Increasing boat theft in the Bay

Boat owners should wary after several recent thefts of recreational boats in the Western Bay of Plenty.  There have been a number of boat thefts over the last month in the area, which police are investigating. The offenders have targeted residential... Read More

Oystercatchers back on Mount beach

  Amidst holiday-makers, surfers and volley-ballers, a pair of variable oystercatchers on the Mount Main beach successfully raised two chicks. That was 2016. The year before they raised three. It's September and already the pair are taking... Read More

Young sailors in contention

There were plenty of sore bodies after racing overnight at the Laser world championships in Croatia, and a fair degree of satisfaction as well as disappointment among the Kiwi contingent. Sam Meech continued his good form, collecting three second-placed... Read More

Bay skipper fined over waka capsize

The skipper of a ceremonial waka, which capsized on Whakatane River bar in January last year, has been convicted and fined $1350 for putting his five crew in unnecessary danger. Maritime NZ charged Clarence Takirirangi Smith under the Maritime Transport... Read More

Looking for fast start at Laser worlds

Tauranga sailor Sam Meech tends to finish regattas strongly, gaining momentum like the Freemantle Doctor blowing into Western Australia. But like the famed Perth sea breeze, he can take a while to build up speed. It happened at last month's world... Read More

Divers to retrieve wreck at Pilot Bay

A diving team has entered the water today to retrieve an old trimaran which sunk on its mooring in Pilot Bay. Bay of Plenty Regional Council staff were called to the site last night and despite efforts to pump water from the wreck and re-float, the... Read More

Kayak rescue leads to safety reminder

Police are reminding public about safety around water related activities, after a kayaker got into trouble near Rabbit Island on Monday. Police were called just after 2.30pm to help the man after he became unwell while out at sea. A rescue boat was... Read More

Salvage operation for sunken vessel

An old trimaran has sunk on its mooring in Pilot Bay, Mount Maunganui. Bay of Plenty Regional Council's Maritime Pollution Prevention Officer and Regional On Scene Commander Adrian Heays says staff have been working with the owner to remove the... Read More

Better access at Mount Boardwalk

A new development to the main beach board walk at Mount Maunganui hopes to increase access for more users of the popular track. The development has seen a new section attached to the board walk to allow better access over the grass for people in wheelchairs... Read More

Nacra team fourth again, medals missed

Gemma Jones and Tauranga sailor Jason Saunders fell just sort of picking up a medal after mounted a stirring comeback on the final day of the Nacra World Championships in France overnight (NZ time). The Kiwi pair won the first two races of the day in... Read More



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The Sun going down over the water @ Sulphur Point. Photo: Casey Fredericks.

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