Tauranga‘s National Jazz Festival cancelled

Following the Prime Minister's announcement that all gatherings of 500 or more people be cancelled amid coronavirus fears, organisers of the National... Read More

$2 million drought relief for farmers and growers

Agriculture Minister Damien O'Connor has today classified the drought in the North Island, parts of the South Island and the Chathams as a large-scale... Read More

Ruapehu‘s crater lake heating up

Mt Ruapehu's crater lake is heating up, according to measurements taken by GNS science volcanologists this week. Duty volcanologist Michael... Read More

Govt proposes phasing out high emission burners

The government wants to phase out high-emitting wood burners and coal burners in a bid to clean up the country's air. It is one of the proposed... Read More

Minor seismic activity recorded at Ruapehu

A short-lived episode of volcanic earthquakes has occurred beneath Mt Ruapehu last Saturday, February 22, and Sunday, February 23. The earthquake... Read More

Whitebait consultation submission period extended

    Conservation Minister Eugenie Sage has extended the date for people to have their say on proposed changes to improve management of whitebait... Read More

BOP ‘killing it’ with pest control efforts

The Bay of Plenty is responsible for more than 10 per cent of digitally trapped pests nationwide, according to new data. There have been more than 2800... Read More

All of North Island now in restricted fire season

The entire North Island and most of the South is now in either a Prohibited or Restricted fire season after Wellington declared a restricted season effective... Read More

Low lake levels around Rotorua

Rotorua’s long, dry summer has seen lake levels in the region drop, with Bay of Plenty Regional Council closely monitoring the situation, particularly... Read More

Snow supermoon lights up night sky

People trying to sleep last night can be forgiven if they thought someone had left a light on outside. A snow supermoon hung in the sky on Sunday night. Many... Read More

5.5 magnitude quake hits near Tauranga

Thousands of people are reporting to have felt an earthquake rattle the Bay of Plenty. GeoNet is reporting that at 10.47pm, a 5.5 magnitude earthquake... Read More

Elevated volcanic unrest continues at White Island

Whakaari/White Island remains in an elevated state of unrest. No further extrusion of lava has occurred, says GNS duty volcanologist Natalia Deligne. "Our... Read More

Gas and steam continue to vent from White Island

Whakaari/White Island remains in an elevated state of unrest. Very hot gas and steam continues to discharge from vents created by the eruption on December... Read More

Minor volcanic unrest at Mt Ruapehu

Minor volcanic unrest is continuing to be monitored by GNS scientists. Over the last 5-6 months, measurements of Mt Ruapehu’s Crater Lake (Te... Read More

Establishing koalas in NZ may not be a good idea

Amid gut-wrenching images of koalas suffering in the Australian bushfires, a petition has been started calling on Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern to allow... Read More