Racing underway for Team New Zealand

Emirates Team New Zealand kicked off their 35th America's Cup campaign with a convincing win over Groupama Team France on Bermuda's Great Sound. It was the first race for the new look Kiwi team racing on sailing's greatest stage, and... Read More

Prices and profit up at Sanford

Fishing company Sanford Limited posted a 25 per cent increase in net profit after tax to $19.0m for the six months ended March 31, 2017, compared to the same period in the prior year. It's been achieved by raising the prices of higher value, non-commodity... Read More

Orca die in Eastern Bay stranding

Five orca are dead following a stranding in the Bay of Plenty. The Department of Conservation says four of the killer whales were already dead when it was notified about the stranding at Cape Runaway on Wednesday afternoon. While local tangata whenua... Read More

Oil spill exercise in Tauranga Harbour

More than 40 people will be involved in an oil spill exercise scheduled to take place in the Tauranga Harbour on Thursday. The exercise will involve staff from the Bay of Plenty and Waikato regional councils, Maritime New Zealand, the Department of... Read More

The case of the disappearing yacht

She's called The Sting – is seven metres long, and she's now been found after going missing in the weekend. Campbell Smith of Waihi Beach says his yacht has pulled her mooring, probably in the weekend's high winds, and disappeared. “She... Read More

A boatie’s best insurance

It's been a successful morning for the local Coastguard, who held their MayDay fundraising event down beside the new tidal stairs on the waterfront. One of the biggest drives today was for new members, to help keep the vital volunteer service afloat. Tauranga... Read More

Coastguard’s Mayday on Sunday

A close-up look at the Coastguard vessels and the chance to learn about Tauranga Volunteer Coastguard activities from the volunteers who keep the rescue group operating is taking place at the tidal stairs on the waterfront on Sunday, May 21. It is the... Read More

Rena wreck to remain on reef

The wreck of the Rena will be permitted to remain on Otaiti/Astrolabe Reef, the Environment court has decided in an Interim Decision released this week following an earlier hearing. The appeal by Ngai Te Hapu incorporated, and Nga Potiki A Tamapahore... Read More

When the sea gives back

NIWA puts a lot of things in the ocean—instruments tied to moorings, floats that dive up and down measuring what's going on in the water, and video cameras that monitor fish. But this is a story about something that accidentally ended up... Read More

Southern scallops still in decline

Public feedback is being sought on an MPI proposal to close the southern scallop fishery for a year to see if depleted stocks recover. The fishery was closed last season, but a survey this season shows stocks continue to decline, says MPI's inshore... Read More

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