Another Bomb In New Zealand

Another improvised explosive device was found today, this time in Taupo. It follows a car bomb left in a Otahuhu street in South Auckland a week ago. Police are very cagey about releasing details for either incident.

This time the IED was left in a 1080 depot in Broadlands Road, Taupo and was found when staff arrived for work this morning. Police evacuated the ares whilst the device was made safe.

There have also been a number of bomb threats around the country made in recent months, including one to a major airline:

Christchurch Bomb Scare

In January the Christchurch district court was evacuated after a bomb threat was made

Wellington Bomb Scare

In March Willeston House in central Wellington was evacuated after a note and email containing a bomb threat was made, cordoned off roads caused major disruption until the site was cleared by bomb squad experts.

Auckland Bomb Scare

In April three banks in lower Auckland were closed after a threat about a bomb in a non-specific ANZ bank was phoned in, sections of Queens Street were closed, causing disruption to the surrounding area.

Airline Bomb Threat

This is how New Zealand deals with people that cause major disruption through making bomb threats.  In May two teenage women who made multiple bomb threats to Singapore Airlines, pretending to be terrorists, were sentenced to three months of community detention with a 12 hour daily curfew, 200 hours of community work and 12 months’ supervision.

Isn’t it ironic that New Zealand was recently named as the most peaceful place to live?