Bay of Plenty

Tornado sweeps through Ohope, Bay of Plenty

Emergency services have been called to houses in Ohope after residents roofs have been blown off. A mini tornado swept through the area at around 5.47pm and pulled roofs off nearby houses on Harbour Road. A Northern Fire communications spokesperson...... Read More

Council settles with a Bella Vista homeowner

Tauranga City Council and the owner of 299A Lakes Boulevard have reached a settlement by negotiation. In a statement released this afternoon, Council has agreed to take ownership of the property in exchange for paying the owner all wasted expenditure. “The...... Read More

Man killed in SH2 crash named

Police can now release the name of the man killed in a crash on State Highway 2, near Whakamarama. Auckland man Kevin Adrian Hamill died in a two car crash on Sunday morning. The 61-year-old was the only person in his vehicle at the time of the crash. Another...... Read More

Woman dies after incident in Tauranga

A woman is dead following an incident involving a mobility scooter in Tauranga. Emergency services were called to Gravatt Road shortly before 10am today, after a woman suffered an incident on her mobility scooter, says a police spokesperson. "Preliminary...... Read More

Refereeing leads to life changing weight loss

  A decision three years ago to pick up the whistle has led to a life-changing journey for Bay of Plenty rugby referee Rees Uerata.   The 38-year-old husband and father of three took charge of his second finals appointment for 2018 on Saturday...... Read More

Two killed in Western Bay of Plenty crashes

Two people are dead following two crashes in the Western Bay of Plenty. One person was killed in a crash on State Highway 2, near Munro Road. Emergency services were called to the crash at 11.20am on Sunday. It’s understood two vehicles were...... Read More

One dead following SH2 crash

One person has died following the two car crash on State Highway 2 in Whakamarama, Bay of Plenty.  Emergency Services were called to the scene at 11.20am near Munro Road. "The sole occupant of one vehicle died at the scene," says...... Read More

Severe weather watch issued for the BOP

MetService has released a severe weather watch for the eastern ranges of Bay of Plenty. A complex low pressure system and associated fronts and troughs are expected to move east onto New Zealand from the Tasman Sea overnight tonight, then across the...... Read More

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