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2009 Siege

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.

This involved:

  • The lockdown of Napier Central School, Napier Girls' High School, Nelson Park School, Sacred Heart College, Port Ahuriri School and Napier Boys' High School.
  • Cordoning off nearly 100 Napier Hill properties, which meant affected residents couldn't return to homes within the cordon (see picture below).
  • The lockdown of residents already in their homes.
  • Setting up a reception centre at the Army Cadet Hall to allow parents to meet up with children from affected schools. School staff escorted children to the hall.

Napier Civil Defence Support

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:

  • Set up and ran the welfare centre at Napier Intermediate School for people who couldn't get home.
  • Worked with other agencies such as the Salvation Army on catering, Red Cross to supply toiletries and blankets, the Ministry of Social Development for financial assistance and Victim Support.
  • Arranged for accommodation for 210 people with the help and support of local hoteliers.

 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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