New research to help solve NZ quake mysteries

A research ship that's been in East Coast waters on a mission to gain understanding of some of the world's largest earthquakes and tsunamis, has returned to port. The US vessel, Marcus Langseth is currently in Napier Port after a five week...... Read More

Overwhelming response to Poverty Bay re-naming proposal

Captain Cook saw nothing of value in Poverty Bay when he named it in 1769 - but 250 years later that could be about to change. Nearly 2000 public submissions have been made on the proposal to restore the East Coast's district's original Māori...... Read More

Ruatoria firm eyes medical cannabis market

A Ruatoria hemp company is looking to raise $6 million to become the country's first producer of pharmaceutical cannabis. Hikurangi Cannabis will launch a equity crowdfunding campaign on PledgeMe next month to raise up to $2 million, with institutional...... Read More

Thunderstorm watch issued as temperatures soar

A severe thunderstorm watch is in place again for parts of the North Island. The MetService issued the watch this morning saying humid conditions are likely to lead to showers and thunderstorms developing about the northeast of the North Island late...... Read More

100 jobs to go at Gisborne wood plant

A wood processing plant in Gisborne is looking to axe about 100 jobs, half its workforce, because of a weak Japanese housing market. Juken plans to cut production of plywood and laminated timber products at its Matawhero plant. The factory currently...... Read More

Tree calm – Eastwoodhill Arboretum

  Standing or walking amongst trees is well-known to alleviate stress. Maybe that’s why Gisborne’s Eastwoodhill Arboretum always seems a place of serenity.  Nestled in the Ngatapa Valley about 35km inland from Gisborne, Eastwoodhill is...... Read More

Upgrading roads a top priority

Gisborne District Council is now mostly moved into its new building. Without doubt it will have been designed and built to meet every building code best-practice standard so that all who are working inside can be assured they are in a safe and productive...... Read More

Thunderstorms threaten central North Island

A loud night looms ahead for some residents in the central North Island, with thunderstorm warnings issued across the region from this afternoon. MetService meteorologist Tom Adams says a majority of the region can expect thunderstorms this afternoon...... Read More

15 Rhythm and Vines festival-goers hospitalised

Fifteen people who attended the Rhythm and Vines festival in Gisborne have been hospitalised with severe vomiting and diarrhoea. Partygoers were admitted to an isolation ward at Gisborne Hospital this morning. Medical Officer of Health Bruce Duncan...... Read More

Police apologise after seizing legal cannabis

An East Coast hemp grower has had his crop destroyed by police after they mistook his plants for illicit cannabis. On Tuesday, a police drug squad raided Willie Kaa's property near Ruatoria and removed 16 plants, leaving him no explanation for...... Read More