Bay of Plenty

Two car crash reported on SH29

Reports are coming in of a two car crash on State Highway 29, in the Lower Kaimai area. A caller to the 0800 SUNLIVE news hotline says the crash is blocking the eastbound lane of the highway. "Two cars have crashed and there is debris all over...... Read More

Police chase ends in arrest

Two people have been arrested following a police chase through Welcome Bay in Tauranga. A car failed to stop when signalled to pull over by police at the Welcome Bay roundabout shortly before 11pm. A police spokesperson says a short time later the...... Read More

Brothers selected for beach volleyball

Choosing the Mount Maunganui Main Beach for the announcement and interviews with the O’Dea brothers, the NZ men’s beach volleyball team for the Commonwealth Games, didn’t make allowance for the stiff breeze from ex tropical cyclone...... Read More

Train and car crash in Tauranga

A car and train have crashed in the Tauranga area this evening. The accident happened on the train tracks on Kairua Road. A reporter at the scene says only one vehicle was involved. "The car is a write-off. No one has been seriously injured....... Read More

Joint forces map BOP seafloor

The New Zealand Defence Force and GNS Science are joining forces to map the seafloor off the Bay of Plenty coast to better define volcanic structures on and under the seafloor. The survey, which will use the Royal New Zealand Navy’s inshore patrol...... Read More

Te Puke homes evacuated after gas leak

Homes in Te Puke have been evacuated following a gas leak. The Te Puke Fire Bridge was called after a gas main was struck around 11.30am. A caller to the 0800 SUNLIVE news hotline says firefighters have evacuated properties around the leak on Beattie...... Read More

Tauranga Moana mourns loss of kaumatua

Tauranga Moana iwi are mourning the death of well-known Tauranga kaumatua Morehu Ngatoko Rahipere, aged 91 years. Morehu spent decades working for his people during his lifetime and has become widely regarded as an acknowledged leader, an exponent...... Read More

A car yard, a grass verge or both?

They’re impromptu car yards – pop-up car yards – and they’re happening on grass verges at various strategic spots around Tauranga. They’re the work of private car sellers seeking maximum exposure for their vehicles, with...... Read More

Woman found dead in Eastern Bay of Plenty

A murder investigation has been launched in the Eastern Bay of Plenty town of Opotiki after a woman was found dead earlier today. Officers responding to a reported domestic incident found the deceased woman at a residential property...... Read More

Car spins out on Tauranga highway

Police are investigating the cause of a crash where a car has smashed into a fence. The crash happened on Takitimu Drive, near the Waihi Road on-ramp, in Tauranga. A reporter at the scene says police are interviewing witnesses to try and find out...... Read More