City financial options discussed

How the city council can extract more funding from the government instead of taxing ratepayers is the subject of a public workshop today. Today's session open to the public is part of a series of briefings to provide city councillors with accurate... Read More

Bringing in a beggar ban bylaw

Tauranga City Council is this week looking at legislating beggars out of the central business district. A notice of motion, filed by councillor Terry Molly and seconded by Bill Grainger, proposes banning begging and sleeping rough in the city. While... Read More

Rejecting Tauranga’s heart and soul

City councillors are today considering rejecting Tauranga as a city with heart and soul, as councillors consider a new set of community outcomes to be included in next year's Long Term Plan. Tauranga as ‘A city with heart and soul',... Read More

Plea for change in water safety funding

New Zealand is towards the upper end of drowning death rates in the OECD, yet water safety funding is mostly voluntary. In 2016 there were 78 preventable fatalities and drowning hospitalisations are on the rise, says Water Safety New Zealand CEO Jonty... Read More

Bayfair Kiwibank drops postal services

The Kiwibank at Bayfair will no longer be providing postal services, as the branch adopts a standalone model similar to that of Kiwibank branches in Hamilton and the Auckland CBD. The changes will occur once NZ Post finds a new business to partner with. Until... Read More

What’s On? ‘Sing! Sing! Sing!’

Good morning, steadfast SunLive readers, and welcome to what must be the 47th (?) Sunday of the year. That's quite a lot of Sundays – way more than a month. So I guess a ‘month of Sundays is just over half a year, huh? But I digress.... Read More

Full time ranger wanted for Mauao

The Western Bay Wildlife Trust is calling for a permanent ranger to be stationed near the Mount to protect wildlife in the area. A ranger needs to be available 24 hours at short notice and be trained in conservation, ecology and pest management, says... Read More

Night work to begin on Karangahake Gorge

  From this weekend to mid-December 12.5 kilometres of new road surface will be laid on State Highway 2 between the SH1/2 interchange at Pokeno and the SH2/25 roundabout leading to Thames. Most of the work on this section of SH2 will be done at... Read More

Arataki gingerbread man on the run

It's the mystery on the lips of every student and teacher at Arataki School, what has happened to the gingerbread man. The students have run, run, as fast as they can, but it seems they just can't catch the gingerbread man. Erin Cartwright,... Read More

Serious crash on SH27

UPDATE 2.40PM: The road has been closed after a serious two-car crash on SH27 near Matamata. Emergency services are on site attending to one person in a critical condition. "Due to a serious incident in this area the road is closed," says a police spokesperson. "Please... Read More



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On the ’Bird Walk’, Katikati looking over the Uretara stream to the Kaimai ranges. Photo: Glenice McDonald.

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