Tower Insurance hikes premiums in quake-prone areas

Tower insurance customers with high risk earthquake-prone homes will soon have to start paying hundreds of dollars more in premiums. The company has announced that thousands of its customers started paying hundreds of dollars more from 1 April for...... Read More

’Spirited’ women take on Eastern Bay

Beach running, ocean kayaking, forest trekking, mountain-biking beautiful farmland, harbour coasteering, plus target shooting, slingshot and a huge waterslide all added up to a big adventure in the eastern Bay of Plenty recently. The third annual Whai...... Read More

Man dies following crash in Gisborne

At approximately 8:30pm on Saturday 11 March Police responded to a single car crash on Ormond Road, Mangapapa, Gisborne. The passenger in the car received critical injuries in the crash and was transported to Gisborne Hospital via ambulance. The driver...... Read More

Gisborne councillor wants ’Poverty Bay’ name dropped

A Gisborne councillor says a decision to have both Māori and English names for her region doesn't go far enough and the name Poverty Bay should be dropped entirely. The Gisborne District Council has voted to recommend the region be re-named Turanganui...... Read More

Council votes for Tūranganui a Kiwa/Poverty Bay

Gisborne District councillors have voted 13 to 1 to rename Poverty Bay to also include its Māori name Tūranganui a Kiwa. Specifically, the council was voting yesterday on whether to submit a name change - to Tūranganui a Kiwa/Poverty Bay - to the...... Read More

Funding boost for Motu Trails trust

  The Lion Foundation will again support Motu Trails Charitable Trust in 2018, with a grant of $23,000 towards the trust’s operations.  “It’s superb to have Lion Foundation funding again,” said Jim Robinson, the trust’s...... Read More

New research to help solve NZ quake mysteries

A research ship that's been in East Coast waters on a mission to gain understanding of some of the world's largest earthquakes and tsunamis, has returned to port. The US vessel, Marcus Langseth is currently in Napier Port after a five week...... Read More

Overwhelming response to Poverty Bay re-naming proposal

Captain Cook saw nothing of value in Poverty Bay when he named it in 1769 - but 250 years later that could be about to change. Nearly 2000 public submissions have been made on the proposal to restore the East Coast's district's original Māori...... Read More

Ruatoria firm eyes medical cannabis market

A Ruatoria hemp company is looking to raise $6 million to become the country's first producer of pharmaceutical cannabis. Hikurangi Cannabis will launch a equity crowdfunding campaign on PledgeMe next month to raise up to $2 million, with institutional...... Read More

Thunderstorm watch issued as temperatures soar

A severe thunderstorm watch is in place again for parts of the North Island. The MetService issued the watch this morning saying humid conditions are likely to lead to showers and thunderstorms developing about the northeast of the North Island late...... Read More