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Monday, April 20, 2015



Should parents who do not vaccinate their children be denied benefits?


Accident closes Takitimu Drive

A section of the Takitimu Drive expressway is closed to rush hour traffic after a container came off a truck, hitting another car. Emergency services are... read more

Peanut runs for Horse of the Year

Tauranga's Riding for the Disabled's veteran horse Peanut is the centre of attention for young disabled children at the Welcome Bay facility – and... read more

Be bright with cycle safety

Cyclists are being encouraged to be bright sparks while on the road to combat reduced daylight hours and wet weather. And as low-light conditions take... read more

Remembering the forgotten in Te Puke

There will be a rock, a very big rock, there will be a donkey and it will rain blood red poppies. Te Puke RSA president Colin Peake and Lucy Winchers,... read more

Football fun on the fields

Tauranga's aspiring footballers took to the fields today, as part of a three-day specialist programme to enhance young player's abilities. Young footballers... read more

Old bird gets ready to shoot

She shot her limit at the Ohauiti family farm pond last duck shooting season – now she's planning to do it all again next month, armed with her 20-gauge... read more



Orca pod spotted in harbour

Nibble, Funky Monkey, Pickle and the rest of their whale family were spotted hunting for stingrays in the Tauranga... read more

Thunderstorm warning lifted

MetService has lifted the severe thunderstorm warning for the Bay of Plenty and Coromandel Peninsula. Flooding... read more

Soil important part of life

An international soil scientist claims that, too often, New Zealanders treat “soil like dirt” when... read more

Inclement weather dampens spirits

Relentless rain and winds put a dampener on day one of the Backdoor GromBash at Raglan's Manu Bay on Saturday.  Mount... read more


Night shelter success stories

Testimonials presented to Tauranga Moana Night Shelter Trust to the city council's Community Development Committee... read more

Prostate cancer patients wanted

Bay of Plenty men diagnosed with prostate cancer are being called upon to participate in a survey on how they use... read more

Search and rescue for NH90

Defence force personnel will join police and other search and rescue teams in a national training exercise this... read more

Students supporting assistance dogs

An organisation which provides specially trained assistance dogs to enrich the lives of adults and children with... read more


Trademe fundraiser for James

People have a little less than 24 hours to bid on a painting and help change a little boy's life. Papamoa five-year-old... read more


No support for ‘No jab, no pay'

There's little sympathy or support for Australia's ‘No jab, no pay' policy from Mr Immunisation here in Tauranga. Australian... read more

Tauranga Sports to host WBOP final

Tauranga Sports Development team steamrolled their way to a home final next weekend, when they ran over Te Puna... read more


Hunters offered unique target

Game bird hunters in Fish & Game's Eastern Region are being given a unique opportunity during the new season's... read more

VIDEOS (Click here to view more)


Meet Tauranga’s coffee artist

“Excuse me barista…there is a pachyderm in my flat white.” “Very sorry Sir, perhaps you... read more

Shane's smashing derby win

It was a moment of triumph for Tauranga's Shane Morgan and his Mag and Turbo team. His demolition derby car came... read more


What does Papamoa need?

Councillors were in Papamoa this morning in an attempt to gauge what the Papamoa community thinks should be in... read more


Tauranga Moana is Awesome II

With the arrival of Autumn, the days are getting shorter, the nights are getting cooler and, as the sun starts... read more


Marine Reach – volunteers in our midst

Todd Talks By Todd Muller I'm a believer in what goes around comes around. If I'm honest, at times I've meant that in anger. However, I seek more

From the unfair ideas department

Brian Rogers Rogers Rabbits And this one's a doozie  Just when you thought the Government had run out of more

What the people want

Jane Nees BOP Regional Councillor I spent last weekend reading the 275 submissions to the Bay of Plenty Regional Council' more

Route K toll has dropped

Matt Cowley Tauranga City Councillor Everyone is a winner with the New Zealand Transport Agency taking over the ownership of Route K from more

The four land-use wellbeings

  Catherine Stewart Tauranga City Councillor I read, with interest, a recent council vacancy for a SmartGrowth wellbeings implementation officer. more

Best foot forward

Beautiful You by Suzanne Edmonds Each week, beauty enthusiast Suzanne Edmonds explores the best ways to take care of ourselves so that we love more


Nature study. Photo by Arthur Jordan. Send us your photos and stories from around the Bay of Plenty.