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Tauranga to host rally champs?

A campaign is under way to bring a World Rally Championship round to Tauranga in 2018. New Zealand is one of five nations in the running, having last hosted the championship in 2012. Rally New Zealand chairman Peter Johnston says Australia effectively... Read More

Fatal crash now suspicious

Police say a fatal crash near Te Kaha on Saturday afternoon is suspicious, and they want anyone who saw the crash or has any information to come forward. Police were called at approximately 2:40pm to reports of a crash involving a motorcycle and a van.... Read More

Look out for Bay & Waikato events: NZTA

Motorists are being asked to be extra cautious on the roads due to several events taking place across the Bay of Plenty and Waikato this weekend. The New Zealand Transport Agency also asks motorists to obey all road signs during the Lake Taupo Cycle... Read More

One dead in fatal Tirau crash

One person has dead following a fatal crash on State Highway 1 just west of Tirau overnight. In a statement, a spokesperson says police and emergency services were called to the scene of the two-car crash shortly after 8:30pm. “One person died... Read More

Jowetts’ return run to Tauranga

There's a small convoy of a distinct type of car coming to Tauranga this weekend. But they're bound to make a big impression. The northern branch of the Jowett Car Club is holding its annual weekend away in Tauranga – and members will... Read More

Car crossed centreline in Te Poi crash

Police believe a man in his 50's was killed when his car crossed the centreline and collided with a tourist bus near Te Poi on Tuesday. Senior Sergeant Andrew BuBear says emergency services were called to the fatal crash on State Highway 29 near... Read More

Top Kiwis ready for high-flying action

The battle for national supercross honours hits full throttle on Thursday evening. The modern-day equivalent of gladiators battling for their lives in the Coliseum of ancient Rome, that's the sort of spectacle that will unfold when this season's... Read More

Autonomous vehicle takes to the TEL

In a first for New Zealand, a self-driving autonomous vehicle has been let loose on the Tauranga Eastern Link today. The demonstration was the highlight of the final day of The New Zealand Traffic Institute's annual Transportation Conference which... Read More

Car crash on SH29A, Maungatapu

UPDATED 6.45PM: Police are asking motorists to avoid or delay travel along State Highway 29A following a crash near Maungatapu. Northern Fire Communications shift manager Megan Ruru says the crash occurred 100m past the Maungatapu Bridge in the lanes... Read More

Self-drive vehicle demo in Tauranga

The country's first official demonstration of an autonomous vehicle using New Zealand roads takes place in Tauranga tomorrow. The New Zealand Traffic Institute, Volvo, New Zealand Transport Agency and the Ministry of Transport will come together... Read More

Opinion Poll

What did you do when quake hit the Kaikoura area early last Monday morning and a tsunami warning was sent out?

Heeded the warning and quickly made our way to higher ground.
Didn't receive a tsunami warning at all.
Received a tsunami warning from Civil Defence but was too late - when we woke that morning.
Ignored the warning.

Bay Today

Sunrise from Matua by Janet Hetherington. Send us your photos and stories from around the Bay of Plenty. Email: