Thursday, October 08, 2015



Should John Key spend upwards of $1.6 million to borrow a pair of pandas from China for Wellington Zoo?


Youth programme a real success

It's said nothing comes for free but free parking could bring happiness for a number of Rotorua youth. Rotorua youth worker Maraea Pomana says she can... read more

One sleep till Brits at the Beach

It's time to get revved up for another jolly darn good weekend of fun with the return of the Classic Cover Brits at the Beach Festival tomorrow. This year... read more

Toll fee drives Tom away

A former Route K user has vowed to avoid the toll road in future after receiving a bill of $6.70 for a single trip. Now, Tauranga's Tom Clarke is questioning... read more

Man assaulted in Tauranga CBD

A man is understood to have been beaten up in Tauranga's central business district this afternoon. Witnesses have told SunLive that a man was seen walking... read more

Cycling course to help adults

Sport Bay of Plenty is piloting a new five-week cycle skills course designed to help adults become more cycle-savvy.  The practical course, designed... read more

Cruise ship season underway

The Diamond Princess became the first cruise ship of the season at the Port of Tauranga this morning, with the 290m-long liner set to make eight visits... read more


Bay divers lose their boat

A pair of Bay of Plenty divers who surfaced to find their boat had been blown away were faced with a lengthy swim... read more

Whangamata New Year show cancelled

Promoters Civic Events regrets to advise that the planned show by Fat Freddy's Drop on New Year's Eve at the Whangamata... read more

Emergency drill for Eastern Bay

Emergency Management Bay of Plenty are warning Eastern Bay residents they will be testing all alerting systems... read more

Wanted man evading police

Bay of Plenty Police are asking members of the public to be on the lookout for Henry Tori Hughes. The Mangakino... read more

Vision for rural broadband

The government has announced a connectivity target for areas that fall outside of the ultra-fast broadband footprint. Their... read more

Parents wanted for workshops

Young parents and weavers are being invited to ‘do the very best you can for your baby' at a free healthy... read more

Chimney fire prompts callout

The owners of the Athenree Pancake House will be looking to reconstruct their chimney after a fire at the premises... read more


Waiting game for foodbank

Foodbank staff in Tauranga are awaiting confirmation of a new lease after being evicted from their Dive Crescent... read more

Rock slip closes SH35

State Highway 35, just past Opotiki, is closed this morning due to a rock slip on the road. NZ Transport Agency... read more

Angling for the best

The country's anglers and game bird hunters are being reminded to make sure they vote in the Fish and Game Council... read more


NZ third-best country to die in

New Zealand has been ranked as the third best country in the world to die in, coming in behind the UK and Australia. The... read more

Blind Foundation open new building

The public are invited to the Blind Foundation's new Tauranga offices on Thursday to celebrate the opening of the... read more

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Brown gets councillor's support

Rotorua Lakes Councillor Merepeka Raukawa-Tait is supporting music artist Chris Brown's application to come to... read more


Dawson delivers on world stage

A brilliant paddle from New Zealand kayaker Mike Dawson has put him in pole position at the canoe slalom world... read more


Boeing, going, gone

After 47 years of service, Air New Zealand's last remaining Boeing 737 is in Tauranga today as part of a farewell... read more

Canoe slalom set for AIMS Games

The NZCT AIMS Games will be even bigger in 2016, with the canoe slalom set to become the 20th sport at the annual... read more


Commentators we've known and loved

Sideline Sid Sports correspondant & historian Watching the NRL Grand Final between the Cowboys and the Broncos on more

Bay of Plenty Athletes on their Pathway to Podium

Dave Clarke Sport Bay of Plenty, Coaching and  Talent Development Team Leader  With the last week's announcement of the new Olympic more

Tauranga September Rainfalls 1898-2015

Weather Eye with John Maunder Rainfall for the month of September have been recorded in Tauranga since 1898, except for 1904, 1907, 1908, and 1909. more

The pressure's off!

Careers with Hart with Jay Hart It's true! Studies show that this generation of teenagers could have up to seven different careers in their more

Ensuring vulnerable children are properly cared for

Todd Talks By Todd Muller All children deserve to have happy and successful lives. It's a grim reality that too many are being let down, more

Keep Our Flag

Clayton Mitchell New Zealand First MP Polls are showing that the National government has completely misread public opinion in pushing to change more


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