National promises $4.5bn in tax cuts

National's promising a short-term package of tax cuts - worth more than $4.5 billion - to kick start the economy. Leader Judith Collins and finance spokesperson Paul Goldsmith announced the policy this morning. The changes would be made by significant...... Read More

LIVE: Ardern on GDP

The economy has shrunk by a record amount and fell into its first recession in a decade as it was battered by the government's moves to eliminate COVID-19, but it will already be on the road to recovery. Official numbers show gross domestic product...... Read More

Papamoa gym gets moving for mental health

  A gym in Papamoa is once again playing their part to open up a conversation about mental health.   Snap Fitness Papamoa will kick off their Move for Mental Health Charity Challenge next month, and are calling on community members to...... Read More

One COVID-19 death at Waikato Hospital

One man has died from COVID-19 in Waikato Hospital and there is one new imported case in managed isolation today.  The man that died was in his 50s and had been in intensive care at Waikato Hospital.  He died on Tuesday afternoon.  The Director-General...... Read More

Better future for inanga on the Whakatāne River

Whakatāne residents of both the human and fish kind are enjoying new inanga (whitebait) ponds and spawning habitat built in the river berm alongside the Whakatāne River. The riverside berm has been leased for grazing by Bay of Plenty Regional Council...... Read More

Severe gales as spring blast hits NZ

Government weather warnings, severe weather alerts and temperature changes make up the next few days ahead as spring does it’s thing. The classic spring set up sees windy westerlies pushing across NZ with severe gales in some places, says WeatherWatch.co.nz "Heavy...... Read More

LIVE: Plans to move NZ to Alert Level 1 on Monday

UPDATE: New Zealand will move to Alert Level 1 on Monday, September 21. This is contingent on the cases tracking as they are now, says Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern. The Prime MInister is providing an update on the current alert levels this afternoon. She...... Read More

Four new cases of COVID-19 today

There are four new cases of COVID-19 to report in New Zealand today – two in the community, and two at the border. Health Minister Chris Hipkins is providing the daily health update this afternoon.   The Ministry of Health has confirmed...... Read More

Ardern speaks about Whakaari fatal eruption

Labour leader Jacinda Ardern talks about the events of Whakaari still being very raw and also addresses her party's tax policy that was announced earlier. Ardern today had a cup of tea with first responders at Whakatāne Library and Exhibition...... Read More

LIVE: Active COVID cases now at 125

UPDATE: Another six new cases of COVID-19 have been identified in New Zealand, while four existing cases have now recovered. This now brings the total number of active cases in the country to 125. Director-General of Health Dr Ashley Bloomfield says...... Read More

PM meets with Tauranga business owners

Owners of a Tauranga bakery say that Labour’s promise to tighten regulations around contactless payment charges will make a “huge difference” to their business's financial recovery. Whipped Bakery owners Aaron and Frances Cooper...... Read More

Proposed bill changes topic of BOP debate

On Saturday, October 17, New Zealand will go to the polls to choose the country’s next government.  At the same time, we'll be asked whether or not we support two referendums - the Cannabis Legalisation and Control Bill referendum and...... Read More

LIVE: Current alert levels to remain

UPDATE: New Zealand will remain at Alert Level 2 until Monday, September 14. This is the latest announcement from Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern today. She says if the level 2 restrictions do change at that time, they will be lifted at 11.59pm on September...... Read More

Matt Chat from the Tauranga Chamber of Commerce

Tauranga Chamber of Commerce CEO Matt Crowley has released his latest video dubbed Matt Chat. Matt speaks post-event at Trinity Wharf, following a great breakfast presentation with TCC's Marty Grenfell, plus looks ahead to our big Parliamentary...... Read More

Two new cases of COVID-19 today

There are only two new cases of COVID-19 in New Zealand today – one in the community and one in managed isolation. The community case has epidemiologically linked to the Auckland cluster. Minister of Health Chris Hipkins and Auckland Regional...... Read More

A child among the five new cases of COVID today

UPDATE: There are five new cases of COVID-19 reported today. Two of the cases were identified in managed isolation at the Rydges Hotel in Rotorua. The first is a woman in her 30s who arrived in New Zealand from Dubai on August 28. The second is...... Read More

LIVE update on managed isolation

The minister in charge of managed isolation facilities Megan Woods and the head of managed isolation and quarantine Air Commodore Darryn Webb are giving an update on COVID-19. Education Minister Chris Hipkins this morning said there was no good reason...... Read More

Nine new cases of COVID-19 today

There are nine new cases of COVID-19 in New Zealand today – four are in managed isolation and five are in the community. The five community cases are all epidemiologically linked to the Auckland cluster. Deputy Director-General of Health Robyn...... Read More

Disorder causes large police presence on 3rd Ave

Tauranga police have responded to a disorder on 3rd Avenue this morning. A police spokesperson says they received a report of a person being chased by two other people at about 11.10am.  One witness at the scene says more than...... Read More