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


Police praise kayakers rescued from wellington harbour

Two kayakers, a 59 year old and 29 year old father and son, have been rescued from Wellington Harbour after getting into trouble while out fishing.

The pair left Petone this morning, both wearing lifejackets and each had a mobile phone in a waterproof plastic bag.

The weather deteriorated and when they were around 200 metres off shore one of the kayakers became swamped by a wave and overturned.

In assisting the first kayaker the second kayaker also overturned and both ended up in the water.

They were unable to get back into their kayaks and called 111.

Officers onshore attended and kept an eye on the pair in the water while the Lady Elizabeth IV and the Westpac Rescue Helicopter went to rescue them.

One person was winched into the helicopter and the other, along with the two kayaks, was picked up by Lady Liz.

They were assessed by paramedics and were a bit cold after spending 40 minutes in the water but otherwise unharmed.

Police Maritime Unit Constable Barry Murfin says they were well prepared and did the right thing when they got into trouble.

“Things can change quickly on the water so wearing a life jacket and having forms of communication are your best chance of keeping yourself safe on the water.”

“These two made it out of a potentially very dangerous scenario unharmed and have their own preparedness to thank.”

© Scoop Media

Parliament Headlines | Politics Headlines | Regional Headlines

Getting To Zero: Challenging But Achievable

Today we released our draft report on how New Zealand should transition to a low-emissions economy. New Zealand has had climate change policies in place for some time but these have not been effective in reducing domestic emissions. For businesses, households, investors and consumers to manage the risks and seize the opportunities of moving to a low-emissions future, change is needed.

“Our report shows that major changes will be needed”, says our Chair, Murray Sherwin, “Emerging technologies are likely to play a large role in facilitating those changes and creating new opportunities for New Zealand. Our inquiry shows that, if credible and stable climate policy can be established now, businesses, households and consumers will be better able to plan for change and manage the risks of moving to a low-emissions economy.” More>>


Gordon Campbell: On The Perils Of Using PPPs To Meet Auckland’s Roading Needs

Earlier today, Transport Minister Phil Twyford announced that one of two new roads that the government would be co-financing would be a PPP – namely, the Penlink project that will link the northern motorway to the Whangaparaoa Peninsula. More>>


PM's Europe Trip: CHOGM & Bilateral Meetings

Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern is in Europe for the Commonwealth Heads of Government Meeting (CHOGM) in London and meetings with counterparts in Paris and Berlin. More>>


Gordon Campbell: On Thompson + Clark & Russia’s World Cup

Daily, the coalition government keeps running into examples of the toxic legacy left behind by National – and just as regularly, even the simple fixes are proving stubbornly difficult to enact. Take the case of the security firm Thompson + Clark ... More>>


HiveMind: Fair Enough? How Should New Zealanders Be Taxed?

Have Your Say - Scoop and PEP invite you to share your issues, ideas and perspectives on the NZ tax system with other New Zealanders using Scoop’s HiveMind tool. This Tax HiveMind is intended to complement and feed into the review being run by the Government-appointed Tax Working Group (TWG), which is looking at the fairness, balance and structure of the tax system with a 10-year time horizon. More>>


Addressing Climate Change: No New Offshore Exploration Permits

The Coalition Government is taking an important step to address climate change and create a clean, green and sustainable future for New Zealand, Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern announced today. More>>





Featured InfoPages