Bay of Plenty

Beating Tana Umaga at squash

Five years ago as a young boy in Toulon, Victor Crouin took on All Blacks great Tana Umaga in a game of squash.  He won.   Now he’s hoping a bit of Kiwi magic helps him pull off an unlikely win at the World Junior Squash Championship...... Read More

Two trucks block SH1

State Highway One has been blocked, due to a crash between two trucks near Taupo. Two trucks collided near Motuoapa in Taupo, just before 1pm. There are no serious injuries but the trucks are still blocking the road. Police thank motorists for their...... Read More

Lions circle the stage coach

  Lions & the Stagecoach from Sun Live on Vimeo. It sits forlornly in all weathers at the front of the Historic Village on 17th Ave – a fading red monument to travel in another age. It’s the village stage coach. “The paintwork’s...... Read More

New regional park an island first for Auckland

Browns Island, Motukorea, has become Auckland Council’s newest Regional Park and its first island park. The news is being welcomed by Auckland’s Friends of Regional Parks (FOR Parks). says President Bronwen Turner. “Browns Island...... Read More

Man shot dead, woman missing

A murder investigation has been launched following the death of a 48-year-old man in Kinloch, near Taupo. Police believe the man was shot at his rural property, on Whangamata Road, yesterday evening, says Bay of Plenty CIB Detective Senior Sergeant...... Read More

One lane of SH2 open

UPDATED: State Highway 2, near Matata, is now open to one lane. The highway was closed earlier today when a slip came down blocking both lanes. The NZ Transport says State Highway 2 near Matata now has one lane open but people should continue to expect...... Read More

Bay police officer bashed in the head

A Bay of Plenty police officer is in Waikato Hospital with serious head injuries after being assaulted while on duty in Rotorua last night. At about midnight he and another officer responded to an emergency call from a residential property in Owhata. “The...... Read More

Bay police officer bashed in the head

UPDATED: A 24-year-old man has been arrested in relation to the assault of an on-duty police officer in Owhata, Rotorua. Yesterday the police officer was called out to a residential property in Owhata and the offender struck him on the head by an...... Read More

Residents against transitional housing

Papamoa locals are ‘outraged’ at the way the Ministry of Social Development and the Tauranga City Council have dealt with development of transitional housing on a sewerage drainage site. Nearby residents have lodged a petition against the...... Read More

Funding boost for Whakatane museum

The Whakatane Museum and Research Centre has received a $120,000 funding boost from the Lion Foundation to help continue with the redevelopment on site.  The funding for the redevelopment is expected to cost $4.5 million, and the Whakatane District...... Read More