Thousands flock to 50th Fieldays

The 50th anniversary of the New Zealand Agricultural Fieldays saw 130,866 people come through the gates, well exceeding the average across the last five years of 125,000 people. New Zealand National Fieldays Society CEO Peter Nation spoke at the opening...... Read More

Baby’s on the way: Jacinda Ardern in hospital

Prime Minster Jacinda Ardern has gone into hospital to give birth, her office says. New Zealand First leader and deputy Prime Minister Winston Peters is now acting Prime Minister. Ms Ardern has previously said she would take six weeks maternity leave. Her...... Read More

Mexico signals interest in supplying Australasia

Early moves by Mexico’s avocado producers to enter the Australasian market is a timely reminder about the benefits of supporting market development in Asia, says AVOCO. While success by Mexico to gain avocado market access to Australia and New...... Read More

The Beatles and the shortest day

Today is the shortest day of the year. In today's weather we are expecting a fine day with some high cloud. Also gusty southeasterlies, easing from the afternoon. It's a three-clothing layer day today with a high of 14 and an overnight low...... Read More

Countdown to Maungatapu underpass opening

The Maungatapu underpass project will reach a major milestone when the underpass opens to traffic this month. Its official open date is Friday June 22. The 120m-long underpass is a two-lane link underneath the Maungatapu roundabout. A temporary 50km/h...... Read More

Strong quake shakes the Bay of Plenty

A strong quake has hit Te Kaha in the Bay of Plenty, 200km north-east of Rotorua.  It had a preliminary magnitude of 4.7 and was 4km deep, GeoNet reported. The shallower depth was revised from an earlier report of 18km. Within minutes...... Read More

Tolaga Bay locals seek solution over slash damage

More than 100 Tolaga Bay locals have turned out to a meeting to discuss recent flooding and the damage caused by the leftovers from forestry operations. Slash - or offcuts from forestry harvesting - washed down from forestry plots and blocked rivers...... Read More

$10.3 million up for grabs on Saturday

Powerball and Strike have both rolled over, meaning there is a combined prize pool of $10.3 million up for grabs on Saturday. Powerball was not struck this evening and has rolled over to Saturday night, where the jackpot will be $9 million. ...... Read More

Capital climax calling for Rippa rugby champs

Te Akau Ki Papamoa School’s year five/six rippa rugby champs are headed to the national tournament in Wellington. They defeated Omanu Primary School 6-5 in a tense final in Friday’s Baywide Championships in Paengaroa to earn the prestigious...... Read More

Environmental Hui to draw conservation enthusiasts

Wellington Environmentalist of the Year 2017, Kelvin Hastie, and Waikato University’s Dr Carolyn King are the keynote drawcards at this year’s Regional Environment Network Hui. The hui, this Saturday at The Orchard in Te Puke, is jointly...... Read More




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