Another hot Tauranga day predicted

Today the weather forecast is for a fine day with high clouds increasing and northerlies.  There's a predicted high of 27 and an overnight low of 17 degrees.  Check out which NZ artist made back-to-back No.1 singles in our today in NZ... Read More

Residents flee as fire threatens homes

Firefighters are still at the scene of a large scale scrub fire which has destroyed four homes and forced residents to evacuate near Whitianga. Fire crews were called to the blaze, between Whitianga and Coroglen, around 5.18pm. Firefighters battled the... Read More

Santon completion ends $70M Project Waka

Work on the former Santon Building at Whakatane Hospital is nearing completion. Once completed it will mark the end of the $70 million Project Waka redevelopment project which began in early 2012 and has seen the redevelopment of much of the hospital... Read More

Buckle up, don't be a statistic

‘Mate, I'm only going down the road and anyway my car's got an airbag and I'm a safe-as driver, I don't need to wear my bloody seatbelt'. Sound familiar? When it comes to not wearing your seatbelt you can guarantee... Read More

Homes lost in fire near Whitianga

UPDATED 9.09PM: At least four homes have been destroyed and others evacuated as firefighters battle a large scale fire south of Whitianga. Residents in the area say they have been told to leave their homes, which are in the path of the blaze. The crews,... Read More

Microbead ban – bring it on

Seafood New Zealand wants the government ban on microbeads brought forward, says Seafood New Zealand Chief Executive Tim Pankhurst. He welcomes the announcement the Government will ban the use of microbeads in make-up and other beauty products, citing... Read More

Second for Bay surf life savers

Less than ten points separated second-place getters Bay of Plenty from the top spot in the New Zealand Surf Life Saving Representative Challenge at Waimarama Beach in Hawke's Bay. With a series of demanding races on land and in the water, the team... Read More

Shots fired at Bay gang funeral

UPDATED 3.59PM: Gun shots have been reported in the Eastern Bay as police monitor a gang funeral in Whakatane. Police have been closely monitoring a large group of gang members travelling between Kawerau and Whakatane in a funeral procession, says a... Read More

Driver leaps from truck before crash

A driver jumped clear from the cab of his truck before it went over a bank on the Napier/Taihape Road today. Pictures taken by the Lowe Corporation Rescue Helicopter pilots show the damage the truck sustained in the crash. The accident was near Kuripapango,... Read More

$1.4B power upgrade plan unveiled

Powerco is planning to invest $1.4 billion in upgrading the electricity networks supplying Coromandel, Eastern and Southern Waikato, Western Bay of Plenty, Taranaki, Whanganui, Manawatu, Tararua and Wairarapa. The investment programme spans a five-year... Read More



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