Two injured following small explosion

Two people were taken to hospital with "non-life-threatening injuries" after a small explosion. Police were called to a Hamilton address this morning after an incident possibly involving a gas canister led to a small explosion. Emergency...... Read More

Australasia first at Tauranga Hospital

An award-winning Australasian first at Tauranga Hospital is seeing faster access for patients needing long-term heart monitors implanted. Properly certified nurse’s carrying out implantable loop recorder procedures is commonplace in the UK but...... Read More

Western Bay whooping cough outbreak

Mothers and pregnant women are being urged to take advantage of free immunisation for their children as a whooping cough outbreak continues to affect the Western Bay. Whooping cough, also known as pertussis, is a serious illness that can be especially...... Read More

Sights set on a Whakatane walking challenge

If you’ve conquered a half marathon and you want an altogether different kind of walking challenge, diary in the Julian’s Berry Farm Toi’s Challenge for Sunday, November 18. Toi’s Challenge is one of Whakatane’s iconic...... Read More

Concerns for Tauranga woman and newborn baby

Police are urgently appealing for sightings of Tauranga woman Lauren Hamilton. The 34-year-old recently gave birth and is believed to have her newborn baby with her. Police are extremely concerned for the welfare of Lauren and her baby,...... Read More

Cooler spring temps and cloudy days mask UV risk

The MetService are urging Kiwis to re-think their sun-exposure with the risk of damaging ultra-violet radiation climbing rapidly at this time of year. To keep New Zealanders safe MetService is once again showing UV forecasts on its website...... Read More

Discover Matakana Island on memorial walk

If you’ve ever wanted to experience the culture and customs of Matakana Island, a fundraiser for Waipuna Hospice on October 21 will provide the perfect opportunity. The Neil Scott Memorial Walk will be in remembrance of Matakana Island resident...... Read More

Whakatāne Hospital top choice for new doctors

Whakatāne Hospital has been rated New Zealand’s most preferred hospital for first year doctors. Each year the New Zealand Resident Doctors' Association ranks the nation’s hospitals in order of where final year medical students would...... Read More

Spring tips for your garden

With the warming spring weather and the trees and bushes beginning to grow new leaves again, it’s a popular time for people to make a start in their garden for the season ahead. With the warming spring weather and the trees, bushes and flowers...... Read More

RainbowYOUTH reaches target with help from HELL

RainbowYOUTH’s joint initiative with HELL Pizza, which saw 3,000 t-shirts up for sale in support of LGBTQIA+ rights in Aotearoa, has raised a ‘game-changing’ $75,000 and increased awareness of the issues facing one of the country’s...... Read More

Opinion Poll

What is the issue with SH2?

Unsafe drivers
The road needs improving
Trucks not giving way
Not enough opportunities to pass safely