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

‘I want to be just like you’

Ariana Lauder is an all-or-nothing person. She walks around like she owns the show, with bright coloured dresses, perfectly manicured nails and sky-high heels. Her beautiful and vibrant attitude isn’t just an act either. At 29-years-old she’s...... Read More

Uncluttering will come at a cost

If motorists are part of the problem, they should be part of the solution. And part of that solution could be a regional fuel tax, according to Tauranga Labour MP Jan Tinetti. If that brings on cold sweats and makes Tauranga motorists fidgety while...... Read More

Mum calls the shots, so shush!

Joanne Wynyard is ‘mother’ to 23 boys – 23 strapping, testosterone-charged, headstrong, know-it-better-than-you young athletes who collectively are the Papamoa Bulldogs; the Bay of Plenty District Rugby League under-17 grand finalists...... Read More

Her memory lives on in the pages

Maddi McKenzie was a real character. When Raeleen Van Aalst first met her she was three years old and she loved dinosaurs and dragons, while Raeleen’s own daughter preferred fairies and princesses. “She would bury dinosaurs in the sandpit...... Read More

A little girl with an iron will

“Cartwheels – I can’t do cartwheels.” That’s the measure a 9-year-old with a glorious mop of strawberry blond hair, a liberal dusting of freckles, and backbone to burn, puts on her disability… her limitation. It’s...... Read More

The Welcoming Babes Red Hatters have won the right

When a woman reaches that magical age of 50, they often become ‘invisible’. Invisible as consumers, invisible as the ‘eye candy’ they were once were considered to be, and very often invisible in terms of the contribution they...... Read More

Rugby refs letter aims to kick abuse to touch

A strongly-worded letter from Bay of Plenty Rugby Union chiefs to all clubs and schools asking them to clean up their act on the sideline abuse of match officials has had a positive effect, says Bay referees chairman David Hodgson. In the letter, sent...... Read More

Young writers’ chance to shine

Young writers from throughout New Zealand descended on Tauranga last weekend both to learn their craft and celebrate publication of their work. Young NZ Writers hosted its annual workshop at Tauranga Girls’ College and launched two anthologies...... Read More

Local colleges head to space with experiments

In a New Zealand first, three sub-orbital helium space weather balloons were launched into the stratosphere this week, with on-board experiments from students at Otumoetai, Bethlehem, Mount, Tauranga Girls and Tauranga Boys Colleges. The project -...... Read More