Private J L Hartland

“Their name liveth for evermore.” A line from Ecclesiasticus, chapter 44, verse 14, which English writer Rudyard Kipling suggested as an epitaph to be carved alongside names on WW1 memorials. Names like Robert Baikie, 22, blacksmith, Scottish... Read More

Quick facts for the by-elections

This by-election covers the extraordinary vacancy for one Tauranga City councillor elected at-large. The vacancy has arisen from the recent death of Councillor Gail McIntosh. There are 20 candidates running for the position including: MJ Moses, Tony... Read More

New seats bring enjoyment back

A Tauranga couple who took a public stand last year against inadequate seating for wheelchair patrons and their companions at Event Cinemas Tauranga finally got to sit together at the movies in style last week. Merle and Dion Seeling approached The Weekend... Read More

Parkrun coming to Tauranga

A free, volunteer-driven community run that has taken the country by storm since reaching New Zealand shores in 2012 is coming to Tauranga this month. The first parkrun will be held in the Kopurererua Valley Reserve at the bottom of 17th Avenue by the... Read More

The golden kumara

Tauranga's Graham Burns is stumped as to why his orange kumara has grown to the size of a rugby ball, but he is happy to show off his prized possession with the “big boy” weighing in at 2.27kg. The self-proclaimed ‘Kumara Man'... Read More

Ernie, Hitler, communism and gongs

“I have been bombed by Hitler, I have been shot at by the Chinese. And you Kiwis have been bloody rude to me ever since I landed here. I have had the whole lot.” Ernie Dix, the cheeky, Croyden cockney, career soldier who, after half a century... Read More

From isolation to inspiration

Kiwi women who have decided not to be victims anymore are showing off their new-found empowerment in a personalised and heartfelt book. Beautifully Scarred by photographer Charmaine Marinkovich will be filled with photographs and stories of women throughout... Read More

People’s history of the Bay

About 100 local writers have had their names immortalised forever on the cover of a published book following the publication of ‘A People's History of The Bay of Plenty'. The book was launched at the Greerton Library last Sunday by... Read More

Helping the helpers

My husband is a paramedic. He comes home after a 12-hour shift with some amazing stories sometimes – tales of life and death, despair and elation. Other shifts, he comes home beat and frustrated. It's part of the job, he tells me. But some... Read More

Young people push for museum

If you've ever seen the colossal squid at Te Papa Museum in Wellington, you'll know it's not something you forget in a hurry, says Mount Maunganui College student Sam Taylor. Museums have an important impact on young people and society... Read More