Cira Olivier is a social issues and breaking news reporter for the Bay of Plenty Times. She has been a journalist since 2019.
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'Large gang presence’: Extra police for two gang funerals in Whakatāne
Locals are asked to expect delays while gang farewells members.
Shot at, bashed, intimidated: Road workers speak out on 'extreme' abuse
NZTA boss worries for industry's future as half of staff quit within a year amid abuse.
Watch: Car crashes through fence into family home and van
Police were called to the crash Tuesday night.
Broken glass 'purposefully' left on athletics field 'to hurt people', child cut
'Someone or some people are willing to sabotage a kids’ event to hurt kids.'
Punched, elbowed: Police used 'unjustified and excessive' force in unlawful arrest
Independent Police Conduct Authority releases report on 2021 arrest in Rotorua.
'Devastated': School mourns former student killed in crash
Corey-Leigh Tobin was a hostel student for just under two terms in Rotorua.
Falcon advocate defends bird of prey after attack left woman needing stitches
The post said falcons 'want to kill the perceived threat'.
'Lucky touch': The store that's sold million-dollar Lotto tickets
The Whakatāne store owners have now sold an $8.3m-winning ticket to go with a $12.25m win.
Mobility scooter crash: Dedicated gardener bought plants the day he died
A relative says Eddie Duffy often made the long ride to Bunnings to buy more blooms.
Police name 88-year-old killed in mobility scooter crash
The crash, also involving a motorbike, happened on Tuesday morning in Rotorua's CBD.
'It could be anyone': Dad and daughter leave touching tribute after fatal crash
The man died at the scene after a crash between his mobility scooter and a motorcycle.
Just hanging out: Sam Smith's adventurous Rotorua holiday
Sam Smith and designer Christian Cowan were spotted in Rotorua last week.
Mobility scooter driver dies in crash involving motorcycle
The crash closed a major intersection for several hours.
'I did a little prayer': Witnesses hear 'bang' as mobility scooter, motorbike crash
Emergency services were called around 10.20am.
'Gobsmacked': Grieving husband says Jehovah's Witness targeted him with letter
The letter 'preaching God's Kingdom' arrived about three weeks after his wife died.
'Enormous concern': Beggar punches McDonald’s manager at drive-through
Busy restaurant sees spike in beggars fighting over "lucrative" spot.
'Traumatising': Roadworkers shot at, abused, threatened amid 'shocking' delays
The incidents come as the city grapples with delays linked to bridge roadworks.
'Like snow': Hailstorm stops cars on State Highway 33
A sunny day quickly turned into a driving hailstorm in the Bay of Plenty.
'Illegal’ activities: Police investigating after hundreds of street racers disrupt city
Two people have also been arrested after throwing bottles at police.
Tensions over lake closure: Fisherman's 'threat' to dig up jetty blockade
Police say there was no threat, rather frustrations expressed 'colourfully'.
'Safeguard our Rotomoana': Rāhui considered for lakes to avoid clam invasion
"It is our shared responsibility to collaborate in the best interest of all our lakes."
Environmental terrorism fears: Lake closes to boats, anglers to keep out 'monster'
Closure of 'trophy' trout lake on eve of fishing season a 'blow to anglers' - Fish & Game
Police forensics examining vehicle believed to be involved in serious crash
Police are calling on the public for any information or footage to help the investigation.
Car smashes into property: Police probe if driver forced vehicle off road and gun involved
Four people in the car were taken to hospital in serious and critical conditions.
Mum living near 'scary' geothermal mud pot may move if it keeps growing
She is concerned the council did not tell her when the hole grew in late August.
From playing on concrete to their very first Aims Games
Students from the East Coast school Te Kura ō Manutuke are excited to be in Tauranga.
Aims Games: Thousands of students party at the opening ceremony
It's the largest games, with more than 22,000 officials, supporters, and junior athletes.
New $340k fire pump truck likely written off in crash
It crashed and rolled on Thursday around 10am.
'Daily' fights at bus stop where girl attacked, teens feel 'so unsafe'
One principal isn't letting her children take the bus anymore following the attacks.
Girl 'collapsed' after public beating, second shocking attack in week
Police say they will be increasing their presence in the area, especially after school.
'Beyond belief': Second teen girl injured after alleged assault outside Rotorua Library
It comes less than a week after an intermediate student was left bloodied in the area.
Schoolgirl bus stop bashing: Security firm's service cut weeks before bloody attack
It comes as Rotorua's mayor calls on the Government to give the city more police.
'God, I hope it doesn’t come through': Spiked vehicle chase caught on camera
Sparks could be seen coming from a spiked vehicle.
Schoolgirl left 'covered in blood' and concussed after bus stop bashing
'The girl came over and just started punching her in the face.'
Sid's story: From waiting tables to owning a multi-award-winning restaurant
"If you don’t have a passion for food, service, and hospitality, it’s not your game."
'Massive potential for change': Investment fund takes on housing crisis
'Why wouldn’t an investor choose social good over another investment of equal risk?'
Ram raiders make 'massive mess' of shop in 90 seconds
One trips and nearly faceplants in the rush to leave the ransacked store.
Rotorua ram raid: Chocolates, gum and an empty till stolen in five-person raid
'Everything was in an absolute mess.'
Search continues for missing Taupō woman Jan Burton
Police and Land Search and Rescue teams haven't found her yet.
'It's pretty amazing': Young Rotorua man crowned the King of Crankworx
'The King is a Māori from Te Arawa from all the way back home. It’s pretty amazing.'
Missing woman's generous act remembered as search of tracks continues
The former midwife has been missing since Wednesday.
Security systems being reviewed after vandalism in forest
A meeting between groups was sparked by forest amenities being destroyed at the weekend.
Kāinga Ora plan could see up to 40 small apartments built
There's a conditional contract between Kāinga Ora and a developer.