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’Yes’ to Easter trading in Tauranga

Tauranga City Council has adopted a citywide policy to enable Easter Sunday trading in 2018, after hearing submissions both for and against the proposal and discussing it at length. With nine councillors present, due to the absence of Max Mason, there...... Read More

Police officers found not guilty of kidnapping

Two police officers charged with kidnapping a teenage boy in 2015 have been found not guilty. The young man, who was 17 at the time, said the officers searched him, put him in a cell and told him if he didn't move to Australia to get away from his...... Read More

English criticises Govt in Tauranga trip

Speaking to more than 200 people at the Tauranga Yacht Club, Opposition Leader Bill English talked about what he thought the current government is doing wrong. He began by saying he thought he was the only politician in New Zealand to hold his present...... Read More

Missing woman found ’alive and well’

The 24-year-old woman missing in Katikati has been found alive and well. Ola Shahin was located by Search and Rescue volunteers in the Kaimai Range south of Katikati at around 3pm today. Ola was first reported missing at 7am yesterday morning, with...... Read More

Auckland man missing from care facility

Police are appealing to the public to help find a man who went missing from his Papatoetoe care facility on Tuesday. Phillip Mathews, 57, went missing from Kolmar Road in Papatoetoe on Tuesday at about 9.45am. "Mr Mathews left the facility...... Read More

$19m Powerball winners yet to claim their prize

Last night was life changing for two Lotto players who each won $19.1 million with Powerball First Division. The $38 million jackpot was shared by two players from Warkworth and Greytown. While locals in both towns have been pouring into their Lotto...... Read More

Teacher stands by NCEA math exam

The New Zealand Qualifications Authority is standing by an NCEA level one maths examination which was released to students throughout the country earlier this week. Students, teachers and parents have voiced concerns over the exam which many believe...... Read More

Gore pair facing drug charges

Two people are facing charges are being arrested in relation to supplying drugs. Southland Police made the arrrests in Gore today. "Staff from Riversdale and Gore Police executed a search warrant at a Riversdale address just after 9am yesterday,"...... Read More

Pike River prosecution withdrawal unlawful - Court

The Supreme Court has ruled WorkSafe's decision to withdraw prosecution of Pike River mine boss Peter Whittall, in exchange for payments to the victims' families, was unlawful. WorkSafe New Zealand initially laid 12 health and safety charges...... Read More

Myrtle rust appears in west Auckland

The fungal plant disease myrtle rust has been found for the first time in the Auckland region The Ministry for Primary Industries (MPI) says a serious infection of several hundred Lophomyrtus (ramarama) plants has been confirmed on a commercial plant...... Read More