Bay of Plenty

’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

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

Charities to benefit from $20k donation

Nearly $20,000 has been raised for charities following the Tauranga Te Papa Rotary Club successful Melbourne Cup Charity Carnival event. Cure Kids and Alzheimers New Zealand Tauranga/WBOP will split the amount raised by the fundraiser. About 300 people...... Read More

Concerns grow for missing woman

A search for missing Mount Maunganui woman Ola Shahin is expected to resume this morning, after an overnight search failed to locate her. The 24-year-old was reported missing at 7am yesterday and a search in the Lindemann Road area in Katikati...... Read More

Divers join search for missing fisherman

A dive squad has joined the ongoing search for a Rotorua fisherman, who has been missing since Monday night. Police say the 24-year-old man was one of three people on board a dinghy that capsized off the Bowentown Entrance to Tauranga Harbour earlier...... Read More

Tauranga armed robbery to air on TV

  The terrifying aggravated robbery at the Judea Tavern will air on Police Ten 7 tonight. Police hope to get fresh information about the October 1 robbery following the airing of tonight’s episode. Office in charge of Tauranga CIB, Detective...... Read More

Police chase captured on camera

A police chase from Te Puke through to Papamoa overnight has been caught on camera. A police spokesperson says officers attempted to stop a vehicle on Te Puke Highway at about 9pm. The vehicle failed to stop and a chase ensued. On Facebook, people...... Read More

Gas leak forces rest home evacuation

A Tauranga rest home has been commended by Fire services for their quick response to an emergency yesterday. A New Zealand Fire Service spokesperson says a crew was called to attend a gas leak at Mitchell Court rest home at around 11.30am. “A...... Read More

Woman missing near Kaimai Range

Police are searching for a woman missing near the foot of the Kaimai Range in the Bay of Plenty. The 24-year-old woman was reported missing at 7am this morning. A police spokesperson says Land Search and Rescue teams and volunteers are actively searching...... Read More

Highway reopens after crash

A section of Bay of Plenty highway closed for most of today due to a crash has reopened. Both lanes of the Three Mile Hill section of State Highway 33, south of Paengaroa, reopened to traffic just before 5:30pm. The highway was shut down following...... Read More