Blooming festival at historic village

Thursday’s sun shone full and bright on the first day of the four day ‘Bloom in the Bay’ festival at Tauranga Historic Village. A small white tent city has appeared in the village green, with food stalls, musicians, sculpture, art,...... Read More

Strange noise heard around Tauranga

A strange noise that has been heard around the Tauranga area, has left residents puzzled. A noise that has been described as a huge grinding, rumbling kind of crash, have left some residents asking what the noise actually was. One resident Skyla,...... Read More

Bay home to biosecurity champions

Bay of Plenty’s biosecurity efforts are being hailed a success, with many individuals and organisations walking away winners at a nationwide awards ceremony. Minister for Biosecurity Damien O’Connor has paid tribute to the winners at the...... Read More

’The cutest sheep in the world’ turns heads

A new breed of sheep debuting at the New Zealand Agricultural Show in Christchurch is proving very popular with the crowds. The Swiss Valais Blacknose, which are considered to be the "the cutest sheep in the world," have a black head and...... Read More

Turtle remains highlight marine conservation calls

The remains of a leatherback turtle have been discovered near Motiti Island by a Tauranga cruise company. The turtle was found floating in the water on Wednesday afternoon by crew onboard the Bay Explorer. Skipper Brandon Stone says it was found with...... Read More

Emergency alert test expected to reach half of NZ

A nationwide test of the emergency mobile alert system will take place later this month. The alert will be sent out to mobile phones between 6pm and 7pm on Sunday, 25 November. Civil Defence said it expected about half of all mobile phones would received...... Read More

New horse riding rules at Tuapiro Point

Rules put in place on November 9, horse riders at Tuapiro Point must abide by the new bylaw. Signs are up informing horse riders where they can ride and include the code of conduct for horse riders to follow. In a statement on the Western Bay of...... Read More

Air monitoring at Aerodrome Rd ramps up

Three new air monitoring stations are about to go live around Aerodrome Road in Mount Maunganui. This is in response to community concerns about environmental effects from dusty activities happening in the area. Bay of Plenty Regional Council Regulatory...... Read More

Geotechnical investigation of CBD stopbanks

A drilling rig will be seen near Whakatāne CBD stopbanks in coming days, as the Bay of Plenty Regional Council undertakes investigative work set out in its Long Term Plan. Environmental Engineer Kent Jacobsen says the tractor-mounted geotech rigs...... Read More

Pike River re-entry given the green light

They’re going back in. Eight years after 29 men died in a fireball of methane and other dangerous gases in the Pike River Mine explosions, the Government has given the all-clear to go back into the mine to recover the bodies. And the families...... Read More




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