Two mothers walked together during isolation

UPDATED: It has been revealed a mother infected with Covid-19 passed the virus to a second family after taking a walk together. First contact was interviewed but did not disclose the contact with the second family. Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern...... Read More

COVID-19: No new community cases today

1.15pm update: There are no new COVID-19 cases in the community today, says the Director-General of Health Dr Ashley Bloomfield during a 1pm live Beehive update.   Despite there being no new community cases, Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern is still...... Read More

Auckland moving to Level 3, rest of NZ to Level 2

Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern has announced this evening that Auckland will be moving to Alert Level 3 for a period of seven days from 6am tomorrow morning. The rest of New Zealand will move to Alert Level 2, also at 6am on Sunday morning. The Prime...... Read More

Buckle up on the farm

WorkSafe New Zealand is advising farmers to buckle up after an analysis of vehicle-related fatalities found that nearly half those that occur on farm could have been avoided if a seatbelt was being used. The data analysis, completed by WorkSafe, reveals...... Read More

LIVE: No new Covid-19 community cases

UPDATE 1.05PM: There are no new community cases being reported in New Zealand today. The Minister for Covid-19 Response Chris Hipkins says this is good news. "Testing has been going well. Around half of Papatotoe High School have been tested...... Read More

Public react to fake parking tickets

Tauranga City Council are urging people to think twice before paying parking tickets online. SunLive took to the streets to find out if people would be able to tell the difference between the real tickets and the fake tickets. Watch the video above...... Read More

LIVE: New positive Covid-19 community case

A new positive Covid-19 case is being reported in New Zealand today. The individual is a casual plus contact who had been advised to self-isolate and get tested, says a statement from the Ministry of Health. "We are working actively with Auckland...... Read More

LIVE: Auckland to move to level 1

UPDATE 3.20PM: Auckland will heading to level 1, Cabinet has decided. The decision was made on the advice of Director-General of Health Dr Ashley Bloomfield. In her media standup today, Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern said the change will be from midnight...... Read More

Submerged vehicle hoisted from waterway

UPDATE 2.46PM: A vehicle submerged in a Whitianga canal is being removed this afternoon. Emergency services were called to the single-vehicle crash on South Highway at about 9.30pm on Sunday. A police spokesperson says a car had crashed into the water. "There...... Read More

Papamoa frog invasion

Over the last few week, Papamoa residents have been receiving late night visitors and hearing what sounds like dirt bikes roaring around a small track at night. Others thought it could be power tools. On investigating, the culprits were found to be...... Read More

Final preparations for Covid vaccine rollout

  New Zealand’s Covid vaccination programme is set to rollout on Saturday.   Covid-19 Response Minister Chris Hipkins says a dry run of the end-to-end process shows the programme is ready to roll from Saturday, when the first border...... Read More

Face coverings mandatory on all public transport

UPDATE: There are no new cases of Covid-19 in the community. The Minister for Covid-19 Response Chris Hipkins and Director-General of Health Dr Ashley Bloomfield have provided an update to the media today. Cabinet has agreed to make...... Read More

TECT asks for views on changes

Tauranga Energy Consumer Trust is today beginning a consultation process with its beneficiaries, asking for their views on changes required to the structure of the trust. This comes on the heels of Trustpower’s recent announcement that it has...... Read More

Auckland to move to level 2, rest of NZ level 1

Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern has confirmed that Auckland will move to level 2 and the rest of the country level 1 from midnight tonight. Ardern and Director General of Health Dr Ashley Bloomfield delivered the update at a post-Cabinet media conference...... Read More

New mural for Tauranga park

A splash of colour is on full display at the Sydenham Botanic Gardens toilet block. Bay of Plenty based artist Shane Walker spent nine hours a day, over a two week period, transforming the grey block into a colourful masterpiece in Brookfield. He...... Read More

LIVE: Three community cases of COVID-19

Auckland Mayor Phil Goff is encouraging everyone to stay calm following the announcement that there are three new community cases of COVID-19 in Auckland. COVID-19 Response minister Chris Hipkins says there are three new cases of COVID-19 in the community,...... Read More

BOP climbers competing in bouldering nationals

Climbers from the Bay of Plenty are joining others from around the country to compete in the NZ Open Boulder Championships today. The competition, which is being held in Glenfield, Auckland, is being livestreamed, showing both the qualifiers and the...... Read More

Inanga abounds in purpose-built BOP habitat

Purpose-built ponds that provide a safe haven for inanga are being hailed as a success by Bay of Plenty Regional Council Toi Moana staff, following the results of a recent overnight trapping operation. The trapping confirmed that the newly created...... Read More

Ministers sign off use of first COVID-19 vaccine

The Minister for COVID-19 Response, Chris Hipkins and Director-General of Health, Dr Ashley Bloomfield, is providing an update to the media today. Cabinet has confirmed formal Government approval for use of the Pfizer/BioNTech COVID-19 vaccine, COVID-19...... Read More