Comvita forecasts $10m profit loss

Comvita is warning the New Zealand Stock exchange an originally forecast $17m profit this year is being drastically cut back to $5m-$7m, because of bad weather. “The honey season has progressed to a point where we have enough evidence to suggest... Read More

‘Bug Man’ to host gala dinner

New Zealand's advocate for all kinds of insects, the ‘Bug Man' – aka Ruud Kleinpaste – has been confirmed as MC for the Bay of Plenty Young Fruit Grower gala dinner at the ASB Arena on Wednesday, February 15. New Zealand... Read More

Pleading for pet rabbits

Pet rabbit owners are petitioning the government against importing any more rabbit calcivirus or rabbit haemorrhagic viruses to knock down feral rabbit numbers. The Ministry of Primary Industries has budgeted $240,000 to be spent during the current financial... Read More

Three outboards stolen

Three outboard motors, fuel tanks and two cox communication boxes have been stolen from the BOP Coast Rowers shed on Wairoa Road over the weekend. Club members returned a day early from the cancelled Blue Lake Regatta to discover the clubrooms broken... Read More

Charity ride a huge success

More than $9,000 has been raised in a charity ride organised by Bayride Motorcycles. Three hundred bikers turned up at the Tauranga store last Sunday for the ride, which cost $20 a head to take part in. The event was a means of raising money to help... Read More

Information plea on barn fire

  Tauranga police are appealing for information about a suspicious barn fire at Glue Pot Road on Friday. The alarm was raised at 5.45pm Friday afternoon, and attended by Greerton fire fighters. Anybody who may have information please contact Detective... Read More

A drier longer term outlook

NIWA's climate outlook for the next couple of months shows the Bay of Plenty may continue to dry out, with warm temperatures and average or below average rainfall. Drought indicators, soil moisture and river flows are most likely to be below normal... Read More

Big bets at speed shearing

The annual Te Puna Speed Shear Competition at Top Shot Bar saw some members of the audience excited enough to put their money where their mouth is. One gentleman attending last Saturday's event offered $500 to anyone who could shear a lamb in under... Read More

Homes lost in fire near Whitianga

UPDATED 9.09PM: At least four homes have been destroyed and others evacuated as firefighters battle a large scale fire south of Whitianga. Residents in the area say they have been told to leave their homes, which are in the path of the blaze. The crews,... Read More

Tirau crash victim named

Police have named the woman killed after a crash on State Highway 1, on Sunday. Esther Grace Lynn Chavel Bhana, 33, died following a two-car crash on the highway near Tirau yesterday afternoon. Police say Esther's vehicle was heading south on SH1... Read More



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