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Sunday, October 26, 2014



After a spate of recent gun crimes, do you think NZ police officers should be armed at all times?


Dinghy roller goes national

The Whakatane dinghy roller this week is being held up as an example of one of the real life survival stories to come out of New Zealand's first ever Safer... read more

Tourists' van found on fire

A group of German tourists will have to continue the rest of their working holiday without a van after it was found “totally involved in fire”... read more

Stranded Sundays return

Residents are enjoying being stranded today, as Downtown Tauranga's Stranded Sundays event returns this Labour Weekend. Carlos Del La Varis checks out... read more

Keeping safe on and off the water

As police call for a fatal free weekend on the roads this Labour Weekend, people are also being reminded to be safe on the water. Tauranga Coastguard operations... read more

Roadside checkpoints streamlined

The national roll-out of the new Booze Bus Biometrics system will see roadside checkpoints streamlined in the Bay of Plenty. Police will be able to confirm... read more


Coincidence for Tauriko report

The timing of a Tauranga City Council growth risks report, citing cross border issues at Tauriko, is purely co-incidental... read more

Date for accused cop assaulter

A Tauranga man accused of knocking a police officer unconscious during a domestic dispute is due back in court... read more

Mount store sells lucky spin

It's an extra lucky long weekend for a Lotto player who will be spinning the next Winning Wheel after purchasing... read more

Surfers make start at worlds

As New Zealand surfers are in action around the globe at events both in Europe and South America, Whangamata surfer... read more


Tauranga Art Gallery turns seven

The Tauranga Art Gallery celebrates its seventh anniversary this week but instead of rehashing the past its sights... read more

Chillies, chutneys and celebrations

It's the chillies, chutneys and a vegetables that's attracting the punters to Grower Direct's Labour Weekend celebration... read more

Strong competition at CrossFit games

Strength, agility and overall fitness is being put to the test this weekend as 500 CrossFit athletes compete to... read more

Balloon release for Jack

The skies over Mount Maunganui Main Beach were awash with colourful balloons overnight as hundreds of people gathered... read more

Military frontline grow by 500

Uniformed members of New Zealand armed forces have grown by 530 since mid-2013 on the back of plummeting attrition... read more

Fight Out for Attrill Cup

Western Bay of Plenty and Rotorua won their second round of Attrill Cup matches on Saturday at Ferguson Park to... read more

Classic line-up at Mount car show

Hot rods, custom cars, motorbikes and tractors are drawing large crowds to The Mount today for the 2014 Wheels... read more


Your thoughts on arming police

With the increase in offending involving firearms, a call is being made to arm New Zealand Police officers full-time. The... read more

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Your thoughts on arming police

With the increase in offending involving firearms, a call is being made to arm New Zealand Police officers full-time. The... read more

Black Caps promise improvement

A below-par Black Caps outfit is vowing to produce a much improved performance, in all facets of the game, come... read more


Salads, summer and savings

Dazz Switalla Flavour Secrets No.1 The Strand Chef The costs of food consumes a large part of the weekly more

Skinny love - Support network for sacked mannequins

Brian Rogers Rogers Rabbits On the day NZ gained membership of the UN Security Council, one of the major news stories more

Joining together for Stranded Sundays

Joseph Gordon The Phoenix The Phoenix and The Cornerstone have joined together to help Stranded Sunday this weekend by co-ordinating with the more

Being big enough to know we’re small

Matt Cowley Tauranga City Councillor Following the squabbles in Auckland and Wellington over sports stadiums, I welcome the news that Sport NZ more

Council Chatter - Land Supply

Catherine Stewart Tauranga City Councillor A majority of elected members supported Bob Clarkson's proposal to investigate opening up land in more

The aim to grow New Zealand

Scott Simpson Coromandel MP It's been straight back to business and work for me since the election. Results in the Coromandel electorate more


Bamboo in the Hamilton Gardens. Photo by Chloe Phillips. Send us your photos and stories from around the Bay of Plenty.