Bay of Plenty

Free Rotorua buses during Royal visit

Rotorua residents will be able to catch free buses and maybe a glimpse of Prince Harry and wife Meghan Markle as part of the Royal visit to the city on October 31. The Duke and Duchess of Sussex will spend the day in Rotorua visiting various sights...... Read More

Missing Rotorua man located

Police have located a man who had been reported missing yesterday, after not returning to his Rotorua home when expected. A police spokesperson says he contacted his family just before 10pm on Saturday night. “His is safe and well in Napier...... Read More

A journey of visions

Elizabeth Grainger’s natural flair for visionary art came to her in a lucid dream. At six-years-old, while hiding out in native bush in her home town of Katikati, she had a spiritual awakening. In a space of forest protection, she suddenly found...... Read More

Hands-on wānanga for coastal health

About 40 Western Bay of Plenty schoolchildren have joined Waikato University scientists, Manaaki Te Awanui, NIWA, DoC and iwi experts for hands-on lessons in marine biosecurity. The students gathered at Tauranga Bridge Marina to check pest crab traps...... Read More

Goat reinforces message about child restraints

A police operation targeting child restraints in vehicles has sent a message loud and clear that all kids in vehicles need to be restrained, including goats. Over the past two days Eastern Bay of Plenty Police carried out an operation which involved...... Read More

Firefighters form motorcade to bid farewell

Firefighters from throughout the Western Bay of Plenty have bid farewell to one of their own, forming a motorcade of fire engines as part of a funeral procession for an ex-firefighter. The occasion caught the attention of Tauranga residents on Friday...... Read More

Northern to press home huge lead on final day

Northern Districts take a huge advantage into the final day of their Plunket Shield clash with Canterbury in Christchurch today and look odds on to gather their second straight win of the new season. They have a massive lead of 354 with still five...... Read More

Boaties armed with safety advice ahead of summer

Boaties are being warned to take it easy on the water this Labour Weekend which marks the ‘unofficial’ start of the summer holiday season. A number of agencies have gathered at boat ramps in the Western Bay of Plenty today, offering pleasure-craft...... Read More

Shama’s in the hot seat

When New Zealand jetsprint legend Peter Caughey lines up for another shot at world glory in Australia next weekend, Ashburton’s Shama Putaranui will be right there next to him. Four years after the duo combined to win their first World Jetsprinting...... Read More

Petition launched to overturn fuel taxes

A petition to repeal the government’s new fuel taxes and relieve financial pressure at the pumps has been launched by the National Party. National Leader Simon Bridges says the average New Zealand household is now paying $200 a year more in petrol...... Read More