Bay of Plenty

One seriously injured in train crash

UPDATED 9.01AM: One person has been seriously injured after a car and train have crashed in the Bay of Plenty. Emergency services were called to the crash on State Highway 30, near Otakiri, shortly before 8.30am. A police spokesperson says one person,...... Read More

‘Pure passion’ following Frances World Cup win

Tauranga residents holidaying in France describe the atmosphere are pure passion following France’s win over Croatia. France beat Croatia 4-2, in a thrilling World Cup Football final which featured a series of firsts, including an own goal and...... Read More

Man rescued after night trapped on Mt Ruapehu

A 21-year-old man has been rescued following a cold and wet night stuck on Mt Ruapehu. Police were called at about 5pm yesterday after the man did not return from a day hike up the mountain. Four search teams were set up and searched overnight. The...... Read More

King tides and swells hit the Bay

King tides and swells are breaking over the Bay of Plenty and may cause flooding in low-lying areas. MetService says waves were 3.5 metres high on the east coast early this morning and causing sea levels to rise. Between 70 to 100mm of rain is expected...... Read More

Economic impact of riding in Rotorua quantified

People who ride in Rotorua’s Whakarewarewa forest contribute between $30m and $50m in spending annually to the local economy, according to a new study. Between 2.5 per cent and 5 per cent of the total spend in the district is by visitors and...... Read More

Bay stars USA bound for World Cup Sevens

Six Bay of Plenty men and women sevens stars have made the teams to defend New Zealand’s double titles at the Rugby World Cup Sevens in San Francisco. Scott Curry and Regan Ware were named in the All Black Sevens squad, while Michaela Blyde,...... Read More

Severe weather comes just in time for king tides

A low pressure system currently lying to the northeast of New Zealand is set to end the week on a wet and windy note. “While there is still some uncertainty on the severity of the heavy rain and strong winds forecast ahead of this low, it is...... Read More

Tanerau’s return big boost for Bay

Bay of Plenty rugby has received a massive lift with the return of stalwart Steamer and five-test All Black Tanerau Latimer for the upcoming Mitre 10 Cup. French club Bayonne was the last stop for Tanerau in a career that has taken the Bay native to...... Read More

Homicide investigation launched in Tauranga

A homicide investigation has been launched after a body was found in suspicious circumstances near Tauranga. Detective Inspector Lewis Warner says police received a report of a body in the water below McLaren Falls Bridge on McLaren Falls Road about...... Read More

Suspicious activity reported near McLaren Falls

The road to McLaren Falls, west of Tauranga, is closed as police deal with an incident in the area. A caller to the 0800 SUNLIVE news hotline says say people wanting to travel around the area need to use Omanawa Road. A police spokesperson says they...... Read More