Bay of Plenty

Have you seen these men?

Police are appealing for information from the public to help them locate three men. Whakatane Police Senior Sergeant Yvonne Parker says the following people have “absconded from their bail addresses”. Wainui Awatere The 23-year-old man...... Read More

Speed limit lowered at Waitangi

The speed limit on the Te Puke Highway at Waitangi is going to be lowered to 60km/h. Lowering the speed limit from 70km/h between Kenana Road to the eastern side of the Kaituna Bridge will take place next month, the Western Bay of Plenty District Council...... Read More

Deluge causes Tauranga flooding + pics

Heavy early morning downpours caused flooding on Saturday that saw a Tauranga house flooded. MetService forecaster Lisa Murray says the heaviest rain was early Saturday morning. “Wow. There was one hour that you got 18.2mm at the airport,...... Read More

Police chase through Welcome Bay

Sirens rang out in Welcome Bay early this morning as police chased a fleeing vehicle. Witnesses to what happened have messages SunLive says police chase a vehicle through the suburb around 2am. One person says she was just leaving for work when police...... Read More

25 years of Tuatapere Hay Day

The Tuatapere Lions Club will host its 25th annual hay drive next month. The first hay, baleage and pit silage competition and auction was held at Ray Horrell's property in 1993 with the proceeds — a total of $4000 — donated to the town's...... Read More

Fed up with flooding

Residents in a Tauranga suburb are frustrated after heavy rain flooded their properties yet again. A downpour early on Saturday morning brought water almost a metre high into the home of David and Fiona Brown in Bellevue. Fiona says it’s the...... Read More

Our very own bossy Izzy

“I am special. l am very special.” Thirteen-year-old Sophie Turner is special because she has succeeded – she has confronted some deeply challenging personal issues and blossomed on the national stage despite them. She has Tourette...... Read More

Keep your raincoat handy

The changeable weather of late will continue through the last few days of autumn and into the first week of June, according to MetService. A couple of frontal systems are forecast to march across New Zealand from the west this week, separated by narrow...... Read More

Funding to develop Bay of Plenty youth

The Katikati Resource Centre and Maketu Health and Social Services are two of seven youth sector organisations around the country to receive a share of $71,000 in government funding. Making the announcement on Saturday, Youth Minister Nikki Kaye says...... Read More

‘Leading light’ John Chadwick dies

The Maori Party is mourning the loss of one of Rotorua's staunchest advocates, John Te Manihera Chadwick, MNZM. John, the husband of Rotorua mayor Steve Chadwick, died suddenly in Rotorua Hospital on Friday afternoon. He was 72. John will lie...... Read More