About Us


Sun Media rocked onto the local publishing scene in 2000 with a free weekly paper The Weekend Sun, Coast & Country News 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 News 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 fourteenth 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!

 

Journalists


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 been with Sun Media since 2011. As well as being the SunLive News Editor, 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. 

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.

Hunter Wells is another migrant ‘Jaffa' -  His career has gone the full 360 degrees – first job was buying a lunchtime pie for the Chief reporter in a Dunedin newspaper office. Progressed to private radio in Dunedin, Auckland and Christchurch and Auckland again. He has spent the large chunk of his career in television but has returned to his roots writing newspaper yarns. Tauranga, Hunter has decided is his last move and he figured the BOP's the best place in the world for someone like him to stop.

Hunter promises to keep the secret of Utopian Tauranga safe from the rest of Auckland.

Kerry Mitchell has never really been able to decide where she wants to live but thinks Tauranga might be her last stop. She trained as a journalist in her home town of Auckland and has worked largely in print media, including community and daily newspapers and specialist publications, throughout New Zealand. Kerry joined The Weekend Sun team in 2017 and loves writing about anything that gives people the “warm fuzzies.” She has three young children, therefore has no spare time, but you can sometimes find her trying to coordinate her two left feet at a local Zumba class.

Ryan Wood has been a writer for most of his life. He joined Sun Media in 2016 and writes principally for SunLive, as well as contributing articles to The Weekend Sun. Politics, local government, New Zealand history, and arts & culture are all areas of particular interest to him. He has Bachelor of Arts with Honours (History, First Class) and Master of Arts (English, First Class Honours) degrees from the University of Waikato.

Cayla-Fay Saunders joined the SunMedia team in 2016 after four years studying at Auckland University of Technology. She has a degree in Communications, majoring in Journalism with Honours. She studied in Helsinki, Finland, for six months on a scholarship and misses the snow. Aside from being The Weekend Sun's assistant editor, Cayla enjoys writing personalised stories about health and emergency services, local successes, and trying her hand at just about anything. Outside of work, Cayla enjoys hula hoop dancing, cooking and traveling. Her most important job is ensuring the SunMedia staff have their Wednesday baking treat.

Sharnae Hope has recently joined the SunMedia team. As a migrant from the ‘Tron' she is making sure to take lots of photos of the beautiful beaches and views that Bay of Plenty has to offer. In 2016 she graduated from the Waikato Institute of Technology (Wintec) with a Bachelors of Communication and a National Diploma in Journalism. In Sharnae's spare time she likes to go on road trips, spend time with her friends, family and pets, and have her nose in a good Sci-fi/fantasy book. 

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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