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Monday, December 22, 2014



Should tourists face the same penalties on the road as Kiwi drivers?


SH2 survey closes today

People who travel along State Highway 2 between Bethlehem and Waihi have until 5pm today to fill out a survey and share their thoughts on the route. The... read more

Marinemate app adds VHF channels

Boaties will have extra help staying safe this summer with VHF radio channels information added to the smartphone app MarineMate. Developed by Waikato... read more

Parau Farms sportsfield on track

Tauranga's newest sportsfield development in Bethlehem is set to begin construction in the next financial year. Parau Farms will be the only council-provided... read more

BOP league gets revamp

Rugby league in the Bay of Plenty is predicted to develop following the announcement of a revamped regional tournament next year. New Zealand Rugby League... read more

Christmas day in prison

No extravagance will be spared when it comes to spending Christmas in prison this year. Christmas Day in prison this year will involve swapping the main... read more

Urban Drama: We’re so stoked

Santa's little hip-hop helpers were kept very busy on Sunday delivering 96 presents to local children who would have gone without this Christmas. The small... read more



NH90 takes over key helicopter

A change of command will now see the NH90 become responsible for search and rescue missions. The Royal New Zealand... read more

PHOTOS: BOP Junior Championships

Just under 400 junior lifesavers between the ages of eight and 14 are competing at the Bay of Plenty Junior Championships... read more


Drowning: a preventable killer

The latest World Health Organisation statistics show that children aged between five and 14-years-old in the Western... read more

Summer vibes, roots reggae styles

A first world problem suffered by musicians is having an hour-and-a-half long set and too many great songs to choose... read more

Beach water quality data now online

Information on the water quality of 350 beaches around New Zealand is now accessible on-line, Environment Minister... read more

Blackcaps squad announced

Blackcaps captain Brendon McCullum will revert to his customary middle-order batting position for the ANZ Boxing... read more


Prohibition on glueboard traps

The Bay of Plenty public are being reminded to be on the lookout for any glueboard rodent traps being used or sold... read more

Hunter airlifted from Lake Tarawera

A 67-year-old hunter was airlifted to Rotorua Hospital after becoming ill in remote bush on the shore of Lake Tarawera... read more

Brooke Fraser cancels NZ tour

Local fans of Brooke Fraser have been left disappointed following news the songstress' New Zealand tour has been... read more

What's on Today? Surf Lifesaving

Junior surf lifesavers will be honing their skills and competing for club bragging rights at this weekend's Bay... read more


Helping the children at Christmas

Tauranga families are being encouraged to spare a few dollars for local children who've experienced abuse and neglect... read more


Electric car visits Tauranga

A beekeeper from Paihia is on what is believed to be the first trip from Cape Reigna to the Bluff and back in a... read more

VIDEOS (Click here to view more)


Family’s plight for brave boy

He's cheeky, mischievous, strong-willed and sometimes stubborn. He's also a very special young man. Like any other... read more


Rhyhan’s ‘a hero’

He's just a typical, chilled-out teenager. He greets his mates with a secret handshake and jolts his head back... read more


Crackers and crackpots

Brian Rogers Rogers Rabbits  The Christmas crackers are out there, alright.  On the home straight to more

Local radio? Yeah, right

Ramblings and ruminations with Tony Moon I grew up back in the dark ages, when records were still mono and commercial radio broadcast was AM more

Outdoor workout equipment for the Mount?

Are you ready? with Leigh Elder Outdoor exercising areas are becoming a popular trend all around the world, in places like parks, and on more

Lawns, wages and housing areas

  Catherine Stewart Tauranga City Councillor This week two council meetings were scheduled. At Monday's council meeting elected members more

Council’s final week of 2014

Matt Cowley Tauranga City Councillor What a way to finish the year! The final week of council in 2014 contained a few surprises, but overall it more

Going nutty this Christmas

Dazz Switalla Flavour Secrets No.1 The Strand Chef As it's called the silly season, we often find ourselves more


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