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Siege The Real Story

Tuesday at 9.30pm | TV ONE

Siege: The Real Story


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About the show

On the 7th of May 2009 Senior Constables Len Snee, Grant Diver and Bruce Miller arrived at 41 Chaucer Rd in Napier to serve a search warrant on Jan Molenaar for the growing of cannabis.  This was just a routine warrant, something they had done countless times.

What was meant to be an ordinary procedure turned into three of New Zealand's darkest days and ended with one police officer dead, two officers critically injured and a member of the public fighting for his life.

In some fifty hours Jan Molenaar made a permanent and devastating imprint upon the national psyche of New Zealand as he changed the lives of individuals, families, a police community, and a city.

The siege was one of the worst and unexpected cases of violence both Napier and New Zealand had witnessed and it was all the more shocking because of its ordinary suburban backdrop. 

This documentary speaks to the real people involved in the seige and uncovers the truth about the Napier gunman, Jan Molenaar, and the police and civilians who were forced to be heroes during his 50 hour long reign of terror.


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