Three people rescued from boat praised for taking precautions

A trio rescued from their abandoned boat thought they were 500 metres off shore when in reality they were about 5 kilometres out to sea. The three boaties were got into trouble early this evening off the coast at Orewa, north of Auckland. Coastguard...... Read More

Tropical surfing playground in the Bay of Plenty

A full field of New Zealand’s top surfers will be greeted by a fresh swell at Papamoa Beach this weekend, as summer continues to produce a tropical surfing playground in the Bay of Plenty. The Barrett Homes Surf Open takes place on Saturday and...... Read More

Men who drowned near Oamaru named

Police are now in a position to release the names of the men who drowned at Kakanui, near Oamaru, on Tuesday 12 February. They were brothers Kereta Tatana, 24, of Ahipara, Northland, and 30-year-old Whererika Popata of Windsor, North Otago. "Police...... Read More

Weather threatens race, volunteers to the rescue

Four Coastguard vessels, Coastguard Air Patrol and other rescue assets scrambled to assist when weather turns on the Manukau Harbour. Last night at 1710 hours, the Coastguard Operations Centre received a call from a race organiser on the Manukau Harbour...... Read More

Agencies in major search and rescue exercise in New Plymouth

Dozens of marine rescue boats will take part in a major search and rescue exercise off the coast of New Plymouth today. Taranaki Police Search and Rescue alongside other marine rescue agencies will be searching for real people and dummies in waters...... Read More

Call for US ban on NZ imports over netting of dolphins

Conservation group Sea Shepherd has asked United States law makers to ban imports of New Zealand seafood due to the threat it says fishers pose to endangered Maui dolphins. It accused them of not doing enough to prevent their capture in nets and pointed...... Read More

Man wounded by stingray at Mount Beach

An Italian tourist has had an unwelcome Waitangi Day encounter with what it believed to be a stingray at the Mount beach this afternoon. The man suffered a large laceration to his lower leg while bodysurfing. Local surfer Colin McGonagle says he assisted...... Read More