Oil spill exercise at Raglan

Ensuring Waikato Regional Council staff are trained to protect Waikato waters is the aim of a marine oil spill exercise at Raglan tomorrow. “This training is essential to bring new staff up to speed with how to respond, as well as refresh the...... Read More

Five Hector’s dolphins killed in fisher’s net

The government may consider a total ban on set net fishing after five nationally endangered Hector's dolphins were killed in a single net. The deaths were discovered a month ago off Banks Peninsula on the east coast of the South Island, where it...... Read More

Big fish no small fry

A 142.5kg striped marlin was caught near Baylys by local resident Ross Sherman, by hauling it in on a long line. While fishing for kahawai and snapper using a torpedo kontiki on Tuesday, March 20 , Mr Sherman and family noticed a large splash in the...... Read More

Tourist caught in Mount beach rip

A Brazilian tourist rescue from the sea off the blowhole last night was ‘straightforward’, says Kent Jarman at the Mount Maunganui Lifeguard Service. Police called the lifeguard service about 6pm to say there was somebody in the water off...... Read More

Back broken on high speed tourist vessel

Seafort Holdings Limited and its sole director and shareholder, Richard John Prentice, have been ordered to pay fines and reparations totalling more than $93,000 after a 60-year-old passenger, Raewyn Russell, had her back broken when the company’s...... Read More

MPI looking into accidental capture of dolphin

The Ministry for Primary Industries is looking into an accidental capture and subsequent death of five Hector’s dolphins in a commercial set net off Banks Peninsula last month. Set netting is permitted in the area where the incident occurred...... Read More

Tour boat company to pay $93k after back-breaking injury

A Bay of Islands skipper has been ordered to pay fines and reparations of more than $93,000 after one of his passengers broke their back during a boat ride near Paihia. Richard Prentice was transporting tourists to the Hole in the Rock when the accident...... Read More

Yachties rescued after boat hits rocks

Two yachties stuck at sea off the Northland coast have been rescued after their boat ended up on rocks near Whangarei. The pair made a distress call shortly after 6pm on Saturday after running into rough sea conditions. They asked to be airlifted...... Read More

Stricken yachties face second night of swells

Two yachties stuck at sea will have to spend a second night in rough conditions off the Northland coast after four failed air and sea rescue attempts. Coastguard northern region said two people on 12-metre yacht made a distress call shortly after 6pm...... Read More

Enquiries continue into boat collision

Police have resumed making enquiries into a boat collision which happened in the Tauranga harbour on Friday evening. A loud bang was heard in Pilot Bay at about 8.30pm when two boats collided near the Tangaroa statue. The noise was reportedly heard...... Read More