One Love Festival set to go ahead in Tauranga despite heavy rain warnings for Bay of Plenty

The set-up of One Love festival in Tauranga Domain. Photo / Mead Norton A One Love festival-goer says she’s “not afraid of a bit of rain” as the iconic reggae music event prepares for a wet one. One Love Festival owner Glenn Meikle said the event was “all go” in spite of heavy rain warnings … Read more

Exclusive Sam Smith winery concert in South Australia paid for by taxpayers

UK popstar Sam Smith. An exclusive vineyard concert starring a popular UK singer has caused a major public outcry after it was revealed that the event was funded by taxpayers. Among the guests invited to Sam Smith’s private gig at the d’Arenberg Cube in South Australia’s prime wine region last week were influencers, TV personalities … Read more

Cyclone Hale: East Coast resident crosses flooded river to get supplies

Residents of Makatote town on the East Coast are having to cross the flooded river to get supplies. Video / Kuini Tuhura A resident crossed a flooded river to get food and supplies after the latest storm event from ex-tropical Cyclone Hale left their home cut off. A day after the storm, Ruatoria resident Kuini … Read more

The Conversation: The first grader who shot a teacher in Virginia is among the youngest school shooters in the nation’s history

A 6-year-old student shot and wounded an elementary teacher in Newport, Virginia. Video / NBC12 Barely a week into the new year, a 6-year-old boy shot his teacher at Richneck Elementary School in Newport News, Virginia, becoming one of the youngest school shooters in the nation’s history. While details of the case are still emerging, … Read more

Tennis: ASB Classic tournament director Nicolas Lamperin responds to criticism from Emma Raducanu

ASB Classic tournament director Nicolas Lamperin. Photo / Photosport ASB Classic tournament director Nicolas Lamperin says the indoor courts used at the event are up to WTA tour standard, in the wake of strong criticism by British star Emma Raducanu. The 2021 US Open champion was forced to withdraw from her second round match on … Read more

Tennis: ASB Classic tournament director Nicolas Lamperin explains the plan after weather woes

Rain has caused many delays at the ASB Classic. Photo / Getty ASB Classic tournament director Nicolas Lamperin remains confident the latter stages of the women’s event can be staged as normal, but admits the immediate outlook is bleak. Incessant rain meant all matches were confined to two indoor courts on Wednesday, with no capacity … Read more

A Summer’s Day Live canceled, campers clear out, beaches close as forecast worsens

British band UB40’s show in Tauranga has been canceled due to bad weather. Photo / Supplied Organizers of today’s Tauranga festival A Summer’s Day Live headlined by UB40 have canceled the event due to high winds and rain forecast. Heavy rain watches for the western Bay of Plenty and Coromandel have been upgraded to warnings, … Read more

Five injured after bouncy castle blown away at New Year’s Eve event at Fergusson Park, Tauranga

Wild winds have sent a bouncy castle in the air in Tauranga. Video / Supplied Five people were injured when a bouncy castle was picked up by the wind and tumbled across a Tauranga park during New Year’s Eve festivities. Witnesses described people being “squashed” during the incident at Fergusson Park, near OtÅ«moetai Beach, while … Read more

Morgan residents on high alert, as frustration builds with changes in River Murray floodwater predictions

The town of Morgan remains on high alert as peak flood waters make their way down the River Murray, through South Australia’s Riverland. Key points: Morgan resident Terry Billett’s home flooded on Christmas Day Residents are frustrated with the change in water level predictions The SES says the flooding risk in parts of Mannum has … Read more

Eight teen girls charged with second-degree murder in the stabbing death of a homeless man

Toronto police say the accused teenagers appear to have talked to each other mostly on the internet before deciding to meet up in real life.Christopher Katsarov/The Canadian Press Police say eight girls, all between the ages of 13 and 16, swarmed, stabbed and killed a man who was living in downtown Toronto’s shelter system during … Read more