Boy falls through glass window

A young boy and his family now have one holiday memory they probably would like to forget. The Auckland Rescue Helicopter was called out to Papa Aroha on the Coromandel Peninsula's west coast, after a 10-year-old boy tripped and fell through a... Read More

The sports bible according to Kane

He's presently number four on the ICC world cricket test batting rankings. He's one of us, Kane Williamson, 26-year-old captain of the Black Caps and he's just released a checklist for goal achieving and pushing personal boundaries. Considering... Read More

Pot of fat sparks fire callout

  A pot of fat catching fire on the stove sparked a callout for firefighters overnight. The fire started in the kitchen of a Coopers Road address, in Gate Pa. A fire service spokesperson says responders arrived at about 8.30pm. The fire was out on... Read More

Four crashes in an hour

Police have been put under pressure this morning, with callouts to four separate motor vehicle accidents in the space of an hour. Western Bay of Plenty road policing manager Senior Sergeant Ian Campion says the first incident involved a car and a bike. That... Read More

TITOKO, Harry (Haare) (Hubble)

On Monday 20 February 2017 tragically as a result of an accident, aged 60. Loving and devoted husband of Hiro. Loving Papa (Paps) to all his children, grandchildren and whangai. Treasured brother to all his brothers and sisters. Haere atu rā taku Hoa.... Read More

Record results in health targets

Improving performance is the story of this quarter's health target results in the Bay of Plenty. Of the Ministry of Health's six quarterly targets the Bay of Plenty District Health Board has exceeded three and was just one per cent off achieving... Read More

Tauranga's 'fearless advocate' honoured

A fearless advocate for children, the community and education is the latest recipient of a trophy created in honour of a tireless worker for social justice. Merivale School principal and new Labour candidate Jan Tinetti is the latest recipient of the... Read More

Glover, Heather Cynthia

Passed away at Bob Owens Retirement Village on 20th February 2017. Loved and respected wife of the late George for 57 years. Much loved Mother and mother in law of Brian and Susan, Ian, Raewyn and Michael, and Kevin and Debbie. Loved and special Nana... Read More

Weather in a minute with Rosalie

Today the weather forecast is for a fine day with some morning clouds and light winds.  Remember to wear sun protection.  Today is six years since the February 2011 earthquake. A great way to show care and support to the Cantabrians who moved... Read More

LIVE: Earthquake memorial unveilling

  People will gather in Christchurch today to witness the unveiling of the Canterbury Earthquake National Memorial. At 12pm, the memorial - Start at the 270kg pounamu stone on Oxford Tce just downstream from Christchurch Hospital on the Avon River... Read More

Murder accused says he acted alone

The man accused of murdering Lance John Murphy told a court he stripped to his underpants to wash in a creek and perform a Maori warrior ritual, before acting alone in bashing him to death on a hilltop. Michael Joseph Davies, 52, is standing trial accused... Read More

Truck smashes head-on into tree

A truck and trailer unit carrying mail and other parcels crashed head-on into a tree overnight. Emergency services were called to the crash on State Highway 2, north of Bethlehem, around 10.30pm. A police spokesperson says a truck appears to have left... Read More

Bug Man’s home safe from fires

Ruud Kleinpaste – aka “The Bug Man” is happy to be back in his Kennedys Bush home, now cordons have been lifted following the fires in the Christchurch Port Hills. “We came back on Sunday and most of our neighbours were allowed... Read More

Vehicle flips on state highway

UPDATED 6.40PM: The driver of a vehicle which went over a bridge on State Highway 30 has been taken to hospital with moderate injuries. Emergency services had to free the driver from the vehicle, which went off the bridge near the intersection of State... Read More

Pregnancy app to be piloted in Waikato

A team from the University of Waikato's School of Psychology have develop an app designed to provide information and support for pregnant women The ‘Positively Pregnant' app includes tools for self-assessment, taking inventory of the... Read More

Coffey confident in Waiariki

The deal between the Mana and Maori parties not to compete against each other in the Maori electorates changes nothing, according to Labour candidate Tamati Coffey. On Monday, representatives from Mana and the Maori Party signed a kawenata, or agreement,... Read More

PRONK, Nicolaas (Nick)

Passed away 21st February 2017, in his 81st year. Beloved husband of Nora, devoted father to Fred and Anna, Wilco and Donna. Treasured Opa to Anneke and Jacob, Nicholas, Madison, Reece and Grayson. ‘A hard fought battle, but now at peace.'... Read More

Victim killed on Bay crash named

Police have released the name of the 60-year-old man killed in a two-vehicle crash in the Eastern Bay of Plenty. State Highway 30, near Awakeri, was closed for about four hours when two vehicles smashed into one another just before 4pm. Harry Titoko,... Read More

Concerns for missing Taupo woman

Police are searching for a missing 75-year-old Taupo woman, who has not been seen since the early hours of this morning. Barbara Thompson regularly fishes at the mouth of Waitahanui River, 5km from her home, first thing in the morning and usually returns... Read More

Five presumed dead in plane crash

UPDATED 4.01PM: Up to five people are dead after a charter plane crashed into a Melbourne discount shopping outlet and exploded in Victoria's worst civil aviation accident in 30 years. The Beechcraft Super King Air twin-engine aircraft with five... Read More



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