Kayakers possibly missing in Hahei

Two kayakers are possibly missing off Hahei Beach near Mahurangi/Goat Island after they were last seen on Thursday evening. Waikato Police and Whitianga Coastguard were notified of a man and a woman leaving Hahei Beach on a tandem, sit-on kayak, and... Read More

Deck cadet wasn't wearing safety harness

An investigation into the death of a deck cadet at the Port of Tauranga earlier this year has found the man had not been wearing a required safety harness at the time of his death. The deck cadet, a Chinese national working aboard the bulk carrier Mount... Read More

Trophy brown trout streams to open

Anglers are gearing up to target some of New Zealand's biggest wild trout as some renown Rotorua streams open for summer. Popular Lake Rotorua tributaries which have been closed for the spawning season re-open for summer angling from Thursday,... Read More

Orca special for Manukau students

A group of Alfriston college students were rewarded for their 5am start today with the sight of orca in the Tauranga Harbour entrance. The 20 or so college students from Manukau are on a day sail on the Hawaiki Voyaging Trust waka, Hinemoana. The 22m... Read More

Illegal fishing operation disturbed

Sacks of undersized and shucked paua have been discovered in a cave on the Hawke's Bay coast. The kaimoana was found on Blackhead Beach last week during checks on vehicles in relation to reports from local residents of suspicious vehicles and activities. A... Read More

Picnic table raft for sale

What could be better this summer than a leisurely picnic out on the water? One Tauranga-based Trade Me seller is giving people the chance to bid for their very own floating picnic table, complete with outboard motor. Described as a “very stable... Read More

Tragedy highlights need for vigilance

The Kaipara Harbour tragedy which has left seven people dead and one person missing has emphasised the need for boaties to take care when crossing bars. “Crossing a bar is the riskiest thing boaties can face, no matter how experienced they are,”... Read More

Anglers to fish “wild spots”

Anglers on the east coast of the North Island will soon be spoiled for choice when several “fairly remote” streams – closed for spawning season – re-open for summer fishing. They include Lake Waikaremoana's Mokau and Hopuruahine... Read More

Unexpected arrival, and a wedding

A cruise ship turned up unexpectedly in Tauranga this morning. Radiance of the Seas arrived just after 7am for a day visit, their first port of call since leaving Melbourne. Port of Tauranga commercial manager Leonard Sampson confirms the vessel was... Read More

Sharks filmed snacking on gutted fish

Tossing gutted fish into Tauranga Harbor brought a pair of surprise scavengers after a snack. Bruce Adams filmed a pair of “good sized” bronze whaler sharks tussling for a gutted fish when he and friends were cleaning fish in the harbor recently. “We'd... Read More



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