Local News

The importance of a name

  On Friday, the kiwifruit industry celebrated the 60th anniversary of renaming the kiwifruit in 1959.   On Friday August 9, the Te Puke... Read More

Me and my mate BJ Lochore

  A rugby nation mourns the passing of a luminary, a great man.    And other men, rugby men, have been trading yarns how they played... Read More

Stairway to the Eel Pit

  It’s not quite the Jacob’s ladder which led to heaven but 30 or 40 concrete steps to be built up the long steep bank from the playing... Read More

Has coach forsaken the Eels?

  It was a memorable season on the pitch for the Otumoetai Eels Rugby League Club – going all the way to the semis in the boiling league... Read More

Give Eugenie the ammo she needs

  After 15 years of lobbying successive governments on advanced recycling fees, there’s a chance to fix it now, and fix it for a long time.... Read More

Young cops home to serve

She hasn’t seen it all, but she has seen a lot of it. Kate Cleave, Constable Kate Cleave, fresh out of police college and just two days on the... Read More

Reading rules the roost

Technology is a huge part of modern education but the humble book still has its place. Brookfield School deputy principal Carol Burborough knows a thing... Read More

Woman with the golden eye

  The name’s Bond – Jo Bond – and she has a licence to thrill.   You need that special touch when it comes to finding... Read More

What’s with the fancy hat?

  Puran Singh hasn’t had a haircut for 48 years – in fact he’s never had a haircut.   “Never, never, never in my... Read More

MPs scrap over new school

  Two Tauranga MPs are trading shots over the building of a new secondary school at Omokoroa.   Bay of Plenty MP Todd Muller started the... Read More

Saving a rare frog

  A network of 700 automated kill traps is standing guard over a unique population of native frogs near Te Puke, part of a joint effort to make... Read More