Boat safety video cracks 212K views

A bar crossing safety video produced by the Waikato and Bay of Plenty regional councils have now cracked 200,000 YouTube views. The clip gives boaties information on how to make safer bar crossings and has been viewed more than 212,000 views on YouTube... Read More

Tsunami texts being reviewed

The tsunami text warning system in the Bay of Plenty is being urgently reviewed by the government following an “unacceptable level of confusion” that occurred with the inconsistent way the messages were applied following Kaikoura 7.8 quake. Bay... Read More

Glow worms beauty captured on film

Patience and perseverance has paid off perfectly for local astrophotographer Amit Kamble. Amit has tried three times to capture a time-lapse of the glow worms at McLaren Falls near Tauranga, but every time he's gone out there to shoot something... Read More

Interference affects Council data

Regular users of Bay of Plenty Regional Council's Live Monitoring website may notice a number of gaps in the data as radio interference causes a number of issues. Council's data services manager Glenn Ellery says the problem was caused by... Read More

Cyber safety service launches

An online abuse and harassment service launches today after research shows 56 per cent of Kiwis are concerned about cyber safety and cybersecurity. The service is part of NetSafe, New Zealand's online safety non-government organisation. NetSafe... 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

Lake Rotorua ‘hydrothermally active’

Initial results of a survey of Lake Rotorua undertaken by the New Zealand Defence Force shows the lake is hydrothermally active. The bathymetric and magnetic survey being conducted by the Royal New Zealand Navy's Littoral Warfare Unit and began... Read More

Girl rescued from Te Kaha

A 12 year old girl suffering a medical condition requiring immediate hospital care was flown from Te Kaha to Whakatane Hospital last night. The Trustpower TECT Rescue Helicopter was dispatched to TeKaha at 6pm. The girl was stabilised by a Te Kaha medical... Read More

UFB connections for more Tauranga locals

Tauranga residents could be among those eligible for free Ultra-Fast Broadband connection. The Government is continuing its $1.6 billion rollout of UFB until at least 2019, with Hamilton-based Ultra-Fast Fibre providing connection in the Tauranga area. Communications... Read More

Talking safe surfing online

Do you know what your teen views online? Or what they upload to the internet? And if they've encountered cyberbullying or pornography? Parents wanting to know how to communicate and educate safe internet use to their youth – and find some... 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

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