Dolphins released from purse seiner net

A fishing boat skipper forced to release an estimated 30 tonnes of jack mackerel to save six dolphins caught in his net, is being praised for his actions by Sanford Ltd - and a boatload of recreational fishers who saw the drama unfold. “They tried... Read More

Dreamy and surreal

  A woman's body that is also a cello, with soft swirling fabric evoking the music flowing from within, or a boy flying a kite indoors with no ceiling above.  These are some of the dreamlike unexpected juxtapositions that are so captivating... Read More

Two dead at Culverden

Police can now confirm that two people were killed in the crash at Culverden, North Canterbury ealier today. The scene examination is now complete and the road is now open. Anyone who witnessed the crash and is yet to come forward to Police, could... Read More

First step for TECT business hub

A new Community Business Hub, led by the Tauranga Energy Consumer Trust, has reached a significant milestone. A dawn karakia marking the beginning of site preparation for the new community business hub building at the Historic Village, has been followed... Read More

Rocky Cutting Road closed overnight

Concern that rocks, trees and vegetation loosened in yesterday's heavy rain could fall over night has resulted in the Western Bay of Plenty District Council closing Rocky Cutting Road. The road is closed to all traffic from house number 354 onwards... Read More

TCDC calls for YES 2017 nominations

If you're a young Coromandel local who lives on the east coast of the peninsula and is after a challenging, hands-on learning experience, then read on. Thames-Coromandel District Council is inviting youngsters, aged 16-20, living in an area stretching... Read More

Tauranga's rubbish going to waste

Most of the waste that Tauranga residents send to landfill could be recycled or composted, latest audit figures show. The waste audit results were presented to Tauranga City Council's Environmental Committee meeting today. Results include: Approximately... Read More

SCHLICHTING, Doris Mary (Dot) nee Baylis

Passed away peacefully March 23, 2017. Dearly loved wife and soulmate for 60 years of Val. ‘Forever loved, forever remembered' In accordance with Dot's wishes, a private cremation has been held. Read More

Bid approved for housing infrastructure fund

Today Council considered Tauranga City Council's final proposal for the Housing Infrastructure Fund and approved it for release to the Government on 31 March. The Housing Infrastructure Fund (HIF) is a contestable $1 billion fund to assist high... Read More

Snagged lines capsizes boat

A pair of fishermen setting lines in the Firth of Thames went for an unscheduled swim when their boat capsized this afternoon. Police were notified about 1pm. A police spokesperson says two men who were setting fishing lines in the Firth of Thames and... Read More

Council to reimburse water customers

People affected by the recent water issues in Pukehina Beach, Paengaroa, Maketu, Little Waihi and Pongakawa will be reimbursed through their next water account with a $5 discount. The discount is to compensate customers who took Council's advice... Read More

Aquinas First XI win award

The Bay of Plenty Cricket Player/s of the Month March Award has been awarded as a rare team award to the Aquinas College First XI. Aquinas College has become the first Bay of Plenty Secondary School to progress from the qualifying draw to the ND First... Read More

SAVAGE, Kenneth (Ken) Richard

Passed away peacefully on 27 March 2017.Dearly loved husband of Margaret and loving father of Susan and Jenny. Adored grandfather of Caitlin, Rebecca, Max and Oliver, and respected father-and-law and friend of Paul and Chris. Wonderful memories of family... Read More

Boat capsizes near Thames

UPDATED 1.52PM: Two people are reported to be in the water after a boat capsized in near Thames. The Rescue Coordination Centre were notified of a water rescue in the Firth of Thames at about 1pm. A spokesperson from the centre says it's a police-led... Read More

Police hunt offender near Bayfair

UPDATED 2.34PM: A large scale police operation near Bayfair has wound down after police failed to locate the person they were looking for. Cordons were put up in the area around midday as police hunted an wanted offender in the area. A police spokesperson... Read More

Tauranga community group wins big

The Incubator, Tauranga's creative and arts hub, is among the three winners of the nationwide ‘Freezell 4 Your Community' initiative. The charitable trust, based in the Historic Village, was voted one of the top three most deserving... Read More

Karangahake Gorge re-opens

UPDATED 5PM: Both lanes in the Karangahake Gorge are now open, after being reduced to one lane since about 11am today. A truck hit a bank, about 2km east of the Karagahake township this morning. Northern Fire Service communications shift manager Jarron... Read More

Half a month of rain in a morning

If you felt yesterday's rain was more than usual for this time of year, you're not alone. Tauranga was saturated by half its monthly average rainfall, causing widespread flooding in the area. MetService meteorologist Peter Little says there... Read More

Tauranga black belt cleans up

Tauranga black belt and radio host Mark Eagle cleaned up in two divisions at the 2017 Central North Island Karate Championships, held at the Queen Elizabeth Youth Centre on Sunday. Mark, who practises Fushin Ryu karate, took out the open and veteran... Read More

Category 4 cyclone grips Queensland

Queensland's Whitsunday Islands are being lashed by 180km/h winds as Cyclone Debbie bears down on the state's north coast, where it's already cut power, snapped trees and sent roofing iron tumbling down the streets of mainland towns. The... Read More



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