Minister ‘disappointed’ at second fruit fly find

Minister for Biosecurity Damien O’Connor says the second find of an unwanted fruit fly is disappointing and the Government is committed to ensuring it doesn’t establish here. “Getting rid of the fruit fly is New Zealand’s most...... Read More

Fireworks fingered in Gate Pa blaze

Children with fireworks are suspected of starting a scrub fire in Gate Pa overnight. The blaze in Humber Crescent was reported just after 9pm and was under control by around 10pm. A resident claims youngsters with fireworks started the fire, officials...... Read More

Te Puna man named BOP Grower of the Year

Alex Ashe, a technical advisor at Farmlands Te Puna, has been named Bay of Plenty’s Young Fruit Grower for 2019 at an awards dinner in Tauranga. The practical competition took place last Saturday, 9 February, at Te Puke Showgrounds, where the...... Read More

King talks mental health to kiwifruit industry

Two-hundred people from the Bay of Plenty’s kiwifruit industry yesterday heard Mike King share his mental health challenges as well as ways to deal with improving their own wellbeing and that of their friends and colleagues. The talk –...... Read More

BOP dairy farmers feeling the bite of drought

  Bay of Plenty dairy farmers are hurting as the drought begins to bite. But Federated Farmers says none of them are seeking assistance just yet. Bay of Plenty Province president Darryl Jensen says farmers are starting to make the hard calls...... Read More

Horse mauled by dog at Western Bay beach

In what’s being described as a horrific attack, a horse has been mauled by a dog at Tuapiro Beach in Katikati. In a Facebook post, the owner of the horse says she was out for a ride on the beach yesterday evening, when the dog, “totally...... Read More

Second Business Bites event focuses on people

Its first Business Bites event was so successful, Evolve Hauraki is serving up seconds. This time the topic is how to hire the right people, and keep them. Council Economic Development Committee Chair Ross Harris says the topic was chosen because...... Read More

Young BOP growers testing their skills

Eight of the Bay of Plenty’s top young growers are being tested to the limit today as they take part in a series of skills events at the Te Puke A&P Show. In the specially designed ‘Horticultural Village’ site at the show, they are...... Read More

Person injured after getting trapped by digger

A person has been injured after being trapped by a digger in Te Puna. Emergency services were called to the incident at around 10.30am. Fire and emergency northern communications shift manager Paul Radden says the person was trapped by their leg. “The...... Read More

New wetland on the way near Tauranga Harbour

Initial work on a functional new wetland ecosystem at Te Puna, north of Tauranga, could get underway by March. The development, which will feature cycling and walking tracks plus cultural and ecological signage for all to enjoy, has been kickstarted...... Read More

Opinion Poll

Should the speed on SH2, between Katikati and Bethlehem, be reduced to 80km/h?