Scallop event shelved for the year

One of Whitianga’s most iconic seafood festivals is being put on hold for the year, due to planned upgrades in the town. The Whitianga Scallop Festival is well in its 14th year and is highly anticipated each year by seafood lovers around the...... Read More

Kate makes a Magic move

Excited Ashburton netballer Kate Lloyd is packing her bags for Hamilton this week for a season with the Western Bay of Plenty Magic. Lloyd, 20, was named in the squad last August after returning from the Netball Youth World Cup in Botswana with the...... Read More

Rain and thunder to sweep North Island

The MetService is predicting heavy rain for northern and western parts of the North Island over the next 24 hours. A particularly humid northerly flow is expected to bring periods of rain to much of the North Island overnight and into Tuesday....... Read More

Toxic slugs suspected in dog deaths

Karla Reeves’ Chihuahua Miley started panting after a walk on a Thames Coast beach. Thirty minutes later, her treasured pet died in her arms. Karla tells a Fairfax reporter, her vet suspected Miley had come in contact with a poisonous sea slug,...... Read More

Highway remains closed after truck crash

  UPDATED 2.10PM: All road users are being asked to avoid State Highway 2 Karangahake Gorge after a serious crash. The road is expected to be closed at Mackaytown until around 4pm while the truck involved in the crash and the debris are removed,...... Read More

’Why was everybody so sure it was botulism?’

A Putāruru family struck down with a mystery illness after eating wild boar in November last year have raised concerns about communication at Waikato hospital. Shibu Kochummen, his wife Subi, and his mother Alekutty Daniel became paralysed after eating...... Read More

Company liquidation sheds doubt on Taupō yoga festival

The New Zealand and Australia arm of the international yoga festival Wanderlust has gone into liquidation owing an estimated $1.6 million. The annual festival attracts thousands of yogis and is due to go ahead in Taupō in March. In the liquidators...... Read More

Search continues for missing Hamilton man

Police and LandSAR are continuing their search for 84-year-old Raymond Stirling today, who was last seen on January 15. Police and Raymond's family are extremely concerned for his welfare, as he is frail and suffers from mild dementia. Over the...... Read More

NZ’s top ten most connected holiday hotspots

Opito Bay has been named the most connected holiday hotspot in New Zealand, according to data that’s just been released by Vodafone. Opito Bay experienced a large spike in data usage over the summer period, up 735 percent compared to the first...... Read More

Takeaway shop robbed at knifepoint

Two men armed with knives burst into a the Meremere Superette and Takeaways before demanding money and cigarettes. The men entered the store at about 11.30am and verbally threatened the victim (the shop keeper) and his daughter. A struggle...... Read More