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Friday, July 31, 2015



Are you concerned about the increasing use of drones in New Zealand?

Definitely! Big brother is watching
Sort of. They are a bit intrusive
No - they are harmless
Don’t care

A marquee on the fast lane

A relaxed Prime Minister began his Tauranga Eastern Link opening speech thanking and complimenting organisers of the powhiri and, in particular, kaumatua... read more

Warmer weekend on the cards

A ridge of high pressure will deliver settled weather to the Bay of Plenty to end the working week. Heading into the weekend, a pair of fronts will affect... read more

Boulder could be behind fatal crash

A fatal crash that closed a vital link between the Waikato and Tauranga may have been caused by a boulder in the middle of State Highway 2. The highway... read more

Hairy bronzes finally unveiled

Lazarus, the real-life Hercules Morse (as big as a horse), greeted his bronzed-self with a sniff when Dame Lynley Dodd's Hairy Maclary character sculptures... read more

PM cuts the ribbon on TEL

Classic vehicles and a host of dignitaries, including Prime Minister John Key, were on hand to officially open the $455 million Tauranga Eastern Link today. The... read more

Cat causes citywide blackout

A cat crawling across an outdoor electrical switchgear caused 10,000 people to lose power last night. The blackout, shortly before 7.30pm, affected homes... read more


Alleged armed incident under control

Police are playing down reports of an armed man in Tauranga's Central Business District this morning. Police Northern... read more

Lancelot crew allowed ashore

The crew on board arrested bulk carrier Lancelot V in the Port of Tauranga have finally been paid and are allowed... read more

Fatal crash closes gorge

A fatal crash in the Karangahake Gorge has closed State Highway 2 between Paeroa and the Bay of Plenty. Emergency... read more

Growing career worth considering

Young people planning their careers would be wise to consider the horticultural industry. That was the message... read more


Gull brews up lower fuel prices

Motorists fuelling up at Gull this month have been treated to a limited edition 98 Octane biofuel, with DB Export... read more


Support for smoking ban

Local Government New Zealand is angling for smoking in outdoor areas of bars, cafes and restaurants to be banned... read more

Teen injured falling from bike

An 18-year-old Eastern Bay of Plenty man is in hospital after suffering injuries in a motocross accident in Opotiki. The... read more


Fatal crash victim named

The man killed in the crash on State Highway 30 at Horohoro on Tuesday has been named as Blair Amundsen. The 35-year-old... read more

Young grower eyes top title

Katikati's Craig Ward is preparing to battle it out next month for the national title of Young Grower of the Year... read more


PM to visit Tauranga today

Prime Minister John Key is in Tauranga today to open a number of projects. He will attend the opening of the $455... read more


Mount Hot Pools soak ‘n sound

The Mount Hot Pools have got the perfect way for all you busy locals to unwind after a hard day at work.  Every... read more


Blackout in west of city

UPDATE 8.05PM: Some SunLive readers in the affected blackout area report power has been restored to their homes. Reports... read more

VIDEOS (Click here to view more)

A marquee on the fast lane

A relaxed Prime Minister began his Tauranga Eastern Link opening speech thanking and complimenting organisers of... read more

Model wins burger challenge

The fastest eaters of Pronto's Challenge Burger looked like they bit of more than they could chew when taking on... read more


VIDEO: Thar she blows

Allan Birt was nursing a broken arm after falling off the roof. But when presented with the opportunity to get... read more


Tornado rips through Western Bay

Widespread wind damage is being reported in the Western Bay after a wind storm ripped through the area. Power is... read more


Easy Active Options for Kids

Karen Stanton Active Families Advisor Sport Bay of Plenty The Ministry of Health says a child needs sixty minutes of physical activity a more

Baywide rugby in good shape

Sideline Sid Sports correspondant & historian If there was any doubt that rugby is the game of the Western Bay of Plenty, more

Arctic and Antarctic Sea Ice: Contrasting Data

Weather Eye with John Maunder Arctic sea ice extent for June 2015 averaged 11.0 million square kilometers,  the third lowest June extent more

Money matters: Where do we find the funds?

Jane Nees BOP Regional Councillor Local government has a major funding problem. Community expectations are increasing, more

Beauty industry regulations

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

More startling scientific discoveries

Brian Rogers Rogers Rabbits Interesting that the Nasa had to send a probe through space for 10 years to get to Pluto. more


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