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Airline passenger uses feet to swipe through in-flight entertainment, horrifying Twitterverse

In a video shared on Twitter, an unidentified man can be seen using his naked big toe to swipe through movie and television choices on an airplane’s touchscreen.

July 18, 2019

Local Focus: Winter Festival brings snow to Taupō

For 11 days in the middle of the July school holidays, it snows in Tongariro North Domain, as Taupō undergoes a festive makeover.

July 18, 2019

Rotorua Innovation Festival Taiopenga Auaha 2019

A four-day Innovation Festival of free events to share ideas, knowledge and connections to inspire social good and business success.

July 16, 2019

Murupara and Ōpōtiki to get ‘state-of-the-art’ ambulances to improve rural emergency health access

New ambulances will be coming to Murupara and Ōpōtiki in July designed specifically to support rural and remote communities.

July 12, 2019

Baby Rocks Out in Her Mom’s Womb Giving the ‘Sign of the Horns’ During an Ultrasound

Two music-obsessed parents from East Sussex, England are raising a mini rockstar — and she’s been rocking out since before she was even born!

July 10, 2019

Ahurei Pasifika Fijian Community Church Service

This will be a beautiful event to be a part of and is a must-to attend and experience.

July 8, 2019

Cockroaches are becoming ‘immune’ to insecticide, study claims

One of the most common types of cockroaches in the UK are quickly growing immune to the best insecticides, according to a new study by Purdue University.

July 6, 2019

Believe the hype: These ‘miracle’ packing cubes have more than 3,000 near-perfect reviews on Amazon for a reason

We’ve all been there: You’re packing your suitcase with clothes, pajamas and shoes only to realize you’ve run out of room before you can throw in your favorite hat and camera. Not only are you out of space, but it’s also a messy mix of essentials that could use some serious organization.

June 30, 2019

‘A kick in the guts’ – Bay of Plenty principals say the future of school leaders is at risk with latest offer

The future of primary school leaders is at risk, say Bay of Plenty principals in light of the latest offer by the Government, despite good news for teachers.

June 26, 2019

Ngā Kai a Matariki – The Foods of Matariki Competition

Following on from a successful and delicious first year this year’s competition will take part on Sunday 30 June at the Rotorua Farmers Market.

June 24, 2019

Bay of Plenty’s economic confidence slips markedly

Confidence in the Bay of Plenty region’s economy has fallen sharply, despite favourable kiwifruit and forestry conditions and a strong labour market, according to a new survey.

June 21, 2019

Bar scales back ‘free shot per goal’ promotion after U.S. 13-0 win

A Miami bar that offered customers “free shots” for every goal scored by the United States at the Women’s World Cup has scaled back its offer in the wake of the team’s record-breaking 13-0 thrashing of Thailand this week.

June 20, 2019

Quote of the Day

“Formula for success: rise early, work hard, strike oil.”

– J. Paul Getty

June 17, 2019

Fowl ref! Scotland bring out the rubber chickens at World Cup

“Do not get touched by the chicken,” yells a coach in one of the videos as attacker Fiona Brown smacks a team mate over and over with it.

June 14, 2019

Water health hui called by Te Arawa Lakes Trust

The Rotorua public will have a chance to talk with experts about the health of Te Arawa lakes at hui tonight and tomorrow night.

June 13, 2019

O Rock

O Rock – Rotorua is a 5km and 10km obstacle course event that combines flat off-road terrain and obstacles to allow those with a sense of adventure to define themselves, then bask in the glory at the finish.

June 9, 2019

Lift those knees: Babies crawl to the Lithuanian finish line

In Lithuania, the rat race of life apparently starts early.

June 7, 2019

Rotorua Home & Lifestyle Show

Held over three days, the Rotorua Home & Lifestyle Show brings together the very best in products and services for the home and lifestyle products.

June 6, 2019

Study shows ‘significant’ improvement of lake water clarity around Rotorua

An 18-year study, including observations from satellites, has seen a “significant” improvement of lake water clarity around Rotorua.

June 4, 2019

Seattle man builds fence around car-share vehicle at duplex

A Seattle man took exception to a car-share vehicle that was parked without permission at his duplex. So he built a fence around it.

May 31, 2019

Rotorua schools shut for strike day as teachers and principals picket

Rotorua primary and secondary school teachers are lining the footpaths this morning as part of an unprecedented joint strike.

May 29, 2019

OGLOW – Winter Solstice 2019

Winter can be grim and boring… but not any more! Back again for a 2nd year – Come celebrate Matariki at OGLOW – this is your chance to experience the thrill of rolling downhill in our OGO’s but in the dark!

May 27, 2019

Rotorua Techweek has something for everyone

From the younger generations to the elder ones, there has been something for everyone throughout Rotorua Techweek.

May 24, 2019

Quote of the Day

“Challenging the meaning of life is the truest expression of the state of being human.”

– Viktor E. Frankl

May 23, 2019

NYPD used Woody Harrelson photo to find lookalike beer thief

The New York Police Department used a photo of Woody Harrelson in its facial recognition program in an attempt to identify a beer thief who looked like the actor, according to a report published Thursday.

May 21, 2019

Government announces $2.2 million investment to combat unemployment in the Bay

Getting the “neff off the couch” was the overlying message from Ministers Shane Jones and Willie Jackson in Kawerau this morning.

May 17, 2019

Snake turns up in washing machine smelling ‘like Downy’

An escaped pet snake that apparently slithered into a suburban Chicago family’s washing machine ended up smelling like fabric softener after going through the wash.

May 15, 2019

Quote of the Day

“What would life be if we had no courage to attempt anything?”

– Vincent Van Gogh

May 13, 2019

Australia takes responsibility for typos on 46M bank notes

Australia’s central bank has taken responsibility for typos on 46 million bank notes after a radio station posted an image of the microscopic error on social media.

May 10, 2019

Bay of Plenty third worst for methamphetamine use, wastewater tests show

The Bay of Plenty has the third highest use of methamphetamine use per capita in the country.

May 9, 2019

Rotorua X Connect TechWeek2019

The Connect event provides an opportunity to meet new faces, be inspired by other people’s success and expand your networks.

May 7, 2019

Ohau Delta carpark upgrades to start next week

Work to improve the Ohau Delta boat ramp carpark will begin on Monday.

May 3, 2019

Wandering horse: Strolling mare causes stir in Frankfurt

Not far from the glass and steel towers of Germany’s banking capital, a 22-year-old Arabian mare is causing a stir with her languid daily strolls through a Frankfurt neighborhood.

May 2, 2019

Overcoming Anxiety

Anxiety disorders are the most common child and adolescent mental health concern. Anxiety is a very normal human response, but for as many as 1 in 5 young people in New Zealand the symptoms become so intrusive so as to interfere with day to day living.

April 29, 2019

Designers turn plastic trash into treasures

High-end designers have responded by “upcycling” discarded objects into unique, desirable design pieces.

April 25, 2019

Whitebait numbers fritter away

Whitebait catches in the lower Kaituna River have declined massively since surveying first began in the 1930s.

April 25, 2019

Rotorua’s Opening Night Celebrating NZ Music Month

It is the first of May which begins New Zealand Music Month celebrations in Rotorua.

April 23, 2019

Dog rescued while swimming 135 miles off Thailand

A dog found swimming more than 220 kilometers (135 miles) from shore by workers on an oil rig crew in the Gulf of Thailand has been returned safely to land.

April 17, 2019

Jobs at Rotorua’s new five-star hotel to be advertised in coming months

Developers behind a five-star hotel planned for central Rotorua say it will open by the end of this year, creating 75 new jobs.

April 16, 2019

Quote of the Day

“Innovation distinguishes between a leader and a follower.”

– Steve Jobs

April 15, 2019

Bay of Plenty Regional Council and Rotorua Lakes Council consult on annual plans

The regional council portion of Rotorua’s rates is proposed to rise by an average of 6.4 per cent.

April 12, 2019

Quote of the Day

“Find something you’re passionate about and keep tremendously interested in it.”

– Julia Child

April 9, 2019

Huge Garage Sale

Come along and grab some great deals! We will also be selling food and have some great stuff available.

April 8, 2019

Rotorua Careers Expo 2019

Visit the Rotorua Careers Expo to find out about all the great career options available to you, and the education, training, and employment pathways to help get you there!

April 4, 2019

Lithuanian man flies alone on commercial plane to Italy

A Lithuanian man flying to Italy got a pleasant surprise when he boarded the plane: He was the only passenger on the Boeing 737-800.

April 4, 2019

Researchers mapping geothermal systems under Rotorua lakes for first time

A survey of lakes in the Rotorua region will help scientists build a more complete picture of geothermal resources and volcanic hazards under the Bay of Plenty.

April 1, 2019

Jiving eighty-year-old DJ parties in Poland

Donning yellow trousers, shiny platform shoes, red lipstick and headphones, 80-year-old “DJ Wika” stands behind the decks, mixing party music in a huge Warsaw club.

March 29, 2019

Bay’s DHBs some of the top in the country for cancer treatment time targets

The Bay of Plenty region’s district health boards have been highlighted as two of the top across the country at meeting cancer treatment time targets.

March 26, 2019

Quote of the Day

“Success is the sum of small efforts – repeated day in and day out.”

– Robert Collier

March 25, 2019

Business owners fear ‘bullies, thugs and drug dealers’ are ruining Rotorua CBD

Some business owners in Rotorua’s CBD are urgently calling for further safety measures on the city streets as they say unruly behaviour has increased, despite a recent summer safety campaign.

March 22, 2019