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“Sit down, shut up and listen!” It was firm but friendly advice to 86-year-old Athol Teal. And he did as he was told. “I have something that'll interest you,” Rachel Copestake told him. It was the story in The Weekend Sun...

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Western Bay is awash with various shades of pink as people support the international anti-bullying initiative that is Pink Shirt Day. Today schools, workplaces and communities around New Zealand will wear pink as a sign of their commitment to preventing...

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A $790 million package aimed at reducing hardship among children in New Zealand's lowest-income households is at the heart of the Government's Budget. The package includes a $25 per week increase in benefit rates for families with children,...

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The last cruise ship of the season docks in Tauranga on Sunday, but Tourism officials are already casting an eye towards October and the next super-sized season. This Sunday sees Oceania's Insignia berth at Mount Maunganui, with the luxury liner...

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Otumoetai's Cherrywood Variety Store is set to pick up postal and over-the-counter banking services in the coming months. New Zealand Post announced today that the store will run these services in the Tauranga suburb on its behalf from July 27. The...

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Tauranga's very own First World War exhibition is proving popular with thousands of appreciative visitors keen to delve into New Zealand's history ahead of this weekend's final day. The exhibition, WW1 from Tauranga to the Trenches,...

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An organisation dedicated to helping Western Bay youngsters ‘Get Smart' by avoiding binge drinking and drugs has received a $20,000 financial boost as its well-known Street Van turns 24. Thanks to BayTrust's substantial grant, charitable...

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They'd do anything for their five-year-old son James Reid. He swam more than 12km from Motiti Island to Maketu and she's organised a 50km walk from East Papamoa to Mauao, around the track twice, and back again. Rochelle Straker, Sonja Reid,...

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There are a couple of standout things in James Reid's life – apart from a committed and loving Mum and Dad and an adoring wee sister called Lily. Mention a Happy Meal of pancakes and hashbrowns and this five year old slips into ecstacy. Video...

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Community spirit was in full swing this morning as locals downed tools and offered a helping hand to those Mount Maunganui residents cleaning up in the wake of last night's Tornado. From 10am this morning, church group Mt Mosaic became the hub of...

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Gilmour Reserve, Waihi. By Chloe Phillips. Send us your photos and stories from around the Bay of Plenty.  Email: photos@thesun.co.nz