A topsy-turvy start for kiwi chick

A kiwi chick has proven there's no right or wrong way to succeed – just as long as you get the job done. The chick, which is originally from Moehau on the Coromandel Peninsula, emerged into the world by kicking its way through the bottom... Read More

Policy stance ‘potentially far reaching'

Forest owners say the new Federated Farmers' policy on climate change is a major step to help farmers understand trees are not an alternative to farming, but rather trees are tools to assist farming's survivability. Federated Farmers has... Read More

Bay economy the strongest in 2016

The Bay of Plenty was the strongest performing regional economy last year with a 7.7 per cent increase to its gross domestic product. New figures released by Statistics New Zealand show 12 of the 15 regions' GDPs increased in 2016, with the Bay... Read More

Mood menus and vaporised foods reality

Robots delivering meals to your door – inhaling vaporised food instead of chewing it – and a restaurant that suggests a menu based on your mood aren't the future of food – they are happening now, says KPMG global head of agribusiness... Read More

Ideas sought for ‘activating’ demo site

Do you have a brilliant and vibrant idea for utilising the Willow Street site after the Tauranga City Council administration building is demolished? The city council is seeking registrations of interest “to activate the site” for a period... Read More

Assessing value of trees

An online tool has been launched to help landowners in the Lake Rotorua catchment understand the potential economic gains from converting all or parts of their property to pine or Manuka. Toitu Te Waonui, a Maori forestry initiative group comprising... Read More

Broken down truck causes delays

UPDATED 4.15PM: The New Zealand Transport Agency is advising motorists that State Highway 2 near Papamoa is now fully reopened. Southbound motorists were faced with lengthy delays after a truck broke down on the Tauranga Eastern Link and blocked one... Read More

Jet Ski nicked from Bay property

A Jet Ski and trailer padlocked to a concrete slab in the Bay of Plenty has been nicked by opportunistic thieves. Police say the owner last saw his Jet Ski and trailer about 6pm on Tuesday, March 28. “The Jet Ski was on the trailer, the trailer... Read More

Top growers' second orchard

Even when Maria Watchorn isn't in her avocado orchard, she's thinking about the health of her trees. Sitting down with her at her Prole Rd home in Omokoroa, her ears prick up and she quietly asks her husband Andrew if an irrigator has been... Read More

Earthquake swarm near Turangi continues

The residents of the Turangi-Waihi-Pukawa-Omori area have also been experiencing earthquakes over the last few weeks. A swarm has been on going to the west of there since Monday 13 February. To date GeoNet has recorded and located 879 earthquakes... Read More



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