Stellar first year of football

It's been a fantastic year for women's football in Tauranga and the Bay of Plenty, with the Tauranga City United Bay SportsMed Women's Squad dominating both the local competition and the WaiBOP Premier League. The team won six games... Read More

A bit of colour this month

A colourful reminder about this month's motorcycle awareness campaign arrived unexpectedly in the newsroom last week. The yellow motorcycle helmet was paid for by ACC and is a reminder to road users that motorbikes can appear unexpectedly and to... Read More

Pyes Pa pupils auctioning art

A class of Pyes Pa School pupils is fundraising in a unique way by putting the kids' own artwork under the hammer. Room 7 teacher Brendon Oats says the plan is to use the money raised for an end of year trip – either surfing or indoor rock-climbing,... Read More

Mural brings kindy closer

It started with a mat-time story about a whale and her baby and turned into three elaborate murals for the Community Kindy in Welcome Bay. Community Kindy The Bay had three murals designed by Auckland mural and graffiti artist Jonny 4 higher, which was... Read More

Knocking 'marathon' off list

Everyone has life goals they want to achieve before a certain age, particularly milestones like 30, 40, or 50 – but rarely is a marathon one of them. For Tauranga man Tim Searle though, that's exactly what he has in mind. The 39-year-old... Read More

A place to belong

We all want somewhere to belong and the youth of Te Puke are no exception. After conducting a youth survey in Te Puke via their charitable trust, The Vector Group, Stephen and Tracey Fawcett have set up ‘The Loft' on Jellicoe St. Housed,... Read More

No Fawlty Towers at Greenpark

Sometimes simple things done well work. And if that's the mantra of maitre d' Ben Brock at The Ruapehu, a new pop-up eatery out in Tauranga's burbs, then it is working. And working well. Just two options for starters, mains and desert... Read More

Karate exponent excels

She's just 15 and on the brink of being a world beater. Eden Holley, a Year 11 student at Otumoetai College, has returned from the World Shotokan Karate Federation 13th world championship in Tokyo where she won a bronze in the girls' 15 years... 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

Pedal power in Papamoa

Bicycles may outnumber cars in central Papamoa on Sunday as up to 500 cyclists come out for the annual Pedal Papamoa event. The free family-friendly ride leaves from the Papamoa Plaza at 10am and will follow the off-road stormwater trail to Evans Rd. There... Read More

Boycott cinema, says advocate

A local disability advocate is calling for a boycott of Event Cinemas Tauranga by people with disabilities until it can provide adequate seating for wheelchair patrons and their companions. Tauranga couple Merle and Dion Seeling approached The Weekend... Read More

Busting it out for a cause

Underwear will be centre stage at the Waihi Beach Community Centre on September 30 for the annual Arty Bra Show fundraiser. The event has been running for the past eight years and supports a different local charity each year. This year proceeds will... Read More

Cliff Road back in contention

Cliff Rd as a possible museum site will have to receive the same levels of consideration as the central city site, Tauranga City councillors have been told. The old netball courts on Cliff Rd were first offered to the Tauranga Moana Museum Trust after... Read More

Busy weekend in the sky

Not only is it the General Election on the ground on Saturday, but there are a few things happening in the sky as well. September 23 is the date of the spring equinox, when days and nights have the same length. It is also at 2am on Sunday when clocks... Read More

Tweed for a cause

On Sunday Harley Couper will don his finest attire, tweak his moustache and sit astride his Royal Enfield Classic 350 motorcycle. Pressing his tweed is all for a great cause – to raise funds and awareness for men's health, specifically prostate... Read More

The pastor's rubbish plan

It fixed the “disjointed and inefficient” rubbish collection system that bedeviled the North Sydney Shire of Hornsby. And Tauranga man Bruce Adams says it could fix Tauranga's problems. “Exactly the same issues for both,”... Read More

A favourite son Mika Vukona

He's 35 going on 21 he reckons. “The mind is playing like a 21-year-old,” says Mike Vukona. Okay, he holds a Fijian passport and plays out of Auckland, but he will always be one of Tauranga's favourite sporting sons and certainly... Read More

Waltzes, piano and love songs

On Sunday afternoon September 17, music lovers can relax to the charm and sentimentality of the Liebeslieder Waltzes. The performance of the Brahms love songs by Scholars Pro Musica will be followed by a piano duet of Mozart's Eine Kleine Nachtmusik.  The... Read More

Two-tyred transport

Residents are being encouraged to put on their helmets and get on their bike as a way to decrease traffic congestion in Tauranga. Tauranga City Council, as part of its Cycle Action Plan, will be going around locations throughout Tauranga to discuss what... Read More

Mayor looking for new artwork

Western Bay of Plenty District Mayor Garry Webber is looking for a local artist to help decorate the mayoral office. He's putting up $1500 of his own money to commission a new painting, which will hang in his office for the duration of his mayoralty. “I... Read More