Local Govt | National News Video | Parliament Headlines | Politics Headlines | Search

 


Christchurch Earthquake 4pm Police Update

Christchurch Earthquake 4pm Police Update

Police has responded swiftly to the 6.3 earthquake in Christchurch this afternoon. The Police Distinct Commander, Superintendent Dave Cliff, who was in Wellington at the time, has now returned to the city to take personal command of the rescue effort. Commissioner Broad is currently on his way to Canterbury courtesy of an Air Force flight from Auckland.

A team has been assembled at Police National Headquarters to ensure that the full resources of the organisation are available for the Christchurch emergency. It is likely that Police from other Districts will be called upon to assist. Deputy Commissioner Pope is the principal liaison with the whole of Government operation in the Beehive being led by the Ministry of Civil Defence and Emergency Management.

Reports have been received of some difficulties being experienced with callers trying to reach emergency services through 111; Police wish to advise that the service is working. However, it may take some time to get through due to network damage, congestion and overloaded lines. We ask everyone to be patient and if the first call does not go through, to hang up and call again.

Please view the full news release online at:

http://www.police.govt.nz/news/release/27199.html

Thanks,

New Zealand Police

ENDS

© Scoop Media

 
 
 
 
 
Parliament Headlines | Politics Headlines | Regional Headlines

Gordon Campbell:
On Andrew Little’s Debut, Mockingjay, And Drunk Texting

John Key’s credibility has taken a hammering this week – at least among the 50% of the electorate who have always had doubts about him on that score.

The other substantial story of the week has been about Andrew Little’s debut as Labour leader, which has received top marks, especially among the 25% of the electorate still voting Labour. According to some reports, the Labour caucus has been ‘in seventh heaven’ about Little’s success this week in taking it to the government in the House. More>>

ALSO:

 
 

Parliament Today:

Gordon Campbell: On Government Arrogance

Right now, National is ramming anti-terrorism measures through Parliament. This legislation will grant the SIS the power to carry out 48 hour bouts of surveillance on anyone without a warrant, and will bestow on government the power to unilaterally revoke anyone’s passports and thus deny them the freedom to travel. More>>

ALSO:

Glenn Inquiry: Report Offers Solutions To Family Violence

The People’s Blueprint unveiled today by Sir Owen Glenn’s independent inquiry into child abuse and domestic violence outlines a new, more cohesive and effective system for reducing New Zealand’s alarmingly high family violence rates. More>>

ALSO:

Environment Commissioner: Changing Climate And Rising Seas - Understanding The Science

A rising sea will be with us for a long time to come – one way or another we will have to adapt. But how high and how fast the water rises will be influenced by the speed at which the world – including New Zealand – reduces greenhouse gas emissions over the coming decades. More>>

ALSO:

Key Texts With Whale Oil Released: PM Can’t Be Trusted Over Dirty Politics Defence - Greens

John Key’s answers to questions about dirty politics can’t be trusted, after he was forced to admit that he had misled journalists and Parliament about contact with attack blogger Cameron Slater, said the Green Party today.. More>>

ALSO:

Temporary Release Crackdown Continues: Corrections Review Of Phillip Smith Case

“The review by Corrections’ Chief Custodial Officer reveals that the plan for Smith’s series of temporary releases was overly ambitious and misinformed. He’s a highly manipulative and deceptive person who although technically eligible, should not have been considered for temporary release." More>>

ALSO:

Get More From Scoop

 

LATEST HEADLINES

 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
Regional
Search Scoop  
 
 
Powered by Vodafone
NZ independent news