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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.

The 19-year-old from Rotorua died at the scene on State Highway 2 at Waikino around 9pm Friday, police said.

Woman who died in Waikino crash named

Police have named a woman, who died in a two-car crash in the Hauraki District on Friday night, as Kelsey Runga from Rotorua.

A lone police car stands guard as aerial and ground firemen battle a building fire in light snow.

Teens arrested after fleeing police in three stolen cars

They were spotted driving dangerously in Rotorua.

A police officer turns traffic away as the Makawera river flows on the road between Invercargill and Wallacetown caused by torrential rain, Invercargill, New Zealand, Tuesday, April 27, 2010. Credit:NZPA / Dianne Manson

One dead in Rotorua car and truck crash

Another person has been taken to Rotorua Hospital.


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Reddit users came up with some interesting options for their favourite place.

A thermal pool in Wai-O-Tapu, Rotorua.

New York Times names Rotorua as top travel destination

The famously sulphuric city was the only NZ location to make its '52 Places to Go' list for 2018.

Trish Butterworth.

Condolences for woman killed in storm

Trish Butterworth was killed when a tree fell on her car in high winds.

The tree cracked at its base before toppling onto its side.

Person killed after tree falls on car in Rotorua

The collapse is believed to have been caused by strong winds in the city.


Car plunges into Blue Lake near Rotorua

The car is still in the water but two people got out safely.

Popular rafting destination, Okere Falls Scenic Reserve.

Search on for missing kayaker at Okere Falls

The man was wearing a life jacket.


Driver dead after three car pile-up

A second person has serious injuries after the Rotorua crash on Sunday.


Thousands turn out for Rotorua's first Mudtopia Festival

Sometimes mud can be the bane of your life - but at Mudtopia, it was the guest of honour.

Autistic man Nigel Peterson.

Search continues for missing autistic man

Nigel Peterson, 33, was last seen more than a week ago.


Grave fears for missing autistic man

He fled from his carers five days ago and needs daily medication.

Nigel Peterson.

Police seek missing man in Rotorua

Police are appealing for sightings of a missing autistic man in Rotorua.

Police say members of the community are giving them information on his location.

Murupara police car thief escapes after thrilling foot chase

Police say members of the community are giving them information on his location.


Rotorua schools offer NCEA police studies

The new subject will help high school students prepare for entry to police college.

Simon Frank believed he was the Messiah.

Wellington killer believed he was 'the Messiah' - judge

He's been found not guilty of his wife's murder on account of insanity.

Bloomers was named after the puff of white plumage around his legs.

Rare white-feathered kiwi hatches in Rotorua

Bloomers was named after the puff of white plumage around his legs.

Raymond Fleet, 51, and his 25-year-old nephew James, were reported missing in August and their bodies discovered in Mamaku Forest seven days later.

Fleet double murder accused appear in Rotorua court

In total the accused face 21 charges.