It was a busy week in the Bay with a world-first trials of mangrove munching machine, a reformed rock star and wild weather topping the list of most viewed stories.

Phil Rudd in his 'man cave&'; which houses rock memorabilia, framed photos and awards, a pool table and his drum kit. Photo/John Borren
Phil Rudd in his 'man cave&'; which houses rock memorabilia, framed photos and awards, a pool table and his drum kit. Photo/John Borren

1. Phil Rudd: 'I've stopped all the crazy stuff'

It's been nearly seven days since we published our catch up feature with AC/DC's Phil Rudd but the fans have spoken, keeping this story at the top of the most viewed list all week. Rudd tells of how his hellraising days are over. Inspired by Sir John Kirwan, he sees a psychiatrist once a week and says he is closer than ever to his children. He's still got all his flash cars and now the 61-year-old rocker wants to grow chillies.

2.Mini tornado sweeps through Mount Maunganui
Wild weather lashed the Bay, creating a call out for firefighters to reports of 'boats flying through the air' at Pilot Bay. Meanwhile a mini tornado was also believed to have ripped through the home of a Karangahake Gorge woman who said she felt like she was going to be sucked out of her home.

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Wendy Dudek with the large tree ripped from the ground when a mini-tornado swept through her Bay property. Photo/John Borren
Wendy Dudek with the large tree ripped from the ground when a mini-tornado swept through her Bay property. Photo/John Borren

3. Watch: Mangrove munching machine hovers through Tauranga Harbour

A world-first innovation to remove mangrove seedlings from 11 Tauranga Harbour estuaries is being trialled in a world-first, showcasing its skills in a demonstration at the Waikareao Estuary this week.

Bay of Plenty Regional Council have trialled a hovercraft to help mow down mangroves in Tauranga Harbour. We joined them as the trial got underway today.

4. Grandfather weeps as he escapes conviction for dog attack on 6-year-old

Tears of relief flowed when an elderly Paengaroa man whose dog mauled his 6-year-old grandson was discharged without conviction. The family of Graham Leslie Hartley wept and hugged outside the Tauranga courtroom after Judge Stephen Coyle decided the grandfather had suffered enough.

5. Orchard worker found dead
A kiwifruit orchard contractor was found dead under her quad bike hours after staff reported her missing. The 59-year-old woman was killed in a "tragic accident" at Athenberry Orchard on Emerton Rd in Athenree on Friday.

Graham Hartley and grandson Tainui Hartley-Whareaorere enjoying each other's company. Photo/John Borren
Graham Hartley and grandson Tainui Hartley-Whareaorere enjoying each other's company. Photo/John Borren