Bay of Plenty

‘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

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

White Island crater lake refills

Rain from recent cyclones passing through the Bay of Plenty is believed responsible for White Island’s crater lake refilling. Scientists from a GeoNet monitoring team visiting the island last week noticed the change. Volcanologist Brad Scott...... 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

Rare footage of whales in Antarctica

“I’m such an excited scientist right now!” Dr Regina Eisert, marine mammal expert at the University of Canterbury, still can’t believe the underwater footage her team captured on a recent Antarctic expedition to study killer...... Read More

Tauranga families in limbo as council assess homes

A group of Tauranga residents will have to wait indefinitely before moving back into their homes at a troubled housing development. The Bella Vista company went into liquidation in December, leaving about 30 houses unfinished. On 9 March, 13 families...... Read More

Woman dies after car crashes into stream

A woman has died after the vehicle she was driving plunged into a stream. Emergency services were removed a vehicle from a stream following the fatal crash on Tahe Road, Mangakino, in the Otorohanga District. Police were called to the scene around...... Read More

SH2 crash cause unconfirmed – police

The cause of Friday afternoon’s three car crash at Apata, north of Tauranga, remains unconfirmed today as police are still in the process of interviewing witnesses from the scene. Three people were taken to hospital following the 3.30pm crash...... Read More

Rotorua flight changes welcomed

Air New Zealand flight scheduling between Rotorua and Wellington is changing next month to enable business travellers a full day’s work in the capital. The changes are also expected to strengthen Rotorua efforts to attract more domestic visitors...... Read More

Alien Weaponry tells it like it is

It’s no surprise that Alien Weaponry have been invited by Prophets of Rage to open their show in Auckland next week. The three Northland teenagers grew up listening to Rage Against the Machine and Public Enemy, who make up 5/6 of the Prophets...... Read More