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

Pineapple puzzle perplexes Papamoa

Papamoa locals have been left scratching their heads after a dozen mystery pineapples washed up in the surf. The tropical fruits were scattered along the shoreline near Karewa Parade last night. While many locals investigated, they said the smell put... 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

Beach goers warned to avoid puffer fish

Mount Maunganui beach goers are being warned to steer clear of a number of puffer fish washed up at popular spots along the shorelines. The fish which have been described as having a spiky exterior, have been spotted in the dozens near Mount Main beach... Read More

No speed guns for Bay boaties

Using speed guns against speeding boaties in the Bay of Plenty is not something the Bay of Plenty Regional Council is currently looking into, says regional harbourmaster Peter Buell. He's commenting on a Marlborough trial of laser speed guns which... Read More

Unusual shells wash up on Papamoa Beach

A number of unusual sea shells recently spotted on the shores of Papamoa beach are rousing the attention of beach-goers. Steve Casey spotted a number of shells all along the water front. He says they're an interesting sight. “They seem to... Read More

Ex-Bay boat a threat to Rarotongan ocean

An ex-Eastern Bay of Plenty owned vessel could pose an environmental threat to Rarotonga after becoming stranded on a reef on Friday night. Zambucca, which was formerly Whakatane-owned for charter fishing in the Eastern Bay, is currently at the... Read More

Funding boost for Western Bay lifeguards

A $10,000 funding boost for surf lifeguards on Western Bay beaches this summer has helped bridge the funding gap for weekly patrols, says Western Bay Mayor Garry Webber. Western Bay of Plenty District Council lifted its annual funding for the Surf Life... Read More

Six ships in five days

Port of Tauranga is set for a busy period in the next few days with six cruise ships expected within the next five days. First in Sun Princess which arrived with more than 2000 passengers at 5.15am today. The cruise ship is expected to be in the harbour... Read More

Storm casualty awaits salvage

A casualty from Friday's storm is going to take some effort to salvage, after it was driven ashore in the high winds. The converted fishing boat was on a mooring in the town reach opposite The Strand in Tauranga and broke free during the storm... Read More

Opinion Poll

Should the Christmas/New Year school holidays be moved to February when the weather is typically better in NZ?

Yes, that is when I would take my holidays.
No, you never know when there is going to be bad weather.

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

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