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Roads to close for crash scene investigations this weekend

Sections of two busy Rotorua roads will be closed for a time this weekend while police carry out crash scene investigations.

November 16, 2018

Rotorua Home & Garden Show

The Home & Garden Show is packed with all the ideas and information that you need to transform your surroundings and create the place you’ve always dreamed of.

November 15, 2018

France seizes jet at takeoff after Ryanair doesn’t pay bill

Storms, strikes, computer failures — you can now add “your plane has been seized by the government” to the list of things that can delay your flight.

November 13, 2018

Quote of the Day

“It is not enough to have a good mind; the main thing is to use it well.”

– Rene Descartes

November 9, 2018

International students pump $71m into Rotorua’s economy

International students have pumped $71 million into Rotorua’s economy and supported 740 jobs in just one year.

November 4, 2018

Rotorua Night Market

The Rotorua Night Market is a must do while in Rotorua! This event is for locals and visitors alike, it is family friendly with great food, music and boutique stalls.

November 2, 2018

2TOA Aotearoa crossfit competition in Rotorua to test strength, fitness

Crossfitters from all over New Zealand will be put to the test in Rotorua this weekend.

October 30, 2018

Quote of the Day

“Despite everything, I believe that people are really good at heart.”

– Anne Frank

October 29, 2018

Kawerau industrial development receives $2 million boost

A project expected to create 150 jobs in Kawerau has received a $2 million boost from the Provincial Growth Fund (PGF) this morning.

October 26, 2018

Mayoral Golden Years Concert

Experience a fun afternoon of entertainment and great company in this free concert for Rotorua’a retired community on Saturday 27 October 2018.

October 23, 2018

12-pound lunar meteorite sells for more than $600,000

A 12-pound (5.5 kilogram) chunk of the moon that fell to the Earth as a lunar meteorite has been sold at auction for more than $600,000.

October 22, 2018

2018 October Okere Falls Beerfest

The Okere Falls Beerfest is back again for October 2018!

October 18, 2018

‘Serious consequences’: Warning over new Mongrel Mob knock-off merchandise

Members of the public are being warned not to buy knock-off Mongrel Mob clothing that is currently sold on an overseas website.

October 17, 2018

Whakatāne and Rotorua hospitals most popular workplaces for graduating doctors

Whakatāne and Rotorua hospitals have landed the top two spots in a list of the preferred places to work by graduating doctors.

October 11, 2018

2018 Architectural Designers NZ Conference

Architectural Designers NZ’s flagship event, providing the latest trends & innovations in the architectural design space!

October 9, 2018

Quote of the Day

“If opportunity doesn’t knock, build a door.”

– Milton Berle

October 7, 2018

Rotorua’s parking overhaul will see an hour of free inner city parking

An hour of free inner city parking and a car which scans registration plates are part of the new look Rotorua parking being rolled out over the coming weeks.

October 5, 2018

Pedal Powered Scavenger Hunt – Rotorua Bike Festival

Get the whole family involved in this fun interactive scavenger hunt using the goosechase app during this years Rotorua Bike Festival.

October 4, 2018

Boris and Brexit gym punchbags help Londoners vent their rage

Londoners fed up with Brexit can vent their rage with a special gym routine that includes high-intensity exercises like pummeling punchbags bearing photographs of some of the main players like Boris Johnson and Jean-Claude Juncker.

October 2, 2018

Bus service returns to Fordlands route after community commits to protect passengers and drivers

A Rotorua community has vowed to improve behaviour which led to bus services being pulled out of fears for the safety of passengers and drivers.

September 28, 2018

Rotorua-Tauranga highway to close temporarily

One of the highways between Rotorua and Tauranga will be temporarily closed as it is dug up and resealed.

September 26, 2018

Walk into my parlor: Greek spiders spin giant web over shore

It’s not quite the World Wide Web — but the spiders of Aitoliko in Greece have made a good start.

September 24, 2018

Spark warns 21,000 customers that their details are for sale on the dark web

Spark has sent around 21,000 customers a warning that their details are on a list of stolen logins for sale on the dark web – a section of the internet where illegal goods are often trafficked.

September 21, 2018

Tired Londoners rent sleep pods for some zzz’s

Exhausted Londoners hoping to take a rest from their busy schedules are being offered an alternative to coffee breaks: a sleep pod where they can grab some shut-eye for £15 ($20) an hour.

September 20, 2018

Rotorua Farmers Market

The Rotorua Farmers Market showcases the freshest locally sourced products in the region. It gives visitors the opportunity to purchase directly from local growers and producers.

September 18, 2018

Labrador dog named Lucy saves Oregon man from sex conviction

The discovery of a black Labrador named Lucy led to the unraveling of a criminal case Monday against an Oregon man who had begun serving a 50-year prison sentence.

September 14, 2018

Soundshell Market

Crafts, antiques, curios and collectibles, plants, clothing, knitwear..variety, locally carved woodware, jewellery, soaps, handbags, concrete ornaments, top quality second hand tools, gemstones of all descriptions and sizes… hand-carved wooden statues from Kawerau, readings, massage – in fact, you name it – you will find it at the Soundshell Market.

September 12, 2018

Geyser erupts in Lake Rotorua near Ohinemutu

Ohinemutu is always blanketed in steam, but a fresh eruption in the lake this weekend has frightened a few residents.

September 10, 2018

Toitū Te Reo Māori Language Expo

This inaugural expo invites te reo Māori learners of all levels to explore a wide range of Māori language providers, services and products on offer.

September 7, 2018

Rotorua gym blames closure on antisocial behaviour by homeless shelter users

The owner of a Rotorua women’s gym says she has closed it because users of the homeless shelter next door intimidated her customers.

September 6, 2018

Rotorua Lakes Council approves speed limit changes on Hamurana Rd

Changes to speed limits on Hamurana Rd were approved at a full Rotorua Lakes Council meeting yesterday.

August 31, 2018

Bees besiege Times Square street, drawing swarm of tourists

It was a case of hold the honey, double the mustard in Times Square at lunchtime on Tuesday.

August 30, 2018

Rotorua Breast Cancer Trust Pink Walk 2018

The Rotorua Breast Cancer Trust present the 2018 3.4km Pink Walk!

August 28, 2018

Crikey! Photographer gets up close with dangerous crocs

A photographer with a passion for wild animals was able to get up close and personal with one of nature’s deadliest creatures.

August 23, 2018

Fermented Foods with Rich

If you’ve ever wondered how to make fantastic fermented treats, this is your lucky day.

August 22, 2018

Weather update: Further tornadoes possible, thunderstorms and heavy downpours expected

Thunderstorms and heavy downpours are expected for the rest of the week with more tornadoes possible in the upper North Island tomorrow.

August 21, 2018

Swiss brothers get ready to refloat the bubble car

With its quirky egg shape and minimalist interior, the bubble car was a symbol of cheap and cheerful mobility on European roads in the 1950s and 60s.

August 17, 2018

Hundreds prepare to march as teachers strike in Rotorua

Hundreds of primary school teachers are gathering at the Village Green in preparation to march for better pay and work conditions.

August 14, 2018

Workshop: Felted Cozy Wool Slippers

Learn how to felt a homemade pair of cozy wool slippers that are built to last.

August 13, 2018

Lakes DHB’s climbing syphilis cases ‘just the tip of the iceberg’

A once nearly eradicated disease is sweeping the country and Rotorua has not been spared.

August 10, 2018

Wine Tasting & Canapes with Terra Sancta Wines

Okere Falls Store is delighted to host Austin Black of Terra Sancta wines for an evening of wine and canapes!

August 9, 2018

Man who harassed Yellowstone bison arrested at Glacier park

An Oregon man who was caught on video harassing a bison in Yellowstone National Park was arrested in Glacier National Park in the third disturbance in less than a week at a national park, officials said Friday.

August 7, 2018

Addition of folic acid to bread should be mandatory: PM’s chief science adviser Peter Gluckman

The Prime Minister’s chief science adviser is calling for the mandatory addition of folic acid to packaged bread, saying it could prevent about 10 babies a year from being born with a neural tube defect.

August 3, 2018

Split concerns force Durex to recall some condoms in UK and Ireland

Durex, owned by Reckitt Benckiser, has recalled some batches of its “Real Feel” and “Latex Free” condoms in the United Kingdom and Ireland due to concerns they may burst.

August 1, 2018

Quote of the Day

“Only two things are infinite, the universe and human stupidity, and I’m not sure about the former.”

– Albert Einstein

July 30, 2018

11-year-old girl catches piranha relative in Oklahoma lake

An 11-year-old girl has quite the fish tale: A rare pacu with human-like teeth chomped down on the worm at the end of her line while she was fishing with her grandparents and brother in an Oklahoma lake.

July 27, 2018

Quote of the Day

“Never go to a doctor whose office plants have died.”

– Erma Bombeck

July 26, 2018

Kaituna Cut to be cut off, for now

Surf casters who usually enjoy fishing at the mouth of the Kaituna River will need to find a new, temporary spot after this weekend.

July 24, 2018

Friends of The Rotorua Library Book Sale

Find bargains and treasures amongst the hundreds of books at the Friends of the Rotorua Library Book Sale. All funds raised go towards projects supported by the Friends of the Library for additional library services and resources.

July 20, 2018

Officials warn influenza cases will peak in coming weeks despite record vaccinations

Experts recommend getting vaccinated as soon as possible, with influenza yet to peak in New Zealand this year.

July 17, 2018