New Zealand's relative isolation means that the likelihood of a terrorist incident is less likely than other places in the world. However, terrorist incidents such as threats or hoaxes do occur. Terrorist attacks happen without warning and usually happen in public places so keep a watch for suspicious behaviour, vehicles or packages.
Acts of terrorism can result in death, injury, damage to property, infrastructure, and increasingly, computer systems. A large scale terrorism act, such as the introduction of a disease bearing organism could result in an animal pandemic and devastate the New Zealand economy.
Terrorist incidents such as threats or hoaxes do occur and need to be treated as if they are real until the safety of the public is assured and the threat confirmed as false.
The risk of a terrorist attack in Hawke's Bay is low. However since the September 2001 attacks in the USA the threat of terrorism internationally has been on the rise.
Further information is available from the NZ Police website: New Zealand's response to threats of terrorism.
Fortunately Hawke's Bay has not experienced any significant terrorism events however Civil Defence supported the New Zealand Police in a major law and order event called the Napier Siege on 7 May 2009.
Type of Event: Terrorism
When: 8am on Thursday, 7 May 2009
Where: 41 Chaucer Road, Napier Hill
At 8am on Thursday, 7 May 2009 at 41 Chaucer Road, Napier Hill, Jan Molenaar shot and killed a Napier police officer and seriously injured two others. A civilian was also shot and injured whilst coming to the aid of the police officers who were at the address serving a routine search warrant for cannabis.
Initially it was unknown what type and how many weapons Jan Molenaar had in his possession, and to ensure no further loss of life and secure the safety of the public, the police's main priority was to make the area safe.
Napier Civil Defence supported the police response by setting up a welfare centre for people who couldn't return to homes within the cordoned-off area of Napier Hill.
From Thursday afternoon on 7 May to midday on Sunday 10 May, Napier Civil Defence:
Napier Civil Defence and Emergency Management volunteers ran the welfare centre 24/7 during the four-day siege. They registered 294 people and collectively worked a total of 484 hours.
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