- Export beef at record high
- Road open after truck fire SH29
- Accolades flow for Tauranga winery
- Iwi elder honoured with doctorate
- Arrest in 1080 infant formula case
- Update: Body found in hot pool
- Crash closes Pyes Pa Road
- Police appeal after cigarette thefts
- Lifeguards ready for ‘long hot summer’
- Poacher caught double dipping
- How to save on fuel bills
- Must-see list revealed
- Powerball and Strike jackpot
- Elina ushers in another title
- Stolen vehicle in police pursuit
- Boat crashes into cliff
- Appeal decision stuns Te Puna family
- Toll fee drives Tom away
- Bay boy killed in hunting incident
- Creepy Trade Me auctions revealed
- Man assaulted in Tauranga CBD
- Lucky escape from serious crash
- Woman critically injured in crash
- Mystery of lost Tauranga cat
- Bay divers lose their boat
- Update: Body found in hot pool
- Girl found unconscious
- Biker hospitalised in summit crash
- Large asteroid close to Earth
- Cows starved to death
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!
Laura Weaser Originally from Dunedin, Laura first joined the Weekend Sun in 2010 as a junior reporter after graduating with a BA (Hons) in Communications and English & a Grad Dip in Journalism.
After two years, the bright lights of Auckland lured her away with a job at New Zealand Woman's Weekly, where she worked as a sub-editor and staff writer for three years.
But the lifestyle of the Bay eventually called her back, as did a chance to be assistant editor of The Weekend Sun and the newspaper's new magazine-style publication, Life + Style. A passion for telling local stories and entertainment (she's a big film buff), Laura is a keen feature writer, who loves to get out and about in the Bay.
She's also a newly converted fitness fan, and can be found running up the Mount or teaching capoeira (a Brazilian martial art) in town.
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.
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.
Greg Taipari joined the team in August 2015, as the sports/general news/super hero crime fighter reporter. Well maybe not the last bit. Literally I'm living every man's dream – (get your mind out of the gutter people) I get paid to watch sport. Like the old saying goes “I'm a Jack of all trades, and a master of none”. Well except for a master of taekwondo. I have a fourth dan black belt. I've done a number of jobs in my lifetime but the last seven years. I've been a reporter at the Rotorua Daily Post and Hawke's Bay Today, covering the Maori round, general news and my passion – sports. I love grassroots sport especially rugby. I've been known to turn down going to an All Blacks test match to watch club rugby. I look forward to seeing you around the different sports event in our region.
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.
David Tauranga is originally from Hamilton and moved to Tauranga in March. He previously worked as a journalist for Fairfax Media's Manukau Courier from 2008 to 2011 before heading over the ditch to Melbourne where he spent the next three years. In 2007 David was awarded a National Diploma in Journalism from the Waikato Institute of Technology and prior to that a Bachelor of Arts in English Literature from the University of Waikato in 2005. David covers all things that fall under Art, Music and Entertainment, has a huge passion for Te Ao M?ori, and also focus on writing for SunLive Thames Coromandel. Due to his surname being ‘Tauranga', David has also considered running for mayor solely for the opportunity to use the campaign slogan “Tauranga for Tauranga”.
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.
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.