Another hot Tauranga day predicted

Today the weather forecast is for a fine day with high clouds increasing and northerlies.  There's a predicted high of 27 and an overnight low of 17 degrees.  Check out which NZ artist made back-to-back No.1 singles in our today in NZ... Read More

Man charged with hit and run

Police can advise that a 33-year-old man has been arrested and charged this evening with the hit and run that killed 16-year-old Jacob Pakura. The West Auckland man will appear in the Waitakere District Court this morning, after 10am. He is charged with... Read More

Police investigate ram raids

Police attended to two ram raids at BP service stations overnight. BP on Gordon Road, Mosgiel, was ram raided at 1.20am and BP at the Oval at 2.40am. If you have any information which may help in this investigation or were in these areas at these times,... Read More

Man killed in workplace accident

Police were notified of a workplace incident on a Hakataramea Valley farm at 10.35pm, Tuesday. A 25-year-old man has died as a result of the incident.  WorkSafe NZ has been advised and the matter will be referred to the Coroner.  Source: New... Read More

Residents flee as fire threatens homes

Firefighters are still at the scene of a large scale scrub fire which has destroyed four homes and forced residents to evacuate near Whitianga. Fire crews were called to the blaze, between Whitianga and Coroglen, around 5.18pm. Firefighters battled the... Read More

Santon completion ends $70M Project Waka

Work on the former Santon Building at Whakatane Hospital is nearing completion. Once completed it will mark the end of the $70 million Project Waka redevelopment project which began in early 2012 and has seen the redevelopment of much of the hospital... Read More

Buckle up, don't be a statistic

‘Mate, I'm only going down the road and anyway my car's got an airbag and I'm a safe-as driver, I don't need to wear my bloody seatbelt'. Sound familiar? When it comes to not wearing your seatbelt you can guarantee... Read More

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

Shots fired at Bay gang funeral

UPDATED 3.59PM: Gun shots have been reported in the Eastern Bay as police monitor a gang funeral in Whakatane. Police have been closely monitoring a large group of gang members travelling between Kawerau and Whakatane in a funeral procession, says a... Read More

Driver leaps from truck before crash

A driver jumped clear from the cab of his truck before it went over a bank on the Napier/Taihape Road today. Pictures taken by the Lowe Corporation Rescue Helicopter pilots show the damage the truck sustained in the crash. The accident was near Kuripapango,... Read More

$1.4B power upgrade plan unveiled

Powerco is planning to invest $1.4 billion in upgrading the electricity networks supplying Coromandel, Eastern and Southern Waikato, Western Bay of Plenty, Taranaki, Whanganui, Manawatu, Tararua and Wairarapa. The investment programme spans a five-year... Read More

SINNETT: Margaret Elaine

Passed away peacefully on January 16, 2017 aged 81. Loved partner of Tony. Loved mother of Michael, mother in law of Debra, sister of John Bullen and aunty of Rebecca and Mikaela. A service for Margaret will be held at Hillsdene Chapel, 143 Thirteenth... Read More

FLOOD: Carol Edwina

Passed away peacefully on January 17, 2017 aged 81 years. Dearly loved Wife of the late Malcolm. Much loved Mother and Mother in law of Malcolm and Suzie, Kamla and Russell. Loved Nana to all her grandchildren. Special thanks to the carers of Bethlehem... Read More

Father and son thrilled with results

NCEA results are out today, and at the Graham household, both father and son logged on in anticipation of seeing how many credits they got. ‘They', because father Fraser also teaches Maths at Aquinas College. It's often forgotten that... Read More

Whakatane family’s Superbike success

Whakatane's multi-time former national road-racing champion Tony Rees took his Honda CBR1000RR to win the three-round pre-nationals series in the formula one/superbike class in late December. At the same time his youngest son Damon Rees took his... Read More

Prices of greens falling

Vegetable prices fell for the fourth consecutive month in December, led by cabbage, broccoli, and cauliflower. "This seasonal movement is expected as we move through summer – December has been the cheapest month for these kinds of vegetable for... Read More

All fire permits cancelled in WBOP

Pumicelands Rural Fire Authority has cancelled all current fire permits in the Western Bay of Plenty effective immediately. Principal Rural Fire Officer, Alan Pearce, says the weekend's short burst of rain was not enough to reduce the current fire... Read More


Formerly of Hillcrest, Auckland. Suddenly at Tauranga Hospital, aged 77 years. Loved aunt of Susan. ‘R.I.P darling' Read More

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