Kereru crowned 2018 Bird of the Year

The kereru has swooped to glory for the first time in Forest and Bird’s annual Bird of the Year competition. Amassing a total of 5833 votes, the kereru, or wood pigeon, whooshed ahead early and managed to maintain a formidable lead to the finish...... Read More

A blessing for our furry friends

If you’re heading to St George’s Anglican Church this Sunday, don’t be surprised if you end up sharing a pew with a dog, a cat or even a budgie or two. The Tauranga SPCA is holding its annual pet blessing service to celebrate and...... Read More

Celebrating the Sikh way of life

Hard work, and the leading of a peaceful life alongside others, regardless of caste and colour, are among the fundamental beliefs of Sikhism. These beliefs and more will be shared by the Te Puke Sikh community this Saturday (October 20) during their...... Read More

Making the most of a paintbrush

You don’t have to be an art expert to appreciate the work artists put into each stroke. Te Puke Art Society’s annual exhibition is on once again, showing off a range of art from the locals of the town. “We work towards this event...... Read More

Williamson and Burling to share supreme award

Tauranga’s sporting royalty will be honoured at the 60th anniversary of Tauranga Boys’ College over Labour Weekend. Black Caps captain and world class batsman Kane Williamson will jointly receive the Old Boy of the Decade award, along with...... Read More

Community event backing Golden Sands School

One of Papamoa’s favourite community events is returning for another year, promising an even bigger and better day for the whole family. The Golden Sands School Fun Run, Walk and Festival is returning for its third year on Saturday, November...... Read More

Local artists win APRA Silver Scroll Award

Bay of Plenty artists Ria Hall and Tiki Taane, along with co-writer Te Ori Paki, have received the Maioha Award at the 2018 APRA Silver Scroll Awards for the ballad ‘Te Ahi Kai Po’. The APRA Maioha Award recognises exceptional waiata featuring...... Read More

Utsav a cricket talent to watch

Tauranga Intermediate School student Utsav Kumar has the look of someone who has many memorable moments ahead of him in his chosen sport of cricket. But 180 off 115 balls against a touring Australian team is not a bad one to start with. “I know...... Read More

‘A bag is a breeze’

It’s not really a subject you’d want to bring up at the dinner table, but Diane Cheyne believes it needs to be said. Tauranga resident Diane is one of around 7500 New Zealanders, and approximately 500 people in the Bay of Plenty, living...... Read More

Creating more Mauao guardians

A team of Mauao kaitiaki (guardians) will offer free training to help keep a damaging fungus off the Mount Maunganui landmark. Pohutukawa trees that encircle the beachside mountain are susceptible to myrtle rust, as are resident manuka and kanuka....... Read More