Police investigating threats made to schools, including in Queenstown

by Kim Bowden - Jul 28, 2022

Queenstown is on the list of New Zealand towns where police are investigating threats made by phone to schools

There's reports Wakatipu High School in Queenstown was evacuated earlier today after receiving a threat.

In a statement early this afternoon, police say they have received reports of a number of phone threats made towards schools across the country.

Enquiries are underway in relation to threats at schools in Masterton, Kaikoura, Greymouth, Levin, Whanganui, Rolleston, Takaka, Geraldine, Alexandra, Ashburton and Palmerston North, in addition to Queenstown.

At this stage, police do not believe there is a safety risk, the statement says.

"Police take threats of this nature extremely seriously and is making enquiries to determine the source of the calls."

The schools involved followed emergency procedures, and the schools and their wider communities were thanked for their co-operation, the statement says.

The latest threats come after four North Island high schools received phone bomb threats on Tuesday.

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