Police seek alleged stock rustlers

Police are attempting to rustle up information that'll identify two men photographed covertly on a Rotorua farm recently. In a post to Facebook, Inspector Ed Van Den Broek says Rotorua Police want to speak to the two men in relation to the theft... Read More

Bug Man’s home safe from fires

Ruud Kleinpaste – aka “The Bug Man” is happy to be back in his Kennedys Bush home, now cordons have been lifted following the fires in the Christchurch Port Hills. “We came back on Sunday and most of our neighbours were allowed... Read More

Strong sales in rural Bay of Plenty

Sales of rural properties are consistently strong in the Bay of Plenty, with REINZ reporting solid sales of horticultural properties and strong prices for lifestyle blocks. Nationally, the median price for all lifestyle properties sold in the three months... Read More

Bonus rebate for EastPack growers

EastPack Limited growers are to receive a 35 per cent bonus rebate of 7 cents per tray, increasing the total rebate to 27 cents per tray. This means growers will share in more than $9.8 million worth of rebates for the 2016 season. Investor shareholders... Read More

Fires threaten Bug-man’s home

Ruud Kleinpaste – aka “The Bug Man” - is flying back to Christchurch from Tauranga this morning, unsure exactly what he will find, after learning his wife had been evacuated from their Kennedy Bush home. “As far as I know, our... Read More

Erin is BOP’s top young grower

Te Puke's Erin Atkinson has won the title of 2017 Bay of Plenty Young Fruit Grower of the Year, becoming the first woman to take the top award. The 29-year-old Technical Advisor for Apata Group based in Te Puke, headed off strong competition from... Read More

Bay housing market ‘mixed’

Median house prices across the Bay of Plenty were a bit of a mixed bag during January, according to new Real Estate Institute of New Zealand figures. In Tauranga the median house price was $540,000 last month, down 10.5 per cent ($60,000) when compared... Read More

Te Puna Quarry Park: 20 years on

It's one of the Western Bay's iconic destinations, and today it's celebrating its 20th anniversary. This afternoon a private gathering took place at Te Puna Quarry Park to mark 20 years since volunteers first began renovating the site. The... Read More

Farmers Beware! Rural thefts on the rise

Police are warning farmers and tool shed owners in rural areas to ensure their valuables are hidden and sheds locked up. Cow sheds and shearing sheds have recently been targeted around Awakino /Mahoenui and surrounding areas inland, and tools and farm... Read More

Young growers go head to head

Six top young horticulturalists are being put through their paces physically and mentally as they compete for the title of 2017 Bay of Plenty Young Fruit Grower of the Year at the Te Puke A&P Show today. The day-long event sees contestants taking part... Read More



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