Matatā to celebrate new mural

An opening celebration will be held in Matatā this Tuesday, January 22 at 6pm to officially launch a new mural celebrating mana wāhine and the kuia of the area. The mural’s creation has come through a collaboration between Whakatāne Ki Mua,...... Read More

Bright, shiny bands for ducks

Hundreds of Bay of Plenty ducks are paddling around with bright, shiny bands on their legs. They are helping scientific research into duck population and habits. It’s part of the annual research programme by Fish & Game that help gather crucial...... Read More

Workplace deaths down, but not enough

The number of workplace deaths dropped last year but the government's safety agency says it's still too high. Forty two workers died in accidents in 2018, down from 50 in 2017 and in 2016. The agriculture sector had the highest number with...... Read More

Strong men line up at Tauranga Racecourse

  Rumours are flying today’s Bay of Plenty Strongman event will have the best strongman line up yet.   The Tauranga A&P Lifestyle Show at Tauranga Racecourse will have ‘all the fun of the fair’ with plenty to see and do...... Read More

Leak affects supply to Te Puke & Eastern Zone

Western Bay of Plenty District Council is repairing a large water leak on a supply line in its Eastern Water Supply Zone that is affecting water supply to Te Puke. The leak was discovered on Monday and loss of water from this leak has added to extremely...... Read More

Enjoy all sorts of avocado fun!

Katikati recently claimed the title of being New Zealand’s avocado capital – and this year’s Avocado Expo at the Katikati A&P Show aims to showcase and celebrate this. The expo, being sponsored by Avoco, is returning to the show on...... Read More

A fun day out set in grandad’s era

Old engines – think vintage cars, motorbikes and farm machinery – will join Clydesdale horses in a day showcasing the way grandad did things in Kawerau this month. The Waterwheel Historic Trust is hosting its annual ‘Farming like...... Read More

Hatching a plan to rescue chickens at school

Going to school usually doesn’t involve rescuing, raising and showing rehab chickens – but it does at Kaharoa School near Rotorua. The school has even introduced rescued battery hens to their traditional ag day – an idea hatched by...... Read More

A guide to camping in the bush

With more people choosing to welcome the New Year in the rustic way, the Department of Conservation have a few tips to make sure there are no accidents in the woods. The DOC say toilets are provided at every DOC hut and formal backcountry campsite,...... Read More

Sunning seal spotted in Whakatane

  A furry surprise has been spotted in Whakatane soaking up some sun with the locals. A Whakatane resident posted to Facebook saying she spotted the seal below the Landing Road Bridge at around 12pm. She says the seal brought crowds of people...... Read More

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