Baywide rugby semi-finals this weekend

It was four months ago when rugby players across the Bay of Plenty began the journey to make the semi-finals of the Farmlands Co-operative Baywide competition. Now, after 18 games, that moment arrives at 2.45pm tomorrow for Premier 1, Premier 2 and...... Read More

Questioning call for local decision-making

A call for a shift in the way public decisions are made in New Zealand has been met with some cynicism by Tauranga Mayor Greg Brownless. Local Government New Zealand and The New Zealand Initiative, a public policy think tank and business membership...... Read More

Venice to LA

At the age of 11, Venice Harris has a world of musical, film and acting opportunities available to her. Last week she won trophies for musical theatre at the Tauranga Performing Arts Competition. This week she is off to Los Angeles to meet with her...... Read More

Farewell to a faithful motoring friend

It was the Motoring Writers’ Guild Car of the Year in 1993, and was tuned for New Zealand roads by motor racing legend Chris Amon. But for Tauranga’s Gabrielle Miller, 70, her Toyota Corona was just a faithful car that served her well for...... Read More

Putting your old stash of yarn to good use

There’s nothing like pulling on a woollen beanie or slippers in winter to keep warm, but not everyone has access to them or the crafty people who can whip them up on their knitting needles. Enter Charity Yarn Stash - a nationwide project set...... Read More

Saw us, liked us and invited us

For those searching for an elusive state of mindfulness, a visit to the new mural gracing the Vector Group Charitable Trust building in Te Puke might just be the inspiration you’re looking for. Street artist and rapper Ethan Zonneveld, aka Zonny,...... Read More

Och aye, it’s a sight to behold

As a huge fan of Scottish comedian Billy Connolly, I was delighted to find an eight-foot high portrait of him in all his 1970s splendour at The People’s Museum in Glasgow. It got even better last year, with three murals of the now Sir William...... Read More

Cricket in a spin over Blake wicket loss

Bay of Plenty grassroots cricketers, including Mount Maunganui Cricket Club, are feeling ‘pretty let down’ by Tauranga City Council’s decision to dig up a precious grass wicket block at Blake Park. The wicket, adjacent to the Mount...... Read More

Mural takes a wander through the mind

For those searching for an elusive state of mindfulness, a visit to the new mural gracing the Vector Group Charitable Trust building in Te Puke might just be the inspiration you’re looking for. Street artist and rapper Ethan Zonneveld, aka Zonny,...... Read More

A defiant last stand for freedom of choice

His life and his passing are marked by a simple plaque at Hillcrest Cemetery in Whakatane. Ernest ‘Ernie’ Massie Izett, it reads. Died April 2017. He shares the plot and the plaque with his “dearly loved wife”, Jean Margaret. Ernest,...... Read More