A Christmas tradition in Te Puna

Christmas carols performed at dusk in Te Puna Quarry Park has become a local tradition, with the annual Carols in the Quarry event set to happen again this Friday. Beth Bowden, from the Te Puna Quarry Summer Trust, says the event began in 2004 and has... Read More

Locals make a splash at new park

A perfect day of weather and crowds in the hundreds, are what characterised the official opening of the all-new Wairaka Centennial Park in Whakatane on Saturday. The new facility which took just short of a year to develop features a zero-depth water... Read More

Katikati art empowering youth

Katikati youth are telling the town's tales through public works of art MPOWA. MPOWA, a local community youth group, has created a stunning piece of art which now stands tall in Moore Park. The work, which reflects the unity of the town, spans... Read More

The best-decorated houses revealed

Two houses – one from Katikati and one from Papamoa – have been chosen as winners of Sun Media's Christmas Lights Drive for 2017. The winners, judged by a panel of Sun Media experts, each take home a hamper worth $140, filled with delicious... Read More

Record entries for 3D art awards

Artists around the country are beginning to take note of the magic happening within the Whakatane arts community. Local organisers of the 2018 Molly Morpeth Canaday Award – 3D are delighted to report a record number of entries in this year's... Read More

What’s On? Carols on the Waterfront

Good morning all you lovely SunLive readers who like to know what's happening in the region on a Sunday. Did you know without you, this article wouldn't even exist? It's two weeks until Christmas Eve – the period of Christmas... Read More

Christmas spirit alive in Blake Park

A little Christmas cheer is being spread all afternoon well into the night at the Christmas in the Park annual event. Tauranga Christmas in the Park, which is a not-for-profit charity event run by Little Big Events, is into its sixth year, with a whole... Read More

Potential relocation for roll of honour

Awakeri residents have been asked to express their views about a preferred location for the area's World War I and II Roll of Honour. Also up for consultation is whether public would like a permanent memorial in a public space. Whakatane District... Read More

Remembering our loved ones at Christmas

When you've lost a loved one, Christmas can be one of the most difficult times of the year. The Tree of Remembrance provides an opportunity to remember someone special during the festive season, and to make a donation to support your local hospice... Read More

Bus ticket prize draw

Submit three bus tickets, and passengers on Bayhopper, Cityride and other regional council buses are eligible for prize draws in Bay of Plenty Regional Council's 12 Days of Christmas competition. Golden rings, turtle doves and a partridge in a... Read More

Opinion Poll

Is SH2, between Katikati and Tauranga, a dangerous stretch of road?

Yes, there are too many cars on it and it’s not designed to handle that sort of traffic volume.
No, people just need to slow down and pay attention to their driving.

Bay Today

Supermoon from Dive Cresent, 8pm last Sunday evening. Photo: Sally Garner.

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