Bay of Plenty

Appeal for vehicle sightings near McLaren Falls

Members of public who may have sighted vehicles near McLaren Falls on Friday are being asked to come forward. A police media spokesperson says the appeal is part of the investigation into the murder of Mitchell Paterson, whose body was found in the...... Read More

Police investigate link between Waikato homicides

Waikato Police are working to rule out any link between three recent homicides which have happened across the district in the last two weeks. Waikato District Commander Superintendent Bruce Bird says more than 60 staff are working on the three homicide...... Read More

Heavy rain delays Waioeka Gorge works

  Work to re-open the section of State Highway 2 affected by a slip in the Waioeka Gorge has been delayed due to heavy rain on Sunday.   NZTA Regional Transport System Manager Rob Campbell expects work on the gorge won’t be completed...... Read More

Fertiliser plant fined $82K for sulphur leak

Ballance Agri-Nutrients has been fined $82,500 for an unauthorised discharge of contaminants, namely sulphur dioxide, into air from their fertiliser manufacturer plant in Mount Maunganui. Ballance Agri-Nutrients pleaded guilty the charge relating...... Read More

Three arrested in relation to McLaren Falls murder

Three people have been arrested following an investigation into the murder of a man whose body was found at McLaren Falls last week. The body of Mitchell Curtis Rehua Paterson - a Ngāruawāhia local - was found in the water at...... Read More

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