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Friday, May 29, 2015



Should all public vending machines be stocked with a healthy range of food and drink instead of chocolate, crisps and soda?

They should stock both

Elms to get council backing

One of Tauranga's “most important heritage sites” is set to receive $200,000 worth of financial support per year to ensure it keeps its doors... read more

Te Akau Ki continue streak

Te Akau Ki Primary are on to something special after winning the EastPack Baywide Rippa Rugby World Cup for the second year running. The 8-1 victory over... read more

Papamoa’s tsunami bridge work

Papamoa is set to receive two more tsunami evacuation bridges as Tauranga City Council looks to enhance evacuation routes in the event of severe flooding. The... read more

Man on migrant exploitation charges

A Tauranga fruit farm labour contractor is facing more than 30 charges of exploiting migrant workers, including paying wages below the national minimum... read more

Tauranga's Timmer strikes gold

Tauranga's Kara Timmer has struck gold on the opening day of the ITF Taekwon-Do World Championships in Jesolo, Italy. Timmer, and fellow Tauranga athlete... read more

Local vending machines pushed out

It was the email they dreaded: “Can you please ensure all of your [vending] machines have been removed prior to June 4.” And they're not just... read more


Aidan realises Silver Fern dream

Carving out a sporting career has its trials and tribulations, no matter what your age. Just ask 19-year-old Aidan... read more


Council ponder cycleway rethink

Possible changes to a proposed cycleway from Omokoroa to Tauranga have the potential to sway Tauranga City Council... read more

Council slammed on appeal

Whakatane District Council has announced they will not appeal the Environment Court decision to decline the land... read more

Car crashes into fence in Bellevue

A car has crashed into a fence in Bellevue. Police were called to the crash on Upland Road just after 1.30pm.  The... read more

Measles scare at firefighter challenge

Firefighters from the Western and Eastern Bay of Plenty as well as the Thames/Coromandel area should be on high... read more

Young designer takes centre stage

Despite thinking she wouldn't be taken seriously, a 15-year-old emerging designer from Tauranga is set to take... read more

Campbell chases points in Canterbury

Tauranga rally driver Phil Campbell is aiming for another solid performance heading into the third round of the... read more

Tough season ahead for farmers

Dairy farmers are facing a “very tough and grim season” in light of Fonterra's forecast Farmgate Milk... read more

Police: Stay safe this weekend

Police say achieving a safer Queen's Birthday on the roads is in everyone's hands this weekend. Last year, five... read more


$5M safety works continue

The New Zealand Transport Agency says they are focused on reducing delays to motorists travelling on State Highway... read more

Car versus cow in Pukehina

Two people escaped uninjured after their car struck a cow at Pukehina last night. Emergency services were called... read more

Good month for Constable Murphy

May has been a particularly good month so far for one of the Bay of Plenty's newest police officers. Constable... read more

VIDEOS (Click here to view more)


How do you heat your home?

With the drop in temperatures people will be pulling out the heaters, putting extra blankets on the beds or bedding... read more


What Bill English’s $25 will buy

The Government's $790 million package to lift kids out of poverty will in part mean a $25-a-week boost to families... read more

Mysterious bangs sonic booms

A picture of two near earth meteors taken near Omanawa this week is being offered as an explanation for mysterious... read more


Distractions a danger to drivers

Driver distraction and motorist education about the importance of vehicle safety was the focus of a combined NZ... read more


When it comes to nails: buyer beware

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

Has Government forgot the Central Corridor?

Clayton Mitchell New Zealand First MP Leading up to the budget release, during Wednesday's Question Time, I raised concerns regarding the more

Recognising Bay kiwifruit growers

Todd Talks By Todd Muller Last week's budget attracted a great deal attention and praise – indeed, it was a National-led Government which more

Performing seals and flag deals

Brian Rogers Rogers Rabbits The big news this week is that Auckland has a seal. Big deal.   Yet it's been more

Are council’s staff numbers out of control?

Matt Cowley Tauranga City Councillor A handful of people made public requests for Tauranga City Council to cut our staff numbers by up to half, more

Working together for Tauranga Harbour

Jane Nees BOP Regional Councillor A huge amount of work is being done to safeguard Tauranga Harbour. For example, the more


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