Whitebait numbers wavering

  Habitat loss, pollution, introduced fish species and fishing pressure has led to some whitebait species being at risk or threatened.   Tauranga... Read More

Whakaari/White Island alert level rises to Level 2

  The Volcanic Alert Level for Whakaari/White Island has been raised to Level 2.   New observations this week show small amounts of volcanic... Read More

Look before you leap into waterways this summer

The local Medical Officer of Health for the Bay of Plenty Dr Phil Shoemack says that not every recreational water site in the region is able to be... Read More

Increase in Kiwis taking to recreational boating

The number of people taking up recreational boating has increased for the first time in four years. New research released today shows 1.7 million kiwi... Read More

New trout season begins on October 1

The new trout fishing season is almost upon us, and anglers around the country are prepping their tackle in anticipation of Thursday, October 1. The... Read More

Operator fined following fatal sinking

Maritime NZ says the prosecution of Ocean Fisheries Limited, operators of the Jubilee, sends a message to vessels’ owners and operators that health... Read More

Another survivor rescued from missing freighter

  Japanese rescue crews have found another survivor from a live export ship that sank off the country's south-west on Wednesday.   Authorities... Read More

Magnitude 5.2 quake strikes off coast of BOP

A magnitude 5.2 earthquake has struck off the coast of the Bay of Plenty early this morning. The quake hit 120km north-east of Whangamata at 3.47am. It... Read More

One person has died at Okere Falls today

Police have confirmed that a person has died at Okere Falls near Rotorua today.   Police were advised at about 11.12am that a person was in difficulty... Read More

COVID-19 testing at Port of Tauranga

Nearly 6000 people with links to the Port of Tauranga have been ordered to be tested for COVID-19. The port and maritime community is being targeted... Read More

New course aims to prevent student drownings

Water Safety New Zealand has partnered with EdTech company, AgentBee, to increase international student awareness of water safety and prevent drownings. “Sadly,... Read More

National weather update

Sunny with cloudy areas and light winds appear to be the conditions for much of the country today as a moderate southwesterly airflow flows over New... Read More

Rare BOP octopus to be dissected for research

  What was thought to be a giant squid caught off near Whakaari/White Island, has turned out to be something much rarer.   When the crew... Read More

National weather update

WeatherWatch advised that a low pressure system will bring unsettled conditions to most of New Zealand today. “Parts of the West Coast and central... Read More

Nicky Sinden’s life on water

  A childhood spent fishing on Motiti Island inspired Nicky Sinden’s career.   She started Australasia’s first female-hosted... Read More