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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.

The sign has drawn outrage.

Supermarket sparks outrage with 'English only' sign

Social media commenters have labelled it "pathetic".

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Fears of catfish infestation in Bay of Plenty

It could be the end of trout fishing in the area.

A proposal has been put forward to build the largest water-bottling plant in New Zealand.

Plans to build NZ's biggest water-bottling plant

A Kiwi firm, foreign investor and local iwi are behind the proposal.

Mananui Dairy

Armed robbery at Whakatane dairy

It took place on James St early Saturday morning.

The police car was later found abandoned with a police-issue firearm still secured inside it.

Police car thief arrested in Murupara

Police have arrested a teenager who allegedly stole a police car in Murupara in October.

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Kaimai crash leaves one dead

A person has been killed in a two-car smash in the Bay of Plenty.

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Family make lucky escape from house fire

Two Invercargill houses went up in flames overnight.

NAPIER, NEW ZEALAND - JULY 13:  A police car blocks the road as contractors close SH5 between Napier and Taupo on July 13, 2017 in Napier, New Zealand. Snow is falling across the South Island of New Zealand as a polar blast moves across the country.  (Photo by Kerry Marshall/Getty Images)

Stolen Bay of Plenty police car found

An air and ground search located the car abandoned on the road.

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Heavy rain across North Island

The dreary weather is spanning most of the upper North Island.

The Bay of Plenty town was badly flooded in April.

Edgecumbe residents 'insufficiently aware' of flood risks

More than a dozen homes were destroyed when the river burst through the stopbank.

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Sleepy Bay of Plenty town chisels out new image

Wood Fest is a yearly highlight for the town, which some say often gets a bad rap.

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Fire at Bay of Plenty sawmill

A fire at a Bay of Plenty sawmill has been contained to the boiler room.

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Rotorua Airport could be introducing four-lane access

It would cost a fourth-term National Government up to $100 million.

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Guns and honey: Firearms found in hunt for stolen hives

The sting also saw thousands of dollars' worth of hives recovered.

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