Private J L Hartland

“Their name liveth for evermore.” A line from Ecclesiasticus, chapter 44, verse 14, which English writer Rudyard Kipling suggested as an epitaph to be carved alongside names on WW1 memorials. Names like Robert Baikie, 22, blacksmith, Scottish... Read More

Father and son motorsport champs

Terry and Blake Corin share a passion for racing – and are proof talent runs in the family. Both father and son have claimed major national wins this year in motorsport and kartsport competitions. In January, Terry placed first in the Super Saloon... Read More

Quick facts for the by-elections

This by-election covers the extraordinary vacancy for one Tauranga City councillor elected at-large. The vacancy has arisen from the recent death of Councillor Gail McIntosh. There are 20 candidates running for the position including: MJ Moses, Tony... Read More

New seats bring enjoyment back

A Tauranga couple who took a public stand last year against inadequate seating for wheelchair patrons and their companions at Event Cinemas Tauranga finally got to sit together at the movies in style last week. Merle and Dion Seeling approached The Weekend... Read More

Parkrun coming to Tauranga

A free, volunteer-driven community run that has taken the country by storm since reaching New Zealand shores in 2012 is coming to Tauranga this month. The first parkrun will be held in the Kopurererua Valley Reserve at the bottom of 17th Avenue by the... Read More

The golden kumara

Tauranga's Graham Burns is stumped as to why his orange kumara has grown to the size of a rugby ball, but he is happy to show off his prized possession with the “big boy” weighing in at 2.27kg. The self-proclaimed ‘Kumara Man'... Read More

Ernie, Hitler, communism and gongs

“I have been bombed by Hitler, I have been shot at by the Chinese. And you Kiwis have been bloody rude to me ever since I landed here. I have had the whole lot.” Ernie Dix, the cheeky, Croyden cockney, career soldier who, after half a century... Read More

From isolation to inspiration

Kiwi women who have decided not to be victims anymore are showing off their new-found empowerment in a personalised and heartfelt book. Beautifully Scarred by photographer Charmaine Marinkovich will be filled with photographs and stories of women throughout... Read More

People’s history of the Bay

About 100 local writers have had their names immortalised forever on the cover of a published book following the publication of ‘A People's History of The Bay of Plenty'. The book was launched at the Greerton Library last Sunday by... Read More

Helping the helpers

My husband is a paramedic. He comes home after a 12-hour shift with some amazing stories sometimes – tales of life and death, despair and elation. Other shifts, he comes home beat and frustrated. It's part of the job, he tells me. But some... Read More

Young people push for museum

If you've ever seen the colossal squid at Te Papa Museum in Wellington, you'll know it's not something you forget in a hurry, says Mount Maunganui College student Sam Taylor. Museums have an important impact on young people and society... Read More

Watery thoughts

Water is our lives – we bathe in it, we play in it, and we are it. “If you drink a glass of water it goes through your entire body and surrounds your brain, becoming almost the same chemical content as the water in the ocean,” says... Read More

Swells for the Sallies

“No doubt about it,” says Sallie Laurie Bell. “One story in The Weekend Sun and we more than doubled the congregation at our Memorial Park Easter Sunday dawn service.” He's certainly chuffed and he dropped by The Weekend... Read More

Living wage employers scarce

There is a real danger that Tauranga will fall behind and become known for its low wages if employers don't join the growing movement to pay their staff a living wage, says the E Tu union. The 2018 New Zealand Living Wage rate increased to $20.55... Read More

Internet safety innovators win

  A device developed in Tauranga aimed at keeping kids safe online has won a major technology award. Local organisation Safe Surfer has developed the new ‘Lifeguard' device which can easily be plugged into any modem. It blocks websites... Read More

A prescription for companionship

Kaiden doesn't make friends easily. That's often the way with children with autism spectrum disorder. But when Murphy, a 13-week-old labradoodle, moseyed up to the boy and smothered him with slobbery puppy love, something magical happened... Read More

Auction of Battle of Gate Pa

An exhibition that told the stories of the creation of Tauranga city from a time of conflict and battle is to be auctioned off. The Battle of Gate Pa Exhibition will be auctioned off at The Cargo Shed at 10am on April 22 with viewing on April 21. Terry... Read More

Choosing coffee over chemo

“My perfect day is an autumn day, with autumn leaves scrunching under my gumboots.” This was one young woman's deepest wish when The Weekend Sun sought independent response to a patient questionnaire from Tauranga family care physician... Read More

New walking groups for fitness

Two new walking groups are starting this month as part of Sport Bay of Plenty's City on its Feet initiative, creating more opportunities within the community for people to get active more often. City on its Feet, supported by Tauranga City Council,... Read More

Falling in love with love

“It would have been a long time in the planning; it probably would have cost a lot of money, but it would have been a very happy day.” And on the back of that blissful notion, the senior minister at Tauranga's St Peters in the City... Read More