Life on the other side

She's only been retired for three weeks, but there's a lot to get used to for 74-year-old Karleen Fraser. The backpack that she used to carry her good shoes, cardigan, book and lunch to work on the bus has gone – replaced with a soft,... Read More

Campaigning for peace

  While New Zealand's signing of the United Nations' Treaty on the Prohibition of Nuclear Weapons went largely unnoticed during the frenzy of the General Election campaign, one group of Tauranga locals made sure it wasn't entirely... Read More

New murals in Katikati

The fabric of Katikati – what it is and where it's come from – is depicted in murals and other artworks around the town. Sixty nine in all – now make that 71 because two of perhaps the finest yet murals produced in the town are... Read More

When cultures meet

Have you ever wondered what it would be like to be inside a video game? If you step inside the lift at Tauranga Art Gallery you'll come pretty close. Papamoa artist Kereama Taepa's work ‘Insert Coin', commissioned by the art gallery... Read More

Three cheers for space

  For two years they've been hunting for a better place to practise. A big open space, with high ceilings and room to tumble. And finally, after two years, they've found one. Founder and chairperson of local cheerleading club Bay Twisters... Read More

Stop and reflect or shop?

Auckland gave it a resounding no. So did Hamilton and now Tauranga is mulling over one of the more divisive issues of the time. It's Easter Sunday trading – should cash registers be ringing along with the church bells on one of the most sacrosanct,... Read More

Unsightly and unwelcome

‘No person shall sleep or otherwise occupy a footpath or road in the city centres….during the hours of darkness…' Nelson's hardline stance with its rough-sleeping homeless. And the definition of footpath and road extends... Read More

Easter Sunday trading

Public consultation on whether Tauranga will join its neighbours and introduce Sunday trading at Easter begins today. The public consultation period runs from September 22 to October 22. Consultation documents, submission forms and copies of the draft... Read More

Carless challenge for council

Tauranga City councillor Terry Molloy received an unexpected answer when he asked Jo Wills how the city council could encourage people to use public transport instead of their cars. “It's not an answer you are going to like, but limit the... Read More

A patch of dirt for a haven

  They've got the animals, the people, willing sponsors, the will and the way. The only thing they're missing is the land. High Hopes Haven Rehabilitation and Educational Centre is a not-for-profit organisation where abused and abandoned... Read More