Coroner releases report into tourist‘s death

A coroner has found that Chinese tourist Ji Li died of hypothermia after a series of ill-fated decisions left her tramping solo in the Tongariro National Park in October 2019. The New Zealand Mountain Safety Council says recommendations adopted by...... Read More

Iconic Mount pine tree will be replaced

Tauranga City Council are replacing an iconic pine tree that has been cut down in Mount Maunganui. The Norfolk Pine, which was located on the Prince Avenue roundabout along Maunganui Road, has been cut down this morning. The tree was dying and has...... Read More

Matt Chat: Tauranga hitting the wrong headlines

In this month's Matt Chat, Tauranga Chamber of Commerce CEO Matt Cowley reflects on Tauranga hitting the headlines, for all the wrong reasons. He also discusses the mood of the business community in the lead-up to the closure of Long-term...... Read More

Spotlight falls on Te Papa’s past

Archaeologist Ken Phillips is embarking on what is potentially one of the most significant and exciting investigations to be carried out in the Tauranga region to date. “We’ll definitely be finding archaeology in there. I’m fairly confident,”...... Read More

LIVE: Vaccine rollout ahead of targets - Verrall

Associate Minister of Health Ayesha Verrall and Director-General of Health Ashley Bloomfield are providing an update on the vaccination programme. Verrall says the vaccination plan was on track. She says 668,115 total vaccine doses had been administered...... Read More

The highs and lows of June’s weather pattern

  It’s hard to believe we're entering the halfway mark of 2021 already and the start of winter on the meteorological calendar.   While meteorologically winter has begun, the astronomical calendar marks the start of winter on June...... Read More

$200k available for BOP environmental groups

More than $200,000 is still available for local environmental groups who need help funding local projects – and time is running out to take advantage of this year’s Environmental Enhancement Fund. This fund, which closes on July 31, provides...... Read More

Large beams moving from Te Puke to Omokoroa today

2.30pm update: George Wheatley has filmed a truck carrying one of the large bridge beams which is being transported from Te Puke to Omokoroa today on State Highway 2. Waka Kotahi NZ Transport Agency advises that five large bridge beams are being moved...... Read More

LIVE: Covid-19, QFT and vaccine update

Covid-19 Response Minister Chris Hipkins and Director-General of Health Dr Ashley Bloomfield are providing an update on Covid-19 in New Zealand. On Tuesday, the Ministry of Health reported there were no new cases of Covid-19 to report in the community...... Read More

Wintry weather to set in this weekend

  A wintry weather system is set to move in across New Zealand this weekend. says a large and complex low pressure system will be impacting New Zealand and Australia this weekend with severe weather risks, most likely...... Read More

Campaign launched to reduce respiratory harm

Shaving your beard could save your life. That’s the premise of a new campaign by WorkSafe New Zealand to help businesses and workers look after their health. WorkSafe’s Life Shavers campaign will raise awareness of the need for workers...... Read More

Angolan kayak adventure set for Kiwi screen debut

It's one thing to have a river trying to kill you; rampaging torrents of West African whitewater, on a stretch never before paddled and unlikely to be again. Throw in an intense crocodile infestation, armed militants and one of the world's...... Read More

All tracks open following Sunday storm

  All walking track in and around Mount Maunganui are now open.   Access to Moturiki/Leisure Island was closed on Sunday due to heavy seas poising a danger to the public. Mauao Base Track was also closed, as swells breached across the...... Read More

Papamoa Surf Life Saving club open new building

A new facility has marked the dawn of a fresh beginning and a promising new direction for the Papamoa Surf Life Saving Club. “Community” was a powerful and prevalent theme on Saturday afternoon, as hundreds turned up for the official opening...... Read More

Buffalo Beach Road still closed due to flooding

8pm update: Due to flooding on Buffalo Beach Rd, this section of the road on State Highway 25 is still closed. Waka Kotahi NZTA say that the road is expected to open when the high tide recedes. "Delay your travel or consider alternative route,"...... Read More

Moturiki and Mauao base track remain closed

6.30pm update: Moturiki - also known as Leisure Island -  and the Mauao base track both remain closed tonight due to the heavy sea swells posing a danger to the public.   "We will reassess it tomorrow morning at 7am,' says Tauranga...... Read More

Public invited to meet dapper motorcyclists

Over 100 smartly dressed and debonair motorcyclists have taken to the streets of Tauranga today as part of the global ‘Distinguished Gentleman’s Ride’, in an effort to raise funds for men’s mental health, suicide prevention and...... Read More

What‘s on - roadshow, Katikati Lions, art and more

Good morning and welcome to Saturday. Ko te ra tenei i hanga e te Ariki. Ka koa tatou, ka koa hoki ki reira. The MetService is forecasting high cloud increasing during the day with southeasterlies developing this morning. There is an expected high of...... Read More

Offshore sub-tropical storm to linger near NZ

Blustery conditions are being forecast for the North Island as a fairly large and energetic low deepens this weekend just north of NZ. says it will develop into a storm in the coming days with winds reaching gale force around the...... Read More