Bringing the country to town

Whether you live on a farm, a lifestyle block, in a city apartment or a house in the suburbs, the modern A&P show has something for everyone. The Tauranga A&P Lifestyle Show is on at Tauranga Racecourse today and has plenty to offer both cow cockies... Read More

Speed shearing for a cause

Some of the country's top shearers will be heading to Te Puna on Saturday for the annual Speed Shear competition, with a special cause top of their minds this year. Te Kuiti shearer Digger Balme has competed in the event every year for the past... Read More

Funding boost for Western Bay lifeguards

A $10,000 funding boost for surf lifeguards on Western Bay beaches this summer has helped bridge the funding gap for weekly patrols, says Western Bay Mayor Garry Webber. Western Bay of Plenty District Council lifted its annual funding for the Surf Life... Read More

Summer search for blue green algae

Gemma Kerrisk is an algal monitoring technician with the BOP Regional Council, a job description that means she spends the summer months ensuring regional lakes are safe for swimming. Gemma spends four days a week over the summer before a microscope,... Read More

Hunter stabbed in thigh

  A hunter is in Waikato Hospital after being stabbed in his thigh while dressing a deer. The man, in his late 30's, was found lying partially in a river and unable to move south of Hauturu, near Kawhia, on Saturday. The Waikato Westpac Rescue... Read More

One-flipper penguin survives storm

A little blue penguin has been found with only one flipper. The young adult was brought into Tauranga's ARRC Trust by the Western Bay Wildlife Trust after being found injured. “His flipper is broken off at the humerus,” says ARRC Trust... Read More

Exploring from Te Puna to Tauranga

The Western Bay of Plenty is home to some of the most stunning public gardens in the country, including the Te Puna Quarry Park and McLaren Falls Park. Formerly a working quarry, Te Puna Quarry Park has since been replanted by volunteers and includes... Read More

Storm creates flood of baby chicks

It's been a busy time for the ARRC Trust during the storm this week with chicks from many species being brought in to the holistic vet practice after falling from a tree or being blown out of their nests. As well as tired little blue penguins being... Read More

Coromandel water woes

In spite of heavy rain Thursday and with more expected today, the downpours are not lifting water restrictions in the Thames Coromandel District. The bad weather has seen many holiday makers leave the Coromandel and return home, but there are still lots... Read More

Exploring from Athenree to Aongatete

The shores of the Tauranga Harbour are home to a number of quiet spots where it is possible to get away from the hustle and bustle of the Western Bay of Plenty's more popular beaches over the summer. Athenree Beach is a sheltered estuary beach... Read More



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Double take of Matapihi Bridge. Photo: Lynley Whitaker.

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