What’s on today: Slalom

Morning Sunners, today's opening of the new Wairoa river season marks the only canoe slalom race on the river this summer, and the only local opportunity to see them splashing about. The event is held at the slalom gorge, accessible a 200m up the... Read More

Urban Drama back with Christmas appeal

Deck the halls with beats and rhymes and get poppin' to some local hip-hop all in the name of an awesome cause. The hip-hop extravaganza that is the Xmas Appeal 2016 featuring Psyko T, Taylor Lee, Daily Hustle Crew, Koustee, Deep Trenchaz, Phreaze... Read More

Santa Parade delights huge crowd

A crowd of people in its hundreds are pouring in to Tauranga's CBD for this year's Trustpower Santa Parade. The annual parade, which kicks off at 11am, will feature colourful community floats, lively bands, marching teams, acrobatic groups... Read More

Rubber to road to collect toys

They've done it once, twice, thrice and more. And this year muscles, hotties and classics will be putting rubber to the road for the 12th year in a row. The Tauranga Toy Run is back on December 2, and organiser Jill de Buisson and her core team... Read More

Sunrise with SunLive and Rosalie

Check out today's sunrise, plus how you need to dress for the weather, and a snippet of New Zealand history, all presented by Rosalie Crawford. Click on the video above to watch, and have a great Friday! See what the weekend weather is going to... Read More

Mount Beach is number one again

White sandy dunes, crystal clear waters and a vibrant atmosphere are attributes which have seen Mount Maunganui crowned New Zealand's number-one beach for a third year running – just in time for the stunning 2016/2017 summer season. Mount... Read More

Tauranga traffic tailback clearing

Reports that traffic is backed up along Takitimu Drive almost as far as the Harbour Bridge are puzzling Tauranga Police. The possible cause is a crash at Bethlehem on State Highway 2, at the intersection with Taniwha Place. The crash happened at about... Read More

Flame-like fronds in the Rotorua sky

It would sit on a 1.8 metre plinth and soar another 10m into the Rotorua sky. It's an impressive and imposing statue planned for the Hemo Gorge roundabout at the southern entranceway to the sulphur city. The statue, which involves frond like features... Read More

Mixed response to Wairoa cycle bridge

Local businesses love it, but many SunLive readers can't stand the idea. The recent announcement of the design for a new $6.5 million cycle/walkway bridge across the Wairoa River has been met with a range of responses. Waimarino Adventure Park... Read More

‘Scrot-bags’ vandalise Christmas lights

Nearly every local down on Wairakei Avenue likes Christmas a lot, but it appears there's some Grinches who obviously do not. For a number of years now, many of the locals who live on the Papamoa Beach road have decorated their homes in Christmas... Read More

Opinion Poll

What do you think of the forthcoming Wairoa cycle bridge?

Love it! Great addition to the city
Bit of a waste of money
I can take it or leave it
New things scare me

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