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

A new breed of tourism

There’s no doubt the Bay of Plenty is home to its own ‘wonders of the world’. The region boasts some of the nation’s greatest beaches, trails, waterfalls, natural hot springs, lakes, rivers, marine volcanoes and forests. And it’s...... Read More

A hobby with a conscience

There’s less than two weeks to go until every gamebird hunter’s favourite weekend of the year, so it’s time to break out the camo, ammo, and get your ducks in a row. It’s a given the 2018 Game Bird Season brings endless amounts...... Read More

A plea on behalf of little blues

Nature is conspiring against the little blue penguin like it hasn’t done in many years. The birds are dying en masse and local wildlife workers have been left feeling stressed, demoralised and saddened. “A combination of events has led to...... Read More

No more bog-standard toilets

No more foggy, cracked mirrors, and no more dark and dingy cubicles that encourage unsightly graffiti. Otumoetai College students will be toileting in relative luxury later this year after pleading their case for better facilities to the principal and...... Read More

Kitting out the friendly isles

“Love your work Smithy, will get onto it,” and “Gidday champ – I’m sure we’ve got some stuff we can dig out and send up.” These were among the Facebook comments to the ‘champ’ – the champ being...... Read More

Flicking off the switch

The lights will go out across the world and the globe will be in unison for just one hour in a symbolic commitment to the planet this month. Earth hour will be celebrated in Tauranga with a combination of fun and education at the Protect Our Paradise...... Read More

Rock lobster catch limits reviewed

Catch limits of rock lobster in the Bay of Plenty are under review by the Ministry for Primary Industries in the lead-up to the start of the April 2018 fishing year. MPI is seeking to rebuild the CRA 2 (Hauraki Gulf/Bay of Plenty) rock lobster fishery...... Read More

They do like a nice long drive

“There was a very real danger we were going nowhere,” says Martin Knudsen. There was an even greater danger that their four wheel drive would be seized and chopped - and 18 months of planning, logistics and dreams left shredded and scattered...... Read More

Election 2017: The Environment

It’s just over a week to go until the election on September 23, and the race is tighter than ever. For many voters, one of this campaign’s most pressing issues has been the environment, particularly the state of our waterways. Earlier this...... Read More