Monday, September 26, 2016



What do you think of the new Council Chambers plan?

Love it. It's high time we updated the CBD like this.
It looks nice.
I don't care or didn't know.
It's not necessary; the current chambers are fine.
It's a waste of money that could be used for other things.

Whitianga search for man missing

Police and search and rescue teams in Whitianga are searching for 19-year-old Lucas Cochrane who has been missing since last night.  Lucas was last... read more

Boat flips on Maketu Bar

A boat has overturned on the Maketu Bar, according to reports coming into SunLive.  Maketu Coastguard's Eastpack Rescue, on a good day. File photo. Callers... read more

Flooding mayhem: Avoid travel

UPDATE 6.15pm: SunLive's readers are reporting numerous road hazards as heavy rain lashes the region. Police are urging drivers to stay off the roads amidst... read more

Auckland swamp Bay in rain

UPDATE: Auckland have defeated the Bay of Plenty 44 points to 38 in miserable conditions at Rotorua Stadium. At half time the Bay trailed 19 to 25. ... read more

Running through the weather

About 1600 people braved rain and wind for the city to surf fun run and walk today in an event that was still taking late entries says organizer Murray... read more


Hugh: fluff, squawk and smell

It's hard to know who would be more chuffed. The noted ornithologist, who gave his name to a cute but very pongy... read more

Holiday library activities

If the children are starting to get itchy feet already, the library may be the best place to take them for caregivers... read more


Ministry snaps at snapper talk

A Tauranga diver's criticism of the Ministry of Primary Industries' draft snapper management plan and the Ministry's... read more


Help shape ACC levy levels

The Accident Compensation Corporation has made the move to review and propose new levy rates for a two-year period... read more

From city to surf

Every Thursday for 10 weeks, more than 50 runners and walkers have tied their shoelaces for a training session... read more


Pay out over fund shortfall

City councillors this week agreed to pay up $300,000 it has shortchanged the Environmental Mitigation & Enhancement... read more

MetService forecasts wet week ahead

MetService has issued a severe weather watch for the Coromandel with heavy rain predicted to hit the peninsula... read more

Heavy rain possible today

UPDATED 10.20am: There is a severe weather watch for heavy rain issued by Metservice for Auckland, Great Barrier,... read more


Innovative Bay companies impress MP

Innovative Bay businesses are one of the major reasons why the country's economy is growing healthily, says National... read more

What's on: City to Surf

The first day of daylight saving today is marked with two scheduled outdoor events, the Mainfreight the City to... read more


Ratepayers pay $2.5M for growth

The ongoing cost of the city's growth to ratepayers was brought home to councillors this week, with the staff asking... read more


Christiaan is NZ’s Lifeguard of the Year

A can-do attitude coupled with more than 130 hours of volunteer service to the community has won Christiaan Maarhuis... read more

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Te Puke's tough love kids

“Pene?” The 16-year-old snaps his foot and replies. “Present”. “Ruby?” She... read more


Snow sees Desert Road closed

The Desert Road remains closed today as much of the country plunges back into winter. Fierce weather is heading... read more


Self-driving car arrives in NZ

Tauranga will be the first city in New Zealand to see an autonomous vehicle in action. Volvo and the New Zealand... read more

Olympic pride in Tauranga

Tauranga's spirit was high despite the drizzle, as hundreds of residents lined the streets to welcome our Olympians... read more


Time keeps on ticking

Brian Rogers Rogers Rabbits I've just dialled up the year 2036 on my time machine. We can report that 20 years from now more

Protecting our families

Todd Talks By Todd Muller People should feel safe at home with their family. For most of us, this is the reality. Sadly, for some of us, more

Thursday night thinking: 30 years ahead

Clayton Mitchell New Zealand First MP At Thursday night's opening of our new Tauranga electorate office, the Rt. Hon Winston Peters' speech more

The power is yours

Art Beat with Rosalie Crawford Local primary school musical productions are so worth going to. This week it was Omanu Primary School's turn more

Kane Hanes' All Black debut

Sideline Sid Sports correspondent & historian One sports story that flew under Sideline Sids radar while on some R&R more

Global Average Temperatures of the Troposphere 1979 to August 2016

Weather Eye with John Maunder The latest global average temperatures of the troposphere – those observed from US National Oceanic and more


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