Bay of Plenty

Three arrested after Tauranga police chase

Three people have been arrested following a police chase in Papamoa, near Tauranga. Footage sent to SunLive this morning, shows police chasing a vehicle on Eversham Road at 12.12am. A police spokesperson says the pursuit was initiated when police...... Read More

Petrol station robbed at gunpoint

Two men, one armed with a long-barrelled firearm, are wanted by police after a robbery at a Bay of Plenty petrol station. Rotorua Police are investigating an aggravated robbery that took place at the Lynmore Junction BP on Te Ngae Road on Monday December...... Read More

Victim named following Tauranga motorbike crash

A woman who died in a motorbike crash near Bethlehem has been named. She is 39-year-old Te Aroha woman Emma Claire Meredith. "Our thoughts are with her family," says police. Emma was riding as a pillion passenger and died...... Read More

Donations pour in for beloved teacher

Edgar Weston is fighting a battle for his life, but he is not fighting it alone. Mr. Ed, as he is known to his students, has had a colossal impact on the lives of thousands of young people during his 24 years as an English Teacher at Otumoetai College...... Read More

BOP man charged with murder two years after death

Bay of Plenty Police have today arrested a 50-year-old Opotiki man in relation to the death of Brian Albert Hilton in July 2016. The man has been charged with murder and will be appearing in Whakatane District Court on Wednesday. Mr Hilton was admitted...... Read More

One seriously injured in Thames crash

One person has been taken to hospital in a serious condition following a crash in the Thames-Coromandel District. A police media spokesperson says a motorcycle and truck collided around 10.15am. "This has happened on Waihi Whangamata Road. "Northbound...... Read More

Vehicle dumped after police chase in Papamoa

Police are making enquiries to locate the driving of a vehicle involved in a pursuit in Papamoa. Several police units were seen chasing a vehicle along Sandhurst Drive around 8pm. A police spokesperson says a vehicle failed to stop for police, which...... Read More

Green light for Waihi mining project

Further mine development in Waihi has been given the green light following the Project Martha hearings. OceanaGold (NZ) lodged resource consent applications in June with the Hauraki District and Waikato Regional Councils for its proposed Project Martha....... Read More

Youth Jazz Competition gets its own date

For the first time next year, the National Youth Jazz Competition will be held separate from the National Jazz Festival. While the festival will be staged as usual on Easter Weekend, the National Youth Jazz Competition will be held two weeks prior...... Read More

Woman killed in Tauranga motorbike crash

The pillion passenger of a motorbike has died after a crash in Bethlehem, Tauranga. Police were called to a crash on Bethlehem Road around 5.50pm. Two motorbikes were riding through the town centre, one with a pillion passenger on board, says a police...... Read More