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Two homes, five vehicles, $80,000 seized in police operation



Two homes, $80,000 cash, several vehicles and a firearm have been seized as part of a national organised crime operation, police say.

Detective Senior Sergeant Mike Fischer said the assets were seized when police conducted two search raids at Hastings and Tauranga addresses last week as part of “Operation Yellowstone”.

A Harley Davidson motorbike and a Mazda BT-50 were among five vehicles seized.

Fischer said a 37-year-old man arrested in Hastings had been remanded in custody and was set to appear in the Manukau District Court on Friday.

The man is facing six charges of possession of methamphetamine for supply, 19 charges of supplying methamphetamine, two charges of offering to supply methamphetamine, and one charge of unlawful possession of a firearm.

He is also due to appear in the Tauranga District Court on 9 May, facing two charges of unlawful possession of a restricted weapon.

Seizing assets derived through drug dealing activity denied organised crime figures the satisfaction of enjoying the assets, Fischer said.

“It also helps provide some restitution for the damage caused to the community.”

Source: RNZ

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Watercare signals possible 25% increase in water rates



Auckland’s water provider Watercare is warning water rates may need to increase by as much as 25 percent to run the business, while keeping to the council’s borrowing limit.

Water charges increased by 9.5 percent last July, while infrastructure growth charges rose by 8 percent.

This meant the average household paid about $2.20 more per week.

In its recent newsletter, Watercare advised customers of a potential price rise of 25.8 percent from July.

It said the rise was to “run our business while sticking to Auckland Council’s borrowing limit”.

Watercare said if the proposed rise went ahead the average customer bill would increase by roughly $29 a month. That’s $348 annually.

The potential increase was included in the consultation document for Auckland Council’s 10-year budget.

In the document, council said the increase in rates was to support a significant increase in capital investment across the next 10 years.

Watercare said the 25.8 percent rise could also apply to infrastructure growth charges.

In a statement to RNZ, chair Margaret Devlin said the board had to balance the vital need to invest in new water and wastewater infrastructure with council’s directives to maintain a debt-to-revenue ratio of 340 percent, as well as ensuring growth funded growth.

“We know many Aucklanders are struggling with the cost of living and we understand the news of this projected price rise will not be welcome,” she said.

“We want to reassure them that central and local government want to avoid significant price rises for Auckland; and they are working together to achieve a financially sustainable water model.”

Devlin said they understood the ongoing conversations between central government and council were positive.

Watercare will give residents at least 10 days’ notice of a potential price rise.

Source: RNZ

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After lapse of 4 years New Zealand student  has won  Radio Apna Ramadhan Un15 International Oratory Contest 2024 .

Zaid Ahmad student of Auckland’s Almadina  School won the top honors after he competed in the grand final with Huzaifa Yunus of Al Jamiatul Islamia Madarsa Labasa.

Zaid Ahmad is New Zealand born with  family links from Hydrabaad India and  was prepared and trained by  a prominent Islamic Scholar Alim Sharfaraz Sher Ali .

Alim Sharfaraz is highly qualified Islamic Scholar originally from Fiji who has studied overseas and is a islamic teacher at Almadina School in Mangere.

Radio Apna General Manager Shaiyaz Mohammed who is also the Saheri program host and coordinator of the contest said Zaed Ahmad dominated the competition  from round one and topped all three rounds .

Both students delivered very powerful speeches early Sunday morning in Saheri program live via phone.

Shaiyaz has thanked sponsors, judges,organizations and  Apna listners who helped and tuned in to bring this month long competition.

The winning student whose parents are originally from Hyderabad India is a student of Al Madina School  and has won  $1000 cash and trophy for his school.

Nz Pro detailers of  Notthshore is giving away $1000 cash and trophies to the winning organization and $500 cash to the runner up organization via Radio Apna with Fianz.

Apna group managing director Zahina Shah has thanked each and every participant ,teachers and organizations for their hard work through out the month long contest.

CEO of  Apna group Imran Hussein also congratulated the winning student .

Organizations from around the world thinking to have a representative next ramadhan can contact Shaiyaz Mohammed via email

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Woman charged with murder after man found dead in Hamilton



A 45-year-old woman has been charged with murder after a man died at a house in Hamilton early on Wednesday morning.

Police were called to an address on Cranmer Close, Rototuna at 2am, Detective Senior Sergeant Scott Neilson said.

There they found the man in a critical condition. Attempts by police and ambulance staff to resuscitate him were unsuccessful.

Police earlier said they would have a “significant” presence in the area while inquiries were made.

Neilson said the man and woman knew each other.

“Police are speaking with those involved and are offering support to the victim’s family.”


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