Takitimu lane closure warning

The left-hand lane of Takitimu Drive at the Elizabeth Street roundabout will be closed today while a washout on the Daisy Hardwick walkway is repaired. New Zealand Transport Agency contractors will be carrying out the repairs and the lane is expected... Read More

Dairy, wood & wine exports up in April

More dairy, wood, and wine exports in April 2017 led to a goods trade surplus of $578 million, says Statistics New Zealand. International trade statistics senior manager Daria Kwon says because of this increase in April, New Zealand experienced the... Read More

New Zealand awaits Budget 2017

At 2pm today, Finance Minister Steven Joyce will deliver his first Budget since stepping into his new role. Pre-Budget announcements already made include: $178 million package for tourism, infrastructure and the Department of Corrections, $321m social... Read More

Today’s weather with Rosalie

This morning we watch sunrise with Harry and Sophie, the pair of oyster catchers living on the Mount Main beach. The weather forecast today is for a perfectly fine autumn day.  Although fine it's also a three-clothing and one-windproof layer... Read More

$250K win for Papamoa Lotto player

Four lucky Lotto players from Papamoa, Waikato, New Plymouth and the Manawatu region have good reason to shout the work lunch after each winning $250,000 with Lotto First Division. The winning tickets were sold at My Pharmacy Papamoa Plaza in Papamoa, ... Read More

Fonterra increases Farmgate Milk Price

Fonterra Co-operative Group has increased its 2016/17 forecast Farmgate Milk Price by 15 cents to $6.15 per kgMS. Chairman John Wilson says the increase announced on Wednesday reflects the strong fundamentals supporting global dairy markets, with world... Read More

$40 million fund open to land owners

A $40 million fund aimed at reducing the amount of nitrogen entering Lake Rotorua is now open to all landowners in the Lake Rotorua catchment with nitrogen to sell, no matter how big or small their property is. The Lake Rotorua Incentives Scheme is available... Read More

Te Puke man facing 23 charges

An armed and dangerous man who sparked a police manhunt in the wider Whakamaru, Mangakino and Kinleith areas on Wednesday has been arrested overnight. The Armed Offenders Squad, dog units and Eagle helicopter were all deployed in the search for... Read More

Former councillor pleads for rates rise

A former city councillor with an eye for the Tauranga City's finances is calling for council to undertake a comprehensive city funding review. “Critical assumptions and assertions in this budget are demonstrably false,” says John Robson. “For... Read More

Sharing the vision of Tauriko for Tomorrow

Information days being held this week, public invited to have their say Plans are progressing to create a shared vision for the future development of Tauriko West. As part of this, the community is invited to share their thoughts at information days... Read More

Toi Ohomai’s first open day

Toi Ohomai Institute of Technology is hosting the first open day under its new name this Friday. Visitors from high schools and the general public will get to tour the Windermere campus and find out more about courses and student life. Prospective students... Read More

Hero cop awarded bravery medal

It was duty with a difference when retired Bay of Plenty senior constable Deane O'Connor reported to Government House on Tuesday.  Deane was one of seven officers who were invested by Governor General Dame Patsy Reddy for their heroic actions... Read More

NZ welcomes Australian Governor-General

Prime Minister Bill English has announced the Australian Governor-General, Sir Peter Cosgrove, will make a State visit to New Zealand next week.  Sir Peter will be accompanied by his wife, Lady Cosgrove, while here from Wednesday, May 31, to Saturday,... Read More

Viva la Arthouse Revolution!

A revolution is happening right here in the Bay of Plenty and it needs your help to take its message to the rest of New Zealand. The Arthouse Revolution is a free community-based art project that will showcase the Bay's top amateur artists in... Read More

Williams seventh at World Surfing Games

New Zealand Surfing Team member Ella Williams finished seventh at the International Surfing Association World Surfing Games on Monday, falling just short of a berth in the final against world class performers. The 22-year-old surfer from Whangamata battled... Read More

Oil spill exercise in Tauranga Harbour

More than 40 people will be involved in an oil spill exercise scheduled to take place in the Tauranga Harbour on Thursday. The exercise will involve staff from the Bay of Plenty and Waikato regional councils, Maritime New Zealand, the Department of... Read More

Learn more about Tauriko for Tomorrow

The community is being invited to share their thoughts about the future development of Tauriko West at several information days taking place this Friday and Saturday. The Tauriko for Tomorrow project being undertaken by SmartGrowth partners Western Bay... Read More

Solving the speed problem on Oropi Road

Speed and anti-social behaviour are issues bothering some Oropi Road residents who want something done about both. The road has long been a destination for boy racers and is also notorious for crashes, say residents who spoke to SunLive about both issues. One... Read More

Police hunting armed & dangerous man

UPDATED 4.30PM: The identity of the armed and dangerous man who has sparked a police manhunt in the Mangakino and Whakamaru areas has now been released. Police say Te Morehu Enoka, 27, is wanted in relation to a petrol drive-off in Tokoroa this morning.... Read More

No dioxin dust yet

The Bay of Plenty Regional Council wants to reassure the community that dust generated by the Kopeopeo Canal Remediation Project at a dioxin dumping site in Awakeri over the next few weeks is not contaminated. BOPRC project manager Brendon Love says... Read More



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