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'Be very vigilant': Woman's warning after four unauthorised purchases in fortnight
'It is just lucky that I had a little bit of savings ... I would have been screwed.'
Disabled teen's 'can-do' attitude shines on rugby field
The student, born with partly-formed arms, is competing in an annual rugby tournament.
Hacking victim gets money back but calls for more protection
A Rotorua woman whose bank account was hacked has been reimbursed the stolen refunds.
Scammed: Woman left 'angry', 'violated' and broke after bank details stolen
'I want people to be aware this could happen to anyone, at any time.'
Taupō motel murder accused granted name suppression
Two men have been charged with the murder of Taupo man Ryan Woodford.
Rotorua horse trainer farewelled after 'freak accident' at racecourse
Donna Fleming fell while walking a horse, and died at the scene.
Plastic discharged into water was 'carelessness to a high degree' - lawyer
The plastic discharged into the water was found 1.5km downstream.
Dob them in: Rugby match abuse sparks calls to 'record it and report it'
'Intimidating and hurtful': One referee has revealed he is often abused on the field.
Broken jaw, 'all-in brawl' among 17 new complaints of rugby foul play, misconduct
There were 17 incidents over two weekends on Bay of Plenty rugby fields.
'Really excited': Rotorua housing development project well advanced
Of the 86 houses in the two-staged $50m project, 35 are KiwiBuild homes.
Taupō bar worker compensated $6K after unfair dismissal
A Taupō bar and restaurant worker was unjustifiably dismissed by her employer.
'We cannot be held responsible': Decision made on NEMA charges in Whakaari case
WorkSafe charges against the National Emergency Management Agency have been dismissed.
'Somebody's going to die': Where ram raids have tripled in three years
Ram raid style break-ins are on the rise and youths are mainly behind the brazen crimes.
Crown agency lawyer says WorkSafe charge 'flawed and misconceived'
NEMA has sought a discharge without conviction.
National Emergency Management Agency's legal challenge
The agency has sought a discharge without conviction.
'With the spirits of the Anzacs for peace, we pray': Thousands gather for Anzac Day
Thousands gathered across the region for the Anzac Day Commemorations.
'Burned to the ground': Investigation into cause of house fire begins
Fire and Emergency defends response time against neighbour's concerns.
Apprentice numbers soar: Trainee builders up 70 per cent but more needed
There's concern that the valuable Apprenticeship Boost Scheme will end in August.
'Absolute tragedy': Social cost of road deaths nearly $5b a year
Grim road toll sparks call for tougher penalties for risky behaviours.
Revealed: Number of AstraZeneca and Novavax doses administered
Pfizer remains the preferred Covid vaccine but other options are available to Kiwis.
'I still cannot understand': New police shooting review upsets grieving relative
An aunt of a Rotorua man fatally shot by police has spoken about the ICPA's findings.
Simon Bridges on quitting politics, his legacy - and what comes next
Outgoing MP says he expects a great by-election battle between red and blue for his seat.
3-year-old battling cancer ticking off his bucket list
Whakatāne boy Tu Hillman's bucket list of dreams has come true thanks to generous donors.
Bucket list: 3-year-old's dying wishes as he battles 'relentless monster'
"The last bit of our boy's life will be spent enjoying things he's always wanted to do."
Region's first KiwiBuild homeowners 'counting the days' until move in
The Bay of Plenty's first KiwiBuild homes, in the Mountview Green development, are ready.
'Heartbreaking': Ex-Rotorua resident lays blame on Putin, not Russians
'No one wants this,' says a woman who came here from Moscow as her hometown is attacked.
Pay offer a 'quite disrespectful', health workers say
Lakes allied health staff will take strike action unless they get a better pay offer.
'Pseudo-isolation' hits Rotorua accommodation bookings
Rotorua Lakes accommodation providers and their occupancy rates are a mixed bag.
Rotorua's shortage of rental properties at 'crisis' point
Rotorua rental market prices increase four per cent, supply drops 15 per cent in a year.
'They said it felt like the end of the world': Stories from Tonga trickle out
After days of no communication, loved ones have finally heard from those in Tonga.
About 50 drivers a month caught flouting phone ban
Drivers spotted eating pies, checking makeup, holding up phone in intersection sting.
Covid-19: Rotorua emergency housing hotel residents test positive
Report of two Covid cases at Grand Treasure Hotel in Rotorua.
One in custody after report of gunshots in Ōpōtiki
Armed offenders squad members were deployed to a rural property.
Covid-19: 16 more cases in Bay of Plenty, two in Lakes district
There are 16 more Covid-19 cases in the Bay of Plenty and two more in the Lakes District.
'Gutwrenching': 5-year-old boy's drowning sparks safety warnings
Fatal drownings were up 180 per cent this holiday period with 14 deaths.
Two cars and campervan crash in Ōhope: One person seriously injured
Police have confirmed a car and a bus have collided in Ōhope, with reports of injuries.
'Extremely concerning': 105 drink drivers caught monthly as speeders fined $2.3m
Rotorua concerning drink-driving and speeding figures revealed.
Archbishop Desmond Tutu's visit to Ohinemutu remembered
Archbishop Desmond Tutu's visit to Ohinemutu was captured by Rotorua's Michael Smith.
Summer shark warning: At least six great whites identified in popular holiday spot
People have been asked to report all sightings of sharks this summer.
Plans for revamp of 'hidden gem' get thumbs up from locals
Redevelopment has been given the seal of approval by iwi and business community leaders.
Rotorua funeral directors say families adapting to new rules
Rotorua funeral directors say families are adjusting well to the traffic light system.
McClay philosophical after drop in National Party caucus
The Rotorua MP was one of the biggest losers in the National Party reshuffle.
Todd Muller U-turns on political retirement after National reshuffle
The new National Party caucus was revealed today.
'My rage is just, I want to kill everybody': Jury finds stabbing accused guilty
Wilson Wirihana was found guilty of manslaughter.
'Dignity': Bridges praised for supporting new leader Luxon
National identities in Bay react to Simon Bridges' withdrawal from the leadership race.
Red 'a step backwards': Businesses fear Rotorua could be put into the most restrictive setting
Community leaders fear Rotorua will go into the red setting based on vaccination rates.
'Desperate act of self-defence' or 'murderous intent'? Murder trial begins
Defendant accused of murdering one man and disfiguring another.
'Huge expectation and hope': Iconic attraction's reopening buoys tourism leaders
The reopening comes on the cusp of summer, tourism providers hope for eased restrictions.
'We all need to step up to do our bit': Black Power gang members get vaccinated
Black Power gang members hope they have inspired others to get jabbed.
Covid 19 Delta outbreak: Man jailed for border crossing breach
A Waikato man who crossed the Hamilton border and was found in Tauranga has been jailed.
Urgent push to lift NZ's lowest jab rates for new 'traffic light' system
Business and community leaders react to the Government's Covid 19 protection framework.
White Island defendants' trial date starts in July 2023
The trial is for those charged in the wake of the Whakaari / White Island eruption.
Cartel-linked drugs plot alleged: Nine men defend cocaine and P charges
Operation Tarpon alleged drug importation and drug dealing defendants heading to trial.
Whakaari White Island defendants' trial not until 2023
The Whakaari/White Island defendants trial is not expected to take place until 2023.
Ōpōtiki fatal beating victim's family speak of 'heavy hearts'
The man's injuries following the beating were not unlike those suffered in car crashes.
'Callously left him for dead': Man jailed over fatal beating of 77-year-old
A man convicted of the manslaughter killing of an elderly man has been jailed.
Whakatāne alleged murder victim stabbed through the heart
A Tāneatua man has denied murdering a man known to him at a garage party in Whakatāne.
'Like 1960s army barracks': Concern over hospital ward with 25 patients
DHB says temporary ward 'not ideal' but needed to allow for Covid-19 Delta preparations
Men fined for 'inhumane and totally avoidable' botched bull castration
A former police officer and another man have been fined over botched bulls castrations
Devastated family remember 'adored' father killed in wrong-way crash
Tauranga Eastern Link fatal crash victim remembered as a friend to everybody.
One dead after milk tanker and car collide near Rotorua
Highway expected to remain closed between Oxford and Matahi roads for some time.
Man convicted of toddler's murder assaulted cop weeks earlier
During the assault the victim was 'thrown around like a rag doll'.
Some Bay RSE workers heading home, more being recruited
The Government's RSE pilot scheme is one part of the solution to fix the labour shortage.
Ex-cop prosecuted over botched castration of bulls in car park
The former cop is one of two men to be charged over the castrations.
'Devastated': Family mourn Kawerau mum, murder-accused's identity suppressed
A 20-year-old man accused of murdering a Kawerau woman has interim name suppression.