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Only handful of properties still without power - Vector

Auckland lines company Vector is hoping to have virtually all properties across the city back on the grid this weekend, with just a handful still without power. More than 180,000 properties had their electricity cut almost two weeks ago by a storm...... Read More

Mark Middleton’s lawyer to seek compensation

The lawyer for Mark Middleton says Immigration New Zealand breached the Bill of Rights in its treatment of his client and he will be seeking compensation. Mr Middleton, who is the step-father of murdered school girl Carla Kardno, was arrested at his...... Read More

Air NZ flight to Japan forced to return to Auckland

An Air New Zealand flight to Japan has had to turn around and return to Auckland after a problem with the plane's air system. Flight NZ99 left for Japan shortly before 10am carrying 256 passengers. However, Air New Zealand said the aircraft had...... Read More

Voting on Maori Wards opens

Western Bay electors will have their say on whether or not the District Council should establish Maori wards, when voting opens next week.  Western Bay of Plenty District Council is holding a binding poll to see whether Maori wards should be introduced...... Read More

Straight talking about health

Gemma McCaw, Dr Anna Rolleston, Sam the Barter Barber and Harold the Giraffe are inviting you to breakfast, and all for a good cause. Guests at the Life Education Breakfast on Friday, May 4 will be treated to breakfast before meeting and listening...... Read More

Mother’s Day fun run returns to Bay of Plenty

New Zealand’s biggest Mother’s Day event, the Jennian Homes Mother’s Day Fun Run/Walk, is returning to Tauranga on May 13 – with tickets now on sale. Runners and walkers will set off from Kulim Park at 10am, in support of women’s...... Read More

Bay pistol club host inaugural shoot

Pistol shooters of all ages and abilities will have the chance to blow off some smoke this weekend at Tauranga Pistol Club’s Open Graded event. John Peacock, a member of the club, says the three-day national event, is the first of its kind to be...... Read More

Junior rugby club raises $40,000 for tour

Young members of the Upper Clutha Junior Rugby Club will hit the road next week to test themselves against teams from across the South Island. The club’s under-13 boys have raised $40,000 for the trip and two teams will head up the West Coast...... Read More