Bay of Plenty

Man nabbed after fleeing from police

An 18-year-old man has been arrested after a police pursuit in the Eastern Bay last night.  A police media spokesperson says the pursuit happened just before 11.40pm.  “Police received a call from a property near the Whakatane...... Read More

Billabong Grom Series set for Mount Maunganui

Grommets from around the country will flock to Mount Maunganui this weekend as the Billabong Grom Series presented by Oceanbridge swings into action with the first of three events. Held hot on the heels of the National Championships completed at the...... Read More

Building more homes to ease pressure

Community housing provider Accessible Properties says they are committed to helping ease the pressure on housing in Tauranga by building more homes. The statement follows reports that Tauranga now outranks Auckland as New Zealand’s most unaffordable...... Read More

Urgent call to residents to conserve water

Hawea Residents are asked to urgently conserve water today as emergency repairs are undertaken to the local water treatment plant. QLDC chief engineer Ulrich Glasner said a critical electrical protection device at the Hawea water treatment plant has...... Read More

Predicting weather like popping corn

The Bay of Plenty’s weather has been unpredictable of late, with sunny days suddenly turning grey and heavy rain failing to eventuate. MetService meteorologist Tom Adams says the nature of the weather at the moment means thunderstorms and other...... Read More

Mount Maunganui braces for surf lifesaving champs

  One of the biggest sporting events on the Surf Life Saving New Zealand calendar is taking place this weekend at Mt Maunganui with hundreds of athletes from around the country set to take part.  This year, 850 athletes will compete in the...... Read More

Paraglider slams into Mauao

A paraglider had a gut wrenching experience on top of Mauao recently, when windy conditions caused his kite to slam-dunk him into the Mount Maunganui mountain face. Instagram user @draggonslayer was on the mountain, also known as Mount Maunganui, when...... 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

One dead in Rotorua crash

One person has died following a crash involving a car and a logging truck near Rotorua this evening. The emergency services were alerted to the incident on Ash Pit Road, Rerewhakaaitu in the Bay of Plenty at 6:53pm. A police spokesperson...... Read More

Concern over chemical weed killer

A Bay of Plenty resident has expressed concern about the use of the chemical glyphosate to rid Katikati's Yeoman Walkway of weeds, given its close proximity to the Uretara Stream. Anton van Rotterdam, a regular user of the walkway, was...... Read More