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'Bicultural foundation of a nation': Should te reo Māori be compulsory in schools?
"We're moving into a space where we can be a bilingual country," says local MP.
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.
'Basically cooking': 347 complaints of dogs locked in hot cars this summer nationally
It can take less than 10 minutes for the inside of a car to exceed 31C.
'How much more adaptable can we be?': Pandemic follows school leavers to university
"Our year group has been hit a lot and now it's just flowing into our next stage."
'We need to celebrate' even though Waitangi Day events cancelled
"Spare a thought for the fact that it is our national day."
Rotorua among top 10 lucky Lotto districts, but one store takes cake
Two stores sold the most winning first division tickets.
'Rising to the top': Rotorua bikers will ride the World Cup with international teams
Young mountain bikers will join their idols at the World Cup Circuit.
'We were so lucky': Quick fire response saves clothing store
If the fire burned for 'another five minutes - gone', a staff member says.
'Frightening time': Concerned mums frustrated to find vaccination hub closed
Kids under 12 can now be vaccinated against Covid-19, if their parents can get a booking.
'Not only survived but thrived': Bay shoppers spend up in holiday boom
Bay of Plenty retail spending hit $57.6 million this holiday period, Wordline reports.
More posts, fewer views: Will option for chronological Instagram feed help businesses?
"Each post is getting less awareness," says local business.
'Just let it happen': Kiwis urged to accept Covid-19 and get on with life
Rotorua ex-pat in Sydney: 'It almost has to run free for anyone to ever be free'.
'Gutwrenching': 5-year-old boy's drowning sparks safety warnings
Fatal drownings were up 180 per cent this holiday period with 14 deaths.
Travel, reunions, promotions, 'no lockdowns': What we want for 2022
The Rotorua community share their goals and plans for the new year.
'I don't even have shoes on my feet': Golden Glow Motel residents in shock after fire
'It was just explosive, it was just horrifying', witness says.
New Year Honours: Principal a champion of education parity
Angela Sharples is passionate about creating equality across New Zealand education
Sammy Carter: Why being born on Christmas Eve doesn't suck
OPINION: I never got a birthday sleepover but I always had family around.
'More than I imagined': Christmas appeal ends with $65,792 donation total
The value was an almost even split of goods and money.
'Juice junkies': Welfare leader concerned about payment schemes used to buy liquor
Feedback has been sought on buy now, pay later schemes.
No days off for Christmas or New Years: Running NZ to fund raise
$10,000 raised for Selective Dorsal Rhizotomy surgeries for people with Cerebral Palsy.
'Do not ask us to risk our lives': Hospo workers in the firing line
Rotorua businesses are reporting aggressive behaviour from some over vaccine passports.
Treehouse hotel part of new management plan aiming to increase visitor spend to $1 billion
The plan aims to develop Rotorua as a 'functioning and thriving visitor destination'.
Unbelievable! Fishermen's close-up experience with humpback whale
"I heard off in the distance a large crashing sound."
'Mummy, I'm proud of you': First Chinese woman to win Miss Rotorua amazes daughters
When Kogi So first signed up she had no idea what pageants were about.
Blooming problem: Algae more common despite millions spent on lakes
Climate change means algal blooms aren't stopping in local lake waters.
Going backwards: University students struggle to move back into the nest for summer
"The problem isn't the people, the problem is an adjustment," a psychologist says.
6597 donations: Fill the Bus exceeded expectations despite 'tough year'
The Hits Fill the Bus appeal collected 6567 donations for the Salvation Army Food Bank.
'Don't Duck The Vax' campaign rolling around Rotorua streets
Duck boat rides, free sausage sizzles, ice cream, music and a lucky dip.
Quacking good time: Iconic duck drives Rotorua to higher vax rates
Mum got her first dose so her daughter could go on the duck and won an iPhone 12 Pro Max.
Playing musical chairs with funding: Students with disabilities seek more support
A new campaign aims to get more funding and resources for students with special needs.
Pasifika vaccination event tomorrow aims to hit 90 per cent
Only 68 more first doses are needed for the Lakes Pacific community to reach 90 per cent.
Midwife of 30 years leaving due to vaccine mandate
Though Lakes DHB staff are highly vaccinated, about 4 per cent are not.
'We were this close to giving up': How national dance champs overcame obstacles
The troupe overcame Covid postponements, injuries and last-minute changes to take a title