Living life to the fullest

“It's really just going with all the things that say: ‘Live life to the fullest', and everybody says it – but not many people actually do it,” says Sophie Stokes. Her family is about to. Sophie and partner Carl Dickens... Read More

Chalking one up to dry weather

Entertaining six children for a day resulted in a rainbow house for Steven and Debbies Miles at Papamoa. The children started on the concrete path, and then moved onto the walls. “Then they said, ‘Dad, we need more chalk,” says Steve. It... Read More

Five million Kiwis by 2020

There's likely to be five million people crowding New Zealand By 2020 and  possibly even sooner, according to Statistic NZ's latest population projections. In the year to June 2016 the population grew at its fastest rate since the early... Read More

Councils slammed on facebook

Councils stand accused of spending nearly half a million dollars on propaganda branding exercises by the taxpayers union which is asking why ratepayers funds are being spent on social media propaganda. Figures obtained by the Taxpayers' Union show... Read More

Local designer wins bronze

A Tauranga designer has won bronze for his first ever lighting product. Maker Furniture's Mat Macmillan was recognised in the Lighting category of the recent Designers Institute of New Zealand Best Design Awards. Mat's design, ‘iO Lighting',... Read More

Pharmac Tauranga public forum

Pharmac is asking Bay locals to help it make changes to how medicine and medical device funding applications are made. The Government agency responsible for deciding which pharmaceuticals are publicly funded is holding a public forum at the Arataki... Read More

Fresh fish for the dinner table

Labour weekend provides holidaymakers with a great opportunity to get out and try catching a trout or salmon for the family dinner table. Fish numbers are good in many parts of the country and are feeding voraciously as they regain condition after a... Read More

Friendly Hawke cup warm-up

The Bay of Plenty representative cricket team began their campaign to retain the Hawke Cup in two one-day “Friendly” encounters, at the Tauranga Domain, on Saturday and today Sunday. While the two matches are non-competition games with caps... Read More

Lucky Bay Lotto players

Lotto players from Opotiki and Rotorua are among five players who won $200,000 each from Lotto First Division last night. The winning tickets were sold at Opotiki Pharmacy in Opotiki, Pak N Save Rotorua in Rotorua, New World Blenheim in Blenheim, 3 Arrows... Read More

What’s on, cricket and dogs

The kiwi introductory offer for summer continues today with fine weather and light winds forecast for Tauranga with an expected high today of 20C. A good day for gardeners to call in to Grower Direct's sausage sizzle at 52 Borell Road Te Puna this... Read More

Opinion Poll

Only 38 per cent of electors returned their voting forms in the council elections, did you vote?

I’m not enrolled to vote
I dumped the voting form
I didn’t get round to posting it
I returned my voting form by mail
I dropped my voting form into council

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