Police cleared in Mountain Road death

The Coroner has cleared police of blame in the death of Levi Lance Penberthy-Green at Mountain Raod Oropi on April 11 2015. Levi died after he fled police lights and sirens in Mountain Road and crashed down a bank. A statement made by one of... Read More

Wet weather increases Psa-V concerns

The exceptionally wet conditions of autumn, winter and spring are heightening concerns there may be in increase in activity of the kiwifruit vine disease Psa-V. Kiwifruit Vine Health chief executive Barry O'Neil says it is too early to judge what... Read More

Ribbon Day fun

Pony lovers will be trotting away their worries at the Tauranga RDA annual ribbon day. The riders will be competing in handy pony, egg and spoon races, hoop over poles race and best rider, as well as champion classes. There will be a bouncy castle to... Read More

Galatea woman suffers medical emergency

A woman was flown to Rotorua Hospital last night after suffering a serious medical emergency in an Eastern Bay of Plenty township. The Rotorua BayTrust Rescue Helicopter was dispatched around 7pm to a rural area of Galatea, about 50km southeast of Rotorua,... Read More

Striking up with bromeliads

Maisie Kokshoorn's love affair with bromeliads started with one plant ten years ago. She now has dozens. They border both sides of her lawn, three or four deep, amongst the succulents, skirting three sides of her property. Dozens of bromeliads... Read More

Farm tales captivate young readers

Children were captivated as the author of the award-winning Tales From the Farm picture books, Jennifer Somervell, brought her country stories to life in drama with children at Golden Sands, Otamarakau and Brookfield Schools. “We had junior child-pigs... Read More

Zespri avoids criminal charges

  Zespri has avoided having criminal charges laid against the company following an investigation into allegations of criminality arising from the practice of dual invoicing. The Serious Fraud Office has closed the investigation having determined... Read More

Dairy awards offer holiday opportunity

It's been a long wet winter and spring for many farmers who need to see some sun, take a break and recharge their mental and physical batteries. These are among the reasons they should enter the 2018 New Zealand Dairy Industry Awards, says Awards... Read More

Zespri fails to ensure worker safety

  Following a fatal quad bike incident on a Tauranga orchard in May 2016, WorkSafe New Zealand has accepted an Enforceable Undertaking from Zespri International Limited. WorkSafe alleged Zespri failed under the Health and Safety at Work Act 2015... Read More

Cyclonic luck in harvest timing

For Leveret Estate Winery it was the calm between two cyclones which enabled it to harvest the grapes, which produced its latest gold medal-winning wine.  “We were fortunate to have just enough time between Cyclones Debbie and Cook in April... Read More



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On the ’Bird Walk’, Katikati looking over the Uretara stream to the Kaimai ranges. Photo: Glenice McDonald.

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