Rotorua Review

Girl, 11, kicked off bus at night

An 11-year-old child was ditched off a Naked Bus without her bags in the dark.

"Who in their right mind does that?", asks grandfather of girl left alone in south Auckland.

Not guilty pleas in Rotorua gang shooting

A suspect is lead away by armed police following the brawl in December.

Thirteen men have pleaded not guilty to being involved in a daytime gang brawl which saw a man shot.

Water King to the rescue

Nine-year-old Phoenix Mahaki, fellow student 10-year-old Lane Coleman and WOD UP challenge super hero, Water King.

 Students at Owhata Primary have created their own super hero to help with their "water only" journey.

Mill noise grinding down school too

Lumbercube mill is thought to be at least part of the reason behind hundreds of noise complaints in a Rotorua suburb.

In just five days in April Rotorua Lakes Council (RLC) received 279 complaints about noise from the Lumbercube mill, and it's not just sleep that's being disturbed.

Karearea looks mint on $20 bill

Sir Jerry Mateparae, Wingspan falcon Atareta and Debbie Stewart

It's a little piece of Rotorua and it's going to be in wallets, purses and ATMs across the country.

Mum's death accused revealed

Rotorua mum Stephanie McHale was killed in a car crash on Wednesday. Her son Gareth was also in the crash, but was uninjured.

At the time of the collision Stephanie McHale was in the car with her six-month-old son. She died and her son survived.

Ex-streety's wedding

Groom to be Brian 'BamBam' Mollgaard and his soon to be wife Stephanie Sullivan.

 For years, Brian Mollgaard lives on the streets. Now with the help of the local community, he's getting married.

Robber swipes bar's cash

The man was captured on CCTV wearing gloves and concealing his face.

A man wearing a hunting-style top over a hoodie demanded cash from a Ngongotaha bar.

Lake submissions extended

New Lake Rotorua nutrient rules for land owners are part of a proposed plan change to the Regional Water and Land Plan.

Bay of Plenty Regional Council has extended the submission period for Lake Rotorua nutrient rules

Cuddle Cots Rotorua reach 10k goal

Greagh Love feels grateful to have reached her goal of raising $10000 to purchase two cuddle cots for Rotorua Hospital.

Mother overwhelmed with emotion after an overnight donation of over $2500 from a family who also lost a baby.

A healthy society starts in the garden

16-year-old Western Heights High School student Alejandro Ramirez, 13-year-old Girls High School student Wikitoria ...

Local food growers, hunger relief charities, restaurants, supermarkets and others involved in the local food industry are being asked to help improve Rotorua's food systems.

Carver smooths wrinkles - 22 years on

Rotorua carver Albert Te Pou, Marc Spijkerbosch and the Hinemoa and Tutanekai tekoteko

Rotorua carver Albert Te Pou was reunited with two very special carvings at his workshop last week.

Easter Service in the Redwoods

Pastors from different churches in Rotorua who are together bringing the community the annual Good Friday service in the ...

The annual Combined Churches Good Friday Service is in a new location this year.

Humans must prepare for robots

Marama Meikle invites everyone to come along to the BINZ hui to find out about sustainable communities.

Let there be - a bible relay

Joy Bennett is excited for Rotorua's first Bible Marathon.


Rotorua diners still safe says RLC

Rotorua Lakes Council says the city's eateries are safe, including those that operate with high risk foods.

Rotorua Lakes Council (RLC), says figures about the number of high risk eateries in Rotorua is misleading.

$24m boost for Rotorua roading

Simon Bridges, Todd McClay and Steve Chadwick.

Transport Minister Simon Bridges has announced the Government is to invest $24 million into Rotorua's transport network.

Reserve status revoked for land handover

The Taniwha Springs hand back.

Rotorua Lakes Council (RLC) has moved to revoke the reserve status of water supply land at Hamurana Springs and transfer ownership back to Ngati Rangiwewehi.

Pooch lover wants to help dogs in need

Elaine Mander with her dogs Mushka and Citron.

New sculpture for Kuirau Park

Sculptor Trevor Nathan and Kuirau Park's latest artwork.


Children's Art House to open on Easter Saturday

New Art House coordinator Ally Rogers.

Rotorua Children's Art House has announced the appointment of Ally Rogers as their inaugural coordinator and a date for its official opening.

RECT tops $20m in scholarships

RECT chair Grahame Hall, far right, with trust members and fund recipients

A group of Rotorua’s top students will be embarking on their university studies later in the month with extra funds in their bank accounts.

Back to the future at Rotorua Museum

Rotorua Museum has seen a rise in local visitors.

 Record visitor numbers, retail sales up and increased cafe patronage.

Love to help grieving parents

Greagh Love wants to help grieving parents after loosing her first child. This is Love with her second child, Summer Lilee.

Documentary makers visit Rotorua's Czech mate

Czech documentary makers quiz Frank Grapl.

Frank Grapl's one man mission to boost Maori-Czech ties has been recognised.

Looking back at life-changing year

Taylor Barnes, 4, could be the youngest in New Zealand to receive a heart transplant.

Meet three Kiwis who found new heart and courage to overcome their fears in 2015.

Christmas egg produces kiwi

It was a Kiwi Christmas for this chick who arrived at Rainbow Springs on Christmas Day.

The birth of Rainbow Springs' 1500th kiwi chick has been labelled "extra special".

Distracted drivers a menace

Waikato Hospital trauma specialist Grant Christey said distracted drivers are more dangerous than drinking ones.

Squabbling kids in the back seat are a bigger risk than a drink.

Gang tensions high following Rotorua shoot-out

Those believed to be involved in a gang shoot-out in Rotorua have made a first appearance in court.

It was described in court as a gang shoot-out.

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