Road closures at Mount Maunganui

Motorists are being advised of temporary road closures at Mount Maunganui today and tomorrow.  The closures are being put in place to help minimise the amount of traffic in the area during the Mount Festival of Multisport.  This festival includes... Read More

Building boom tapers off for Christmas

Building consents issued for both Tauranga and the Western Bay of Plenty district tapered off slightly in December, but the annual growth is continuing. Following on from the record breaking $1 billion in consents issued across the sub-region in 2016,... Read More

Matakana barricade removed

A joint statement from Matakana Islanders and the Western Bay of Plenty District Council says the parties are working together to protect Panepane Point, after islanders barricaded the wharf last week. The barricade prevented local tourism operator Kewpie... Read More

Traffic lights fault blamed on lightning

The Brookfield lights were out again on Wednesday, just 24 hours after being fixed by TCC contractors. The 36 lights on the intersection have been faulty since the weekend, a situation people who have contacted SunLive are happy about as they say the... Read More

Aspen reserve argument

The redesign and refurbishing of Tauranga CBD's Aspen Reserve survived a last minute attempt to drastically prune it back, when it came before the city council for approval. Sprucing up the reserve was estimated to cost $800,000 - an amount questioned... Read More

Pilot Bay safe for swimming

Pilot Bay is once again safe for swimming, with the follow up water quality tests for Pilot Bay returning bacterial test results within safe levels. The health warning signs which have been at the beach since the weekend, will be removed as soon as possible. A... Read More

Keeping wastewater out of Pilot Bay

Tauranga City Council will be pushing to increase awareness of what should and shouldn't be flushed down toilets, after a wastewater pump blocked with wet wipes caused an overflow to contaminate Pilot Bay. Council staff and contractors arrived... Read More

Mayor hits back at best beach ruling

Whakatane Mayor Tony Bonne has described the New Zealand Herald's approach to finding the best beach in the country as “flawed” and frankly “a bit silly”. His comments refer to an article released by New Zealand Herald which... Read More

Free coding workshops

Two holiday programmes with a difference launch in Te Puke and Katikati later this month, offering free coding programmes to eight to 13-year-olds. Tauranga's Venture Centre is taking digital coding to the two towns on January 24 in Te Puke and... Read More

Pilot Bay still contaminated

UPDATED 3.25PM: Tauranga City Council have backtracked on giving Pilot Bay the all clear after one of the five samples taken at Pilot Bay came back with high levels of bacteria. The rest of the samples came back clear. Warning signs will be put up again... Read More



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Looking back from Mount main beach. Photo: Alan Forward.

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