Bay of Plenty

McLaren Falls murder: vehicle sightings sought

The public are being asked to provide any information about a light coloured Nissan Terrano, as police continue to investigate the murder of a man whose body was found at McLaren Falls. The investigation into the death of Mitchell Paterson, whose body...... Read More

New introductory flight service in BOP

A new larger and faster aircraft will be hitting the runway at Whakatane Airport this weekend. Air Chathams has advised its SAAB 340A airliner will be hosting an introductory Auckland-Whakatane scheduled flight service. The airline is waiting on the...... Read More

Police link gangs to spate of homicides in Waikato

Three homicides in the Waikato region in the past three weeks are connected to gangs, police say. Three people have been arrested since the body of Mitchell Curtis Rehua Paterson of Ngāruawāhia was found at McLaren Falls south of Tauranga on Friday. Investigations...... Read More

Tauranga death not suspicious

The death of a person whose body was found in Tauranga is not being treated as suspicious. A caller to the 0800 SUNLIVE news hotline says he was walking his dog on 17th Ave, near the Historic Village, when he saw several police officers in the bush...... Read More

Appeal for vehicle sightings near McLaren Falls

Members of public who may have sighted vehicles near McLaren Falls on Friday are being asked to come forward. A police media spokesperson says the appeal is part of the investigation into the murder of Mitchell Paterson, whose body was found in the...... Read More

Police investigate link between Waikato homicides

Waikato Police are working to rule out any link between three recent homicides which have happened across the district in the last two weeks. Waikato District Commander Superintendent Bruce Bird says more than 60 staff are working on the three homicide...... Read More

Heavy rain delays Waioeka Gorge works

  Work to re-open the section of State Highway 2 affected by a slip in the Waioeka Gorge has been delayed due to heavy rain on Sunday.   NZTA Regional Transport System Manager Rob Campbell expects work on the gorge won’t be completed...... Read More

Fertiliser plant fined $82K for sulphur leak

Ballance Agri-Nutrients has been fined $82,500 for an unauthorised discharge of contaminants, namely sulphur dioxide, into air from their fertiliser manufacturer plant in Mount Maunganui. Ballance Agri-Nutrients pleaded guilty the charge relating...... Read More

Three arrested in relation to McLaren Falls murder

Three people have been arrested following an investigation into the murder of a man whose body was found at McLaren Falls last week. The body of Mitchell Curtis Rehua Paterson - a Ngāruawāhia local - was found in the water at...... Read More

One seriously injured in train crash

UPDATED 9.01AM: One person has been seriously injured after a car and train have crashed in the Bay of Plenty. Emergency services were called to the crash on State Highway 30, near Otakiri, shortly before 8.30am. A police spokesperson says one person,...... Read More