Covid-19: 94 cases in community, 53 unlinked

There are 94 new cases of Covid-19 in the community with 53 of them unlinked. Of the new cases announced today, 87 are in Auckland and seven in Waikato. All cases in Waikato today are linked. Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern admits she understands the...... Read More

Live: Waikato and Auckland to stay at level 3

Parts of the Waikato and Auckland will remain at Alert Level 3 while Northland will move to Alert Level 2 at 11.59pm tomorrow. Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern has made the announcement at a post-Cabinet briefing this afternoon. She confirmed the rest...... Read More

Calls to run to Pāpāmoa Hills this summer

Following a drop in visitor numbers over the past few months, Toi Moana Bay of Plenty Regional Council is keen to see more people visiting and exploring Pāpāmoa Hills Cultural Heritage Regional Park this summer. While the drop in visitors can largely...... Read More

Researchers produce stunning images - NIWA

A break in the clouds in a remote Fiordland valley and a chance encounter with a jellyfish under the Antarctic ice provide just some of the highlights from this year’s NIWA Staff Photography competition. Science takes NIWA employees to some stunning...... Read More

Calls for airshed to study air quality at port

A sensor on Picton’s foreshore picks up about the same amount of sulphur dioxide in the air as a sensor does outside the Port of Tauranga. In fact, it often picks up more sulphur dioxide, a gas that occurs naturally in volcanoes. It also comes...... Read More

LIVE: 71 new Covid cases in Auckland

UPDATED: There are no positive cases of Covid-19 in Waikato and Northland today but there are 71 new cases in Auckland. This brings the total number of cases in the current outbreak to 1790 with 1189 recovered. Director of Public Health Dr Caroline...... Read More

Level 3 to continue for Waikato and Northland

UPDATE 1.26PM: The parts of Waikato that have been in Alert Level 3 and Northland will remain in Alert Level 3 for five more days, Covid-19 Response Minister Chris Hipkins says. This follows the 55 new cases in the community today, with 53 of these...... Read More

Rugby supporting New Zealand to get vaccinated

New Zealand Rugby) and Bay of Plenty Rugby is encouraging the rugby community to support the country’s increased vaccination efforts, which will culminate with Super Saturday this weekend. NZR Chief Executive Mark Robinson acknowledges rugby...... Read More

PM announces nationwide vax-a-thon on Saturday

There are 43 new community cases of Covid-19 today, with 40 in the Auckland Region and three in Waikato. Three new cases have also been identified at the border with one being historical. Yesterday, 69,118 vaccines were administered, 15,107 first...... Read More

Twenty five years of MMP in New Zealand

A blast from the past is being used to celebrate the 25th anniversary of the first MMP election in New Zealand. After looking through the archives, the Electoral Commission has rediscovered the original Footrot Flats advertisements that explained...... Read More

The Covid tracer app doing its job in Katikati

“What the heck?” A Tauranga resident who travelled to Katikati today to get tested didn’t know she’d been at a location of interest until a friend happened to ask her. As she is a regular and diligent user of the Covid Tracer...... Read More

Matt Chat: operating in a Covid-19 landscape

In this month's Matt Chat, the Tauranga Chamber of Commerce CEO provides his views on the months ahead and what this means for businesses operating in a Covid-19 landscape (including the importance of vaccinations).  Matt Cowley also discusses...... Read More

Covid-19: 29 new cases, Waikato boundary extended

There are 29 new cases of Covid-19 in the community today, 24 in Auckland and five in Waikato. The Waikato boundary has also been extended in light of the emerging outbreak in the region. Covid-19 Response Minister Chris Hipkins and Director of Public...... Read More

Repco Battle of Jacks Ridge postponed to February

The ongoing uncertainty around Covid Alert Levels and regional travel in and out of Auckland has forced organisers to reschedule the Repco Battle of Jacks Ridge to Waitangi weekend on February 5-6, 2022. Monday’s government announcement...... Read More

LIVE: Covid-19 death at Middlemore Hospital

UPDATE: One person has died from Covid-19 in Middlemore Hospital. Director of Public Health Dr Caroline McElnay has confirmed the death while delivering the latest details of the outbreak in NZ live in Wellington today. She says more details of...... Read More

Covid: 24 cases, vaccine certificates announced

There are 24 new cases of Covid-19 in the community, says Director of Public Health Dr Caroline McElnay. Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern has also announced new Covid-19 vaccine certificate plans, which are likely to come into effect in November. Six...... Read More

Live: Alert levels to remain the same Auckland will remain at Alert Level 3 but with easing of some restrictions from 11.59pm Tuesday October 5. The rest New Zealand will remain at Alert Level 2. Prime Minister...... Read More

COVID-19: 33 new community cases include Waikato

There are 33 new community cases of COVID-19 announced today. Of these 32 are Auckland-based and one case is in Waikato.   There are no new cases identified at the border. There were more than 50,000 vaccines administered on Saturday.   Prime...... Read More

Reminder to protect lakes while trout fishing

Today marks the first day of the new trout season. The Bay of Plenty Regional Council is reminding keen trout fishers that if they’re joining the festivities at the Tarawera boat ramp today, to not forget to check, clean and dry gear every time...... Read More