LIVE: Update on Northland COVID-19 case

UPDATE: All of the close contacts to the Northland COVID case have tested negative so far. Minister for COVID Response Chris Hipkins says all contacts of the January positive case have been tested and all have returned a negative result. He says this...... Read More

Source of infection identified for Northland case

UPDATE: The Ministry of Health has confirmed that the new COVID-19 community case is the South African strain. The COVID Response Minister Chris Hipkins and Director-General of Health Dr Ashley Bloomfield provided the latest update on...... Read More

New community case travelled across Northland

There is one new community case of COVID-19 in New Zealand. She is a 56-year-old woman who tested positive for COVID-19 after being released from managed isolation at the Pullman Hotel in Auckland. The Director-General of Health Dr Ashley Bloomfield...... Read More

VIDEO: Ocean storms to disrupt summer

People are being urged to make the most of the fine weather today, before the forecast Southern Ocean storms move over New Zealand. WeatherWatch.co.nz says a high pressure is sliding off New Zealand slowly today as Southern Ocean storms move closer...... Read More

Police plea for Whangamata NYE riot videos

Police are still asking for video footage to identify and prosecute teenagers who inflicted thousands of dollars’ damage to a popular Coromandel beachside cafe on New Year’s Eve. Around 22 people were arrested after events at Williamson...... Read More

PRADA Cup gets underway in Auckland

  Starting today, three challengers for the America’s Cup will compete for the first ever PRADA Cup and the right to meet Emirates Team New Zealand in the 36th America’s Cup Match.   The PRADA Cup Challenger Selection Series...... Read More

McMillan extends stay with Chiefs‘ coaching team

Gallagher Chiefs interim Head Coach Clayton McMillan will be staying with the Chiefs Rugby Club after signing on as an Assistant Coach for 2022 and 2023. McMillan was appointed in February 2020 as the Gallagher Chiefs interim Head Coach for this year’s...... Read More

Children’s chamber music festival takes Tauranga

New Zealand’s only chamber music festival for children, Rimufest, has returned to Tauranga for the second year. The festival happens twice a year in Tauranga and Veracruz, Mexico. Festival manager Elyse Dalabakis says they’ve really...... Read More

VIDEO: Fire investigators to probe Merivale fire

UPDATE 6.38PM: Investigations are underway into the cause of a fire in Merivale. Firefighters were called to the fire at a business on Courtney Road around 5.30pm. The road was cordoned off for a while, as firefighters battle the fire. A reporter...... Read More

Smoke billows from Te Puke fire

UPDATE: A fire covering Te Puke in smoke has finally been extinguished with the help of two fire crews from Te Puke and Mount Maunganui. The fire was on the side of a bank near the Te Puke cemetery and was around 20 metres by 20 metres. Fire and...... Read More

Ben Townley launches Michelin SX4 this Saturday

“I want fans to love our sport, I want our industry to grow, but most importantly I want our sport to be mainstream. Michelin SX4 will give us the platform to achieve this!” That is the callout from motocross superstar Ben Townley as he...... Read More

VIDEO: Tauranga teen recounts NY‘s Eve mayhem

Oscar Sandoy decided to spend New Year’s Eve with friends at the family bach in Whangamata only to find their evening disrupted by thousands of rioting teens. “We normally go to the [Blackies] café to get coffee and breakfast,”...... Read More

Tauranga New Year‘s coverage

LIVE: 12.15am This evening hundreds of people congregated on the Tauranga waterfront, at Papamoa, Mount Maunganui and Matua to watch the midnight fireworks that heralded in the New Year. The city-wide firework shows were viewable from many locations...... Read More

Pod of dolphins cavorting in Pilot Bay

Local Mount residents Ethan and Natasha Thomson were out cycling leisurely around Mount Maunganui this morning, waiting for their favourite One Tree Bakery to open, when they noticed a large pod of dolphins leaping in Pilot Bay. “We came straight...... Read More

Mason Gary Lett’s winter Oropi wonderland

  Oropi toddler Mason Gary Lett experienced a winter wonderland surprise this afternoon, right in the middle of a hot humid Tauranga summer.   Mason is just 18 months old and before today had never experienced snow or large balls of ice....... Read More

Hail in upper Ohauiti

Ski Wisnesky and his partner Gloria Wilson were at home in upper Ohauiti when their property became covered in small balls of ice. “I was standing inside my shed when the hailstorm started,” says Ski. “It was quite noisy and lasted...... Read More

National MPs wishing everyone a Merry Christmas

As many people sit around a table and share a meal, Tauranga MP Simon Bridges and Bay of Plenty MP Todd Muller want to wish everyone a Merry Christmas. Watch Simon's Christmas message above and Todd's below.  ... Read More

A Merry Christmas from Angie and Jan

Tauranga Labour List MP Jan Tinetti is joining Bay of Plenty Labour List MP Angie Warren-Clark in reaching out to the community to wish everyone a Merry Christmas Angie took to the beach to record her Christmas message . She says it has been a hard...... Read More

Party in the park to celebrate camera

  It’s hoped the installation of new CCTV camera will end months of having to clean up the mess left behind by a group of youth, who have been using Horoipia Reserve to sleep.   Neighbourhood Support Omanu Area Coordinator Linda Thompson...... Read More