Extremely rare sighting of solo common dolphin

A skipper cruising the waters near Akaroa has been treated to a rare sight. "The lone common dolphin was cruising along with a pod of around 20 Hector’s dolphins in Akaroa Harbour," says Black Cat Cruises Skipper Hamish Crosbie. "We...... Read More

Fish falls on man’s head in spa pool

A fish fell from the sky and on to a man's head as he relaxed in a spa pool at Auckland's Parnell Baths this afternoon. Russell Hogg felt a thwack on his head then heard a large splash as though someone had "done a big belly flop"...... Read More

Tinnie sinks, trio cling to chilly bin

Three men have been rescued after their tinnie boat capsized near Big Manly Beach in Whangaparāoa this morning. The men were found in the water, using a chilly bin as a float. The Auckland Westpac Rescue Helicopter was sent to the location along...... Read More

Ex-Bay of Plenty boat a threat to Rarotongan ocean

An ex-Eastern Bay of Plenty owned vessel could pose an environmental threat to Rarotonga after becoming stranded on a reef on Friday night. Zambucca, which was formerly owned and used to charter fishing in the Eastern Bay, is currently at the centre...... Read More

Funding boost for Western Bay lifeguards

A $10,000 funding boost for surf lifeguards on Western Bay beaches this summer has helped bridge the funding gap for weekly patrols, says Western Bay Mayor Garry Webber. Western Bay of Plenty District Council lifted its annual funding for the Surf...... Read More

Young sailors on board sailing competition

Several young sailors from the Bay of Islands have jumped at the chance to race on board ‘big boats’ at CRC Bay of Islands Sailing Week later this month. The youngsters, from the Bay of Islands youth sailing programme, are looking forward...... Read More

Six ships in five days

Port of Tauranga is set for a busy period in the next few days with six cruise ships expected within the next five days. First of the lot is Sun Princess which arrived with more than 2000 passengers at 5.15am today. The cruise ship is expected to...... Read More

Efforts to recover body of missing skydiver resume

A police dive squad will be investigating the viability of using sonar equipment to assist with the recovery of the skydiver missing at Lake Wakatipu. "Given the nature of the incident and the time that has passed the ongoing police activity is...... Read More

Police release name of diver who died in Masterton

Police can now release the name of the diver who died at Flat Point, Masterton on 17 December. He was 31-year-old Leroy Smith of Manawatu. "Leroy's body was recovered by members of his family on 18 December. At the time Police incorrectly...... Read More

Orcas delight Papamoa community

Hundreds of people poured out of houses in Papamoa overnight to watch as a group of orca cruised past along the beach. Some ran in their pyjamas not wanting to miss seeing the three orca close up. About an hour before sunset Nikki Antonsen spotted...... Read More