Local News

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

Great EV Road Trip 2019

A convoy of electric cars travel around the country holding roadshow type events at each stop. 41 events, 31 days, 5200km+, this year the convoy is including the West Coast of the South Island, which is one of the last charging deserts in the country.

March 21, 2019

Germany: Drunk passenger demands high-speed train slow down

German police say a drunken man with a fire extinguisher smashed his way into the driver’s cab of a high-speed train running from Frankfurt to Paris and demanded that the driver slow down.

March 19, 2019

No cases of measles reported in Rotorua

There have been no reported cases of measles in Rotorua following the recent national outbreak.

March 15, 2019

Painting sow Pigcasso hogs the limelight at South Africa farm

Brandishing a paintbrush in her snout, Pigcasso enthusiastically tosses her head to create bright, bold strokes across a canvas propped up in her sty.

March 13, 2019

Rotorua Walking Festival

The Rotorua Walking Festival is a one or two day recreational walking event. You can walk one day or two days and choose from the different distances for each day.

March 11, 2019

Most expensive new car ever: Bugatti sells for $19 million

The most expensive new car ever sold is a one-off Bugatti luxury sports car that has gone for 16.7 million euros ($18.9 million).

March 7, 2019

Rotorua Youth Festival

The Rotorua Youth Festival is a collaboration of sport, health, education and well-being. It is also a day of music, arts and cultural activities for rangatahi and their whānau.

March 7, 2019

OneRoof Property Report: Just a third of NZ homes mortgage-free

The number of homeowners who have cleared their mortgage has fallen in the last five years, raising concerns that Kiwis will still be paying them off during retirement.

March 4, 2019

Friends of Rotorua Museum Art Sale

Friends of Rotorua Museum are asking people to donate pre-loved art and art books towards the sale to help raise funds for Rotorua Museum projects.

March 1, 2019

‘Considerable progress’ made in eradication of aggressive aquatic weed salvinia in Pāpāmoa

Biosecurity New Zealand says “considerable progress” has been made in the effort to eradicate the aggressive aquatic weed, salvinia, from the Wairākei Stream in Pāpāmoa.

February 26, 2019

Fake Kim goes as real Kim comes: Vietnam expels Kim Jong Un lookalike

An Australian comedian who impersonates North Korean leader Kim Jong Un said on Monday authorities were deporting him from Vietnam, some 24 hours before the real Kim was due to arrive for a summit with U.S. President Donald Trump.

February 25, 2019

Capital Gains Tax will hit older Kiwis with savings the hardest

A proposed capital gains tax would hit older Kiwis hardest who have saved money to invest in assets, holiday baches and investment properties.

February 21, 2019

Kim or Trump? Hanoi barber offers leaders’ hairdos for free

At a barbershop tucked away in a Hanoi alley, Le Phuc Hai patiently waits for the dye to turn his black hair the orange shade of President Donald Trump’s locks.

February 21, 2019

Music At the Rotunda 2019 – Sunday Sessions

The Rotorua Band Rotunda in Government Gardens will again showcase local music on sunny Sunday afternoons during February and March 2019.

February 19, 2019

‘Tinder for cows’ matches livestock in the mood for love

A Tinder-inspired app is helping farmers match up potential partners for their cattle.

February 14, 2019

5th Annual Tummy & Tots Expo

Shopping, information, support services, entertainment, gifts and fun for the family. The Tummy & Tots Expo is your place for everything from Pregnancy to Pre School.

February 12, 2019

174 cases of myrtle rust fungus found in the Bay of Plenty

A total of 174 cases of myrtle rust have been found in the Bay of Plenty, 18 more than in December last year, and most of the infection sites are in Te Puke and Bethlehem.

February 11, 2019

Kiwanis Teddy Bears Picnic

This annual event will be held in Kuirau Park, corner of Ranolf & Pukuatua Sts, on Saturday 16 February (23 Feb if wet). Start time 11.00 am Judging 12.30 pm.

February 7, 2019

GST, tobacco excise boosts Government coffers in six-month surplus

The Crown reaped a bigger tax take than expected from GST and tobacco excise in the six months through December, while KiwiBuild and welfare payments were smaller than projected.

February 6, 2019

Who’s the daddy? Surprise in Swiss orangutan paternity test

A paternity test on a baby orangutan has come back with a surprising result.

February 5, 2019

Rotorua dogs swelter in hot cars and vehicles during holiday period

The Rotorua SPCA has been called out several times to dogs left in hot cars this summer, however, the number of cases has not increased, prompting hopes the animal charity’s safety messages are getting through.

February 2, 2019

Veterinarians fix puppy paws pointing up instead of down

A puppy born with his front paws facing up instead of down and unable to walk is recovering after surgery at Oklahoma State University’s Center for Veterinary Health Sciences.

January 29, 2019

Rotorua Chinese New Year Festival

The Rotorua Chinese Community Association alongside Multicultural Rotorua and Rotorua Lakes Council look forward to sharing a fun evening of Chinese food, culture, dance, crafts and more at Te Manawa

January 28, 2019

Papal Swiss Guard keep cool heads with 3-D helmets

The Vatican’s Swiss Guard, the colorfully dressed mini-army that helps protect the pope, will have cooler heads now they have swapped their ancient metal helmets for ones made by 3-D printers.

January 25, 2019

Quote of the Day

“This is what I learned: that everybody is talented, original and has something important to say.”

– Brenda Ueland

January 23, 2019

Bay of Plenty driving test pass rates exceed national average

If you’re sitting your driver’s licence test in the Bay of Plenty, it would pay to do so in Rotorua.

January 22, 2019

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.

January 18, 2019

All the rage: Beijingers vent their stress in ‘anger room’

It took Smash customer Qiu Siyu just a few sharp blows with a baseball bat to wreck what looked like an old car radio, after which two friends battered telephones, audio speakers, rice cookers and even a mannequin.

January 16, 2019

Rotorua’s inner city behaviour improves, for now

“A noticeable drop” in antisocial behaviour and crime in the Rotorua CBD is being applauded by the Rotorua Lakes Council and police, but others say it’s too soon to celebrate.

January 14, 2019

A moose walks into an Alaska hospital and finds a snack

A moose wandered into a hospital building in Alaska’s largest city and chowed down on some plants in the lobby as workers watched the massive animal in awe.

January 11, 2019

Rotorua emergency department sees increase in life-threatening injuries over holiday period

A large increase in people with “life-threatening” injuries or needing “time-critical treatment” has presented to Rotorua’s Emergency Department over the holiday period.

January 10, 2019

Fun In The Sun

Join the Summer Fun in the Sun activities this December and January and get out there to explore the natural lakes and beaches in the Bay of Plenty.

January 8, 2019

Made In Wairoa Farmers’ Market

The Made in Wairoa Farmers Market is a place where Wairoa produce growers, artisan producers and artists can sell their wares to visitors to the market.

January 4, 2019

Rescued Maketu diver’s lack of communication devices ‘recipe for disaster’

A stranded diver who spent almost five hours drifting in the water off Maketu is “extremely lucky” to have survived, say local Coastguard and rescue helicopter officials.

January 4, 2019

Rotorua Summer Seafood Festival 2019

The Rotorua Summer Seafood Festival is everything you love about summer including the chart-topping iconic Kiwi band, Sons of Zion!

January 3, 2019

Missouri poacher ordered to repeatedly watch ‘Bambi’

A Missouri poacher has been ordered to repeatedly watch the movie “Bambi” as part of his sentence in a scheme to illegally kill hundreds of deer.

December 21, 2018

ERA fines forestry company $35K, bans from hiring migrants for underpaying workers

The Employment Relations Authority (ERA) has fined a North Island forestry company $35,000 for paying less than minimum wage and banned it from hiring migrants.

December 18, 2018