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Mayor 'very disappointed' at graffiti telling 'Jaffas' to go back to Auckland

"Most New Zealanders are just over this sort of rubbish," he said.

They will drill three boreholes into the hydrothermally active submarine volcano in the Kermadec arc.

World first: NZ scientists to drill undersea volcano

On Wednesday they'll head out for two months to learn about metals and new life forms.

Nigel Peterson ran away from his caregiver in November 2017.

Investigation reopened into missing autistic man

Nigel Peterson has been missing for 167 days - but police have resumed their search.

A lightning strike in Te Puke has killed a dog and split a huge tree, sending a branch through a young girl's window.

Lightning strike kills dog, splits redwood tree in Te Puke

A falling branch smashed through a child's window moments after her parents pulled her from bed.

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Heavy rain and wind hits still-recovering Auckland

Aucklanders have been warned to be prepared with backup batteries and water.

Storms are set to lash the country on Saturday.

A weekend of heavy rain and gales forecast

Coromandel and Bay of Plenty could have flooding and slips.

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Dive squad to search for missing man at Omanawa Falls

He disappeared around 3pm Sunday afternoon while swimming.

A man is missing after swimming at Omanawa Falls, Bay of Plenty.

Man missing in Omanawa Falls, Bay of Plenty

The Police National Dive Squad will help with search efforts on Monday.

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Bay of Plenty boy racers to protest negative perceptions

The car enthusiasts are fighting back against "accusations of anti-social behaviour".

Poverty Bay may have a new name soon.

Dual name possible for Poverty Bay

The Geographic Board is considering renaming it Turanganui-a-Kiwa/Poverty Bay.

Stacey Roche celebrated her 40th birthday by climbing Mt Maunganui.

Woman with cerebral palsy climbs Mt Maunganui for 40th

"Everyone else goes up the Mount - why shouldn't I?"

A massive drug raid in the region highlights their plight.

Bay of Plenty community pleads for drug rehab services

A massive drug raid in the region highlights their plight.

Police have seized over $2 million in assets following a major raid of illicit drugs in the Bay of Plenty.

30 arrested, $2m in assets seized in BOP drug raid

"It's time this country woke up to the bulls**t that's going on," Kawerau's Mayor said.

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".

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