Serious crash in Coromandel

Police are responding to a crash involving a van and a motorbike near the intersection of SH25 and Hikuai Settlement Road. The crash occurred at around 5.30pm this evening. Reports are that two people have sustained serious injuries. Diversions are in... 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

Kiwifruit leaders farewelled

The significant contributions of three kiwifruit leaders, soon to leave the industry, were acknowledged last night by New Zealand Kiwifruit Growers Inc. NZKGI chairman Doug Brown says Zespri CEO Lain Jager, Zespri chief operating officer Simon Limmer... Read More

New bridge to link Gate Pa and Bethlehem

A new biking and walking link will connect Bethlehem and Gate Pa via a bridge across the Takitimu Drive toll road. The new link will open in May 2018, says Tauranga City Council. The first phase of work started this week to build a shared pathway that... 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

Getting used to plenty of surf

At a time of year when the surf at Mount Maunganui beaches is normally flattish, local surfers are finding that there is plenty of surf around. “We are all kind of surfed out, we've had surf two and a half weeks, non-stop waves, very unusual,”... Read More

Water drying up, bans in place

Water restrictions are now in place in for Tairua, Pauanui and Whangamata.  In all three areas, the Thames-Coromandel District Council says it's seeing higher than normal water use for this time of year. In Tairua and Pauanui the river levels... Read More

LANGDON, Samuel Brock

On December 13th 2017, in his 93rd year. Dearly loved and cherished husband for 63 years of Edyth. Best Dad Ever of Karen and Graeme Sharp, Stu and Judi. Treasured Pop of Cameron and Rachel, Richard and Tatiana, Scott and Jenna, Mark and Maria. Very... Read More

Govt reveals $5bn families package

Families with children are expected to be the main benefactors of the Government's new mini-budget. The Labour-led Government released its Budget Policy Statement today. Finance Minister Grant Robertson says the agenda aims to build a... Read More

Archaeologists working at Cliff Road

Trenches dug across the old bowling greens at Cliff Road this week are to confirm the extent of historic earthworks indicated in a ground penetrating radar survey of the area earlier this year. The GPR survey identified a potential Pa site underground... Read More


(Australia) 437147 W/O RAAF Passed away peacefully at Radius Matua, Tauranga on 10th December 2017. Dearly loved husband of Laurel and father of Glen and the late Chris. Loved stepfather to Richard and Michael. According to John's wishes a private... Read More

Medals hunt at Sail Sydney

Seven New Zealand boats are in contention for medals at Sail Sydney regatta today, after three days of challenging conditions on Sydney harbour. Alex Maloney and Tauranga sailor Molly Meech have all but wrapped up the 49erFX and added another three bullets... Read More

Let there be light at the Bay Oval

The Bay Oval's light towers will be flicked on for the first time Saturday night – and the occasion's being hailed as one of the great moments in more than eighty years of Bay of Plenty cricket history. The $2 million dollar floodlights... Read More

Residents to pay $300k for slip repairs

The slip-damaged part of the Omokoroa walkway by Ruamoana Place is to be repaired on a cost share basis between Western Bay of Plenty District Council and affected residents.  The reserve between Bramley Drive and Ruamoana Place has been closed... 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

Top golfers tee-off at Mount club

Forty of New Zealand's top golf professionals will come together at Mount Maunganui Golf Club today for the Latitude 37 Bar and Restaurant Pro-am, the final stop on the NZ PGA order of merit. Players will be looking to earn a top order of merit... Read More

SHINE, Justin Peter

On 12 December 2017. Dearly loved husband of Nadine, devoted dad of Tayla, Riley, Dillyn, Lincoln, Felix and Laine, loving son of Lynley and Mark, and the late John, much loved brother of Taryn, Hayden, Andrew, Steven and Mat, son-in-law of Denise and... 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

Nesting dotterels and today's weather

This morning we are filming from Mount Main beach, where a pair of dotterels are nesting.  In today's weather forecast we are expecting a mainly fine day with a chance of a shower until evening. Mild southeasterly breeze during the day.  It's... Read More

Opinion Poll

Is SH2, between Katikati and Tauranga, a dangerous stretch of road?

Yes, there are too many cars on it and it’s not designed to handle that sort of traffic volume.
No, people just need to slow down and pay attention to their driving.

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Supermoon from Dive Cresent, 8pm last Sunday evening. Photo: Sally Garner.

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