Consumer confidence back to normal

Consumer confidence has rebounded to normal levels as the dust settles following last year's change in government. The Westpac McDermott-Miller Consumer Confidence Index rose 4 points to 111 in the three months to March. The index had hit an 18-month...... Read More

PM’s oil and gas comments cause anxiety in Taranaki

The Prime Minister's comments about the future of oil and gas exploration is causing anxiety in Taranaki - the only region in New Zealand where hydrocarbons are commercially exploited. Yesterday, Jacinda Ardern accepted a Greenpeace petition calling...... Read More

Government plans count of homeless

The government is planning to count the number of homeless people in New Zealand. Statistics New Zealand will work with Kate Amore, from Otago University, to get a better understanding of the numbers between each census. In 2016, Dr Amore found one...... Read More

Fatal crash at Awanui in the Far North

A man has died following a two-car crash on State Highway 10 at Awanui in the Far North.It happened just before 5:45pm east of Godinovich Road. The man was trapped and was freed with the assistance of Fire and Emergency. Unfortunately, he died at the...... Read More

‘Mammoth’ kiwifruit orchard for sale

One of New Zealand’s biggest privately-owned kiwifruit orchard portfolios has been placed on the market for sale. The portfolio consists of three separate mid to large-sized productive blocks at Te Puke in the Bay of Plenty – the centre...... Read More

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

Plunket responds to claims of unethical behaviour

The properties and assets being transferred to Plunket's national organisation have always been owned by Plunket, chief executive Amanda Malu says. Plunket is under fire for transferring assets and properties from local community ownership to Plunket's...... Read More

Six-year-old killed in Rangitikei crash

A six-year-old boy has died following a crash on Turakina Valley Road, between Kauaekeke Road and Bald Hill Road, in the Rangitikei District. It happened just before 2:15pm when a ute went down a bank. There were no other vehicles involved. Three from...... Read More

White crosses planted along SH2

More white crosses are appearing on State Highway 2 north of Tauranga – but they’re not to mark specific accidents. Instead, they are intended to serve as visual reminders to slow down and not take risks on what residents are describing...... Read More