What was the noise that woke Tauranga

People are still not convinced that a loud “bang” which woke many Tauranga people in the early hours of Sunday morning was thunder. At about 3am, many residents were jolted awake after hearing a booming noise, some people said it even shook... Read More

Our very own bossy Izzy

“I am special. l am very special.” Thirteen-year-old Sophie Turner is special because she has succeeded – she has confronted some deeply challenging personal issues and blossomed on the national stage despite them. She has Tourette... Read More

An artist with a 'savage' heritage

“When Captain Cook visited Niue in 1774,” says Iata Peautolu, “he tried to land three times, and three times he failed. It's recorded that these ‘fierce brutal savages' didn't allow him access so he carried on... Read More

Cosplayers a big draw at Armageddon

Today was the second and final day of the Armageddon Expo in Tauranga, and plenty of people were at ASB Baypark Arena checking out the pop culture event. Hundreds of comic book lovers and movie buffs filled the venue, which boasted several stalls dedicated... Read More

Fed up with flooding

Residents in Bellevue are frustrated after heavy rain flooded their properties yet again. A downpour early on Saturday morning brought water almost a metre high into the home of David and Fiona Brown. Fiona says it's the second time they've... Read More

Exhibition a runaway success

They are record numbers – 35,000 visitors or the equivalent of a quarter of the city's population through the Tauranga Art Gallery for the Paradox Inside exhibition. The Art Gallery director Karl Chitham is thrilled. “People have travelled... Read More

What’s On? S.O.S Edgecumbe & Armageddon

It's Sunday, SunLive readers, and I just know you're looking for something to keep yourselves entertained on what could be another wet day. The MetService is predicting ‘showers, some thundery' this morning, so let's have... Read More

Vox Pop: Budget 2017

With Budget 2017 now unveiled, SunLive took to the streets recently to discover what people thought and how it will affect them. Described by Finance Minister Steven Joyce as a budget that will “deliver for New Zealanders”, the range of... Read More

Homeowner insurance premiums raised

The Insurance Council of New Zealand is concerned that major increases in taxes and levies on people who insure their homes could see low income households not be able to protect themselves from disasters. Chief executive Tim Grafton says by the end... Read More

$4 billion in new capital spending

As part of Budget 2017, the government is allocating $4 billion in new capital spending in a bid to build infrastructure “for a growing economy”. Finance Minister Steven Joyce says this $4b investment is the single biggest investment of new... Read More



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