Bay of Plenty

Sentence for wife of refugee fraud criminal

A Fijian national has been sentenced after earlier pleading guilty to visa fraud associated with her husband, who obtained residence after making up a story that his family was massacred by a group of Bangladeshi. Aneela Wati was sentenced to nine...... Read More

Rotorua’s Onuku Trust wins Ahuwhenua Trophy

The Minister for Māori Development Nanaia Mahuta today congratulated the winner of the Ahuwhenua Trophy the Onuku Māori Lands Trust from Rotorua. “They have won the country’s top agricultural award with a policy of sharing the benefits...... Read More

Kiwi named in honour of late Joseph Harawira, QSM

The newest addition to the Omataroa Kiwi Project, a three-month old kiwi, has been named ‘JoeJoe’ in honour of the late Te Herenga member and iwi leader Joseph (Hohepa) Harawira, QSM. The naming took place this week at the regional Te Herenga...... Read More

Cash stolen in Tauranga Subway robbery

Police are appealing for information about a robbery at Subway on Cameron Road. Police were called to the Subway store near 12th Ave just before 9pm. A police spokesperson says a man walked into the store and demanded money from a worker. After being...... Read More

Green light for Farmers’ corner redevelopment

Tauranga’s Farmers’ corner will be transformed into a CBD landmark following today’s announcement that resource consent has been obtained and an accelerated timeline set for construction. Elizabeth Properties Limited – part...... Read More

Tauranga company wins NZ Space Challenge

The inaugural NZ Space Challenge has been won by Tauranga company GPS Control Systems with its concept of a Global Navigation Satellite System to help heavy tracked vehicles detect and avoid perilous ice shelf crevasses. Team mastermind John Ahearn...... Read More

Former Zespri CEO joins DMS Board as Director

Tauranga-based DMS, the leading kiwifruit and avocado orchard management and post-harvest operator, has announced the appointment of former Zespri International CEO Lain Jager as Board Director. Lain was previously CEO for Zespri International, a...... Read More

Pop culture comes out to play

Where can you meet some of your comic book and silver screen heroes all in one place? If you dream of meeting Deadpool, swoon over Star-Lord, or get giddy at the thought of Gandalf, then head to the Armageddon Expo this weekend at ASB Baypark Arena. New...... Read More

Kiwifruit industry remains at a loss

The kiwifruit industry remains at a loss as to how to solve its self-described worker crisis. The seasonal labour shortage of 1200 pickers and packers that was announced three Mondays ago has now halved to 600, after widespread media coverage...... Read More

Profit significantly up for Trustpower

Strong performance in both the retail and generation segments has contributed to a significant rise in profit for Trustpower for the year ended March 31, 2018. Trustpower added the most shareholder value of all its listed competitors in the period,...... Read More