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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.

Two people have been charged following the robbery of a store in Murupara.

Two charged following Murupara robbery

Staff were threatened with a hammer and assaulted, and cash was stolen.

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Toddler pulls boiling oil onto himself

The three-year-old Opotiki boy has been left badly burnt.

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Bank apologises after woman films confrontation over Te Reo

The woman says the incident shows "racism is alive and well".

Mount Backpackers owner Jo Veale has introduced a Kiwi bond.

Kiwis have to pay extra at Bay of Plenty hostel

A spate of incidents has led to the introduction of a Kiwi bond.

Not only are they illegal, but they could be poisonous.

Police warn avocado buyers over stolen crop

Not only are they illegal, but they could be poisonous.

Chopped avocado on chopping board

Keep an eye on your avos, cops warn

As prices soar, a black market in avocados has also sprung up.

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More than 1000 without power as storm lashes North Island

Falling trees have brought down power lines as the winter storm heads south.

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