Real Life

Helping soldiers during a tough time

By donating to the RSA Poppy Appeal, the money raised goes towards helping people and families who need it, like Kerry Leathart. After two tours in Afghanistan with the New Zealand Army, Kerry came home to start a family and a life in Tauranga as...... Read More

A more normal April weather pattern

Now that the country has been sitting under a ridge of high pressure and enjoying settled weather, you could be forgiven for forgetting the showery start to the week. On Monday, the North Island saw heavy showers and isolated thunderstorms as a low...... Read More

Z helping the EV revolution

Z Energy and ChargeNet NZ are installing three more rapid-charge electric vehicle charging stations by the end of April to help extend the country’s EV charging network. The new charging stations, supplied by ChargeNet NZ, will shortly join the...... Read More

Concerns grow for missing boy

Police are very concerned for the whereabouts of an 11-year-old boy who went missing in Thames on Sunday. The boy's name is Tematau Wilson and he is described as having brown hair and brown eyes. “He was wearing a lightweight long sleeved...... Read More

Anthony ‘TNT’ Taylor retires

WBU World Super Lightweight Champion Anthony ‘TNT’ Taylor has officially retired from professional boxing, his manager Craig Thomson confirmed on Friday. Born and raised in Tauranga, Taylor began his career winning multiple amateur titles,...... Read More

More under-13s seeing the doctor

New Ministry of Health data shows the average number of GP visits for under-13s has increased almost 14 per cent between July and December 2016, compared to the same period in 2014. Health Minister Jonathan Coleman says this is due to more than 99...... Read More

Spectacular aurora captured over Lake Wanaka

Those who looked up at the night sky in the weekend were treated to a rare sight, with the Aurora Australis dancing in the sky on two consecutive nights. The Southern Lights were spotted from Auckland, Canterbury and the Otago Peninsula on...... Read More

Union charges NZ Post with “serious misconduct”

The latest report of standard letters taking up to two weeks to be delivered across the country has led the Postal Workers Union to charge NZ Post with serious misconduct. This is the same charge that the company can lay against its own employees...... Read More

More than $12,000 raised for Kapiti youth

The Web Genius Kapiti Run for Youth (KR4Y) is delighted to announce total fundraising for the 2017 charity event to be $12,257.50. "We are truly delighted with this effort by everyone involved," said Richard Calkin of Web Genius. Richard goes...... Read More

Parapenter who died ’qualified tandem pilot’

A parapenter who died following an incident in central Queenstown yesterday morning was a qualified, experienced tandem pilot. Ben Letham, 26, originally from Scotland, was on a solo recreational flight at the time of his death. He had been flying commercially...... Read More