Tips, statistics, and smiles

This story, like many others published when the winter season rolls around, will focus on police asking motorists to do simple things to keep themselves and others safe when driving on the roads. And even though road safety is at the forefront of Western... Read More

Learning to be official

Mount Maunganui surf lifesaving members will be chucked in the deep end at the Surf Official Level 1 course next month. The six-hour course, which is held three times a year in the eastern region, is for any surf lifesaving club member who would like... Read More

Pinks skies at night

Western Bay of Plenty residents may have noticed some stunning sunsets lately, particularly with a pink tinge. But what causes these beautiful sunsets? According to scientists, the season can have an impact. In winter, the air along the path of a ray... Read More

On the trail of beauty

Papamoa physiotherapist James Mooney is no runner – golf is his thing – but he's pulling on his running shoes for a good cause in September – The Moa Experience trail run. The inaugural event on September 3 will cover a 15km course... Read More

How to close down a bridge

How does a private citizen go about closing down a section of state highway? That's the question that arose from Sunday's protest by local iwi who succeeded in closing the Wairoa Bridge on State Highway 2 near Te Puna. It was only for around... Read More

Lions circle the stage coach

It sits forlornly in all weathers at the front of the Historic Village on 17th Ave – a fading red monument to travel in another age. It's the village stage coach. “The paintwork's cracking and in terrible shape,” says Bernie... Read More

A bear bunking down in Gate Pa

He's a small brown bear, forgivably scruffy, who offers comfort and reassurance – he listens to inner-most secrets and fears, shares adventures, is a great cuddle and is consumed by wanderlust. Yep, he gets around – in fact bear has... Read More

The day Ramona won our hearts

It was like pre-history crashing head-long into the digital age. A dinosaur-looking bearded dragon with its scaly front legs draped, femme fatale-like, across a computer keyboard in The Weekend Sun's IT support office. A lizard from one age hanging... Read More

All the fun of a book fair

It was a fairytale moment for Joan Forester – an enchanting moment from 12 years of running the popular Tauranga Harbour City Lions book fair. Made all the toil worthwhile. “He was quite a gorgeous wee boy,” says Joan. “Aged three... Read More

Apprentice impresses judges

When Tiarn Ririnui began working for his father as a joinery apprentice, his dad Barry thought he had two left hands. But the prizes collected by Tiarn at the recent NZ Master Joiner awards show that even as an apprentice Tiarn's work is outstanding. At... Read More

Restoring Tahawai Stream

A burbling stream, the bush-clad slopes of the Kaimai ranges above and the sparkling waters of the inner harbour in the distance. What better way to spend a Saturday? The trade-off will be donning a pair of gloves and some sturdy shoes to help plant trees... Read More

Embracing autism head on

Forget trying to be ‘normal' – just try to be you. That's the message for young autistics from two Tauranga residents who know more about the struggle to be themselves than most. Jason Edgecombe and Paula Jessop are both high-functioning... Read More

Clarion call for a new trumpet

“I cannot explain in words how much it means to me.” A passionate, gifted 16-year-old expressing her connection with music, with her trumpet. “I love that amazing, freeing feeling of playing,” says Year 12 Mount Maunganui College... Read More

Seeking a simple convenient so

“I don't think we have a choice, we have to act, we have to do something.” Steve Morris is ferreting through Tauranga's rubbish issues and something stinks. “I mean it's untenable we are one of the dirtiest, if not... Read More

He needs a hand – no joke

Dave Keating needs a hand this weekend. It's not a do-it-yourself retaining wall and he's not expecting any Aussies called Jonesy to step up. As the TV ad says “you gotta be joking.” But a local truckie with a HIAB, a spare hour... Read More

Pets reduce stress at work

There were lots of ‘oohs' and ‘ahs' and ‘isn't she cute' comments floating around The Weekend Sun office last week when assistant editor Cayla-Fay Saunders brought her dog to work for the day. Even the most hardened... Read More

Chaos at college gates

Parents of Papamoa College students are raising safety concerns about the traffic chaos they are experiencing when picking their children up from school. The front school gates are usually open, allowing parents to access a pick-up lane at the end of... Read More

Where in the world?

The ‘United Nations of Plants' is how Ned Nicely describes the Tropical Display House in Cliff Rd, Tauranga. On Friday, July 14, Ned, a parks coordinator for Tauranga City Council until 2013, will be giving a 42-minute talk on the origin... Read More

Sustainable Art wows audience

Trash to fashion, upcycled junk, photography and short movies – artistic ways for dealing with waste came to the fore again this weekend in Tauranga. Ninety-five entries from nine schools in the Western Bay of Plenty, ICONZ and a few adult entries... Read More

No strangers to success

Being the best at something is a good feeling. Winning is even better. But Amy and Liam Duncanson have done that and more – 41 times more. Yes, the Tauranga brother and sister team won 41 first place awards at the recent NZ Open One Dance Championships,... Read More