Panacea for loneliness is a good chat

Two men thrown together – one by circumstance and need, the other by compassion and a life decision made around 40 years ago. Every week they sit and blather about this, prattle about that, babble and chatter. It’s just stuff – blokes’...... Read More

The legend flickers and fades

CKY579 - RIP. It was a sad, ignominious end. Caldina has gone, without ceremony, to the knacker’s yard. No-one could, or would, pay the auto-electrician the $400 necessary to bring her back, so they turned off life support, and signed the death...... Read More

Skateboarding crusader wheels into town

After all the serious stuff – the chat about confidence, purpose and resilience - the kids cut loose and mobbed Blair Benefield. “It’s humbling mate, it’s humbling.” About 150 Year 5 and 6 students at Papamoa Primary School...... Read More

Keeping all her balls in the air

She might have been a late convert to the oval ball, but Papamoa’s Tracy-May Hawkins is making her mark on the Bay of Plenty women’s rugby scene. The mother of five plays for the Rangiuru women’s team and coaches Mount Maunganui College’s...... Read More

Confusion over show of support for horse riding

An event at Tuapiro Point to show support for access to the coastal environment went ahead last weekend, despite confusion over whether the Western Bay of Plenty District Council had asked organisers to cancel it. The council is undertaking a bylaw...... Read More

Keeping the kids busy over the school holidays

If you’re looking for activities to keep the kids busy these holidays, check out some of these: The Tauranga Performing Arts Competitions are returning to Baycourt from July 6-15, with around 900 young people competing in Highland dancing, tap...... Read More

Ridding our backyards of rats

If you think you don’t have rats in your backyard, think again, says Matua’s James Fitzgerald. “People often say they don’t have a rat problem,” says James, “but if you’ve got a patch of grass out back then...... Read More

‘Any-fin’ is possible these school holidays

If you’ve got a kid fascinated by fantastic fish or rocking reptiles, take them in to Animates these school holidays. Animates will be hosting free, educational workshops on July 12 and 19. However, due to increased demand, the workshops will...... Read More

Te Puke students shall go to the ball

Tracey Fawcett loves playing fairy godmother. “You shall go to the ball,” she says, as she waves her imaginary wand. For the second year in a row, the Vector Group Charitable Trust is helping Te Puke High School students get to their school...... Read More

Reducing sugar key to reversing type 2 diabetes

An eight-point plan to reverse the tide of sugar consumption has been proposed by a New Zealand health expert in a bid to address the type 2 diabetes epidemic. Professor Grant Schofield, of Auckland University of Technology, has co-authored a report...... Read More