Homegrown festival warned of dangerous fake ecstasy drug

Wellington's biggest music festival, Homegrown, is being encouraged by experts to have testing available next month to screen for a dangerous drug being sold as ecstasy. N-Ethylpentylone is three times more potent than ecstasy, also known as MDMA,...... Read More

Alien Weaponry tells it like it is

It’s no surprise that Alien Weaponry have been invited by Prophets of Rage to open their show in Auckland next week. The three Northland teenagers grew up listening to Rage Against the Machine and Public Enemy, who make up 5/6 of the Prophets...... Read More

High costs end fair’s visits to Ashburton

“Constantly increasing” council-imposed fees have brought visits from the Original Gypsy Fair to a bitter end – but the council say what they were charged was nothing unreasonable. After more than 25 years visiting Ashburton, organisers...... Read More

Royal NZ Ballet report recommends additional staff training

An independent review into the Royal New Zealand Ballet has found few issues with the way the company handled allegations of workplace bullying. The review was commissioned after reports emerged last year that 20 of its 36 dancers were either leaving...... Read More

Lucky Powerball player wins $12.5 million

A Powerball player has 'the luck of Irish' this St Patrick's Day after scooping $12.5 million with Powerball First Division in tonight's live Lotto draw. The total prize of $12.5 million is made up of $12 million from Powerball First...... Read More

Harleys on tour for another year

The gathering of 700 Harley Davidson motorcycles and riders from around New Zealand in Whitianga for a weekend of organised events, live bands, markets and comradeship proved so popular, they’ve booked to return in 2019. This year’s tour...... Read More

Tourism BOP seeks funding increase

  Tourism Bay of Plenty is seeking an increase in funding of $621,000 in order to manage the region’s exponential tourism growth, so that it doesn’t impact negatively on the environment and local communities. The funding is being sought...... Read More

Mount Maunganui hunt defending champions

Mount Maunganui Lifeguard Service has built an early lead after the first day of racing at the TSB New Zealand Surf Life Saving Championships held this weekend in Gisborne.  The Bay of Plenty team built up a 10 point buffer to end the day with...... Read More

A brief history on St Paddy

More than half a million kiwis have Irish ancestry and probably another half a million wish they did. So whether your great great grandmother was Irish or not, today Saturday March 17 is St Patrick’s Day, now an internationally celebrated day...... Read More

Caring for the environment starts young

They may be just three or four years old, but the children of Katikati Kindergarten are helping to feed their local community and learning to protect and enhance their environment. The kindergarten’s environmental philosophy, developed over the...... Read More