Richard Judd signs for the Bay

Former Counties Manukau rugby player Richard Judd is joining the Bay of Plenty Steamers for the 2017 Mitre 10 Cup Season. Judd (24) has been a consistent and impressive performer in the Mitre 10 Cup for the past two seasons and is a key team member in... Read More

Deadline for food safety law nears

The deadline for some businesses to register under the new Food Act is approaching. Food businesses, including restaurants and cafes with an alcohol licence, need to apply by March 31. Over 5000 food businesses across the country are already registered... Read More

Can’t catch Kibblewhite on the waves

Red Beach surfer Thomas Kibblewhite returned to the winner's podium for the second straight national event on Sunday, winning the SPY Optics Men's Longboard Division of the Barrett Homes New Zealand Longboard and SUP Open at Papamoa Beach. The... Read More

One critically injured in SH2 crash

UPDATED 5.45PM:Diversions put in place after a serious crash on SH2 south of Katikati this afternoon have now been lifted. A critically injured elderly man was airlifted to Waikato Hospital, and two others seriously injured in the crash near Wharawhara... Read More

Electric charging station opens in CBD

New Zealand's first on-road, solar-powered electric vehicle charger - the ‘Electric Station' - is now open to the public thanks to the collaborative and community-focused effort of local project partners. Located on The Strand, Tauranga,... Read More

Body of missing Taupo woman found

Police searching Lake Taupo for missing woman Barbara Thompson have this afternoon located and recovered her body.  “Barbara's family would like to thank the public for the concern and support they have shown during the search,”... Read More

Two car crash near TEL

UPDATED 2.16PM: A two-car crash near Papamoa is being described as a "big smash" by a witness who drove past. The man, who did not want to be named, says two cars collided on State Highway 2, heading towards Papamoa. "The impact spun one of the cars,... Read More

Plea to keep greenwaste green

What do plastic bags, gumboots, corrugated iron and dirty nappies all have in common? They have all turned up in kerbside greenwaste bins in Whakatane recently. Whakatane District Council solid waste manager, Nigel Clarke, says while the vast majority... Read More

Billions lost to trade barriers

Trade barriers are costing New Zealand billions of dollars annually, according to a report commissioned by the Dairy Companies Association of New Zealand. The report highlights the strong economic contribution made by the dairy sector, even though prices... Read More

Boy falls through glass window

A young boy and his family now have one holiday memory they probably would like to forget. The Auckland Rescue Helicopter was called out to Papa Aroha on the Coromandel Peninsula's west coast, after a 10-year-old boy tripped and fell through a... Read More



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View of the Mount by Wendy van der Vyver. Send us your photos and stories from around the Bay of Plenty. Email: photos@thesun.co.nz