Severe thunderstorm warning in force

The MetService has issued a Severe Thunderstorm Warning on Sunday afternoon for the areas of South Waikato, Taupo, Otorohanga and Rotorua. A Severe... Read More

Severe thunderstorm watch in force

The MetService have issued a Severe Thunderstorm Watch which is valid until late this evening. The watch affects people in the Bay of Plenty, Rotorua,... Read More

Maternity unit closure - birthing plans up in air

Mothers-to-be in Opotiki say it's unfair to close their only birthing centre at short notice. The Bay of Plenty District Health Board has closed... Read More

Cousin remembers drowned man‘s ’big, bright eyes'

A cousin of a Tauranga man who drowned at a remote East Coast beach will always remember his "big, bright eyes". William John Marupo drowned... Read More

Getting creative with saving penguins

I’ve decided to become a backyard trapper. I always loved watching Daniel Boone, America’s great frontiersman and explorer when I was growing... Read More

NZ‘s largest cycling event wraps up

Over 5,000 cyclists completed an amazing feat this weekend, taking part in the 43rd annual BDO Lake Taupo Cycle Challenge. There were events on and... Read More

What‘s on - music, markets and giant rock hunt

Kia ora and welcome to Sunday. Me whai wa ki te noho tahi me to whanau me o hoa. Today we are expecting some cloudy periods with occasional showers... Read More

Study shows chemicals could cause beehive losses

Agricultural chemicals may be responsible for wiping out beehives in the Bay of Plenty, East Coast and Waikato. Scientists have found traces of neonicotinoid... Read More

Dairy, beef, and lamb exports rise in October

Exports of dairy products, beef, and lamb, particularly to China, increased in value in October 2019, says Stats NZ. However, the rises were partly... Read More

Survey for BOP schools to ditch plastic straws

  Plastic straws on milk packs could be a thing of the past as Fonterra Milk for Schools launches a strawless option for Bay of Plenty schools.... Read More

What‘s on - parade, sailing, markets and cricket

Kia ora and welcome to Sunday. Kia koa tenei ra. The weather looks mint for parades, triathlons, markets, the popular mud dog run, sailing and the beach.... Read More

5.3 quake wakes thousands across North Island

Thousands of people around the North Island were woken to a 5.3 magnitude earthquake in the Bay of Plenty on Sunday morning. GeoNet reports that the... Read More

Small steps can make a big difference

Water quality will be a hot topic at this week’s Catchment Group Workshop in Tauranga. The event which is a collaboration between New Zealand... Read More

Nationwide Civil Defence phone test this Sunday

If you receive a test alert sometime between 6pm and 7pm on Sunday, November 24 – don’t be alarmed. The Civil Defence is conducting a nationwide... Read More

National weather update

A series of fronts are forecast to move across New Zealand from the west through to overnight Wednesday, bringing periods of heavy rain and northwest... Read More