Thursday, September 29, 2016



What do you think of the new Council Chambers plan?

Love it. It's high time we updated the CBD like this.
It looks nice.
I don't care or didn't know.
It's not necessary; the current chambers are fine.
It's a waste of money that could be used for other things.

Special circus workshops at Bayfair

When you're young and spoilt for choice when it comes to options, it can be difficult to make a decision. But for children with special needs, when the... read more

Low voting numbers after 10 days

If this year's local body elections were a race between the three Tauranga City Council wards –Otumoetai/Pyes Pa would be leading. According to data... read more

Man stabbed in failed robbery

UPDATED 2.15PM: A member of the public was stabbed by one of the teenage offenders who attempted to rob AJs Lotto in the Tauranga CBD this afternoon. A... read more

Wet start to waterside work

Umbrellas were a necessity at the marine precinct site this morning as city and regional council officials gathered in pouring rain at the marine precinct... read more

Conferences attracted to The Bay

The Bay of Plenty is becoming an increasingly desirable destination for business and educational conferences, says the region's official tourism and marketing... read more



Beloved dog still missing

A Shih Tzu cross that went missing in Bethlehem after a fireworks display earlier this month still has not... read more

Avoid travelling if possible

It's a great day for staying home plonked in front of the telly with a hot cuppa, believes Western Bay of Plenty... read more

Surfs up in the Bay sky

The beaches of Bay of Plenty are home to some of New Zealand's best surfing spots but this photo captured by surfer... read more


TVNZ rebranding announced

TVNZ have announced plans to re-brand the channel TVONE to TVNZ 1. The national broadcaster announced the bold... read more

SH29A overbridge works

Motorists are being warned that State Highway 29A between the Hairini and Poike roundabouts will be closed for... read more

Beetle army wages war on pest weed

An army of 400 small beetles will be deployed to combat a big pest weed problem that's taken root in New Zealand's... read more

Zoo euthanises popular animal

Hamilton Zoo staff have farewelled one of the zoo's most popular animals, male tapir Mr Branco. One of two South... read more

Racing calendar stars

Among the equine stars appearing on the spring calendar for Racing Tauranga is Triple Group One winner Volkstok'n'barrell,... read more

Body found at Whitianga

UPDATED: Police have found a body in the search for missing teen Lucas Cochrane. The Police National Dive Squad... read more

Arrests over high-end vehicle scam

Police are urging members of the public to be vigilant when selling their belongings to strangers after uncovering... read more


Marine precinct build to start

An early morning karakia and a sod turning ceremony this Thursday will mark the official beginning of the Marine... read more


More rain for the Bay

It's going to be a soggy start to Thursday as heavy rain continues to pelt the Bay of Plenty. A severe weather... read more

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Te Puke's tough love kids

“Pene?” The 16-year-old snaps his foot and replies. “Present”. “Ruby?” She... read more


Snow sees Desert Road closed

The Desert Road remains closed today as much of the country plunges back into winter. Fierce weather is heading... read more


Self-driving car arrives in NZ

Tauranga will be the first city in New Zealand to see an autonomous vehicle in action. Volvo and the New Zealand... read more

Olympic pride in Tauranga

Tauranga's spirit was high despite the drizzle, as hundreds of residents lined the streets to welcome our Olympians... read more


NRL championship

Sideline Sid Sports correspondent & historian While New Zealand Warriors critics point to the failure of the Mount more

El Niño and La Niña :The Southern Oscillation Index

Weather Eye with John Maunder El Niño and La Niña are complex weather patterns resulting from variations in ocean temperatures in more

Time keeps on ticking

Brian Rogers Rogers Rabbits I've just dialled up the year 2036 on my time machine. We can report that 20 years from now more

Protecting our families

Todd Talks By Todd Muller People should feel safe at home with their family. For most of us, this is the reality. Sadly, for some of us, more

Thursday night thinking: 30 years ahead

Clayton Mitchell New Zealand First MP At Thursday night's opening of our new Tauranga electorate office, the Rt. Hon Winston Peters' speech more

The power is yours

Art Beat with Rosalie Crawford Local primary school musical productions are so worth going to. This week it was Omanu Primary School's turn more


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