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Rare footage of whales in Antarctica

“I’m such an excited scientist right now!” Dr Regina Eisert, marine mammal expert at the University of Canterbury, still can’t believe the underwater footage her team captured on a recent Antarctic expedition to study killer...... Read More

Edgecumbe residents contest repair work

Members of the Rangatāiki Community board are contesting work which is currently planned to repair the stopbank in Edgecumbe. The stopbanks of the Rangatāiki River burst at Easter in 2017, causing massive flooding and widespread, severe damage to...... Read More

Endangered whitebait released in Rotorua

Ngāi Tahu Tourism owned Rainbow Springs are thrilled to welcome several hundred giant kōkopu (galaxias argenteus) into the park in Rotorua. Giant kōkopu are the largest adult fish of New Zealand’s iconic ‘whitebait’ species,...... Read More

Car-chase accused’s custody remand

The man accused of jumping into the Wairoa River after a dramatic police chase in the Western Bay of Plenty has opted to stay behind bars until his next court appearance. Bonn Glenn Taylor, 34, appeared in Tauranga District Court on Tuesday after...... Read More

103-year-old Model T on world tour

A car more than a century old visited the Bay of Plenty Vintage Car Club on Tuesday morning, as part of a global tour. The 1915 Model T owned by Dirk Regter rolled up to the club’s headquarters on Cliff Road on the final leg of its New Zealand...... Read More

From river to court: escapee charged

The man who leapt into the Wairoa River to escape capture by police following a pursuit is facing a whole raft of charges. The 34-year-old man is charged with two counts of failing to stop, two counts of recklessly operating a motor vehicle, plus driving...... Read More

Todd Muller calls out Phil Twyford

Bay of Plenty MP Todd Muller has challenged Minister of Transport Phil Twyford over State Highway 2, between Te Puna and Omokoroa. It’s quarter past eight on Monday morning and the traffic is slow moving.  Todd wants to call the Minister...... Read More

Police road spikes reduce car to rims

A police pursuit this morning near Tauranga resulted in several sets of road spikes being deployed, which reduced a fleeing vehicle to rims and caused it to catch fire. Police first saw the vehicle near Katikati at around 9.30am. A police spokesperson...... Read More

Weather warnings as Hola approaches

MetService has issued a severe weather warning as Cyclone Hola heads towards NZ. A period of bad weather is being forecast for this morning from about 11am and this is expected to ease early Tuesday morning around 1am. "It looks like we...... Read More

Phosphorus canister washes ashore in Coromandel

A canister apparently containing phosphorus has washed ashore on the Coromandel. Emergency services were notified about the object at Shelly Bay, Bowentown, just after 3pm. The area is cordoned off. There is no immediate danger to the public. However,...... Read More

Sam Neill goes viral eating a ’stupid plastic bag’

Greenpeace says more than 1.2 million people have now seen the quirky Sam Neill video of the Kiwi actor munching on a plastic bag. The environmental campaigning organisation has just released a clip of bloopers from the film with Sam Neill deliberately...... Read More

Thinking about a museum for Tauranga

Renowned ‘museologist’ Ken Gorbey believes museums are a sign of ‘cultural maturity’, and that it’s time Tauranga had one. He was the presenter at the second in a series of public breakfasts to discuss the merits of museum...... Read More

Fans remake Star Wars film

Tauranga fans of the Star Wars franchise have been remaking their own full length versions of Star Wars movies. The group, calling themselves "The Knights of Renesmee", and led by Andrew Duncanson, have spent hours over the summer faithfully...... Read More

’Anonymous’ protest outside Burger King

Activists from Anonymous for the Voiceless held a protest outside Burger King at Mount Maunganui, on the corner of Maunganui Road and Banks Ave. The protesters stood in a circle with white masks looking outwards and holding iPads and signs that...... Read More

Rare kiwi footage captured

Rare footage of two kiwi chicks hatching has been caught on camera at Rainbow Springs’ Kiwi Encounter in Rotorua. The unique time-lapse shows two chicks as they break free from their eggs and is the first of its kind for the largest kiwi hatchery...... Read More

Latham looking forward to Bay Oval ODI

Fresh from a starring role in the Blackcaps’ three-wicket victory over England in Hamilton and a crucial contribution of 79, batsman Tom Latham is having a week to remember. And he’ll be hoping it gets even better on Wednesday when New...... Read More

Kitchen fire blocks Papamoa road

A fire which blocked a section of Dickson Road in Papamoa on Tuesday night is said to be the result of a kitchen fire. Fire and Emergency New Zealand shift manager Paul Radden says the incident happened just before 6pm. “We received reports...... Read More

More aid delivered to Tonga

The New Zealand Defence Force (NZDF) is taking 12 more tonnes of aid and disaster relief supplies to Tonga today to support the Pacific country’s emergency response to Tropical Cyclone Gita. The relief supplies include 200 agriculture tool kits,...... Read More

Danni is the BOP’s top young grower

Danni van der Heijden is only the second woman to be named as Bay of Plenty Young Fruit Grower for 2018. The 24-year-old avocado services manager at Trevelyan’s Pack & Coolhouse in Te Puke won the trophy, after competing against five other contestants...... Read More