Bay of Plenty

Nine nabbed in synthetic drug raids

A police operation targeting the manufacturing and distribution of synthetic cannabis and money laundering has resulted in nine arrests this morning – eight in Tauranga and one in West Auckland.     Police this morning conducted search...... Read More

Perfect conditions cause wave clouds

Atmospheric conditions which seamlessly fell together are the reason behind why a number of wave clouds have been spotted across Tauranga skies. MetService meteorologist Tom Adams says the clouds were spotted from as far as south of Tauranga and all...... Read More

Police raid Auckland and Tauranga properties

Police are storming a number of properties in the Bay of Plenty and Auckland as they execute pre-planned search warrants. A police spokesperson says police are currently executing a number of pre-planned search warrants in Papamoa and Mt Maunganui,...... Read More

Operator fined for reckless harvesting

A forest owner and harvesting company responsible for a 197 hectare pine forest in steep mountainous terrain south-east of Ōpōtiki have received a hefty fine for their environmental offending. The charges relate to disturbance of stream beds and...... Read More

Mountcastle king of Carrus Open

New Zealand Stroke Play champion Kerry Mountcastle has won his second major title this season to claim the Carrus Open by one-shot. Jennian Homes Charles Tour today while Brittney Dryland won by a dominant five-shots in the women’s field on the...... Read More

Body found at Omanawa Falls

Police have located a body at Omanawa Falls, near Tauranga. The Police National Dive Squad was called in today to help locate a swimmer who went missing at the falls around 3pm on Sunday. In a statement released this afternoon, police confirmed that...... Read More

Flight delays following drone reports

The police dive squad has arrived in Tauranga following air traffic delays. Flights were grounded at Tauranga Airport after reports of a drone flying around over Tauranga Harbour. A police spokeswoman says a drone was seen flying near the Trinity...... Read More

Search continues for missing swimmer

The police national dive squad will arrive in Tauranga this morning as the search for a man missing at Omanawa Falls continues. Emergency services were called to the falls in the Western Bay of Plenty around 3pm on Sunday, following reports that a...... Read More

Worries over rescue helicopter cuts

The mayors of Taupō, Rotorua and Ruapehu District will today meet with Health Minister David Clark over the possible loss of rescue helicopter services in the region. Under a proposed re-design of the national air ambulance service, the central North...... Read More

Tauranga once a ‘second California’

Tauranga specialist information librarian Stephanie Smith has been “longing” to share the little-known story of famous Irish playwright George Bernard Shaw’s dip in the sea at Mount Maunganui in 1934. A new exhibition at Tauranga...... Read More