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Charity ride a huge success

More than $9,000 has been raised in a charity ride organised by Bayride Motorcycles. Three hundred bikers turned up at the Tauranga store last Sunday for the ride, which cost $20 a head to take part in. The event was a means of raising money to help... Read More

Driver knocks baby onto road

A driver who it is said refused to stop, struck a pushchair on an intersection at Girven Road, Mount Maunganui, knocking a baby out of the pushchair and onto the road. The alleged hit and run happened at the intersection of Girven Road and Grenada Street... Read More

Hewletts Rd reopened after petrol spill

UPDATED 4:40PM: The petrol spill caused by a three-vehicle crash on Hewletts Road in Mount Maunganui near the harbour bridge has now been cleared. Western Bay of Plenty road policing manager Senior Sergeant Ian Campion says the road has been fully reopened... 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

Katikati unconvinced at bypass promises

Traffic congestion on State Highway 2, near Katikati, has boosted the awareness of the need of a bypass. Community board chair Jenny Hobbs' has launched a petition following numerous traffic complaints this summer. The townsfolk are a bit cynical... Read More

Person freed in bus crash

UPDATED: 11.11am. The woman passenger trapped in a tourist bus that crashed down a six-metre bank in Tongariro Forest Park on Sunday morning has been freed. A police spokeswoman is unsure of her condition, except that she was partially submerged in the... Read More

Roadworks on Jellicoe St next week

The road running through the centre of Te Puke will be closed later this week to allow significant construction work to occur. Western Bay of Plenty District Council transportation operations manager Alex Finn says Jellicoe Street will be closed to traffic... Read More

Rider seriously injured in SH2 crash

UPDATED 2:05PM: The New Zealand Transport Agency is advising motorists a section of State Highway 2 in Waihi remains closed until further notice following a crash earlier today. A motorcyclist was airlifted to hospital with serious injuries after being... Read More

Major delays on SH2 heading north

Once again northbound motorists travelling on State Highway 2 are facing lengthy delays, with traffic down to a crawl either side of Katikati today. It's the second day in a row northbound motorists have found themselves in traffic jams which... Read More

Car and bus collide in Mount Maunganui

A car and a bus have collided near Baypark Stadium in Mount Maunganui. Northern Fire Communications shift manager Scott Osmond says the crash occurred near the roundabout of State Highway 2 and SH29A at about 4.30pm. “It was a car versus a bus,... Read More



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