Real Life

Focus on stopping meth supply in Thames

Thames Police are warning anyone considering supplying drugs in the community to expect to be prosecuted and face a lengthy prison term. Roman Cossey, a 31-year-old local man, was sentenced on Tuesday to seven years imprisonment for a number of methamphetamine...... Read More

UPDATE: Incident on Tyne Street, Invercargill

Invercargill Police are still responding to an incident at The Haven, Invercargill but cordons have now been taken down. Emergency services were initially called at approximately 2:15pm to a report of a strong chemical smell. As a precautionary measure,...... Read More

Using social media to help save women’s lives

Health Minister Jonathan Coleman says a new website and social media campaign will help encourage women to have regular cervical smear tests and mammograms. “The Time to Screen campaign encourages and supports women to participate in screening...... Read More

Men wanted on drugs and firearms charges

Western Bay of Plenty Police are looking to locate the following two men who are wanted to arrest on a number of serious charges, including drugs and firearms changes. Ngatote Alan Dale Edwards, 25, has warrants for his arrest in relation to drugs...... Read More

Dreaming big for Bay Dreams

The first line-up for Bay Dreams 2018 has been announced, with international artists such as DJ Snake and Foster the People set to perform at the January 2 festival. The popular music festival will take place at ASB Baypark again this year, with tickets...... Read More

Major redevelopment for Wainuiomata High School

Around $12 million will be invested to redevelop Wainuiomata High School, Education Minister Nikki Kaye and Associate Minister of Education Tim Macindoe announced today. “This investment recognises that Wainuiomata High School’s buildings...... Read More

New environment strategy to engage and inspire

Associate Conservation Minister Nicky Wagner and Environment Minister Dr Nick Smith today launched a new strategy and action plan to better equip New Zealanders, especially children and young people, with the knowledge, skills and motivation to tackle...... Read More

Outstanding in the field

Bob Welford's Astrod Engineering began as a one-man operation in a Mararoa paddock. Fifteen years, a larger workshop, and more staff hires later, the business is set to change hands next month. Back in 2002, it all began with the building —...... Read More

Slip frustrations reach boiling point

Frustrations around on-going road closures due to slips and drop-outs around the Coromandel's State Highway network, has seen a public meeting being called in Coromandel Town next week. The Coromandel Business Association has arranged the meeting,...... Read More

Late pilot’s wife speaks out

The wife of the late Steve Combe, the pilot who died in a helicopter crash in 2015, has said that the focus should remain on the official cause of the accident after details of past mental health issues experienced by Steve came to light earlier...... Read More