Friday, May 27, 2016



What would you like to see in this year’s Budget announcement?

More money for housing.
Increased funding for the health sector.
Tax cuts.
Funding boost for education.
Something else.

Wheat bag causes fire call out

Update 6pm: A wheat bag left heating in a microwave was the cause of a smoke-filled house in Maungatapu, Tauranga this evening. A Northern Communications... read more

Authority clears Silver Fern Farms

The Financial Markets Authority has verified Silver Fern Farms' stance the actions it took informing shareholders of the company's transaction with Shanghai... read more

Budget boost for BOPDHB

Bay of Plenty District Health Board will receive an extra $32 million in new money this year, taking the DHB's total funding to $718 million for 2016/17.... read more

Budget 2016: An overview

Treasury's latest forecasts show rising surpluses and falling debt as the Government maintains its careful management of public spending, Finance Minister... read more

Budget 2016: Live

// National MP and Finance Minister Bill English is set to release the 2016 Budget this afternoon and SunLive will keep you up to date with live streaming... read more

Tauranga Mayor critical of reporter

Mayor Stuart Crosby today stepped into a row erupting over reporting of council finances. The city council is slamming the Bay of Plenty Times report claiming... read more



Cricket lights call on hold

The decision on whether ratepayer's money will pay for a substantial portion of the bill to light the Bay Cricket... read more

Fonterra predicts modest price rise

Fonterra's announcement of a $4.25 milk price for the coming season gives farmers some clarity around what to expect,... read more

Woman named in Whakatane fatal

Police have named a 70-year-old as the person who died following a two-vehicle crash in the Bay of Plenty. Glenda... read more


Tauranga surgeons honoured

Top honours have been bestowed on two Tauranga surgeons. The Royal Australasian College of Surgeons has awarded... read more


Sunstrike cause of traffic delays

People stopping dead in the middle of the road because of sunstrike is being given as the reason for extended tailbacks... read more


Offenders get look into history

Nine offenders serving sentences of Community Work in Tauranga had a unique experience recently when they had an... read more


D-day for 2016 Budget

Finance Minister Bill English will deliver the 2016 Budget at 2pm today. Ahead of this afternoon's announcement,... read more

Graduate inspired by Rena

The 2011 grounding of the Rena inspired a University of Waikato students to pursue a postgraduate study. Caleb... read more

Tauranga drifting duo go global

New Zealand's sole professional drifting couple, Drew Donovan and Jodie Verhulst, are set to compete in Japan later... read more

Parkinson's music search

What effect does singing and music have on Parkinson's disease sufferers? They don't know. But it's important to... read more

School evacuated after bomb threat

It's back to school for St Patrick's College in Wellington after a bomb threat forced the evacuation of the school... read more


$249K boost for Papamoa Surf Club

Papamoa Surf Life Saving club received a $249,500 boost to get its new clubhouse designed and built after three... read more

VIDEOS (Click here to view more)

Heavy rain warning in the Bay

Periods of heavy rain are expected in the Bay today as a severe weather warning remains in place. The MetService... read more


Surfing up a storm in the Bay

Last Monday he watched a pod of Orcas cruise by. Then today Papamoa fisherman John Howlett encountered a four to... read more

A weekend of unsettled weather

Rain, sun and thunderstorms are all being predicted to the Bay as we draw close to the end of the working week. According... read more

Thunderstorms, snow and sun

A mixed weather week kicks off today with a brace of hazardous and potentially damaging weather conditions across... read more


Title fight real deal for Parker

Sideline Sid Sports correspondant & historian The big event for Sideline Sid over the weekend was the Joseph Parker more

Villach and climate change

Weather Eye with John Maunder Among the many climate science meetings I've attended, the most significant – at least in terms of climate more

Counterintuitive brilliance or ‘pie in the sky’?

Are you ready? with Leigh Elder Eat For Keeps (EFK) are working on a new project which could play a part in both raising awareness on one of more

Lobbying for light rail

Clayton Mitchell New Zealand First MP It's time for the Government to integrate a system of transportation that includes buses and rail. more

Safety on our roads

Jane Nees BOP Regional Councillor Our roads are a critical lifeline for our communities and our economy, but road more

Investing in infrastructure

Matt Cowley Tauranga City Councillor Last week I showed how Tauranga City Council is planning to invest more than $4 billion in hard more


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