China warning for councillors

City councillor Rick Curach has been advised to inquire about organ transplants next time he visits Tauranga's sister city Yantai in China. Rick was asking Judy Shakespear for advice in terms of how councillors should engage with the sister city... Read More

Boy dies after mysterious seizures

A six-year-old boy has died in Auckland's Starship Children's Hospital after being struck by mysterious seizures. Elias Buchanan, from Tauranga, was found convulsing and unresponsive in his bed on December 20 and rushed to Tauranga Hospital. Tests... Read More

Public asked to tread with caution

Those thinking of taking a dip to cool off in the summer heat are being warned to tread with caution, as contaminated recreational water raises potential health risks.  “If you swim in or drink contaminated water, you risk getting sick,”... Read More

Summer search for blue green algae

Gemma Kerrisk is an algal monitoring technician with the BOP Regional Council, a job description that means she spends the summer months ensuring regional lakes are safe for swimming. Gemma spends four days a week over the summer before a microscope,... Read More

Mountain biker suffers back injuries

A mountain biker has been flown to Middlemore Hospital after a fall in Oropi. The Trustpower TECT Rescue Helicopter was dispatched at 3pm on Monday, to the Oropi mountain bike track, where a 37-year-old male had fallen a suffered and serious back injury. “Due... Read More

Swapping four wheels for two

A month-long programme of events, activities and workshops, revolving around cycling, is encouraging the Bay of Plenty to put pedal to the metal this summer. Bike Month is part of Sport Bay of Plenty's Play in the Bay initiative, which seeks to... Read More

Hunter stabbed in thigh

  A hunter is in Waikato Hospital after being stabbed in his thigh while dressing a deer. The man, in his late 30's, was found lying partially in a river and unable to move south of Hauturu, near Kawhia, on Saturday. The Waikato Westpac Rescue... Read More

Venue sought for parkrun

Every Saturday morning, in 17 countries around the world, there are thousands of people meeting up at local parks to go for a run together. It's happening in New Zealand too, but not in Tauranga and parkrun New Zealand organisers Lian and Noel... Read More

More field crews helping storm response

Powerco has ramped up restoration efforts to get supply back on to regions affected by the storm. Field crews have been brought in from other areas to repair the damaged network in Coromandel and Tauranga. Strong winds and flooding caused significant... Read More

Coromandel water woes

In spite of heavy rain Thursday and with more expected today, the downpours are not lifting water restrictions in the Thames Coromandel District. The bad weather has seen many holiday makers leave the Coromandel and return home, but there are still lots... Read More



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