14 Aug 2008

White powder sent to Beehive is safe say police

7:29 pm on 14 August 2008

The police in Wellington say initial tests indicate that powder mailed to Parliament Buildings on Wednesday is safe.

Three Beehive staff members and a Parliamentary Security officer suffered no ill-effects from the substance and the office space has been re-opened.

Detective Senior Sergeant Paul Borrell says tests on the powder indicate it doesn't contain any chemicals.

Full testing will be finished in a few days.

Police are making no comment on the origin of the envelope containing the powder.