Bay of Plenty

Armed bank robbery in BOP

No injuries have been reported following an armed bank robbery in the Bay of Plenty this morning. Police were called a bank on Fletcher Ave, Kawerau at 9.08am. A police spokesperson says initial reports indicate a male offender entered the bank...... Read More

Give-a-little page set up for SH2 crash victim

  A Give-a-Little page has been set up for a crash victim who was involved in a serious crash while traveling towards Tauranga on State Highway 2, on Sunday February 3.   The crash happened at around 1.45pm, and was south of the golf course...... Read More

Message to surfers from SLSNZ

Surf Life Saving New Zealand has issued a message to surfers, who might be attracted to the large swells that are being caused by Cyclone Oma. WeatherWatch.co.nz says the forecast computer models are aligning to suggest Cyclone Oma won’t directly...... Read More

Work to start on storm damaged highway

A Bay of Plenty damaged by a prolonged storm event is now getting repaired. The New Zealand Transport Agency is advising motorists that work will start on the repair of two retaining wall sites at Whitianga Bay and Houpoto on State Highway 35 from...... Read More

Call to declare seasonal worker shortage in BOP

Bay of Plenty MP Todd Muller is calling for the Government to urgently declare a seasonal worker shortage in the region. He says it will allow work visas to be fast-tracked as they were late in the 2018 season. “Kiwifruit growers in the Bay...... Read More

Dive squad called to BOP crash

The Police Dive Squad is being called to the Bay of Plenty after a truck crashed into a river. Police are still at the scene of a crash that occurred on State Highway 2 in Waiotahe near Opotiki earlier today. Police were notified that a truck was...... Read More

Port of Tauranga posts strong financial start

Port of Tauranga is reporting a strong start to the 2019 financial year, with increased cargo volumes contributing to a 4 per cent increase in Group Net Profit After Tax to $49 million. Transhipment volumes, where containers are transferred from one...... Read More

Quinn & Williams claim wins at Papamoa

Favourite tags were the order of the final day of the Barrett Homes Surf Open at Papamoa with Gisborne’s Maz Quinn and Whangamata surfer Ella Williams living up to expectations winning their respective divisions. The two surfers were joined by...... Read More

Early rounds dish up mixed results

New Zealand representative Levi Stewart (Waihi Bch) dominated the top seeds during the opening rounds of the Barrett Homes Surf Open held at Papamoa Beach on Saturday. Stewart was joined by Ella Williams (WGM) in the Open Women’s Division, Williams...... Read More

Searchers find body in Maketu

Search and rescue teams looking for missing man John (Johnny) Mohi have found a body in Maketu. In a formal statement issued by New Zealand Police, it says while the formal identification of the body is still to be completed, the search and rescue...... Read More