What’s up Mr G?

Graham Hoete, aka Mr G, was busy before and after Christmas painting a mural on the back wall of the Mount Maunganui cinema. Again. Specialising in photorealism with spray paint, he'd previously painted his father there. Now he was painting highly... Read More

Enlisting patients to find new doctor

A Rotorua medical centre has taken a novel approach to finding a new doctor and has enlisted its patients help to make a video where they ask a series of questions directed at potential candidates. Owhata Medical Centre owners Dr John and Ata Armstrong... Read More

Small town NZ shines in the Bay

The small towns and settlements of New Zealand are the backbone of our country and those in the Western Bay of Plenty are no exception. Te Puke is the kiwifruit capital of New Zealand and the horticultural hub of the region. If you're into posing... Read More

Watch your kids, not your cell phone

The New Zealand Recreation Association is reminding caregivers to keep an eye on their little ones at pools in their new Poolsafe campaign. According to Water Safety New Zealand, on average six infants under the age of five drown each year with a further... Read More

Omokoroa water taxi service a no-go

It was half an idea that didn't quite take off – the proposed water taxi to Tauranga from the Omokoroa Peninsula. The idea was the brainchild of local ferryman Glen Proctor. “We kicked it around, but it didn't come to anything,”... Read More

What’s On? Hockey & Theatre

Good morning, you SunLive readers looking for things to do. Sunday is always the neglected half of the weekend – everything seems to happen on a Saturday. However, there's a couple of events happening today, with something to satisfy both... Read More

Motorcyclist dies following crash

A motorcyclist injured in a crash on Whangamata Road in Kinloch yesterday afternoon has died in hospital overnight.  Police say the crash occurred at around 2.20pm on Saturday, and involved the motorcycle and a car.  The motorcyclist was transported... Read More

Aerobatics in the sky

The Royal New Zealand Air Force's Black Falcons aerobatic team left nothing but a puff of white smoke in the sky during their elaborate performance at the Tauranga City Air Show. The Beech Texan T6C's, imported in 2015, have yet to be displayed... Read More

Athletes dash to the finish line

It's the first day of the Festival of Multisport with hundreds of people coming out to cheer the contenders on. The 2018 Port of Tauranga Half Marathon headlined the festival today, as well as events for people of all ages and abilities such as... Read More

Sounds of silence for the big swim

The 14-year-old had hardly climbed from the water after conquering the stretch between Motiti and Papamoa, and she was already toying with the idea of an assault on Cook Strait and the English Channel. “Yes, I'm definitely interested in those... Read More



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Mauao through the poppies. Photo: Lynley Whitaker.

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