Environment

Manic magpie mauls man

A magpie is terrorising the streets of Te Puke. Willie Jarvis, a resident at Poucher St, says he has been attacked by a magpie twice on his daily walks. He says he was first attacked on Wednesday. “There’s a house near Cameron Road I...... Read More

Pohutakawa poisoned on Tauranga’s The Strand

Disappointment is the word being used to describe the actions of someone who poisoned a tree on The Strand in Tauranga A SunLive reader emailed this morning to say she noticed a large amount of salt had been poured over the roots of a Pohutakawa tree...... Read More

Bugs continue to plague New Zealanders

Tauranga is one of many locations around the nation currently facing a plague of insects. Pest control companies around the country have reported a big increase in demand for their services this month. Pestworks Tauranga owner Patrick Allen says while...... Read More

MPI prosecutions against fishers takes a dive

The number of prosecutions taken against commercial and recreational fishers has fallen dramatically. Figures provided to RNZ News by the Ministry for Primary Industries show a 20 percent drop in the number of cases making it to court in 2016, followed...... Read More

Three sets of traffic lights out on SH25

UPDATE: Three sets of temporary  traffic lights are out after an incident earlier this morning. Police were notified by a traffic control coordinator at around 6.30am that three sets of temporary traffic lights covering a 30km stretch of...... Read More

Time to turn around NZ’s rubbish record on waste

New Zealand’s position as 10th worst nation for creating urban waste per capita is shameful, says Associate Environment Minister Eugenie Sage, who will review how the Waste Minimisation Act is being implemented. Recent news reports have highlighted...... Read More

Fine for plant smuggler

An air passenger has been fined $2250 for following his cousin’s advice to smuggle plant cuttings and seeds into New Zealand. Deo Rajan Gounder, a New Zealand resident, appeared in the Manukau District Court on Wednesday after pleading guilty...... Read More

600 trampoline injury claims in three months

Trampoline injuries tripled in three months after two trampoline parks opened in Christchurch in 2016, a report says. The companies are not named in research by the Canterbury District Health Board - but they are Mega Air and Flip Out, which both opened...... Read More

Community rallies following Kaiaua Coast Storm

A post-storm information hub has been organised by the Council to help Kaiaua coast residents and ratepayers engage directly with various agencies offering support and information. All are invited to call in to the Kaiaua Bowling Club and Community...... Read More

Push for tighter rules for selling bees on Trade Me

A lack of regulation around the sale of hives on Trade Me could put the bee population at risk. The number of registered hives has doubled in the past five years - from 400,000 to 800,000 - as more people take up beekeeping as a hobby. By law, beekeepers...... Read More