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An Auckland man bought two winning tickets for a single draw in April.

Lotto results: Half a million each for winners

Saturday night's first division prize has been split between Auckland and Rotorua.

Nigel Peterson

Search back on for missing autistic man

New information means police can continue their search for missing Rotorua man Nigel Peterson.


Rotorua storm damage may take months to fix

Civil Defence controller Stavros Michael says there's no quick fix after last week's deluge.

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.


Volcanologist labels Rotorua sinkhole the biggest he's ever seen

The 20m-deep cavern is three times bigger than anything else Brad Scott's seen.

At least 20 houses were flooded in Rotorua after heavy rain.

Rotorua residents were trapped in trees, tractors in deluge

A record amount of rain caused chaos in the town.

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.

The plane was forced to turn back to Auckland.

Lightning strikes Rotorua-bound Air New Zealand flight

The plane was forced to turn back to Auckland.

Rotorua residents are being advised to stay indoors as Rotorua Duck Tours drivers used their six-wheeler vehicles to transport stranded locals.

Clean-up begins after Rotorua flooding

Crews are starting to assess roads and remove debris on Monday morning.


State of emergency declared in Rotorua suburb

Ngongotaha locals are now being moved to a safe place for the night.


32 rescued from Rotorua's Agrodome

Boats and 4WDs were sent in to get those trapped to safety.

Rotorua residents are being advised to stay indoors after downpours flooded homes and businesses on Sunday.

Emergency accommodation set up amid awful Rotorua flooding

The council is advising people to stay off the roads.

Police say the man got in trouble while diving at Lake Rotoma around 4:30pm.

Diver dies at Lake Rotoma, Rotorua

CPR was performed, but he couldn't be revived.

Ngati Manahuri is in dispute.

Ngati Manuhiri trust responds to criticism over land sale

Trust bosses have addressed concerns raised by members.

Taupō is also fighting to keep its helicopter.

Rotorua fights to keep its air ambulance

Mayor Steve Chadwick is heading to Parliament to argue the city's case.

Tattoo artist at work

Rotorua tattooist jailed for sex offences

Jamie Keremete was found guilty of seven offences, including assault and threatening to kill.

NASO's plan suggests Queenstown helicopters can serve the Te Anau region.

Air ambulance plan has rural communities worried

The streamlined service will cause deaths, it's been claimed.

The current English 'Welcome to Rotorua' sign.

NZTA, Rotorua come to agreement on te reo Māori signs

The district's mayor says NZTA's initial decision was a misunderstanding.

Currently there is a Rotorua welcome sign that reads "Welcome to fabulous Rotovegas".

NZTA says 'ehē' to Rotorua's Te Reo welcome sign

The agency says welcome signs must be written in English.

Lake Rotorua with Mokoia Island in the middle.

Naked man leads police on chase through Rotorua tourism area

He jumped into Lake Rotorua.