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'Buyer beware': How climate change could send insurance costs surging
Why your house may lose its insurance.
Smoke 'em out: Why Rotorua is cracking down on non-compliant home heating
The regional council has also responded to claims its tech is unfair on some families.
Bay of Plenty residents are jetting off to greener pastures
Thousands are expected to head abroad this year as they look for life and work experience.
'Why is it always the good ones?: Schoolboy killed in horror crash
Keanan was a year 13 student on his way to work experience when he crashed.
Retailers grapple with 'challenging world' as sales drop
However, people are spending more.
'Buyer beware': How climate change could send insurance costs surging
'Some communities really do have to act now' - Insurance Council.
Poisoned? Why are so many birds dying on the shores of Lake Rotorua?
A local store owner says it had been a big issue over the last few months.
'Aggressive homeless' could push Rotorua off tourism map: business leaders
Staff shortages and emergency housing issues have some concerned about visitor experience.
'Whoosh': Residents describe shocking moment their homes flooded
One resident described how a 'dirty river had run through the whole house'.
'Extremely harmful': Daunting snapshot shows extent of wallaby problem
The regional council wanted to show the impact populations had on farmers.
'Absolute crisis': Staff shortages hit aged-care sector
Consequences of low staff and funding have those in sector worried.
New tracks, and a new word for iconic Rotorua attraction
Skyline Rotorua luge has spent millions of dollars on upgrades.
'The best news': Tourism industry looks to the next phase of pandemic recovery
The sector welcomes the news cruise ships can return but says there is work to do.
Customers will pay for hospitality and tourism staff shortages, industry reps say
Some are working to balance absorbing cost and passing it on to customers.
Budget ag-sector splash out 'grandiose money spending', farmer says
His comments come after the announcement of the first ever Emissions Reduction Plan.
Fiery crashes and lives lost: Residents react to roundabout news
Residents near the Rotorua to Whakatāne intersection have witnessed many crashes.
Do you know a 'gem' of a Rotorua business? Entries open for annual awards
Entries have opened for this year's Tompkins Wake Rotorua Business Awards.
Hemo Gorge sculpture back under wraps for repainting and vandalised decor removed
Peeling paint means its maker is spending the next few months tidying it up.
'Equity-driven': How a new health service has helped hundreds of patients
It says enrolment problems are not with the patients but with the process.
Dancing for Hospice: First of this year's contestants announced
The event, attended by thousands, is in its sixth year.
Jewellery store owner burgled twice in a month: 'You can't let them win'
He has also questioned why there is no active monitoring of council CCTV in Rotorua.
Lake weed eradication: Iwi work a 'fusion' of traditional and western knowledge
The iwi has this week begun mahi to protect taonga species.
Doggone: Missing pooch reunited with owner a year later
The canine is one of hundreds stolen or lost in the Bay of Plenty each year.
Rotorua event calendar 'better than it has been in years'
Those in the industry say there is a 'big appetite' for events.
'Forever out fishing': Police formally suspend search for missing fisherman
A rāhui will remain in place along the coast near Tōrere until further notice.
Revealed: The city Christopher Luxon believes 'needs to get sorted'
The National Party leader said crime and emergency housing motels would put visitors off.
'Localised extinctions' something to prepare for as plant disease remains
Five years on, a Bay of Plenty grower says people still don't know what myrtle rust is.
'Equal voting rights' or 'apartheid': Submissions heard on Rotorua local bill
Mayor: 'Rotorua is unique, what suits us does not necessarily suit the rest of NZ.'
Rotorua Māori ward bill 'cannot be justified' - Attorney-General
The bill 'creates disparity in the number of people represented by ward council members'.
'Worsening' water quality in Rotorua lakes sparks review request
Increasing instances of algal blooms and lake weeds are among a society's concerns.
Missing fisherman: Relative clings to hope man with 'massive heart' will be found
Police reassess plans as bad weather looks set to continue to hamper the search.
Air force helping with search for missing fisherman
The Ōpōtiki fisherman did not return from his Sunday trip when expected.
'Feeding frenzy': Explosion in people keen to head overseas
Border restriction changes have locals looking to book international trips again.
Businesses 'quietly optimistic' as Aussies cross ditch for Easter
Some hotels are already booked and businesses are seeing a light through the fog.
Rotorua lake weed: Who's set to control this invasive pest?
Weed spraying is expected to begin this month.
'Think about a plan B' as ex-tropical cyclone approaches - warning
Weather warnings and watches are in place for the Bay of Plenty today and tomorrow.
Elopements and compromise: Wedding industry pivots in pandemic
Bay of Plenty couples are racing against Covid to the altar.
'Nail in their coffin': Businesses owe millions and now face paying interest
Warning many businesses have forgotten the interest-free loan period is about to end.
70-year love story: 'As long as there is breath in my body, I will be his carer'
Brian used to go past on his bike. I thought, 'He's not too bad, I'll keep my eye on him'.
'You feel so invaded': Rise in car thefts hits Rotorua family
The car most likely to be stolen in the Bay of Plenty has also been revealed.
'Systemic racism': Healthcare inequities frustrate community advocate
'It's not fair ... it's another system that's let them down.'
New changes could be the key to affordable housing - agent
There are hopes housing intensification will help with Rotorua's housing shortage.
Hopes new residential standards will relieve 'severe' housing deficit
Residential areas in Rotorua will be able to build up to three stories without a consent.
$20 left after bills: 'Phenomenal and unsustainable' cost of living rise hits families
'It's extremely difficult for our whānau to access regular food in Rotorua'
Taking stock: Why are some supermarket shelves empty?
Staffing and supply issues mean shoppers face difficulties buying grocery basics.
'Parents are worried': Virus spread and fear causing school absentees
Bay of Plenty schools see large numbers of children learning from home as cases rise.
Little pain, mostly gain: Rotorua property sellers huge average profit
Only 0.6 per cent of Rotorua properties sold at a loss in the last months of 2021.
'Looks like a fingerprint': Locals react to geyser-inspired tourism symbol
The mayor asked if it could help rebuild Rotorua's 'smashed' reputation.
Rainbow Springs to close permanently, but not all hope is lost
It's an institution for most New Zealanders and announcement is 'distressing'.
Battling burnout: GPs facing doctor shortages, high patient numbers
Rotorua general practices face doctor burnout and vacancy-filling issues.
No relief in sight: Teachers face staffing pressure as Covid cases rise
Teacher shortages and parents not testing children concern Bay of Plenty teachers.
Winter chill: Holding out for border opening could make or break some businesses
The tourism sector is concerned visitor numbers won't rise if self-isolation rules stay.
One person in serious condition following incident in Kawerau
A resident has described hearing what sounded like gun shots
'Fatbergs' behind latest Rotorua wastewater overflow incidents
Rotorua council says the blockage was largely avoidable.
Test results show elevated levels of bacteria at wastewater overflow-impacted site
Test results show elevated levels of bacteria at Rotorua wastewater overflow-impacted site
Not 'little moggies': Conservation trusts frustrated by feral cat numbers
Feral cats have been causing strife for Bay of Plenty conservationists.
Less shame and better attendance; Bay of Plenty schools supportive of free period products
Phase Two of the Government's free period product initiative will begin soon.
On a knife-edge: Rainbow Springs may close for good
"As a child I remember visiting Rainbow Springs. It must remain open," says local MP.
Hopes new collaborative classroom will help kids 'think globally'
Lynmore Primary School pupils will use the new collaborative teaching space this week.
'Ambitious but achievable': Council opens consultation on new waste plan
Rotorua's council has opened consultation on its proposed waste plan.
3500 earthquakes in a year: Tips for being prepared in this region's 'hazardscape'
Bay of Plenty residents are advised to plan in the event of an emergency.
Report: Bay of Plenty's economic confidence drops in December
A net 7 per cent of households expect economic conditions to deteriorate in the next year
'Manic': Event organiser describes adapting to Covid red setting
Many event organisers have either had to cancel, reschedule or alter their annual events.
Tattoo shop and barbers: BOP businesses fined for Covid-19 non-compliance
Worksafe has fined two Bay of Plenty businesses for not meeting Covid-19 requirements.
'People are afraid': Hospitality businesses face quiet streets under red
"Hopefully, we'll come out the other side."
Local leaders, expert react to Bay of Plenty cases linked to Omicron cluster
It comes as a public health expert anticipates a "rapid rise" in cases in the coming weeks
Rotorua events sector hit as organisers cancel and re-plan
Thousands were expected to attend events in Rotorua in the next two weeks
'Like a ghost town': Summer retail spending drops earlier than expected
Rotorua retailers have shared their experience of a sudden visitor spend decrease.
Battle begins: Many keen to fill four vacancies on Bay conservation board
There is a surplus of nominations for the Bay of Plenty Conservation Board.
'People are getting mad': Rotorua shop window smashed, cigarettes stolen
A Rotorua store was broken into on Wednesday night, leaving the window smashed.
'Daunting': First home buyers face record high prices
Rotorua and Bay of Plenty median house prices hit a record high.
Lakes DHB has spent thousands on PPE in times of low supply
3D-printed masks and modified medical machines are how Lakes DHB coped with supply issues.
New Lake Okataina isolation facility to add 30 jobs
A new community isolation facility was opened at a secluded lakeside lodge this week.
'Significant milestone': Iwi-led Covid isolation facility opens in secluded lodge
Lakes Lodge Okataina will be used as an iwi-led Covid-19 isolation facility.