Crackdown on freedom camping

Daily monitoring of freedom camping spots across Western Bay will begin in mid-December and extend until early February 2018. Weekend monitoring started in Waihi Beach on Labour Weekend but will increase to daily monitoring from December 15 until February... Read More

Whakatane road to be researched

Ngai Taiwhakaea and the Whakatane District Council have agreed to jointly research the history of the road between Taiwhakaea Marae and Te Paroa Beach, which the Council believes to be a public road. Hapu members of Ngai Taiwhakaea asserted their Mana... Read More

Tauranga connection in crayfish case

Two Gisborne men, one a Tongan Methodist church minister, have been fined a total of more than $10,000 between them for a range of crayfish offences. Thirty-nine-year-old Aaron Andrew McKay was fined $6,000 after he pleaded guilty in the Gisborne District... Read More

Warm spring day for the Bay

Today's weather forecast is for a fine day with light winds and sea breezes. It's a two-clothing layer day today with a high of 20 and an overnight low of 12 degrees. High tide is at 9.40am and low tide is at 3.50pm. Sea temperature is 17... Read More

Search for fisherman near Waihi Beach

A search is under way for a fisherman missing off Bowentown Harbour in Western Bay of Plenty. The 24-year-old man from Rotorua was in a party of three people who were fishing yesterday evening. Police were alerted after 11pm when two members of the party... Read More

Todd Muller checks in from Germany

Bay of Plenty MP Todd Muller says has experienced a ‘huge learning curve' after attending the COP23 conference in Germany last week. In a Facebook video blog, Todd reports back on his involvement at the conference. He is one of more than... Read More

Marine biotoxin warning extended

The Ministry for Primary Industries today extended the public health warning against collecting shellfish in the Bay of Plenty region. The warning now covers the coastline from the northern end of Waihi Beach south-eastward to Opape. Routine tests on... Read More

Toddler airlifted to Waikato Hospital

Two Westpac rescue helicopters were called to two separate incidents in the Coromandel on Saturday. The first was called to Whiritoa at 11.56am, where a man in his 40s had fallen from the second floor of a house. The patient suffered multiple injuries... Read More

Teens take major kiwifruit award

Two Western Bay of Plenty teenagers have each scooped a $15,000 Zespri academic scholarship despite vastly differing levels of orchard experience. Katikati College head boy Fergus Chinnery has grown up with kiwifruit while Alex Tomkins ventured onto her... Read More

Bloomers final blog

A kiwi chick with rare white feathers has hatched at Rainbow Springs' Kiwi Encounter in Rotorua – the first with white feathers around its leg in almost a decade. Bloomers, aptly named for its white feathers that resemble a pair of knickers... Read More



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The moon peeping through the clouds at Pillans Point. Photo: Mike Berry.

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