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Sunday, October 26, 2014

SunLive - The Bay's news first


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About Us

Sun Media rocked onto the local publishing scene in 2000 with a free weekly paper The Weekend Sun, Coast & Country and incorporating the Bay's boating and fishing mag Waterline.

Created by partners in business and life, Claire and Brian Rogers, Sun Media filled a much needed gap for a lively, Bay owned and operated “local” paper. The couple brought huge experience into their new venture, having both had careers in newspapers, magazines and publishing. Supported by a skilled and friendly staff, Sun Media found immediate success.

The Weekend Sun set out to be different from the start, with bright, bold and brash editorial with outstanding advertising and graphic design. The community quickly embraced The Weekend Sun as its own, recognising not only the importance of excellent content, unrivalled coverage to every mailbox – but also its friendly, Bay-born-and-bred team, with its heart in the region.

Business flourished for advertisers with the excellent response to their promotions and The Weekend Sun quickly emerged as the leading source of weekend action and entertainment, stuff to do, places to be, things to see, plus a lively selection of columnists telling it how it is.

Coast & Country is now the Bay and Waikato's leading rural publication, providing a vital news link for farmers, orchardists and lifestylers, with their country supply companies, contractors and rural service industries.

Waterline Magazine, now in its tenth year, is the Bay's only specialist boating, fishing and watersports mag, and doubles as the much-treasured news magazine of the region's boating and fishing clubs.

Today Sun Media is thriving, based in a beautiful historic building located at 1 The Strand, Tauranga. Sun Media also has a specialist graphic design division which produces fantastic visual productions, ranging from business cards to websites, to complete company corporate imaging. Dedicated to customer service, top results and growing relationships, Sun Media will make sure your business thrives.

For more information call us at Sun Media, 07-578 0030.

The SunLive Website, the only page you need to find out what's going on in the Bay!



Andrew Campbell has extensive daily print and radio news journalism experience, having worked for The Dominion Post, Radio New Zealand, Sydney's 2GB radio and in the Bay for more than 20 years. He joined Sun Media in 2007. Andrew focuses on writing for SunLive and has a particular interest in issues affecting residents within Tauranga City Council boundaries. He also writes for The Weekend Sun, Waterline and Coast & Country. He has a Commonwealth Press Union Diploma in Journalism from Wellington Polytechnic.

Letitia Atkinson has worked in the media industry since she was 15-years-old. She has worked in both radio and print and has now worked in online media for four years. She focuses on writing for SunLive, SunLive Eastern Bay and SunLive Thames Coromandel, covering the emergency services – police, fire, ambulance – as well as court, health and entertainment. Letitia also writes for The Weekend Sun and Coast and Country. In her spare time she does Crossfit and listening to music.

Corrie Taylor is no longer the newbie in the newsroom. After moving from Auckland and joining Sun Media in April 2012, she now works solely on The Weekend Sun, happily writing the community news as it comes, making up the paper's weekly features and meeting the awesome people of Tauranga. She has a “totally normal” love of animals and delights in writing about all things pet-related. She also loves coffee.

Zoe Hunter joined SunLive in September 2012 after completing a Bachelor of Media Arts. She happily retells the community's stories in The Weekend Sun and assists with writing editorials for the company's wonderful advertisers. A dance teacher outside of the office, Zoe enjoys writing anything focused on entertainment in the community as well as all aspects of media reporting. She's also one of the shortest reporters at SunMedia but is hopeful for a growth spurt soon.

Luke Balvert is the sports nut of the SunMedia team, joining the newsroom in December 2012 after completing a National Diploma in Journalism from Aoraki Polytechnic and Bachelor of Arts with Honours in Communication Studies from the University of Otago. He focuses on writing for SunLive, writing the sporting content along with general reporting including council, politics and emergency services. He has a love for all things sport, particularly rugby, and this year won runner up Junior Sports Reporter at the community newspaper awards.

Merle Foster joined Sun Media in March 2013 after two years overseas. Before this she was Katikati Advertiser's chief reporter for two years and started in Whangarei, spending two years as a newbie journo at the Whangarei Report. Merle loves writing communities stories and anything related to the primary industries. She writes for The Weekend Sun, SunLive and Coast and Country. And growing up on dairy farm, she's also involved in the annual New Farm Dairies publication. She holds a Bachelor of Communication Studies, majoring in journalism.


Regular Columnists

Brian Rogers Director of SunMedia Ltd.
Sun Media editor and director Brian Rogers enjoys a life on the water at the weekends and in any spare time he can find. Brian is a harbour warden and member of Tauranga Yacht and Powerboat Club.



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