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Friday, October 31, 2014



John Key wants a referendum on a new national flag, but does New Zealand need one?


Leanne's first up for candidacy

Papamoa resident and former Mount Mainstreet manager Leanne Brown is the first to announce her candidacy for Clayton Mitchell's vacant city council seat. Nominations... read more

Decline in Bay medical mishaps

Falls resulting in fractured hips and brain bleeds along with a death from misdiagnosis are just some of Bay of Plenty District Health Board's medical... read more

$4k pay-out for local nanny

A mother from Tauranga has been ordered to pay her former teenaged nanny more than $4000 after unsuccessfully trying to alter timesheets to get more WINZ... read more

Mount man flags up new design

The Prime Minister is adamant he wants a new national flag – and he's prepared to spend $25.7 million of taxpayers' dosh on two referendums during... read more

Tribute to family man Graeme

The son of Omokoroa man Graeme Ramsay has described him as an outdoors man who lived for his family. The 63-year-old passed away earlier this week while... read more

No snap decision on Tauriko land

Bob Clarkson's hopes of a quick decision over developing 40 hectares of his land at Tauriko were dashed at a SmartGrowth workshop this week. A recent Tauranga... read more


Women boost rugby popularity

A surge of interest in rugby - and the women's game in particular - has left Bay of Plenty officials confident... read more

Police make wanted woman appeal

Bay of Plenty Police are asking for help in locating Renee Manson, who has a warrant out for her arrest for failing... read more

Growth factor at Tauranga Port

A major new inland port has been granted resource consent as Port of Tauranga's southern expansion continues to... read more

Patients sought for Tauranga trials

Tauranga residents suffering from smoker's cough are being urged to take part in a worldwide study to test a potential... read more

Paddling pink at the Mount

Longboards, shortboards or paddleboards - you name it, the Paddle for Pink organisers want to see them and yourself... read more

Stranded whale killed

A juvenile cuvier's beaked whale stranded in Maketu was killed after it was unable to head back out to sea yesterday. The... read more

Changeable spring weather continues

The Bay of Plenty will see a brief break in the squally rain seen on Wednesday before another downpour hits the... read more

Mass appeal for Bay supplements

A passion for fitness and lack of affordable workout supplements in New Zealand saw three Te Puke men set up their... read more


Craft Collective set to open

A new workshop aiming to inspire, empower and unify Tauranga's creative community opens its doors with a launch... read more

Nomination humbles Kiwi sailors

The names preceding them are illustrious, but sailors Peter Burling and Blair Tuke are honoured just to be shortlisted... read more

Keeping safe this Halloween

Police are encouraging parents and caregivers to ensure their children can celebrate Halloween safely tonight. National... read more


New lower alcohol limit Dec 1

Police and road safety agencies are reminding motorists the new lower alcohol limit for adult drivers comes into... read more

VIDEOS (Click here to view more)

Stranded whale might be euthanised

A cuvier's beaked whale stranded in Maketu may have to be euthanised if it doesn't head back out to sea this afternoon. The... read more


Waihi woman an X-Factor 'maybe'

Waihi woman Sarah Spicer walked out of her first X-Factor audition with a disappointing “no” last year... read more


Tofu steak for dinner – are you kidding me or what?

Dazz Switalla Flavour Secrets No.1 The Strand Chef Tofu is cholesterol-free, low in fat, high in protein and more

Tauranga’s beauty is its transport curse

Matt Cowley Tauranga City Councillor Our beautiful meandering harbour and estuaries make it really difficult to design a good transport system. more

Mastering a mud-filled art

Brian Rogers Rogers Rabbits Summer's here and I know what you are all thinking. Wouldn't it be cool to walk on mud? more

Land supply in the city

Catherine Stewart Tauranga City Councillor A majority of Tauranga City Council's elected members supported Bob Clarkson's proposal to more

Global Monthly Temperatures: January 1979 - August 2014

Weather Eye with John Maunder A superimposed graph of five global monthly temperatures January 1979 to August 2014 is shown below. As the base more

What next for the Bay Oval?

Sideline Sid Sports correspondant & historian The Bay Oval passed its international cricket venue test with flying more


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