Increasing natural disaster events should be considered a prompt for getting prepared.
Proposed reform has support from some who say it reflects underinvestment 'by many'.
Opinion: Everyone thought asbestos was great too - until research proved it causes cancer.
The move means less money for district councils.
But a 'one-size-fits-all approach won't necessarily meet specific needs of our community'.
The funding decision is expected to reap the biggest community impact.
But the move was met with stern advice from a seasoned local politician.
"This is going to be really amazing ..."
After a stellar 40-year career, comedy king Ben Elton is coming to Tauranga.
Opinion: Construction cowboys need reeling in but $200,000 fines don't cut it.
Simply doing the paperwork isn't going to cut it, in my view.
Rotorua community 'will have to remain patient as these complexities are worked through'.
Flooding, slips, thunderstorms and rising waterways possible.
"We want to lay Daytona at rest at home in Rotorua."
Some bus drivers were caught speeding in the same spot four times.
Tauranga City Council commissioners have unanimously voted to establish a Māori ward.
Opinion: Regulating sunscreen is a no brainer. It's too important to leave to good faith.
Opinion: Training worth the investment - and miracle survival stories reinforce this.
Opinion: Like it or not, roadworks need to happen. And they're not going anywhere.
The design and construction of the path are expected to cost $900,000.
Councillors faced off after a 'private' discussion was raised in a public meeting.
Opinion: We don't all have to agree but we can all be part of building a better future.
The man was alleged to have been shot on SH30 near Te Teko.
Mode shift, public transport and climate change are key points of a new $3b plan.
But the numbers are worth it, say some.
The district council says more building materials are being dumped.
OPINION: Life isn't back to normal yet. Even if it looks like it, a little.
Fire sirens the 'price we need to pay' for being protected, says MP.
Things are looking up for the Bay of Plenty, especially in you're in the kiwifruit sector.
Use of emergency fire siren to be canned at night after single complaint.
Opinion: We need to keep things in perspective.
'That's the big question; what happens when the season turns off?'
Bay of Plenty's waterways have been "very busy" so far.
"We need everyone to take responsibility and think about water safety."
Sculpture manufacturer says people should wait until it's finished to pass judgement.
Such trauma is entirely preventable. All it takes a taxi.
Opinion: Could the dining precinct come to rival Rotorua's popular Eat Streat?
Rotorua's air quality is potentially at risk from new development.
We need to remember to think ahead.
Opinion: Jet skiers are some of the most responsible people I've met.
Put yourselves in the workers' boots: Dangerous drivers urged to slow down.
Experts warn of a flurry of demand on property as prices reach record highs.
Opinion: Lime scooters - long may they reign.
"This is critical to our region."
OPINION: The sirens should stay. It's the complainants who should go.
'The fire siren also provides peace of mind for people.'
Bay councillor Stacey Rose is loving his dual roles as an elected member and a barber.
The referendum will be held on October 17.
Arguments for and against a Bill that could affect all of us.
Rotorua is expected to feel the impact of zero cruise ships arriving this summer.
Muller's journey is a reminder that the impacts of mental health don't discriminate.
The promise followed a survey about residents' satisfaction with the regional council.
Two parts of the sculpture were airlifted separately.
The visit marked nine months, to the day, since the eruption.
Today is Ardern's third day campaigning in the Bay of Plenty.
PM Jacinda Ardern reveals her Bay of Plenty roots.
'There have been times I've sat there and thought 'should I really be at this table?'
COMMENT: Primary care nurses are vital and deserve more but their timing is poor.
'If the Māori perspective is to be expressed, I believe it has to come from Māori'.
Attacks included trying to force a beer bottle into a council worker's mouth.
Bay of Plenty Regional Council considers a new response to climate change.
Comment: We must change the she'll-be-right attitude.
"Once you commit to run that crossing, you are playing roulette and we can't stop."
"The anxiety arrived very early on," the former National Party leader has acknowledged.
"... the next thing I knew, I was landing on my head."
"We are extremely concerned," says a technical adviser for Motiti Island residents.
"We are in times where things are different ... We need to give this a try."
The man is charged with murder and unlawful possession of a firearm.
What, and who, you should know leading up to this year's election.
"Things like that would be a real assistance to our community."
"We are talking now about the new wave of unemployed, not those already on the books."