The ringing bell of triumph

  Coming across the finish line with a personal best is this year’s goal at the Mount Maunganui Runners & Walkers Half Marathon.   Going strong for 32 years, the event will once more see more than 1400 runners and walkers hitting...... Read More

The truth about Maori Wards

  A poll is currently underway to determine whether the Western Bay of Plenty District Council should introduce Maori wards – but are they necessary?   A WBOPDC spokesperson says Maori ward representatives could “better relate...... Read More

A passion to take to the grave

  Joy Oliver’s Whakamarama living room is testament to her passion for horses.   There are photographs of her competing in eventing, paintings and ornaments of horses, a ‘Horsaholic’ sign and a coffin decorated in some...... Read More

Understanding end of life

  They’re taking the message out on the road, to the people, and that message is about demystifying the hospice, answering questions and distributing information for those facing the end of life and their families.   It’s Hospice...... Read More

Tauranga mum taking on Sky Tower Stair Challenge

  Tauranga mum Jazmin Lashlie only began volunteering as a firefighter last year, but she’s already taking on one of the toughest challenges any firefighter can face.   That’s the Sky Tower Stair Challenge in Auckland - an annual...... Read More

Alley cats adopt airs and graces

  From being waifs and little fur ball ragamuffins one week, to show ponies the next.   Show cats, actually. But either way, Gabby and Mazikeen have fallen on their feet, as cats do, and they have certainly used up a couple of lives. They...... Read More

Beauty and the beast continues funding legacy

  When the aspiring actors from Tauranga Girls’ and Boys’ Colleges tread the boards this week for ‘Beauty and the Beast’ there will be more than a moment of thanks offered up to major sponsor, Legacy Trust.   That’s...... Read More

Museum vote challenged

  A pro-museum interpretation of the 60/40 museum referendum result is being challenged by the council’s City Transformation Committee chairman and museum advocate, Larry Baldock.   Sixty per cent of eligible voters who took part...... Read More

Bragging rights and a big win

  Local young fisherman Rylan Layne couldn’t contain his excitement when he tagged and released his first marlin at the recent Tauranga Sport Fishing Club One Base tournament recently.   Rylan’s dad, Aaron, captured part of...... Read More

Turning a sow’s ear into a show garden

  It was Gael Blaymires’ dad who unwittingly drove her out into the garden – a sprawling wasteland, as she calls it, in King Street behind the Z petrol station on mainstreet Te Puke.   But it’s a wasteland the fairies...... Read More