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Landing gear trouble sparks emergency

A passenger on a flight that circled Tauranga Airport several times during an emergency last night says he had complete faith in the pilots. A Bombardier Dash 8-300, inbound from Wellington, was due to land at Tauranga Airport around 6.30pm but...... Read More

The Kollective taking shape

As the largest co-work space in New Zealand nears completion, two aspects concerning the internal structure and operation of the building are being finalised. That’s the internal finish level - the technical specifications through to the colours...... Read More

Tornado rips through Tauranga

Reports are coming in of surface flooding on State Highway 29 and a tornado ripping through Pyes Pa, in Tauranga. A caller to the 0800 SUNLIVE news hotline says there was a huge downpour and then about 1pm it died down. "The rain stopped and...... Read More

Tauranga honours nurses here and afar

The weather has proved no match for those wanting to stand up and give a voice to nurses not only in the Bay of Plenty – but throughout the world. Everyone from nurses themselves, to their families, members of public and those who support them...... Read More

Matapihi Road now open after train fire

UPDATE 3.20pm: Matapihi Road in Tauranga is now clear following a train fire. Fire were forced to close the road after a small fire broke out on a locomotive causing it to stop in the middle of the Matapihi Road railway crossing. Two fire crew were...... Read More

More rain and flooding photos

  Bay of Plenty residents are being warned to prepare for more heavy rain today as a complex low system continues to bring multiple bands of rain to northern and eastern parts of both islands. The MetService says the low is expected to affect New...... Read More

Photos: Rotorua roads ’turning into lakes’

Rotorua is receiving a battering today, with surface flooding, slips, and trees blocking lanes. In response to the weather, an emergency shelter has been opened at the Energy Events Centre. Rotorua Lakes Council’s Emergency Operations Centre...... Read More

Whitianga cat voted snobbiest in NZ

A former stray cat from Whitianga has taken out the title of NZ’s Snobbiest cat, beating out more than 2500 feline hopefuls to have her face immortalised in a $10,000 portrait by artist Otis Frizzell. Judges scoured through more than 2500 cat...... Read More

Fake gun triggers armed police stop

A man carrying an imitation firearm prompted an armed police stop in Tauranga. A 36-year-old man has been arrested following last night’s police operation. A police media spokesperson says the arrest follows an armed police stop which happened...... Read More

Strong winds sweep through BOP overnight

An overnight front has left a trail of havoc behind in Mount Maunganui this morning, after passing through the area. Portaloos at Mount Main Beach and construction sites on Maunganui Rd were some of many sites reported to have suffered the wrath of...... Read More

Downtown Carnival in full-swing

Tauranga is alive this afternoon at the opening of the Downtown Carnival as part of the 56th National Jazz Festival. An exciting jazz hub filled with two days of music and entertainment is in the CBD and is set to keep you dancing all weekend. There’s...... Read More

Driver flees after crash causes fire

A two-car crash is believed to be the cause of what set a van alight near Bay Park on Friday evening. The crash involved a car and a van, and the driver of the car fled the scene. A police media spokesperson says it happened just after 5pm. “Police...... Read More

Driver takes wrong lane on busy road

Video footage shared on Facebook has captured the moment a car drove the wrong way up a busy Tauranga road. Local man Paul Wannop filmed the incident, in which a car can be seen driving in the wrong lane up Waihi Road towards 11th Ave. Paul says he...... Read More

Rare footage of whales in Antarctica

“I’m such an excited scientist right now!” Dr Regina Eisert, marine mammal expert at the University of Canterbury, still can’t believe the underwater footage her team captured on a recent Antarctic expedition to study killer...... Read More

Edgecumbe residents contest repair work

Members of the Rangatāiki Community board are contesting work which is currently planned to repair the stopbank in Edgecumbe. The stopbanks of the Rangatāiki River burst at Easter in 2017, causing massive flooding and widespread, severe damage to...... Read More

Endangered whitebait released in Rotorua

Ngāi Tahu Tourism owned Rainbow Springs are thrilled to welcome several hundred giant kōkopu (galaxias argenteus) into the park in Rotorua. Giant kōkopu are the largest adult fish of New Zealand’s iconic ‘whitebait’ species,...... Read More

Car-chase accused’s custody remand

The man accused of jumping into the Wairoa River after a dramatic police chase in the Western Bay of Plenty has opted to stay behind bars until his next court appearance. Bonn Glenn Taylor, 34, appeared in Tauranga District Court on Tuesday after...... Read More

103-year-old Model T on world tour

A car more than a century old visited the Bay of Plenty Vintage Car Club on Tuesday morning, as part of a global tour. The 1915 Model T owned by Dirk Regter rolled up to the club’s headquarters on Cliff Road on the final leg of its New Zealand...... Read More

From river to court: escapee charged

The man who leapt into the Wairoa River to escape capture by police following a pursuit is facing a whole raft of charges. The 34-year-old man is charged with two counts of failing to stop, two counts of recklessly operating a motor vehicle, plus driving...... Read More