Tauranga man demands answers to police drone operation

Police have confirmed they are using an aerial drone to help them with an “ongoing inquiry” – a move raising privacy concerns for those living in the area.

Tauranga man Brian Friend received a letter from the police last week advising him of their intention to fly a drone over the area above his Parkvale home today.

The letter stated aerial drone operations would take place between 8am and 5pm in accordance with Civil Aviation Authority CAR Part 102.

The drone would be operated by New Zealand Fire and Emergency to help police.

However, Friend, 60, said he believed the drone operation eroded his personal privacy.

The Lloyd St resident, who has lived in Tauranga for 30 years, said he was not trying to stir up trouble but just wanted “to

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