Friday, October 09, 2015



Should New Zealand follow Sweden and introduce a six-hour work day?

Heck yes!
No - there aren’t enough hours in the day as it is.

New Trustpower HQ nears completion

Trustpower's new state-of-the-art headquarters in Tauranga's central business district will adopt an “activity based work environment” when... read more

B2KDA ‘Rising’ to the top

A lot can change for a band in the space of four years – just ask B2KDA. For the band, also known as Batucada Sound Machine, there's been a shortening... read more

Papamoa turns pink for a purpose

The sands of Papamoa Beach will once again turn pink for the eighth annual Pink Papamoa Beach Walk this Sunday. No matter the weather has in store, the... read more

Fire reported in Matua saltmarsh

Reports are emerging of a fire in Matua this afternoon. Firefighters are responding to multiple calls reporting a fire in the saltmarsh on Ngatai Road.  Firefighters... read more

BOP event is a North Island first

A new multi-day mountain biking event, starting on The Strand in Tauranga and travelling throughout the Bay of Plenty and Coromandel, is set to confirm... read more

Canon’s old testimonial found

It's an old testimonial ­ some 143 years old – but it was found in a very modern plastic box at the Bay of Plenty's oldest European heritage... read more



Privet-eating bug trial

Spring hay fever sufferers may have a privet-eating bug to thank in future following their release at a trial site... read more

Earthquake drill looms

Bay of Plenty MP Todd Muller is encouraging everyone in the region to sign up and participate in the upcoming national... read more

A walk to remember for NZ visitors

Romina Streifinger could be sitting at home in Munich soaking up the last rays of the northern summer and enjoying... read more

Smoke alarm saves Omanawa property

A working smoke alarm is being praised for saving a property from a potentially destructive fire early this morning. Greerton... read more

Can film festival returns

The Wattie's Can's Film Festival is returning for the 22nd time to help Kiwis in need by collecting cans of food... read more

Lions lend a hand

The renovation of Brookfield Kindergarten's grounds has been completed thanks to the ongoing efforts of the Otumoetai... read more


Scorching temperatures hit NZ

Temperatures of around 30 degrees have already been seen in New Zealand, and it's not even summer yet. Wednesday... read more

Recruit training improvements

A Ministry of Defence review of the New Zealand Defence Force has highlighted positive initial training for recruits.... read more

Council consultation closes

Public consultation on Rotorua Lakes Council's Your Choice 2016 election review closed last week, with 52 submissions... read more

New cycling corridor opens

Rotorua locals showed their support for making their city even more cycle friendly with the opening of the Green... read more


Boat crashes into cliff

A Bay of Plenty couple are in hospital after their boat crashed into a cliff at speed on Lake Okataina. It's not... read more


All Blacks still the top pick

It's the last week of pool play, and finally the Girl's Team have made the “Who Will Rule The Rugby World... 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


What are we doing about mangroves?

Jane Nees BOP Regional Councillor Many people are concerned about the rapid spread of mangroves around Tauranga Harbour. more

If God’s rugrat was a regular homey

Brian Rogers Rogers Rabbits This week we delve into the murky waters of race, religion and rap. This classic RR column more

Cruise ship season sets sail

Catherine Stewart Tauranga City Councillor The 2015/2016 cruise ship season kicks off on October 7 with the arrival of Diamond Princess and more

Looking after our own first

Clayton Mitchell New Zealand First MP Net immigration has now topped more than 60,000 a year. That is 1200 foreigners coming into New Zealand more

From parliament to the people (and back again)

Simon Bridges National MP On Tuesday evening I held the second ‘People's Question Time' for the year. These are more

How can tourists know what’s on if locals don’t

Matt Cowley Tauranga City Councillor This summer will be Tauranga's biggest cruise ship season ever with 78 ships carrying more than 166,000 visitors. I' more


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