Rules changes affect all craft

Changes to Maritime Rules that come into effect on March 15 this year will affect both recreational and commercial boats. Sailing boats no longer have to have manual bilge pumps operable from above the deck, which allows for more modern designs. Modern... Read More

Judy Alvos

One evening, while strumming away  on the beach piano in Pilot Bay, I caught a flash of red behind me on the seaside seat. Turning, I discovered a vibrant and exotic sight. Long lean brown legs, wearing a bright mandarin and gold bodice, a pale... Read More

Saying ‘no’ to plastic straws

A new campaign has been launched by Envirohub Bay of Plenty in an effort to reduce the use of plastic straws in the region. ‘Destraw or Destroy' was launched at The Rising Tide in Mount Maunganui earlier this week with the screening of the... Read More

Youth smoking is at an all-time lo

Results from the 2016 ASH year 10 survey released this week show that only 2.2 per cent of year 10 students smoke daily. They are the lowest smoking rates recorded since 1999, when 15.2 per cent of students smoked daily. At the same time, the number... Read More

A car yard, a grass verge or both?

They're impromptu car yards – pop-up car yards – and they're happening on grass verges at various strategic spots around town. They're the work of private car sellers seeking maximum exposure for their vehicles, with little... Read More

Vintage and Retro Fayre returns

This popular event is set to return Greerton Village to a bygone age on Saturday, March 17. First run in November last year, this event proved popular with visitors and locals alike and is now on the calendar as an annual event. This year's event... Read More

Simon: ‘Leadership is my Plan

It's been a big week in politics, with National Party MPs putting their hands up to take over the reins from Bill English, who has resigned and will be leaving parliament. One man who wants the top job in the National Party is Tauranga MP Simon... Read More

Turn your trash into fash

After seven months of crocheting together more than 400 plastic bags, you could forgive 13-year-old Hunter Ririnui for never wanting to see another plastic bag again. A passion for design and the environment saw the then Tauranga Intermediate student... Read More

Amateur enforcers get new patrol car

The Papamoa community is just that bit safer. That's thanks to its community patrol, a car yard and a substantial benefactor. The car yard, Ebbett Holden and the Legacy Trust have provided the patrol with a new a new car, and all the extras required... Read More

Supporting local ostomates

It's a topic that can be very private – living with an ostomy bag after undergoing surgery. But a local woman wants people to know that there is plenty of support out there for those who have undergone colostomies, urostomies or ileostomies,... Read More