Regional

More warnings issued over toxic algal bloom

Beachgoers are being warned to avoid the water in a Bay of Plenty estuary where potentially toxic algae are blooming. The health warning was issued on Friday August 17, for the Waihi Estuary in Pukehina, with Dr Neil de West, Medical Official of Health...... Read More

Rotorua community receives OneChance grants

A $25,000 grant for youth programme OneChance New Zealand was among more than $370,000 granted to the Rotorua community by The Southern Trust. OneChance NZ manager Alan Tane Solomon says $5,000 will assist with a salary with the remaining $20,000 going...... Read More

Whakatane student on track to come home

Alyssa Ledbetter suffered brain damage while holidaying in America last month. A Bay of Plenty girl who spent weeks in intensive care in an American hospital has been discharged and hopes to be home in two weeks. Alyssa Ledbetter was in Seattle at...... Read More

Research on whitebait ‘love zones’

As the region’s whitebait fishers dust off their nets, Bay of Plenty Regional Council Freshwater Ecologist Alastair Suren is working on research to map whitebait ‘love zones’; the areas where whitebait spawn. “We’ve spent...... Read More

Rotorua headlines newest school showcase

New Zealand’s newest music, dance and drama showcase for schools, Showquest, has been staged at the Energy Events Centre in Rotorua last week marking the fifth regional event nationwide.  The Raukura Kapa Haka team, made up of Rotorua Boys...... Read More

Boat marathon makes waves

Crowds lined the shores of Lake Te Anau to witness the thrill of powerboats duel it out on the lake last weekend. Warm winter weather and calm waters set the stage for the final round of the The New Zealand Boat Marathon Commission series on Saturday. The...... Read More

Landmark projects get final okay

Two landmark multi-million dollar projects for Rolleston have been given the green light by the Selwyn District Council. At its meeting last week, council approved a $14.8 million extension to the Selwyn Aquatic Centre, as well as the design concepts...... Read More

Nearly 50 films to screen at NZIFF Tauranga

The New Zealand International Film Festival has revealed its full programme for the 42nd film festival in Tauranga. Forty-eight films from 20 countries will screen at Rialto Cinemas Tauranga from 23 August. The 2018 Cannes Palme d’Or winner...... Read More

Muir scores a rare hole in one

Tauranga pro Kieran Muir was hoping to make a move up the leaderboard on day three of the Fiji International at Natadola Bay. He did that with a two-under round of 70 to finish in 1-over and give himself a chance to make some serious money on the final...... Read More

Some pink in a blue world

If you met Shannan Bell, 26, with her petite stature, mane of luxuriant dark hair, blue eyes, careful makeup, and pink manicured nails, you’d probably stereotype her as someone who works in the beauty industry, or a trendy office – but you’d...... Read More