Tribute to a motor sport great

He was the first, and is currently the only New Zealander to win the Formula One World Drivers' Championship, and it all started in an MG TF 1500 Denny Hulme bought to go hill-climb racing in the Papamoa Hills as a teenager. The car will be one... Read More

Museum and library decision looms

A steady stream of people has been dropping in to the museum and library info hub open days organised by Tauranga City Council. They include those who previously participated in the project and have popped in for an update, says city transformation general... Read More

Finding joy in colour

There's lots of laughter and heads bowed together in conversation. For some, there is intense concentration. For all, there is a love of colouring. This is the Tauranga Library's adult colouring club – a group that meets once a month... Read More

Teens take major kiwifruit award

Two Western Bay of Plenty teenagers have each scooped a $15,000 Zespri academic scholarship despite vastly differing levels of orchard experience. Katikati College head boy Fergus Chinnery has grown up with kiwifruit while Alex Tomkins ventured onto... Read More

Full time ranger wanted

The Western Bay Wildlife Trust is calling for a permanent ranger to be stationed near the Mount to protect wildlife in the area. A ranger needs to be available 24 hours at short notice and be trained in conservation, ecology and pest management, says... Read More

Action needed to reduce waste

New research has found that while New Zealanders have a positive attitude towards reducing food wastage, an eighth of the food we buy each week is wasted. The research, commissioned by RaboDirect New Zealand, found that despite 79 per cent of New Zealanders... Read More

School in session for diabetes

Zespri employees in Mount Maunganui left their desks this week to serve smoothies and science, cook porridge and play games alongside students from Arataki School. Their efforts were part of a five-day health promotion and type 2 diabetes prevention... Read More

Fire and ice heading for The Lakes

After two postponements due to rain, Tauranga Parents Centre is hoping for fine weather on Sunday for its Fire and Ice themed family walk around The Lakes in Tauriko. Walk the Lakes is the annual fundraising event for the organisation, which is a key... Read More

The birth of jazz in Tauranga

It started in the summer of 1963 with a 50-pound overdraft at the Soundshell in Memorial Park and 40 musicians playing for free. Fast-forward 55 years and what transpired that day has evolved into the Tauranga National Jazz Festival – synonymous... Read More

All-American cars come to town

Identical twin brothers Ray and Rob Sperling share more than just their looks. The Tauranga men are both big Mustang fans and will be sharing their love of the American muscle car at the Bay of Plenty Mustang Owners Club's annual All USA Day Car... Read More

Local kids, big hearts

Cities turned to rubble, people destitute, starving, trapped and scrounging for shelter and safety. And it's not just the adults, but children too. It was the story of children in Iraq that tugged at the heartstrings of these local Bay of Plenty... Read More

Bringing retro back

Be a part of the retro revolution at the Greerton fayre that's got all things vintage covered. The Vintage and Retro Fayre is brand new to Tauranga, with 40 stalls of vintage items, such as clothes, furniture and vinyl on sale. There will also... Read More

United Future’s demise

The disbandment of United Future earlier this week signalled the end of an era for a party that once challenged New Zealand First for the coveted role of ‘kingmaker' in New Zealand politics. Tauranga city councillor Larry Baldock was among... Read More

Cheap seats on the way to Te Puke

The calamity that befell Christchurch has turned into a windfall, and a small blessing, for the Te Puke Sport and Recreation Club. More than 300 seats from the 135-year-old Lancaster Park rugby and cricket stadium, which has been deconstructed after... Read More

The rebirth of Tauranga Airport

NZ8260 was on approach to Tauranga when a wee mite called Kristie burst into the terminal and made a beeline for the automatic doors to the observation area. She pulled up short, and disappointed. “Closed indefinitely,” says the sign on the... Read More

Bar set high by young filmmakers

Tauranga will be rolling out the red carpet for the 2017 International Youth Silent Film New Zealand Regional Awards Final. The competition, which challenges filmmakers aged 20 and under to create a three-minute silent film set to one of 10 musical scores,... Read More

Bringing the Christmas spirit

A Christmas event is aiming to spread more happiness and cheer through community involvement during the festive season. Tauranga Christmas in the Park, which is a not-for-profit charity event run by Little Big Events, is into its sixth year, with a whole... Read More

Sing for suicide prevention

A collaboration between Downtown Tauranga and the Mauao Performing Arts Centre will see the community join together this month to sing in support of suicide prevention with the launch of new community initiative ‘Sing! Sing! Sing!' It will... Read More

Kiwi icons join Bryan Adams lineup

Two of New Zealand's most-loved and recognisable fixtures are joining the line-up at what is quickly becoming one of Tauranga's biggest sell-out shows. Dave Dobbyn and Jordan Luck Band, formerly of the Exponents, will both play sets this... Read More

Climbers oppose Mount ban

A proposal in the draft Mauao management plan to remove climbers from the Maunga has resulted in a large number of climbers opposing the issue. The reason for removing climbers – the protection of a rare plant – was challenged by the climbing... Read More