Man threatened to burn woman alive

A man who sprayed his ex-partner with petrol and threatened to burn her alive has been sentenced to two years and three months in prison. Jason Robert Hayward, 46, appeared in the Hamilton District Court on Monday on charges of threatening... Read More

Doors to stay shut at Rotorua Museum

Rotorua Museum will remain closed until at least April 2017 when the results of a detailed seismic assessment are expected to be known. New damage believed caused by the Kaikoura earthquake prompted the precautionary closure of the museum housed in the... Read More

Carols on the waterfront

The story of Mary and Jospeh and their journey to Bethlehem will come to life this weekend. The Christmas story of Mary and Joseph as they travelled to Bethlehem ahead of the birth of Jesus will take place on The Strand on December 11. There will be... Read More

Collins throws hat in the PM ring

Judith Collins and Bill English are two names that are being touted about to be the new Prime Minister of New Zealand. Jonathan Coleman is also running for the country's top position. John Key announced yesterday afternoon he will be stepping... Read More

Crate Day headaches prompt ban call

The head of Waikato Hospital's Emergency Department is calling for ‘Crate Day' to be banned after the ED was flooded with intoxicated people on Saturday night. While a number of parties across New Zealand spiralled out of control on... Read More

New property values reflect growth

Western Bay of Plenty's buoyant economy and growth is reflected in increased property values across all sectors of the district, according to the latest revaluation results. Western Bay ratepayers will receive information on their latest property... Read More

Snapper plan accepted

The first collaborative long-term plan for the future management of New Zealand's most valuable snapper fisheries is being approved today by Primary Industries Minister Nathan Guy. “The Snapper 1 Management Plan is the result of more than... Read More

Opotiki to get driver licence support

The New Zealand Transport Agency is investing $116,000 in the Opotiki Community Driver Mentor Programme to help more teens and young adults gain their restricted licence. Associate Transport Minister Craig Foss believes the new community-based driving... Read More

Busy council week

Tsunami sirens, Omanu Surf Lifesaving Club's lease and city heart project workshops will all be part of a discussion at Tauranga City Council's meeting this afternoon. As a result of a decision made at the inaugural meeting on November 22,... Read More

Car fire on Hewletts Road

A car fire on Hewletts Road caused minor traffic delays this morning. Northern Fire Communications shift manager Jaron Phillips says a car caught fire in the Tauranga-bound lane, between Totara Street and the Tauranga Harbour Bridge. Jaron says fire... Read More

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