5.2M quake strikes early Saturday morning

Geonet report that a 5.2M earthquake struck near Mt Ruapehu early this morning. The quake struck at 1.43am, 35 km west of Ohakune at a depth of 127km. More... Read More

Tarawera Landing reserve upgrade announced

Rotorua's council wants your thoughts on a new concept plan for the redevelopment of Waitōharuru - Tarawera Landing. The Rotorua Lakes Council,... Read More

Legionnaires’ disease warning for keen gardeners

  People are being warned to take precautions when working in the garden to avoid contracting Legionnaires’ disease.   Legionella... Read More

Traps stolen from conservation trust

  A Rotorua pest trapping trust says it may have to install security cameras to protect its traps after about 20 have been stolen in recent months. Members... Read More

More rain needed to keep drought at bay

The recent wet weather has seen a respite to the dry in the Bay of Plenty - but not enough to lift dry weather warnings yet. Rain recorded since the... Read More

DOC urges Kiwis to be prepared for the outdoors

This week is Get Outdoors Week and the Department of Conservation is joining Recreation Aotearoa and others to call for people to get out into nature... Read More

Kākāpō wins bird of the year for second time

  The votes are in and the result is conclusive - the kākāpō has won bird of the year for an unprecedented second time.   The victory... Read More

Person dies in Whakatāne house fire

One person has died in a house fire in Whakatāne this morning.   Emergency services were called to the property on Tuhoe Avenue at around 5.30am.   Further... Read More

Whakaari/White Island alert level rises to Level 2

  The Volcanic Alert Level for Whakaari/White Island has been raised to Level 2.   New observations this week show small amounts of volcanic... Read More

Tarawera property owners up for $33k bill

  The owners of around 450 properties at Lake Tarawera will be up for a $33,000 bill if the council decides to go ahead with a plan to connect... Read More

VR brings prehistoric Aotearoa to life

Virtual reality is bringing prehistoric New Zealand back to life thanks to a collaboration between Manaaki Whenua-Landcare Research and digital agency,... Read More

Health warning lifted for Lake Rotorua

The health warning for Lake Rotorua and the Ōhau Channel has now been lifted by the local Medical Officer of Health. Results of water testing by Bay... Read More

Algal bloom the first in 10 years for Lake Rotorua

It’s been 10 years since the last substantial algal bloom was recorded for Lake Rotorua, which occurred in 2010 near Hamurana. A small bloom... Read More

Mt Ruapehu crater lake temperature rising

Mt Ruapehu’s crater lake temperature is rising, but volcanic activity remains low. About three weeks ago, it was sitting at 15°C but GeoNet... Read More

Legionnaires’ Disease warning issued in BOP

Health authorities in the Bay of Plenty are warning people about the potential dangers of Legionnaires' Disease. While gardening at this time of... Read More