Think carefully about pets as gifts

A cute kitten sitting under the Christmas tree may sound like a great gift idea, but it can sometimes lead to heartbreak for the animal – and the recipient. Southern Cross Pet Insurance and the SPCA are urging Kiwis to think twice before giving... Read More

Emergency service skills gained

Twenty-six young people in the Western Bay gained emergency services skills as part of Youth in Emergency Services (YES) programmes this year. Maketu and Katikati are among 10 communities across New Zealand to gain funding from the Ministry of Youth... Read More

Feeling the benefits of the sea

Dressed in a shorty wetsuit and aqua socks, I feel a little bit like a penguin. I'm not a water baby by any means, but I couldn't resist the urge to try a new water sport being offered on the shores of Mount Maunganui. Longe-côte (walk... Read More

Father and son missing in bush

  A search and rescue operation is underway in Te Urewera National Park after a father and son failed to return home. Police, LandSAR volunteers and a helicopter are currently searching for the father and son who have failed to return from a seven... Read More

Manic Monday's multiple crashes

  A car crashing into a house and another rolling down a ditch is just two of four crashes police have been called to this afternoon. From around 2pm to 2.30pm, police responded to four crashes – two in Tauranga and two near Te Puke. A police... Read More

Lightning hits as storm bears down

Some cloud-to-ground lightning from near Waihi Beach to Tauranga have been recorded, according to NIWA. The MetService has issued a severe thunderstorm watch for the Bay of Plenty and Coromandel, as well as other parts of the North Island. Unstable,... Read More

Cocaine accused plead not guilty

The four men arrested following a $20 million cocaine bust in Tauranga are denying the charges. Matthew Scott, 44, Deni Cavallo, 46, Benjamin Northway, 35, and Mario Habulin, 46, all face charges related to possession for the supply of cocaine, possession... Read More

Truck crashes off SH2

UPDATED: A truck driver has escaped a crash near Katikati without injury. A police spokesperson says a truck went off the road near Apata Station Road just after 12.30pm. "The driver isn't injured and is arranging for the truck to be removed. "There... Read More

$17k win for Lotto players

Lotto players in Te Puke, Papamoa and Tauranga are celebrating a $17,870 win. The three players are part of 14 people who won second division in Saturday night's live draw. A lucky player from Auckland also won Powerball Second Division, taking... Read More

Teen injured diving into shallow water

  A teenage cut his head open after diving into shallow water. The Trustpower TECT Rescue Helicopter was dispatched to the Waitawheta River in Waikino at 2.30pm on Sunday, where a 13-year-old man had been injured. “The teen had hit a rock,... Read More



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Santa in Plover Place, Maungatapu. Photo: Scott MacLeod.

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