Mystery symptoms for Papamoa residents

  Some Papamoa locals have raised concerns, after reports of a series of mysterious symptoms were recorded in the area on Monday. A number of Residents in Sandhurst Drive, Blossom Grove and Golden Sands in Papamoa, have claimed to display symptoms... Read More

Multiple patients in two-car crash

A woman in her 80s was taken to hospital with multiple injuries following a two car crash near Hikuai. Emergency services were called to the crash at the intersection of State Highway 25 and Hikuai Settlement Road around 2.30pm. The Auckland Rescue Helicopter... Read More

‘Isolated pockets’ of poor water remain

Pukehina and Maketu residents who are unsure about their water quality are being advised to do a precautionary flush of their home systems. Western Bay of Plenty District Council has been receiving and investigating reports of disparity in water quality... Read More

The benefits of New Zealand avocados

Researchers have discovered New Zealand-grown avocados have unique nutritional qualities, with double the amount of vitamin B6 and 20 percent more folate than those grown in other countries.  Demand for avocados is already surging in New Zealand,... Read More

High pH levels in Western Bay water

Western Bay of Plenty District Council is aware of potential water issues affecting a small number of properties near Wilson Road South in Paengaroa and Arawa Road in Pongokawa overnight. Higher than normal pH levels in water coming from council mains... Read More

Daffodil Day sprouts up again

The Waikato and Bay of Plenty will be turning the town yellow this month for the Cancer Society's annual Daffodil Day fundraiser.  The event will see more than 70,000 fabric daffodils available to purchase from schools, community groups, local... Read More

CrossFitters take on the Aussies

Three Tauranga gym enthusiasts will be sweating up a storm to beat Australia in a Masters CrossFit competition. Kim Hawke, Brodie Lawrence and Tim Paton-Tapsell all ranked high in the regional CrossFit competition and will represent New Zealand in the... Read More

Synthetic drug warning issued

Reports of several people being hospitalised in Rotorua due to suspected synthetic drug use has prompted a warning to all parents. Rotorua MP Todd McClays says parents need to look out for their children and talk to them about the significant dangers... Read More

Exposure to smoke in cars high

New evidence shows one in five children continue to be exposed to smoking in cars. The research, led by the University of Otago, Wellington, and published in the New Zealand Medical Journal recently, analysed trends in children's second hand smoke... Read More

Machine helps child stay active

A Tauranga boy is one of the many patients to reap the benefits from the Countdown Kids Hospital Appeal. Te Ariki Berryman, 12, was diagnosed with Bronchiectasis, a lung condition where the breathing tubes in his lungs have been damaged, enlarged and... Read More



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