Two cold changes coming for NZ

A surge of colder south to southwest winds is forecast for move across New Zealand this Saturday and eases into Sunday. On Monday, another colder southerly change kicks in – and goes nationwide on Tuesday with another burst of gales, says WeatherWatch.co.nz "By...... Read More

No new cases of COVID-19 today

There are no new cases of COVID-19 in New Zealand today.  The Minister of Health Chris Hipkins and the Director-General of Health Dr Ashley Bloomfield provided a COVID-19 update at 1pm today. It has been 97 days since the last case...... Read More

Scheme to get produce to needy to end despite need

A government initiative to help fruit and vegetable growers while also feeding hungry whānau is coming to an end - but food banks say demand for the service is only growing. The minister of agriculture, Damien O'Connor, has announced $500,000...... Read More

Bill passes for managed isolation charges

The Bill allowing the government to recover some costs for managed isolation and quarantine passed its third reading today, with charges coming into force as soon as regulations are finalised. Putting regulations into force is the next step. “The...... Read More

No new cases of COVID-19 today

There are no new cases of COVID-19 in New Zealand today. Minister of Health Chris Hipkins and Director-General of Health Dr Ashley Bloomfield provided a COVID-19 update at 1pm today.  Dr Bloomfield says five cases have now...... Read More

Three car crash reported on SH29

State Highway 29 is blocked in both directions following a crash near Tauriko. NZTA is advising moritists to expect delays due to a between the roundabout at Tauriko/SH36 and Cambridge Rd.  A police spokesperson says the crash occurred around...... Read More

A glimpse into a goldmine

Many have seen the OceanaGold Waihi mine from above – it’s hard to miss the 265m deep Martha pit in the middle of Waihi town. Fewer have witnessed the pit’s deeper side: the underground mine that spirals down 400m from the surface. Sun...... Read More

One new case of COVID-19 in managed isolation

There is one new case of COVID-19 in managed isolation in New Zealand today. Director-General of Health Dr Ashley Bloomfield says the new case is a woman in her 20s who arrived in New Zealand from Ireland via Dubai on July 24.  She was...... Read More

Chloe and the Crash Test pilot launches tonight

A new Mount Maunganui dramedy series is launching its pilot online tonight at 7pm. Produced by Barefoot Film, ‘Chloe and the …’ series features Tauranga actors, was written by Tauranga screenwriter Alyssa Stringfellow, and features...... Read More

LIVE: Legislation for managed isolation payments

Legislation to allow the Government to recover some of the costs for managed isolation and quarantine will be introduced to Parliament today, says Minister of Housing Megan Woods. “The Bill will allow the government to charge for managed isolation...... Read More

New case highlights importance of double testing

UPDATE: One new case of COVID-19 is being reported in managed isolation today. Director-General of Health Dr Ashley Bloomfield says today's case is a woman in her 20s, who arrived to New Zealand from Afghanistan on July 14, via Dubai. "She...... Read More

Jail term for human trafficking welcomed

Immigration New Zealand and New Zealand Police welcome the jail sentence and substantial reparations order in a major human trafficking and slavery case. Joseph Matamata, of Hastings, was sentenced to 11 years in jail at the High Court in Napier on...... Read More

Steam punk and cosplay at Tauranga’s Armageddon

People were out in force for Tauranga’s first big event since the COVID-19 lockdown, with many donning their best cosplay for Armageddon. Kids and adults of all ages headed to Baypark Arena for gaming, Esports, ice skating and virtual panels...... Read More

Five recovered COVID cases reported today

UPDATE: Director-General of Health Dr Ashley Bloomfield is reporting five recovered cases of COVID-19 today. This means that the number of active cases descreases from 27 to 22. Ashley says there are no new cases of COVID to report. He says it has...... Read More

Efforts resume to recover submerged truck

UPDATE: Downer has confirmed one of their employees died when a truck plunged into a waterway near Tauranga on Wednesday. A Downer Group spokesperson says a member of their Tauranga team was in the small truck, that is currently being recovered from...... Read More

Chloe and the Crash Test trailer launches tonight

The trailer for a new hilarious Tauranga-based comedy series ‘Chloe and the…’ has been launched tonight, a week ahead of the pilot. The ‘dramedy’ produced by Barefoot Film is set in Mount Maunganui. It features local...... Read More

Vehicle crashes into canal near McLaren Falls

Emergency services are at the scene of a single vehicle crash on McLaren Falls Road this afternoon. A police spokesperson says emergency services are responding to a report of a vehicle in the Ruahihi Canal near McLaren Falls Road, Omanawa. Canal...... Read More

LIVE: One new case of COVID in managed isolation

UPDATE: There is one new case of COVID-19 to report in managed isolation in New Zealand today. Director-General of Health Dr Ashley Bloomfield says today's case is a woman in her 30s, who arrived from London last Thursday. She was staying at the...... Read More

LIVE: Recovery fund‘s remaining $14bn to be saved

Finance Minister Grant Robertson says the government will keep the remaining $14 billion in its COVID-19 recovery fund aside for a rainy day. Robertson has made the announcement to media after the weekly Cabinet meeting. At the May budget there was...... Read More