Step out to get a story

It's about taking a step in someone else's shoes. And in the case of Red Cross' Maree Boyes and Tauranga mayor Greg Brownless, they're taking 10,000 steps a day to understand someone else's story. Maree and Greg have teamed... Read More

New tidal stairs make a splash

He's been with the project from the start – since it was a pencil sketch on a piece of paper at Tauranga City Council – now he's going to make a splash at the official opening. Western Bay of Plenty residents are invited to the... Read More

Redemption of a serial one bagger

I am a potato peel pariah – one of Tauranga's despised ‘one baggers'. I put all of my domestic rubbish – paper, plastic, tins, bottles, in fact everything that won't go down the waste disposal unit – in one $2.20... Read More

Spend the surplus on the bridge

Terry ‘Hori BOP' Leaming wants to see Prime Minister Bill English spend some of the recently announced government's budget surplus money on making the Maungatapu Bridge safer. “If there's surplus money available this year,... Read More

Seawall now short term patch up

“They just wanted us out, plain and simple”. And whenever Brenda Butler – former manager of the Cargo Shed arts collective on Dive Crescent – sees another cruise liner across the harbour, whenever she sees the empty Cargo Shed,... Read More

Bypass wanted – now!

While Katikati residents will be “dancing in the street” upon hearing the New Zealand Transport Agency is adding a bypass for the town to its State Highway 2 Waihi to Tauranga programme, two long-time supporters want the project to start swiftly. The... Read More

Tinetti enters stage left

It was a cruel catalyst for change. Just one dark moment in early-January. It didn't make the newspapers or the TV, and no-one saw it coming. A 20-year-old committed suicide and it ignited the social conscience of a Tauranga school teacher. “He... Read More

Going against the grain

It's the difference between a no-nonsense, gun-toting California Highway patrolman and our own unarmed, considered and popular top traffic cop Tauranga Police's Senior Sergeant Ian Campion. The same traffic offence but different country and... Read More

Resuming civic heart progress

Tauranga City Council's approach to planning its new administration building is going to change from next Tuesday, December 20, when the first decisions are made about the way forward for the new council. The new City Transformation Committee's... Read More

Backwards to go forwards

It's a ghostly, haunting sound. Even terrifying. Seventy years ago it would have signaled the arrival of the Luftwaffe over London, another blitzkreig, raining bombs. It was, and remains, one of the most distinguishable of sounds. The wailing Carter... Read More