12 Jun 2019

Shots fired at security staff in Kaingaroa Forest

10:05 pm on 12 June 2019

Multiple shots were fired at forestry workers after they approached a vehicle in Kaingaroa Forest in the central North Island on Friday.

Aerial view of cleared block and mature trees in Kaingaroa Forest.

Aerial view of cleared block and mature trees in Kaingaroa Forest. Photo: PHOTO NZ

Timberlands forest risk manager Colin Maunder said two forestry security staff approached a vehicle with people in it on Friday evening.

A person inside pulled a gun on the workers, and shots were fired at their fleeing car.

Mr Maunder said the workers' vehicle was hit by multiple shotgun blasts.

No-one was injured.

A police statement said a report was received of an incident at the forest and officers were working to understand the circumstances.