Suspicious ‘white powder’ package found near Jacinda Arden’s office, leading to emergency response
- Package of ‘white powder’ discovered near NZ Prime Minister’s office
- Specialized fire brigade units visited parliament building on Monday morning
- Envelope with suspicious substance was addressed to Jacinda Ardern
A suspicious package containing ‘white powder’ has been found at the New Zealand Prime Minister’s office.
The mysterious envelope was found a floor below Jacinda Ardern on Monday, prompting a response from the specialized fire brigade.
The Prime Minister had worked at level nine of the parliamentary district prior to a cabinet meeting at level ten.
The package – addressed to Ardern – had been collected in the mailroom on level eight of the Bijenkorf, the executive wing of the government building.
A suspicious package containing ‘white powder’ has been found on the floor below Jacinda Ardern’s office at the…
Security fears prompted a response from three specialist units, including a truck carrying hazardous materials, parked at the back of the parliament building.
It comes just days after Christchurch airport was evacuated after a suspicious item believed to be an explosive device was found during a routine bag check.
The airport, located just outside the city on the South Island, was evacuated at about 8 a.m. local time last Thursday after security found what was believed to be an ‘improvised explosive device’ (IED).
The police were immediately called to the domestic terminal and all staff and passengers were told to leave.
Flights into the area have been suspended and police are currently speaking to two people in connection with the item.
The New Zealand Defense Force bomb squad was called to the terminal as a precaution to investigate the item, while sniffer dog units also patrolled the airport.
An Avsec employee had identified the item as it moved through a layer, prompting officials to close the building.
The police were called in but dismissed the threat, although they did not disclose what the item was.
The security scare at New Zealand’s parliamentary buildings comes just days after Christchurch airport was evacuated after security found what was a ‘makeshift security device’ (pictured, a plane at Christchurch International Airport)