Spark outage affects North Island

A Spark NZ outage is affecting an unknown number of customers in the central North Island. Cell phones, land lines and 0800 numbers are being affected in some areas. "We are aware of a problem affecting some customers not being able to make or...... Read More

Surfing action heats up in Gisborne

It didn’t take long for the action to heat up on day one of the 2017 National Scholastic Surfing Championships held at Gisborne on Monday, as regional teams from around the country attempted to keep a clean slate through the first rounds. After...... Read More

School surfing descends upon Gisborne

Two national surfing events descend on Gisborne from this weekend with the Primary School Champs and the Scholastic Champs taking place over seven days starting Saturday. The two-day Sticky Johnson Primary School Champs presented by Skullcandy kicks...... Read More

Police thank public after teens escape custody

Police in Gisborne have thanked members of the public for their assistance after two teenagers escaped from custody this afternoon. The pair, aged 14 and 16, appeared in Gisborne Youth Court this morning charged with aggravated robbery. They...... Read More

Student returns to scene of summit fall

German student Keno Schnibben returned to Treble Cone Ski Resort on Tuesday September 12, three years after falling from the summit. On that day, Keno had climbed to the summit of Treble Cone (TC) to take some photos with friends and fell 150 metres...... Read More

Civil Defence issues tsunami warning

NZ Civil Defence has issued a tsunami warning. A beach and marine tsunami threat warning is in effect for Chatham Islands, Pegasus Bay, Northern Coasts of Hawke’s Bay and East Cape following the 8.2M earthquake near Chiapas Mexico. Whilst initial...... Read More

Forestry death near Gisborne

A man has died in a forestry area near Gisborne this afternoon, police say. Police went to the remote area in the Tauwhareparae area north of the city after a call about 2.30pm, they said. The man died at the scene. They said they were working with...... Read More

Stolen avocados being sold on Facebook

Eastern District Police have issued a reminder to business owners following a spate of recent avocado thefts. The warning comes after a number of instances recently where avocados have been stolen and before being sold on Facebook. The affected...... Read More

Home detention for hiding $1m in cash sales

A Gisborne retailer who hid more than $1 million in cash sales from his accountant to avoid paying tax has been sentenced to seven-and-a-half months’ home detention. Liangxing Luo, 46, who runs the Art Fun Wear chain of emporium-style stores...... Read More

Waioeka Gorge slippage cleared

The Waioeka Gorge has been cleared, but the NZTA says more work needs to be done to get the road open. The slip, which occurred on State Highway 2, between Opotiki and Gisborne, had around 5500m3 of debris fall onto both lanes due to heavy rain on...... Read More