Learning from the sea

Make a splash during Seaweek with an educational and family-fun harbour event. The Happy Harbour Fun Day features hands-on outdoor activities that relate to Tauranga Harbour's land, water and wildlife. On Saturday, March 3, Bay of Plenty Regional... Read More

Petrol-heads getting pumped

Motorbikes, muscle cars, hot rods and all things motorised - that's what will be on display as part of the Bay of Plenty Coastal Cruisers Motorcycle Club's motorcycle and hot rod show. “There's going to be cars and bikes on show... Read More

A hark back to the 1980s

If you were a teenager in the 1980s, you were bound to have bopped along to one or more tunes from The Mockers, and maybe even set up your tape recorder to record them off the radio. While ‘Forever Tuesday Morning' never quite made it to... Read More

Guten tag, bonjour, kia ora

Wednesdays are a short day for Tauranga insurance executive Ben Rickard. He clears his desk by 2.30pm. But it's not to play golf or go fishing. He's off to a tutorial – and not for an MBA. He's learning Te Reo Maori, and on company... Read More

Rat trapping on its way for Bay

Rat traps will be popping up in the backyards of Merivale and Matua next month as local environmental groups begin a push for the Bay of Plenty to become predator free to protect our native birds. The Predator Free Bay of Plenty campaign is a collaboration... Read More

Talking with Tinetti

Tauranga Labour list MP Jan Tinetti has revealed a deeply personal tragedy while talking in support of her leader and Prime Minister. The MP had been asked by The Weekend Sun for a report card on her government's first 100 days in power, and was... Read More

Tauranga’s Airman of the Year

Tauranga born-and-bred, Carlin O'Neill has been honoured by the Royal New Zealand Air Force as their Airman of the Year. The acting sergeant is the second person to receive the recently-inaugurated award, which recognises the top airman from junior... Read More

Don’t talk about it, just do it

It's the numbers that drive Jenny Galey to pick up the knitting needles each day. Numbers like 700 million – the estimated number of supermarket plastic bags New Zealanders take home each year. Numbers like 1.29 billion – all of the... Read More

A night of fun to benefit youth

An upcoming fundraiser is set to help build the potential of talented youth in Tauranga. The fundraiser will see the Beatgirls perform on a night of fun and entertainment at the Tauranga Yacht and Power Boat Club on March 3. Otumoetai Rotary youth committee... Read More

Local oil spill exercise

Regional council staff have been dealing with an oil spill exercise at Butters Wharf near the aerodrome bridge this week. Called Operation Basil Brush (Boom Boom), the exercise is based on containing a spill at the cement/tanker berth near the southern... Read More

Rules changes affect all craft

Changes to Maritime Rules that come into effect on March 15 this year will affect both recreational and commercial boats. Sailing boats no longer have to have manual bilge pumps operable from above the deck, which allows for more modern designs. Modern... Read More

Judy Alvos

One evening, while strumming away  on the beach piano in Pilot Bay, I caught a flash of red behind me on the seaside seat. Turning, I discovered a vibrant and exotic sight. Long lean brown legs, wearing a bright mandarin and gold bodice, a pale... Read More

Saying ‘no’ to plastic straws

A new campaign has been launched by Envirohub Bay of Plenty in an effort to reduce the use of plastic straws in the region. ‘Destraw or Destroy' was launched at The Rising Tide in Mount Maunganui earlier this week with the screening of the... Read More

Youth smoking is at an all-time lo

Results from the 2016 ASH year 10 survey released this week show that only 2.2 per cent of year 10 students smoke daily. They are the lowest smoking rates recorded since 1999, when 15.2 per cent of students smoked daily. At the same time, the number... Read More

A car yard, a grass verge or both?

They're impromptu car yards – pop-up car yards – and they're happening on grass verges at various strategic spots around town. They're the work of private car sellers seeking maximum exposure for their vehicles, with little... Read More

Vintage and Retro Fayre returns

This popular event is set to return Greerton Village to a bygone age on Saturday, March 17. First run in November last year, this event proved popular with visitors and locals alike and is now on the calendar as an annual event. This year's event... Read More

Simon: ‘Leadership is my Plan

It's been a big week in politics, with National Party MPs putting their hands up to take over the reins from Bill English, who has resigned and will be leaving parliament. One man who wants the top job in the National Party is Tauranga MP Simon... Read More

Turn your trash into fash

After seven months of crocheting together more than 400 plastic bags, you could forgive 13-year-old Hunter Ririnui for never wanting to see another plastic bag again. A passion for design and the environment saw the then Tauranga Intermediate student... Read More

Amateur enforcers get new patrol car

The Papamoa community is just that bit safer. That's thanks to its community patrol, a car yard and a substantial benefactor. The car yard, Ebbett Holden and the Legacy Trust have provided the patrol with a new a new car, and all the extras required... Read More

Supporting local ostomates

It's a topic that can be very private – living with an ostomy bag after undergoing surgery. But a local woman wants people to know that there is plenty of support out there for those who have undergone colostomies, urostomies or ileostomies,... Read More