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Friday, March 27, 2015



Which Bay of Plenty celebrity would you most like to see become a judge on The X-Factor NZ?

Richard O'Brien
Simon Bridges
Phil Rudd
Rogers Rabbits
Tiki Taane

BOP sailors head for the Med

After spending New Zealand's summer training and competing domestically, the NZL Sailing Team - including Tauranga sailors Peter Burling, Molly Meech,... read more

New toll gantries unveiled

Two high-tech electronic toll gantries will begin operating on two key Tauranga routes later this year. A nine-metre high gantry is on the Tauranga Eastern... read more

Scattered showers to end the week

While a weak trough of low pressure has brought showers to many parts of the country, the associated cloudiness has been responsible for mild overnight... read more

A boatload of boats

A shipload of boats departs the Port of Tauranga tonight, bound for Gibraltar and a northern summer in the Mediterranean. In what has become a regular... read more

UPDATED: Beach Hop roaring into life

The Coromandel's roads are bumper-to-bumper with classic cars and hot rods in what can be only described as a pilgrimage of petrol heads. The 2015 Repco... read more

Ballance take responsibility

Ballance Agri-Nutrients have taken full responsibility for the release of sulphur dioxide into the region's atmosphere in May last year. The fertiliser... read more



Councillor calls for dog discussion

Papamoa councillor Steve Morris wants Tauranga City Council to bring forward a review of its dog bylaw because... read more


Timber thieves hit TEL

Around 60 lengths of timber have been stolen from the Tauranga Eastern Link site overnight. The 4.8m long tongue... read more

Secondary Sevens on show

Flat-out pace and a dash of brute strength are set to overrun Mount Maunganui's Blake Park as secondary school... read more


Ban call on 'poor person's heater'

Health authorities want the “poor person's heater” to be phased out of homes. The Commissioner for... read more


Ballance fined $60K

Fertiliser manufacturer Ballance Agri-Nutrients has been fined $60,000 for a discharge of sulphur dioxide into... read more


World conflicts affect milk prices

International conflicts and political unrest are among the factors affecting the incomes of New Zealand dairy farmers,... read more


Youth court appearances halved

The number of young people aged 10-to-16-years-old appearing in court has more than halved since 2007. The latest... read more

Locals head IRB line-up

If North Island IRB drivers are expecting a warm welcome at this weekend's BP Surf Rescue New Zealand Championships... read more

Matakana night rescue

A Matakana Island resident with breathing difficulties was flown from the island to Tauranga Hospital last night. The... read more

Social media boosts Civil Defence reach

Social media proved a winner for the Bay of Plenty Civil Defence during Cyclone Pam's visit. The organisation's... read more


Maori welcome results

The Single Point of Entry kiwifruit marketing structure is crucial to increasing wealth for Maori in the industry,... read more


Tauranga makes TripAdvisor top ten

Tauranga has secured a top-ten spot on the list of travellers' chosen destinations throughout New Zealand. The... read more

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An array of culture and colour

The Historic Village has transformed into a kaleidoscope of cultures at Tauranga's 16th Multicultural Festival. Margarete... read more

Revving up fun in the Mount

A dragster and a burnout in a Harley Davidson are some of the main attractions at the Bay of Plenty Coastal Cruisers... read more

Seeking out our best walks

What better way to make walking fun than on an outdoor ‘treasure hunt' with friends and family? The Geo-teering... read more


Insurers respond to toxic Rena claims

An ecological survey and video footage covering Astrolabe Reef has been published in what the Rena insurance company... read more


Bay's master blaster gives something back

Sideline Sid Sports correspondant & historian One word that Sideline Sid bangs on about a lot is pathways. Looking up more

World Meteorological Day... March 23

Weather Eye with John Maunder The World Meteorological Organization WMO), is the successor of the International Meteorological Organization (IMO) more

An Audience with Doctor Pim

David Clarke Coaching and Talent Development  Team Leader - Sport Bay of Plenty  Sport Bay of Plenty was very fortunate to have Dr more

New solution to old problem

Andrew von Dadelszen Regional Watchdog Tauranga city councillors say they want to reduce council's debt – but this is just a red herring. more

Weight loss and food addictions

Leigh Elder Eat for keeps  This week we take a look at weight loss resistance, a problem which affects many people. Generally men lose more

Try a trendy coconut treat

Dazz Switalla Flavour Secrets No.1 The Strand Chef New trends in recent times have sometimes focused on more


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