Patients fall ill at same funeral

Two women fell ill while attending the same funeral near Matakana Island. The Trustpower TECT Rescue Helicopter was dispatched to Rangiwaea Island, near Matakana Island, twice in one day. The Tauranga-based chopper was called to the island yesterday... Read More

Learning to be official

Mount Maunganui surf lifesaving members will be chucked in the deep end at the Surf Official Level 1 course next month. The six-hour course, which is held three times a year in the eastern region, is for any surf lifesaving club member who would like... Read More

A bear bunking down in Gate Pa

He's a small brown bear, forgivably scruffy, who offers comfort and reassurance – he listens to inner-most secrets and fears, shares adventures, is a great cuddle and is consumed by wanderlust. Yep, he gets around – in fact bear has... Read More

Raising awareness about hearing loss

Raising awareness about noise-induced hearing loss in the workplace is the aim of the ‘Silent Leadership Challenge' on August 4. The National Foundation for the Deaf is calling for registrations for its annual online fundraising event. Noise-induced... Read More

On the trail of beauty

Papamoa physiotherapist James Mooney is no runner – golf is his thing – but he's pulling on his running shoes for a good cause in September – The Moa Experience trail run. The inaugural event on September 3 will cover a 15km course... Read More

Family violence down in the Bay

Family Violence incidents in New Zealand are increasing year by year – although the Bay of Plenty is not following this trend. Statistics on Police Data New Zealand show incidences of family violence in the Bay of Plenty have decreased from 12,759... Read More

Increase in cold-snap emergencies

With the cold snap of freezing conditions, St Johns say, they expect a significant increase in emergency calls outs. July and August traditionally are the busiest months for St John, however, emergency ambulance responses are likely to increase from... Read More

Realising one’s own mortality

  Tauranga man Max Christoffersen was forced to come to grips with his own mortality while on his way to a rugby game. He shares his experience below.  Discovering your mortality is a bitch.  It happened on the way to The Chiefs vs Crusaders... Read More

Motorcyclist in suspected hit and run

UPDATED 6.20PM: A police spokesperson says the vehicle involved in the incident has since been found. She could not say whether any charges had been laid in relation to the crash, as enquiries are still ongoing. EARLIER: A motorcyclist has been injured... Read More

Skier rescued from chest deep snow

A woman is lucky to be alive after becoming lost on Mt Ruapehu. Police received a call around 6pm from the skier's friend who was concerned she hadn't made it to an arranged meeting spot and time and might need assistance. “The friend... Read More



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Winter sunrise over the container port cranes. Photo: Lynley Whitaker.

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