House gutted by fire

UPDATED: A house on Kairua Road has been destroyed after flames engulfed the building earlier today. Upward of 15 firefighters were summoned to tackle the blaze, which was reported to the NZ Fire Service just before 12pm. A section of Kairua Road was... Read More

Gang clash accused in court

The 27-year-old arrested during a gang altercation in the Bay of Plenty has appeared in court. Daniel Tere McMeeking appeared in Rotorua District Court this morning facing charges relating to firearms, disorder and drug offences. He is jointly charged,... Read More

Helping soldiers during a tough time

By donating to the RSA Poppy Appeal, the money raised goes towards helping people and families who need it, like Kerry Leathart. After two tours in Afghanistan with the New Zealand Army, Kerry came home to start a family and a life in Tauranga as a... Read More

A more normal April weather pattern

Now that the country has been sitting under a ridge of high pressure and enjoying settled weather, you could be forgiven for forgetting the showery start to the week. On Monday, the North Island saw heavy showers and isolated thunderstorms as a low moved... Read More

Tauranga farewells final cruise ship

People wanting to say goodbye to the last cruise ship of the season will get their chance this evening. Registered in the Marshall Islands, Sirena has a gross tonnage of 30277, and a length of 181 metres. The Sirena is the 80th cruise ship of the season,... Read More

Today's weather with Rosalie

Today is a one layer of clothing day with a high of 21 and an overnight low of 12 degrees.  A fine day ahead with some high cloud and a southeasterly developing later.   Remember to wear sun protection between 10am and 2pm if you're... Read More

‘Awesome’ runners coming to Tauranga

There are only six months left to start training for the inaugural Tauranga International Marathon. The event, organised by Total Sport, offers 42.2km, 21.1km, 10km or 5km options, as well as a 2km kids' dash. For its inaugural event, the Tauranga... Read More

Youth agency receives $10K funding

A Tauranga agency is one of seven youth sector organisations set to receive a share of $65,000 in government funding. The Tauranga Youth Development Team will receive $10K to support 100 young people to be part of a project developing a series of local... Read More

Missing boy located

UPDATED 9.35AM: Police report Tematau has now been found. He was located at an address in Paeroa this morning and is safe and well. Police would like to thank those members of the public who provided information and assistance. EARLIER: Police are very... Read More

We will remember them

Thousands of Bay of Plenty residents will wake in darkness and head to Anzac parades and services on Tuesday, April 25, to remember those who paid the ultimate price for the freedom we enjoy today. Anzac Day commemorations will be held around the Western... Read More



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