Tauranga & Bay of Plenty

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A crisp winter morning at the Ohaupo rugby fields was the scene for scientific endeavour.

Bay of Plenty schools send balloons into space, in the name of science

A crisp winter morning at the Ohaupo rugby fields was the scene for scientific endeavour.

A digital terrain model of Mt Ruapehu made from aerial photos.

Scientists working to predict Mt Ruapehu's next big lahar

Scientists say a large lahar from Mt Ruapehu is inevitable at some stage in the future.

Strong 4.6 magnitude quakes hits Te Kaha in Bay of Plenty overnight

Around 600 people reported feeling the shake on the GeoNet website.

00:43
A proposed by-law would ban begging and rough sleeping within five metres of retail and hospitality areas.

Tauranga protesters tackle Council's controversial proposed ban on beggars, rough sleeping

A proposed by-law would ban begging and rough sleeping within five metres of retail, hospitality areas.

Most read story: Rare, venomous sea snake pays a visit to Tauranga marina

The banded sea krait was noticed by people working on a boat at Tauranga Bridge Marina.

Woman shot at Tauranga property now in a stable condition

Neighbours heard a baby crying after initially hearing a gunshot at approximately 6.30pm last night.

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Police at the scene after woman shot at Tauranga address

The incident occurred on Christopher Street at 6.30pm.

A 1955 Ford Customline car seized by police in Kawerau.

Classic car seized by police in Bay of Plenty meth operation

Cops are targeting people profiting for the sale and supply of the drug.

01:35
Lance Carter has spoken out as figures show more fatal crashes last year involved drugged drivers than drunk drivers.

'I would do anything to get drug testing in this country' says man whose partner and best mate died when drugged driver ploughed into them

Lance Carter has spoken out as figures show more fatal crashes last year involved drugged drivers than drunk drivers.

Ōpōtiki vote to officially correct spelling from Opotiki

The Council found it was misspelled in the Land Information database.

00:33
Contractors are working to restore SH5 after multiple slips and flooding.

Napier-Taupo highway users face delays for a week as storm repairs continue

Contractors are working to restore State Highway Five after multiple slips and flooding.

Most read: Rotorua car salesmen stood down over racist 'clever Māori' remarks; auto dealer says team 'devastated'

Rotorua nurse Narrelle Newdick was left shaking and in tears after a car dealer left a racist voice message on her phone calling her a "f***** clever Māori".

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Pedestrian dies after being hit by truck in Tauranga

The accident occured around 4.40am today on Takitimu Drive.

01:31

Meet 'twinkle fingers', Bay of Plenty's best checkout operator for 2018

Competitors are judged on speed, presentation, customer service and accuracy.

01:00
Fruit is on the ground and logging leftovers have reached the beach after last night's heavy rain and strong winds.

Watch: Orchards swamped, logging debris washed down by Gisborne region's second deluge in barely a week

Fruit is on the ground and logging leftovers have reached the beach after last night's heavy rain and strong winds.

A road closure sign in front of a Police vehicle

Large slip blocks Thames Coast Road in Coromandel

SH25 is under stop/go control near Whakatete until midday.

A road closure sign in front of a Police vehicle

One person dies following serious crash south of Whakatane

Police are working to formally identify the man and inform his next of kin.

Auckland, New Zealand - May 26, 2013: People walk beside a MAXX train at platform in Britomart Transport Centre on May 26 2013. It designed to serve up to 10,500 passengers during the peak hour in its current configuration as a terminus

Transport Minister won't commit to timeline for Auckland to Hamilton passenger rail and it's unlikely by 2020 based on Government reports

Feedback to the Government on a fast-tracked 2019 "interim option" rail service has been largely negative.

02:01
A damning report into the Bella Vista residences has called for an inquiry.

Questions remain over how Tauranga housing development Bella Vista got so far

A damning report into the doomed residences has called for an inquiry.

00:44
In March, residents of the Bella Vista development were told to leave after fears their homes wouldn't survive a storm.

Relief for Tauranga home owners after council decides to purchase 21 condemned homes

In March, residents of the Bella Vista development were told to leave due to structural instability.

02:11
This follows a day of tears and high emotions as affected residents told their stories.

Tauranga City Council to compensate homeowners by purchasing properties in failed Bella Vista development

A number of the homeowners gave emotional submissions to the council about their situations today.

'We did not ask for this' - Emotional Tauranga residents from failed housing development ask council for full market value payout

The Tauranga Council signed-off the Bella Vista development despite major construction defects.

03:36
The Cowdreys have four sons involved in surf life saving.

Meet the Papamoa family of surf life savers with salt water in their veins

The Cowdreys have four sons involved in competitive surf life saving.

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Heavily-armed police search Rotorua house for suspects following reports of gunshots

Police armed with assault rifles were seen scoping out streets in Owhata this afternoon.

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House in Whakatane burnt to the ground

The fire is not being treated as suspicious.

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