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Sunday, February 01, 2015



Should drivers caught using their mobile phones whilst driving face tougher penalties?


Fatal pole crash downs power

UPDATED: Emergency services report one person, believed to be a child, has died in a car crash at Oropi.   Power is out and traffic diverted around... read more

Steamers make Chiefs cut

The Bay of Plenty Steamers have all their bases covered when it comes to gaining vital Super Rugby knowledge with a handful of players named in the 2015... read more

Katikati A&P Show a success

Chainsaw sculpture competitions, bucking bull rides and other agricultural and pastoral amusements are among some of the main attractions at Katikati's... read more

Plenty of action at Papamoa IRB Classic

The East End resurgence continued at a wildly successful Papamoa IRB Classic yesterday, with the Taranaki club's premier crew clean-sweeping their division. Waihi... read more

Lucky ticket wins $500k

It's a great start to February for a lucky punter who won $500,000 in Lotto's First Division from a winning ticket sold at Whakatane. A lucky punter won... read more


Riding passenger in the Albatros

It's just an idea at the moment. But Tauranga's adrenaline seekers could ride shotgun in a genuine Eastern Bloc... read more

Maloney and Meech secure sailing victories

New Zealand has won double gold at 2015 ISAF Sailing World Cup Miami after Jo Aleh and Polly Powrie, with Tauranga's... read more

Batting with the best

She plays cricket with and against women twice her age and she wants to be the next White Fern – and she... read more


Caution around RMA changes

Bay of Plenty councils are yet to be convinced that a significant overhaul of the Resource Management Act in what... read more

Man suffers reaction to insect stings

A man has been flown to hospital after he was stung by insects near Rotorua. The Rotorua-based BayTrust Rescue... read more


Safety call for bells on bicycle

Classic Ringer, Ding Dong and Crane Suzy. These are exotic names for a simple but effective cycle device that could... read more

Maori art exhibition 'popular'

An exhibition showcasing Maori artwork is attracting many visitors to the Cargo Shed, according to manager Kathy... read more

Swimming to change son’s life

Choppy conditions didn't stop a Papamoa father swimming from Motiti Island to Maketu to help raise money for his... read more

Bay to cycle into February

Summer and Play in the Bay's Bike Month is the perfect time for everyone to discover or re-discover the joy of... read more


Man burnt in boat fire

A man refuelling his boat at the Gull Petrol Station in Paengaroa is in serious condition after being caught in... read more

Human remains found on beach

Police are investigating the discovery of human remains on a Coromandel beach. The bones were exposed in an area... read more

MauaoPAC’s summer concerts start

The first Mauao Performing Arts Centre Summer Series concert for 2015 is on today and will kick off this year in... read more

VIDEOS (Click here to view more)

All eyes on sprint action

It might not be the fans hurtling round ASB Baypark's intricate water track at 125km/h in a V8 jetsprint boat,... read more

Thundercats to roar in the Bay

High-speed inflatable boats will roar across Bay waters this weekend as Thundercats return to the city, offering... read more


Global Average Tropospheric Temperatures: January 1979 – December 2014

The latest global average temperatures of the troposphere – those observed from National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration satellites – more

It’s time to salsa with tomatoes

Dazz Switalla Flavour Secrets No.1 The Strand Chef A few friends, who are fellow garden enthusiasts, and I more

Spooky fashion trends for summer

Brian Rogers Rogers Rabbits The big news this week is that crochet is making a comeback. But not necessarily in a good way. more

The challenge of housing affordability

Simon Bridges National MP Happy New Year! I hope you all had the opportunity to spend some quality time with family more

Tourism and cruising

  Catherine Stewart Tauranga City Councillor Having just completed a cruise around New Zealand, I can confirm that Tauranga is a favourite more

Tauranga’s best interests at heart

Matt Cowley Tauranga City Councillor In continuing the theme of letting you hear from other elected members, here's a piece from Tauranga's more


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