Catching up with Clayton

New Zealand First Tauranga-based list MP Clayton Mitchell is looking forward to being part of the government in his second parliamentary term. Despite New Zealand First receiving a lower party vote in 2017, and losing three seats in the process, Clayton... Read More

Temporary satellite i-SITE open

Tourism Bay of Plenty has launched a satellite i-SITE in Mount Maunganui to help direct the flow of visitors over the summer period. The satellite i-SITE is prominently located in central Mount Maunganui, and is predicted to draw in a lot of foot traffic... Read More

Simon reflects on a busy year

Tauranga MP Simon Bridges is back home for the summer, and has a little more time on his hands now he's in opposition for the first time. The former cabinet minister now has to get used to three years of challenging government, rather than being... Read More

Labour sets up shop in Greerton

The Labour Party is establishing a permanent and very visible presence in their Tauranga heartland. The party, which now boasts four MPs across the Bay of Plenty region, is opening an office beside Countdown on Cameron Road on the fringe of the Greerton... Read More

At home with Todd Muller

Bay of Plenty MP Todd Muller is enjoying being back in parliament, and is looking forward to tackling some key issues next year. The second-term MP chatted to The Weekend Sun at his Pyes Pa home this week, reflecting on a busy election year.   “It... Read More

Wildlife Trust tightens noose

The drive to rid Mount Maunganui and Mauao of pests such as rats, stoats, ferrets, weasels and possums, is being ramped up. The Western Bay Wildlife Trust is taking its campaign onto the streets by inviting all residents and business owners to a meeting... Read More

History sways museum decision

The City Transformation Committee's decision to opt for a new museum on Tauranga's Cliff Road was swayed by the history of the site itself, which has the full support of Tangata whenua. Cliff Road was the site of the Otamataha Pa - a pre... Read More

Celebrating community connections

They may not be everyone's idea of a traditional Christmas tree, but the Twelve Trees of Christmas in Tauranga's CBD have been decorated with the love of more than 700 people. Tauranga City Council and The Incubator Creative Hub have brought... Read More

Tinetti resumes lifelong learning

Jan Tinetti could be going through a big grief period. From running a school of 140 needy kids, she now plays a hand in running the country. And it's come at a personal cost.   “I was at an event recently when one of my children launched... Read More

Confident of poll on Maori wards

The contentious decision by Western Bay of Plenty district councillors to create one or more Maori wards has fired up residents who want a public poll on the matter.   Among them is former Te Puke Community Board candidate Richard McNair, who's... Read More