Watery thoughts

Water is our lives – we bathe in it, we play in it, and we are it. “If you drink a glass of water it goes through your entire body and surrounds your brain, becoming almost the same chemical content as the water in the ocean,” says... Read More

Swells for the Sallies

“No doubt about it,” says Sallie Laurie Bell. “One story in The Weekend Sun and we more than doubled the congregation at our Memorial Park Easter Sunday dawn service.” He's certainly chuffed and he dropped by The Weekend... Read More

Living wage employers scarce

There is a real danger that Tauranga will fall behind and become known for its low wages if employers don't join the growing movement to pay their staff a living wage, says the E Tu union. The 2018 New Zealand Living Wage rate increased to $20.55... Read More

Internet safety innovators win

  A device developed in Tauranga aimed at keeping kids safe online has won a major technology award. Local organisation Safe Surfer has developed the new ‘Lifeguard' device which can easily be plugged into any modem. It blocks websites... Read More

A prescription for companionship

Kaiden doesn't make friends easily. That's often the way with children with autism spectrum disorder. But when Murphy, a 13-week-old labradoodle, moseyed up to the boy and smothered him with slobbery puppy love, something magical happened... Read More

Auction of Battle of Gate Pa

An exhibition that told the stories of the creation of Tauranga city from a time of conflict and battle is to be auctioned off. The Battle of Gate Pa Exhibition will be auctioned off at The Cargo Shed at 10am on April 22 with viewing on April 21. Terry... Read More

Choosing coffee over chemo

“My perfect day is an autumn day, with autumn leaves scrunching under my gumboots.” This was one young woman's deepest wish when The Weekend Sun sought independent response to a patient questionnaire from Tauranga family care physician... Read More

New walking groups for fitness

Two new walking groups are starting this month as part of Sport Bay of Plenty's City on its Feet initiative, creating more opportunities within the community for people to get active more often. City on its Feet, supported by Tauranga City Council,... Read More

Falling in love with love

“It would have been a long time in the planning; it probably would have cost a lot of money, but it would have been a very happy day.” And on the back of that blissful notion, the senior minister at Tauranga's St Peters in the City... Read More

A plea on behalf of little blues

Nature is conspiring against the little blue penguin like it hasn't done in many years. The birds are dying en masse and local wildlife workers have been left feeling stressed, demoralised and saddened. “A combination of events has led to... Read More