Regional

Gold Rush Rally route finalised

A new route has been drawn up for this year's August 26 event, taking in some northern parts of the Coromandel that haven't been used for rally driving for several decades. The forestry roads that have been used in previous years are unavailable...... Read More

Transformation Taita wins LGNZ EXCELLENCE Award

Hutt City Council’s project to transform the lives of young people in the high-deprivation suburb of Taita was recognised at the Local Government New Zealand EXCELLENCE Awards gala dinner on Monday night. Transformation Taita was named as winner...... Read More

Bull calf fundraiser helps next generation

Taranaki farmers are set to put their skills to the test to see who can rear the heaviest bull calf. NZ Young Farmers has overhauled its annual bull calf competition, which now has a $10,000 prize pool. It’s a major fundraiser for the 13 NZ...... Read More

New skills in the district

The Dargaville Community Development Board hosted a new resident and business owners’ welcome event last week, showing that the Northern Wairoa is diverse in new skills and cultures. Organiser and board manager Lorraine Davidson said that the...... Read More

Fostering hope for children

A Rolleston couple is helping to ensure foster children get the opportunity to start their new lives in the best possible way. Katherine Jayne and her partner Hamish MacPherson are members of Foster Hope, a national organisation which aims to give...... Read More

Patients fall ill at same funeral

Two women fell ill while attending the same funeral near Matakana Island. The Trustpower TECT Rescue Helicopter was dispatched to Rangiwaea Island, near Matakana Island, twice in one day. The Tauranga-based chopper was called to the island yesterday...... Read More

Polishing Meridian’s ’jewel in the crown’

The iconic Manapouri Power Station has been undergoing a state-of-the-art upgrade, all while managing record low in-flows to the hydro lakes. New site manager Brett Horwell has only been in the job since April, but he has already been taking on his share...... Read More

The difference between a cold and flu

While Whanganui District Health Board recognises that winter illnesses can be very unpleasant, Health promotion officer Chester Penaflor says feeling unwell doesn’t always require a visit to the doctor. Concerned by reports that people are...... Read More

Charity Ball brings back classic dances

Next week's Te Anau Charity Ball aims to bring back a touch of old time glamour while raising funds for a good cause. Charity Ball organiser Marilyn Hunter said the idea to create the event came from Fiordland College's recent vintage-inspired...... Read More

Truck crash blocks Hawke’s Bay roundabout

Police are advising motorists driving in Hawke’s Bay to avoid the York Road/Flaxmere Avenue roundabout, on State Highway 50A following a truck crash. The vehicle has rolled on the Hawke’s Bay Expressway at the intersection and is blocking...... Read More