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The highway has been closed at the Rotorua end and diversions are in place.

Fatal Bay of Plenty crash

A person is dead after a car rolled in the Bay of Plenty.

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Heavy downpours causing havoc across country

Thousands in the Far North will remain cut off from the rest of the country until mid next week after a downpour washed away a chunk of State Highway 1.

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One person seriously injured in Bay of Plenty crash

A helicopter was requested to assist.

Shane Jones is Regional Economic Development Minister.

Why Shane Jones is spending $6m on a nursery

The Minginui native plant nursery is a joint venture between the Crown and iwi Ngati Whare.

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Fleeing driver dives into river after car catches fire

A driver fleeing police on Monday morning gave up and dove into a river after his vehicle caught fire.

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Body found in water by Waihi Beach

The body was discovered just after 2:20pm on Sunday.

The Aussie bloke lets the beer travel through the shark's mouth and wash over his face.

Aussie drinks beer from shark's head in Bay of Plenty

"Saturdays are for the boys," the man said, pointing to a shirt that read "catching fish and sinking piss".

Cyclone Hola is expected to hit New Zealand on Monday.

Cyclone Hola moves toward NZ, expected to hit Monday

The upper North Island will bear the brunt of the weather.


Defence Force declares war on tooth decay

Exercise Wisdom Tooth will see 400 people get dental treatment they'd otherwise miss out on.

Nen Tulloch has dreamed of being a cop for years.

Why won't the police hire this woman?

Nen Tulloch is Māori, a woman, passed all the tests and has a clean record. So why don't the police want her?

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Slip cleared on SH2 in Bay of Plenty

A land slip on State Highway 2 at Waiotahe, near Opotiki, in the Bay of Plenty has been cleared.

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Police seek motorist for information on Bay of Plenty murder

They may have picked up a hitchhiker on the day of the homicide.

Much of the North Island and the West Coast are in for a heavy dump of rain, forecasters say.

Heavy rain forecast across New Zealand

MetService has issued a severe weather warning in many regions for Sunday.

Robert Tahau and the seagull.

Bay of Plenty man hilariously assaulted by seagull he rescues

The injured bird didn't appear grateful to have been saved.

It'll be a busy week for insurers.

What to do before you call the insurance company

Insurance Council boss Tim Grafton has some basic tips for storm-affected homeowners.

Wild weather has wreaked havoc across the North Island.

As it happened: Flights cancelled, evacuations urged in wake of wild weather

The stormy weather is headed for Wellington after wreaking havoc across the North Island.

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11yo boy in hospital after cliff fall

He fell down a nine-metre cliff while tramping on Wednesday.

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Police 'encouraged' by tipoffs on missing autistic man

Nigel Peterson went missing in the Bay of Plenty over a month ago.

Flooding in Tauranga.

Flash downpour floods Bay of Plenty homes

Monday evening's rain was short and sharp, but affected dozens of homes across the region.

Tauranga residents are mopping up after flash flooding.

Tauranga residents mopping up after flash floods

Severe thunderstorms brought torrential rain to the Bay of Plenty.

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