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

Another fine and hot day in Tauranga

Today the weather forecast is for a sunny day, with fresh south westerlies. A high of 28 degrees is being forecast for today in Tauranga. The MetService is forecasting a low will bring damaging winds to exposed parts of the South Island and lower North... Read More

'Bomb' low brings wind, rain & cold

Last weekend New Zealand continued in the southwest weather pattern that has lingered around since December. This means that the South Island west coast got most of the rain at the weekend while parched regions in the north and east hardly saw a drop. Many... Read More

Police appeal for missing woman

Police are seeking the public's assistance in locating Shelly Crooks, who has been missing since December 22, 2016. Shelly, who was was last seen in Punakaiki, on the South Island West Coast, told a friend she was going to hitch hike to Opotiki... Read More

Fine day with a high of 25

Today the forecast is for a sunny day with westerlies.  It's a 1-2 layer of clothing day with a high of 25 and an overnight low of 13.  Remember to wear sun protection all day. Check out what's happening, when the best fishing... Read More

Katikati unconvinced at bypass promises

Traffic congestion on State Highway 2, near Katikati, has boosted the awareness of the need of a bypass. Community board chair Jenny Hobbs' has launched a petition following numerous traffic complaints this summer. The townsfolk are a bit cynical... Read More

The difficulty of leaving town

They're about four months old, all fluffed up and cocksure and ready to confront the world head-on. But with nature, if things can go wrong they probably will. Add youthful bravado, distractions and confusion to the mix and they'll certainly... Read More

Rare turtles cause a stir

A sighting of three leatherback turtles from the wildlife cruise boat Bay Explorer is causing a re-think about the species says skipper Brandon Stone. “It's extremely rare and it changes a lot of theories about the species in the area as... Read More

Opinion Poll

Do you still believe in the ‘Kiwi quarter acre dream’?

Yes, I desperately want the house on a quarter section
No, apartments are the way of the future
Don't care, I just want to own my own house

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