Family thankful for hospice

Craig Wilson's wife Kat was diagnosed with terminal metastatic melanoma in late 2014. The brave husband shares his story as part of Waipuna Hospice's Shorts4Waipuna campaign, which aims to raise much-needed funds for the hospice. When the... Read More

Riding for Edgecumbe

If you see hundreds of motorcycle riders cruising towards Edgecumbe this Sunday, make sure to give them a toot or a wave. They'll be part of the S.O.S Edgecumbe Charity Ride, organised by local motorcycle club Tauranga Weekend Riders. Their goal:... Read More

A smile and a sail to remember

His big grin gleamed from the newspaper. The cheeky face of Hamish Rieger, a young man who sailed with Nic Charrington, the first mate, second in command on the Spirit of Adventure sail training ship for teens. “I thought, ‘Yeah I remember... Read More

Our very own bossy Izzy

“I am special. l am very special.” Thirteen-year-old Sophie Turner is special because she has succeeded – she has confronted some deeply challenging personal issues and blossomed on the national stage despite them. She has Tourette... Read More

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

Buses, kids, Coke and Arthur

In the 1960s he pioneered the ‘The Auckland Trip' – a bus excursion offering his Tauranga schoolkids some exposure to the wonders of a big city. He and his bus trips opened little eyes and changed little lives. But now the man who drove... Read More

An end to violence to ambos?

St John Ambulance will be consulting before deciding how to distribute its new injection of money and manpower. The government has announced a new investment of $59.2 million to create 430 new emergency medical and paramedic roles. But it will happen... Read More

Hopping mad about bus changes

Angry parents are promising the Bay of Plenty Regional Council a fight over plans to remove the school buses next July and instead place students on the commuter Hopper buses. A mother of Tauranga Intermediate pupils says instead of her children embarking... Read More

Time to suit up

  Stars from The Flash, Teen Wolf, The 100 and more are expected in Tauranga this weekend for the city's first ever Armageddon Expo. New Zealand's biggest geek and entertainment event, Armageddon Expo, is coming to ASB Baypark Arena on... Read More

A tense and thrilling affair

They're friends off the rugby pitch, but foes on the field. Greerton Marist will take on its closest rivals Rangataua in a special charity rugby match on Saturday, May 27. Hosted by Greerton Marist Recreation and Community Sports Club, next Saturday's... Read More

Lions hunting young blood

He's the Young Turk, the hired gun – and he's been called in to reverse a trend that's bedeviled service organisations worldwide. That's staying young and relevant. “The difficulty is the rules and structures that... Read More

Tribute to a local star

“Don't ever stop fighting.” That's what Cilla Veldhuizen tells people. She's been fighting cancer for seven years, and has been terminal for two. Cilla found out she had breast cancer after getting a sore breast from falling... Read More

Coastguard’s Mayday on Sunday

A close-up look at the Coastguard vessels and the chance to learn about Tauranga Volunteer Coastguard activities from the volunteers who keep the rescue group operating is taking place at the tidal stairs on the waterfront on Sunday, May 21. It is the... Read More

A kilometre of burpees

Yes, you read it right. One thousand metres of burpees. That's the challenge being taken on tomorrow morning at Mount Maunganui, as fitness fanatics see whether they have the mettle to complete the gruelling event. It's for a good cause,... Read More

"Sylvia's mother says..."

They say revenge is a dish best served cold. Shel Silverstein would have known. He got his own back on Sylvia's mother – the woman immortalised in the 1972 hit song of the same name. You know it. “Sylvia's mother says Sylvia's... Read More

Ours boys cream of the crop

They're two of the best in the country. And they're Tauranga's. Apprentice plumber Brendan Baker and newly qualified drainlayer Colby Baker - good mates and work colleagues but not related - have received major accolades at the New... Read More

Small girl with a big heart

“Dear Heavenly Father, thank you for all the blessings you gave us.” It's a little prayer uttered by 7-year-old Emma Mischewski when she's being driven to school every day. “And I pray for the homeless that they may find... Read More

HeART of the community

“This is a dream project for me, being able to connect with locals, the community, people. It's the heart of what I do,” says acclaimed artist Graham ‘Mr G' Hoete. The Tauranga Moana artist, of Ngāi Te Rangi and Ngāti... Read More

Paradox rumour ‘not true'

“Morning,” the email sent to this reporter starts off. “I had heard a rumour about the street art being painted over in about a month's time. Do you know if this is true?” The street art in question is the six murals created... Read More

Market to celebrate 14th birthday

This month the Tauranga Farmers' Market is having its 14th birthday, and to celebrate they have six birthday hampers full of fresh produce from stallholders up for grabs. Tickets to be in the draw to win the hampers are $2 each and will be sold... Read More