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An early morning karakia and a sod turning ceremony this Thursday will mark the official beginning of the Marine Precinct construction phase. The $10.4 million project replaces the 600-tonne slipway, disassembled in 2007 and sold to Nuku'alofa to...

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Tauranga wildlife photographer Jack Preston has filmed two orca hunting stingrays in the Coromandel. The rare aerial footage was acquired with a drone, during a field trip with students from the Waiariki Bay of Plenty Polytechnic.  The two orca filmed...

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Scientists are embarking on a voyage of discovery today to map a previously uncharted section of the Colville Ridge, a large and mountainous seafloor structure about 500km northeast of Auckland. More than half of the Colville Ridge, which covers an estimated...

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A wayward yachtie believed to be ill equipped and inexperienced has been ordered into port at Whakatane. Darius DeWett has to stay in port until he can satisfy maritime authorities that the boat has sufficient safety gear on board, and that the yachtie...

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Rough conditions caused a boat to capsize on the Kaituna River bar, plunging the two occupants into icy water. They managed to swim to shore, where they were attended to by an ambulance yesterday.  Maketu Coastguard president Shane Beech is warning...

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The seabed and beaches of Tauranga Harbour are in line for a spruce-up next Sunday, October 2. The region's divers are planning an underwater spring clean of Pilot Bay, thanks to the support of several clubs and organisations. Gwyn Brown of Tauranga...

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What was believed to be a whale washed ashore on the Thames coastline has turned out to be a stranded sunfish. The Department of Conservation and police received a report from concerned Thames locals of a whale stranding near Ash Street at the northern...

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It's hard to know who would be more chuffed. The noted ornithologist, who gave his name to a cute but very pongy grey fluff ball in a burrow on Mauao, or the fluff ball itself. ‘Hugh' the grey petrel is named after the late bird man...

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City councillors this week agreed to pay up $300,000 it has shortchanged the Environmental Mitigation & Enhancement Fund, in recognition of the fact that a Fund review was not conducted as required by the resource consent. The fund is part of the resource...

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A Tauranga diver's criticism of the Ministry of Primary Industries' draft snapper management plan and the Ministry's consultation process has provoked a reply from the MPI's director of fisheries management Dave Turner. Tauranga...

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