Major fresh produce traceability project underway

In light of the recent shocking Australian strawberry tampering event, the New Zealand produce industry is taking every action possible to reassure customers their safety systems are robust. United Fresh is the New Zealand pan-produce organisation...... Read More

Arrival card change to smooth border process

International travellers arriving into New Zealand should have a simpler, faster entry as a result of changes to the Passenger Arrival Card. The changes mean that arriving passengers no longer have to declare all medicines. Minister of Customs Hon...... Read More

Government funding a huge boost for Rotorua

Hundreds of jobs could be created in Rotorua, and millions of dollars of private investment sparked, following a multi-million dollar cash injection from the Government. The Government announced the city will receive $27.4 million from the Provincial...... Read More

Blazer nice, but not the game, says Steamers half

Amidst the carnage of Bay of Plenty’s 54-21 humbling from Waikato in Friday night’s Mitre 10 Cup clash one well-performed Steamer was marking a personal milestone. Since fetching up in the Bay at the beginning of last season after emerging...... Read More

Baywave red zone training

If you were at Baywave TECT Aquatic Centre last week you might have seen something that alarmed you at first. Pool lifeguards at the centre were undertaking Red Zone training, or high-fidelity simulation training. “This is an intense style of...... Read More

Police investigate strawberry needle incidents

Police continue to make enquiries following a report yesterday of needles found inside strawberries imported from Australia. “An investigation is underway and we are working in close partnership with the Ministry for Primary Industries. However,...... Read More

HINTON, Owen Leslie (Owie)

A man of manners and an easy smile. It is with sadness that we tell of his passing on the 21st September 2018. Dearly loved husband of Helen, respected and treasured Dad of Marie and Andrew, the late Howie, Nick and Betsy, Kellie and Marty. Adored Papa...... Read More

Tauranga City Council encourage solar hot water

Tauranga City Council are helping householders to install solar hot water systems by offering free building consents in the latest Long Term Plan. “It’s great to see the council helping our community to address the twin challenges of rising...... Read More

RIRI, Jock

Passed away quietly on Sunday 23rd September 2018, surrounded by loved ones, aged 81. Jock will be laying at Terere marae, Opotiki until his funeral service on Tuesday 25th September at 11am followed by burial at Opotiki Public Cemetery, Waioeka Road,...... Read More

Wintry weather for some but mild weekend coming

The final week of September will be one of the coldest of the month for some regions but the final weekend looks mild as a typical spring pattern kicks in. Expect a mixture of warm and cold days over the next month ahead as we transition away from...... Read More

Opinion Poll

Who or what is to blame for all the crashes on the roads of late?

Drivers in general
The roads
A combination of the roads and drivers