Minimum wage set to increase

People working for minimum wage are set to get an increase in the pay packet. Workplace Relations and Safety Minister Michael Woodhouse says the rate will rise by 50c to $15.75 from April 1 – and no, it's not an April Fools' joke. The... Read More

Fed up with freedom campers

Tauranga City Council has received several complaints recently from residents over freedom campers flouting the rules. Among the sites popular with freedom campers is Nikau Crescent in Mount Maunganui, which has been subjected to litter by careless overnighters. Last... Read More

Learning the art of taonga pūoro

Kei a te po te timatatanga o te waiatatanga mai a te atua, ko te ao, ko te ao marama, ko te ao turoa – It was in the night where the gods sang the world into existence, from the world of light, into the world of music. The traditions and performance... Read More

Further remand for assault accused

One of the two men accused of indecently assaulting two girls on the Mount Main Beach on January 2, has been further remanded following a brief court appearance this week. Pradeep Jain, 21, is facing two counts of indecent assault and appeared before... Read More

Police out in force this long weekend

With two long weekends approaching for Tauranga residents, it pays to remember to drive safely and to the conditions. Western Bay of Plenty road policing manager Senior Sergeant Ian Campion says drivers can expect to see more police on the road. “Generally... Read More

Toddler knocked from pram; no charges

Police are not laying any charges in relation to an incident where a baby was knocked out of a pushchair in Tauranga on Sunday. A woman was pushing her two-year-old son in a pushchair across the road at the Grenada St/Girven road intersection, when the... Read More

REVIEW: Much Ado About Nothing

‘Much ado about nothing' – an idiom which originates from the Shakespeare play that essentially means ‘to make a great deal of fuss over something trivial'. But trust me, there's nothing trivial about Summer Shakespeare... Read More

Floragora the ‘Tinder for gardeners’

A new website being touted as the ‘Tinder for gardeners' is helping green-thumbed Kiwis swap seeds, flowers and bulbs. Launched this summer, Floragora is quickly taking root with flower enthusiasts as the website aims to make it easier for... Read More

Man killed walking along highway

A night out with friends ended in tragedy when a man was hit by a vehicle as he walked along State Highway 27. Matamata-Piako CIB are continuing to investigate the circumstances surrounding the death of a 24-year-old foreign national shortly after midnight... Read More

Another fine day in Tauranga

Today the weather forecast is for a fine day, with sea breezes and high clouds in the evening. Remember to wear sun protection. Check out today in history and some of the street art in the Mount Maunganui street art trail. Read More

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