$125K to remove unstable rocks

Thames Coromandel District Council has approved $125,000 towards for remedial work at Bluff Road. The council is expecting Bluff Road, between Matarangi and Suckers Rock, will be open for walking and cycling by the end of the year, once unstable rocks... Read More

Big waves killed off Waihi Beach tuatua

The mass tuatua die-off at Waihi Beach in mid-March was most likely due to the heavy swells the region experienced in the days leading up to the beaching. This is the conclusion reached by the Bay of Plenty Regional Council, University of Waikato and... Read More

Massive increase in March rainfall

Significant rainfall totals were experienced in North Island in March, with over 300 per cent of normal rainfall recorded in some places. Most locations in the North Island had a wet month, recording 120 per cent of normal March rainfall or more. As... Read More

Slips force boat ramp closure

Vehicle access to the Kauri Point boat ramp and jetty is closed due to a large slip that occurred during Cyclone Cook last week.  A 20 metre slip near the end of Chelmsford Street has resulted in partial loss of the road, which could take an estimated... Read More

‘Frustrating’ Te Puna detour on hold

The Te Puna detour which saw hundreds of motorists voice their frustration on social media has been put on hold. The NZT Transport Agency was trialling the detour around Te Puna yesterday. One motorists who called SunLive says it took his wife 30-40... Read More

Earth shines bright in new NASA map

Twinkle twinkle little Earth, you floating ball of sea and dirt, lit up brightly in the night, aren't you just a pretty sight. Twinkle little Earth of ours, I like you more than I like Mars. NASA says a new, high-resolution map the space agency... Read More

Fruit smuggler sent home

An American traveller had her Easter visit to New Zealand cut short when she failed to declare a suitcase packed with fruit and vegetables. Ministry for Primary Industries staff detected the goods during x-ray screening of the passenger's bag after... Read More

Wild weather causes vegetable shortage

The country's recent battering by cyclones and storms has left more than just flooding damage and felled trees. A number of vegetable crops have been destroyed, causing a nationwide shortage of vegetables, which in some cases has led to price increases. Foodstuffs... Read More

Drier weather on its way

  After all the rain from last week, there is mostly high pressure dominating New Zealand over the coming short week and weekend. A south to south west flow may see a few showers here and there over the next few days but the general trend is for... Read More

Fish & Game chief executive to retire

Long-serving Fish & Game New Zealand chief executive Bryce Johnson is retiring. He has held the position since Fish & Game was established in 1991. He was previously the first national director of Fish & Game's predecessor, the Acclimatisation... Read More



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