National

Mega-liner to return to New Zealander

The 168,666 GT engineering and technological marvel, Ovation of the Seas, will arrive in Tauranga on December 22 for the first time this season.  Having successfully made waves with Ovation during her maiden visit in 2016/17, Royal Caribbean has...... Read More

Two suspected botulism sufferers return home

Two members of the family struck down with suspected botulism have returned to their home in Putaruru, after more than a month in hospital. Last month, Shibu Kochummen, his wife Subi Babu, and his mother Alekutty Daniel ate some wild boar that had...... Read More

Boating deaths prompt warnings

Out of 19 boating related deaths across the country so far this year, six have been in the Bay of Plenty. Harbourmaster Peter Buell says it’s too many. Karl Earwaker, a farmer from Te Awamutu, is believed to have died following a boating accident...... Read More

Taekwon-Do NZ up for Halberg Awards

ITF Taekwon-Do New Zealand is thrilled with the confirmation that it’s sport is nominated in three categories of the 2017 Halberg Awards which are decided in February next year. The sport has continued its growth around the country and has established...... Read More

Truck takes out power pole, causing power outage

Power is reported to be out in the Bay of Plenty following a truck crash. A truck has crashed into a power pole, causing lines to come down across State Highway 5, near Rotorua. Police says diversions have been confirmed for SH5, Rotorua following...... Read More

44 dolphins caught in Bay nets

There were 44 dolphins caught in fishing nets in the Bay of Plenty alone in the past year, with more than half of them dying, according to figures obtained by Forest & Bird. It has obtained records of the Bay's fishing bycatch over the past seven...... Read More

Drug-laced cake sends eight to hospital

Eight people were hospitalised after eating a drug-laced Christmas cake at a staff smoko this week. The workers at a business in the Auckland suburb of Glenfield were taken to hospital by ambulance after eating the cake on Wednesday. Police say 10...... Read More

Temporary accommodation village for Kaikōura

Kaikōura residents with quake damaged homes have another temporary accommodation option. Associate Minister of Housing and Urban Development Jenny Salesa announced a seven unit housing recovery temporary accommodation village for the town today. “Since...... Read More

Second fatal bulldozer crash in a week

A man has died following a bulldozer crash on Mokau Road, Mt Messenger in Taranaki today. The bulldozer is reported to have rolled down a bank in a forestry block at around 2pm. WorkSafe have been notified, and Police are assisting at the remote scene. This...... Read More

Auckland mumps outbreak reaches 1000

The number of people with the mumps in Auckland has hit 1000, with experts saying it now can't be contained without vaccinations. The latest Auckland Regional Public Health figures show 1003 people have contracted the disease since it broke out...... Read More