Myrtle rust found in new region

Myrtle rust has been detected in Manawatu for the first time, the Ministry for Primary Industries confirmed today. The fungus was found on a young ramarama (Lophomyrtus) in a planted area off Victoria Esplanade in Palmerston North. Myrtle Rust Response...... Read More

Beds for rest home residents being sorted

Beds are being made available for rest home residents after the announcement of a rest home closure in Whanganui. Nazareth Rest Home and Hospital made the announcement of their closure earlier this month, and since this time Whanganui District...... Read More

Onerahi missing man located

The 89-year-old man who was earlier reported missing in Onerahi has been found deceased. There are no suspicious circumstances surrounding his death, which will be referred to the Coroner. ... Read More

UPDATE: Two people died at Whakapapa crash

Two people have died following the serious crash at the intersection of State Highway 47 and 48 this morning around 6.40am. The road is expected to be closed for some time while the Serious Crash Unit investigates.     Diversions are in...... Read More

Truck and van crash near Whakapapa

A truck and van have collided at the intersection of State Highway 47 and 48, near Whakapapa. Emergency services were called to the serious crash at 6:40am. Police say details on injuries are unclear at this stage, however the intersection is currently...... Read More

Arrest made in historic Palmerston North bank robbery case

A 41 year old man has been arrested and charged in relation to the 2007 robbery of the Rangitikei Street branch of BNZ, Palmerston North. The bank was robbed on the 24th of May 2007 by a man who presented what appeared to be a pistol at three tellers...... Read More

Body found on Whanganui River bank

A body has been discovered on the west bank of the Whanganui River. A police spokesperson says calls were received in the past hour from people who had seen the body near a rowing club in suburban Aramoho. Officers at the scene are trying to...... Read More

Taupo man hit by rockfall dies

Police have released the name of the man who died after being struck by a rockfall on State Highway 4 yesterday. He was 70-year-old Taupo man Paul Lenard Batchelor. It is understood he had stopped to help other motorists clear a small slip...... Read More

Hundreds join search for missing Bulls man

Hundreds of volunteers spent the weekend searching for 54-year-old Kevin Hartley, last seen in the Scott's Ferry beach area near Bulls. There was a large search for Kevin over the weekend, involving more than 250 civilian volunteers on Saturday...... Read More

Music teacher jailed for historical sex crimes

A 72 year-old former music teacher at one of the country's most prestigious schools has been jailed for historic sex offending. Trevor Ian Gibbs was convicted of five charges of doing an indecent act on a boy and one of sodomy, after a week-long...... Read More