address, a man and a woman, were not the intended subjects of this attack".

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



Wilson Parking taken to court by Commerce Commission, accused of monopolising Wellington parking facilities

Proceedings have been filed by the Commerce Commission against Wilson Parking, who are accused of substantially restricting the competition in Wellington's car park market.

"In 2015, the Commission granted clearance for Wilson Parking to acquire the lease for the Plimmer Towers car park on Boulcott Street," the Commission said in a statement today.

"In doing so, the Commission noted the competitive constraint on Wilson Parking in this area would primarily arise from the competing provider operating the Capital car park – a large multi-level car park at 50-60 Boulcott Street.

"In June 2016, Wilson Parking acquired the long-term lease to operate the Capital car park.

"It did not apply for clearance to acquire the lease."

The Commission said it has received complaints about Wilson Parking raising its prices since then.

They are seeking a penalty against Wilson Parking and an order ending its lease of the Capital park.

Wilson Parking is a Hong Kong based company with assets in Hong Kong, New Zealand, Australia, Singapore, Korea and China.

A Wilson Parking building in Hong Kong.
A Wilson Parking building in Hong Kong. Source: Woajumsiekodai/Wikimedia Commons

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Greenpeace boss Russel Norman faces more weeks of waiting to find out if he'll be punished over oil exploration ship protest

Greenpeace executive director and former Green Party co-leader Russel Norman will have to wait longer to find out how and if he'll be punished for putting himself in the way of an oil exploration ship.

Greenpeace volunteer Sarah Howell and executive director Russell Norman in court.
Greenpeace volunteer Sarah Howell and executive director Russell Norman in court. Source: 1 NEWS

Dr Norman and Greenpeace volunteer Sara Howell were the first to be charged under controversial legislation effectively banning people from protesting in front of ships.

The law-change passed in 2013 became known as the so-called "Anadarko Amendment".

The pair swam in front of the Amazon Warrior, a seismic survey ship, off the Hawke's Bay coast.

Greenpeace argued the protest was because such surveying is damaging to marine life, and because any oil find could have resulted in deep-water drilling.

The pair faced a year in jail and $50,000 in fines at today's sentencing in the Napier District Court.

But the judge delayed today's sentencing, telling the court he'd endeavour to make a decision before September 24th.

Dr Norman and Ms Howell's lawyer Ron Mansfield argued for a discharge without conviction, arguing the right to protest is an important element of democracy.

"The court should seriously consider the culpability of the defendants and their intentions, and ask itself whether a conviction should be imposed because of the negative impact that a conviction might have on our community to raise issues in a similar way," Mr Mansfield said.

That argument was opposed by the Ministry of Business and Enterprise (MBIE).

Supporters cheered as the pair left court.

In a statement given to 1 NEWS before today’s sentencing, Norman said he had no choice but to confront the world's largest oil and gas exploration ship.

"As seas rise and extreme weather events become more frequent, we're facing the reality that if we delay action any longer, the worst impacts of climate change for us and our kids will be unavoidable," he said.

Before Norman and Howell were charged, the only other breach of the amendment to the law change was a Greenpeace vessel breaching a zone around a drilling ship off Taranaki in 2013.

Four crew members were given formal warnings.