Kulim Park creature identified

The eel-like creature with teeth found at Kulim Park last week is most likely a snake eel, says Russ Hawkins at Fat Boy Charters. Murray Milgrew stepped on it while towing Sandy Fenton's six-year-old son Levi Roper on his boogie board through knee... Read More

Eat your greens, get your gains

Just because you're pumping iron doesn't mean to have to be eating it in your red meats. Julie Therize-Conroy proves you can be superhuman, especially if you eat your greens. The vegan powerlifter says she's been plant-based for more... 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

Second for Bay surf life savers

Less than ten points separated second-place getters Bay of Plenty from the top spot in the New Zealand Surf Life Saving Representative Challenge at Waimarama Beach in Hawke's Bay. With a series of demanding races on land and in the water, the team... Read More

Father and son thrilled with results

NCEA results are out today, and at the Graham household, both father and son logged on in anticipation of seeing how many credits they got. ‘They', because father Fraser also teaches Maths at Aquinas College. It's often forgotten that... Read More

Logging in to get NCEA results

Bay of Plenty students are among thousands across the country logging in to see if their exam efforts have paid dividends. New Zealand Qualifications Authority released NCEA results this morning for more than 170,000 students nationwide following exams... 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

The difficulty of leaving town

They're about four months old, all fluffed up and cocksure and ready to confront the world head-on. But with nature, if things can go wrong they probably will. Add youthful bravado, distractions and confusion to the mix and they'll certainly... Read More

Tauranga takes a close fifth

Fifth place, it's not ‘in the money' nor does it have the cachet the Flight of the Conchords gave to Hamilton's fourth place, but it's Tauranga. Population estimates by Statistics New Zealand reveal Tauranga has overtaken... Read More

Rare turtles cause a stir

A sighting of three leatherback turtles from the wildlife cruise boat Bay Explorer is causing a re-think about the species says skipper Brandon Stone. “It's extremely rare and it changes a lot of theories about the species in the area as... Read More



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