Bay man missing nearly a month

Rotorua Police are still appealing for sightings of missing man Nigel Peterson, who has not been seen since Friday November 17. The last sighting of Nigel was at around 3pm that day, on Old Taupo Road. Nigel's family remains optimistic and hopeful... Read More

Local MPs vote on euthanasia

Parliament has voted overwhelmingly in favour of a euthanasia bill in its first reading. The End of Life Choice Bill, proposed by ACT Party MP David Seymour, was sent to the Justice select committee with 76 in favour, 44 against. Tauranga's three... Read More

Police drug raids nab 30

  Thirty people are facing a total of 87 charges after police conducted search warrants across 14 properties this week. Waikato Police yesterday terminated a major, district-wide operation targeting organised criminal groups and drug dealing. Those... Read More

Impaled victim to get $10k

A Bay of Plenty meat processing plant has been ordered to pay $10,000 to an employee who was impaled on a spreader hook and dragged along the mutton chain. AFFCO New Zealand Limited was sentenced in Tauranga District Court today over the incident which... Read More

Coroner's child-register plan rejected

The Children's Commissioner will not back a register to monitor all children despite a coroner saying it will save lives. Coroner Wallace Bain made the recommendation after the brutal killing of Nia Glassie 10 years ago, and has repeated... Read More

Young motorbike passenger sparks warning

A young child spotted as a passenger on the back of a motorbike has sparked a safety reminder to riders in the Bay of Plenty. The child was spotted by another motorist, who wishes not to be named, over the weekend. He says the child, who looked ‘no... Read More

Bomb threat made over a pie

A man threatened a Mount Maunganui store attendant with a bomb after he refused to handover a pie. The incident unfolded at the Park Minimart and Takeaways, when a man walked into the store and demanded a pie. The owner's son was working at the... Read More

Hohua blames childhood for offending

Convicted murderer Robert Hohua believes his life could've been different, had it not been for his upbringing. The 36-year-old Opotiki man will serve at least 17 years of a life sentence in prison for the murder of Marie Harlick. Justice Ann Hinton... Read More

Convicted murderer jailed for 17 years

A Bay of Plenty man found guilty of beating an Opotiki mother to death has been jailed for 17 years. Robert Hohua was found guilty following a week long trial in Tauranga High Court last month. The 36-year-old was arrested after he beat Marie Rose... Read More

Theft sullies daughter’s Christmas

  The daylight theft of Robyn Berghoffer's caravan from Matua, means her daughter will have nowhere to stay when she visits her mum for Christmas. “It is part of the family,” says Robyn. “My daughter's crying in Auckland... Read More



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