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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

Cyclists fighting to keep underpass

The New Zealand Transport Agency is denying cyclists are being ignored in the planning process for the looming Bayfair to Baypark reconstruction. Facebook group Mount Bike is seeking support for a petition to prevent the destruction of the Matapihi underpass,... Read More

Shy Wicked Camper renters

The hirers of a Wicked Campers van seen in Mount Maunganui Saturday night drove off when they saw photos were being taken of the paint job depicting a bikini clad woman on one side an embracing couple on the other. Public complaints about the van hire... Read More

Unknown cause for car fire

UPDATED: 3.15pm. Greerton firefighters don't know what caused a car being driven to Rotorua to catch fire today. Firefighters were called at 10.09am and found a car was fully in flames when they arrived on the scene on SH36, near Taumata Road. "One... Read More

Christmas Moto Trial this Sunday

Tauranga Motorcycle Club are holding their Christmas Moto Trial this Sunday, giving riders the opportunity to test their skills with a bike. The event will take place at Roberts Farm in the Kaimais, beginning at 10am and finishing by 3pm. Tauranga Motorcycle... Read More

Champ rallies behind friend

New Zealand Rally Champion and Mount Maunganui local David Holder is throwing his weight behind a campaign to see a special friend of his take the trip of a life time. When he's not tearing up back roads around New Zealand, David keeps busy part... Read More

Tauranga traffic tailback clearing

Reports that traffic is backed up along Takitimu Drive almost as far as the Harbour Bridge are puzzling Tauranga Police. The possible cause is a crash at Bethlehem on State Highway 2, at the intersection with Taniwha Place. The crash happened at about... Read More

Tauranga to host rally champs?

A campaign is under way to bring a World Rally Championship round to Tauranga in 2018. New Zealand is one of five nations in the running, having last hosted the championship in 2012. Rally New Zealand chairman Peter Johnston says Australia effectively... Read More

Fatal crash now suspicious

Police say a fatal crash near Te Kaha on Saturday afternoon is suspicious, and they want anyone who saw the crash or has any information to come forward. Police were called at approximately 2:40pm to reports of a crash involving a motorcycle and a van.... Read More

Look out for Bay & Waikato events: NZTA

Motorists are being asked to be extra cautious on the roads due to several events taking place across the Bay of Plenty and Waikato this weekend. The New Zealand Transport Agency also asks motorists to obey all road signs during the Lake Taupo Cycle... Read More



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