New secondary school for WBOP sought

Jo Linthwaite’s children might not be ready for secondary school just yet, but the Whakamarama woman is not wasting any time in making sure there will be one on her doorstep when the time comes. The mum of four has set up a petition calling for...... Read More

Shelter belt fire put out

Update 1pm - A shelter belt fire near Te Puna is now under control. Fire and Emergency New Zealand Northern Communications Shift manager Scott Osmond says the fire has happened on Newnham Road. “This fire is about 75m long, the undergrowth of...... Read More

Cattle deaths following 1080 drop

The farmers whose cows might have been killed by 1080 says it's possible the animals escaped into the area where the poison was dropped. The Department of Conservation is investigating how eight cattle died following a pest control operation...... Read More

Fighting back against the avocado crime wave

Avocado growers are sleeping in their orchards, patrolling the streets at night and using CCTV to protect their 'green gold' from organised crime groups and a fruit blackmarket. Earlier this year, Robin Hanvey - an extremely tall man in his...... Read More

Vodafone upgrades rural internet connections

Vodafone provides improved internet connectivity to over 300,000ha of farmland, allowing New Zealand’s largest pastoral farming company to run its business more efficiently. The Rural Connect Project sees Vodafone successfully bringing fast...... Read More

One month until new animal welfare regulations

New regulations to strengthen our animal welfare system will come into effect on October 1 2018. Ministry for Primary Industries Director for Animal Health and Welfare, Dr Chris Rodwell, says the 45 new regulations cover a range of species and activities...... Read More

Cross-appeal filed in the Kiwifruit Claim case

The Kiwifruit Claim group has filed a cross-appeal over the High Court decision which found the Ministry for Primary Industries negligent in letting vine-killing disease Psa-V into New Zealand in 2009, which devastated the kiwifruit industry. This...... Read More

New research looks at lamb gene markers

A new research project will examine the feasibility of growing lambs with more intramuscular fat. Gene markers that are known to influence intramuscular fat levels are the focus of the industry-led research project that has attracted a $174,400 grant...... Read More

Council helps in kōkako release to Ōtanewainuku

Western Bay of Plenty District Council staff took part in an expedition to relocate kōkako to Ōtanewainuku Forest in Oropi early this month. Council’s Community Relations Advisor Glenn Ayo was one of the Ōtanewainuku Kiwi Trust (OKT) volunteers...... Read More

A mini tornado reported in Matamata

Rain and strong winds are moving through the country today with a mini tornado reported in Matamata. The tornado swept through the area at around 12pm. A caller to the 0800 SUNLIVE news hotline says he was just sitting inside when the rain started...... Read More

Opinion Poll

Who or what is to blame for all the crashes on the roads of late?

Drivers in general
The roads
A combination of the roads and drivers