Tips, statistics, and smiles

This story, like many others published when the winter season rolls around, will focus on police asking motorists to do simple things to keep themselves and others safe when driving on the roads. And even though road safety is at the forefront of Western... Read More

Pinks skies at night

Western Bay of Plenty residents may have noticed some stunning sunsets lately, particularly with a pink tinge. But what causes these beautiful sunsets? According to scientists, the season can have an impact. In winter, the air along the path of a ray... Read More

On the trail of beauty

Papamoa physiotherapist James Mooney is no runner – golf is his thing – but he's pulling on his running shoes for a good cause in September – The Moa Experience trail run. The inaugural event on September 3 will cover a 15km course... Read More

How to close down a bridge

How does a private citizen go about closing down a section of state highway? That's the question that arose from Sunday's protest by local iwi who succeeded in closing the Wairoa Bridge on State Highway 2 near Te Puna. It was only for around... Read More

Lions circle the stage coach

It sits forlornly in all weathers at the front of the Historic Village on 17th Ave – a fading red monument to travel in another age. It's the village stage coach. “The paintwork's cracking and in terrible shape,” says Bernie... Read More

A bear bunking down in Gate Pa

He's a small brown bear, forgivably scruffy, who offers comfort and reassurance – he listens to inner-most secrets and fears, shares adventures, is a great cuddle and is consumed by wanderlust. Yep, he gets around – in fact bear has... Read More

All the fun of a book fair

It was a fairytale moment for Joan Forester – an enchanting moment from 12 years of running the popular Tauranga Harbour City Lions book fair. Made all the toil worthwhile. “He was quite a gorgeous wee boy,” says Joan. “Aged three... Read More

Restoring Tahawai Stream

A burbling stream, the bush-clad slopes of the Kaimai ranges above and the sparkling waters of the inner harbour in the distance. What better way to spend a Saturday? The trade-off will be donning a pair of gloves and some sturdy shoes to help plant trees... Read More

Embracing autism head on

Forget trying to be ‘normal' – just try to be you. That's the message for young autistics from two Tauranga residents who know more about the struggle to be themselves than most. Jason Edgecombe and Paula Jessop are both high-functioning... Read More

Clarion call for a new trumpet

“I cannot explain in words how much it means to me.” A passionate, gifted 16-year-old expressing her connection with music, with her trumpet. “I love that amazing, freeing feeling of playing,” says Year 12 Mount Maunganui College... Read More