Floragora the ‘Tinder for gardeners’

A new website being touted as the ‘Tinder for gardeners' is helping green-thumbed Kiwis swap seeds, flowers and bulbs. Launched this summer, Floragora is quickly taking root with flower enthusiasts as the website aims to make it easier for... Read More

Photo scam pops up in the Bay

A photography agency which operated out of Bayfair has been slammed by the Privacy Commission for unauthorised use of children's images. Expression Sessions set up a stall in Bayfair Shopping Centre in 2014, offering free photo shoots for children,... Read More

Microbead ban – bring it on

Seafood New Zealand wants the government ban on microbeads brought forward, says Seafood New Zealand Chief Executive Tim Pankhurst. He welcomes the announcement the Government will ban the use of microbeads in make-up and other beauty products, citing... Read More

New cardiology centre

Tauranga Hospital heart care takes up a new beat with the opening on Monday of the new Cardiac Cathererisation Laboratory or Cath Lab. The Cath Lab will take its first patient on Monday afternoon. The Cath Lab forms part of the Cardiac Services Building... Read More

Historic imagery website now live

Has the street where you live changed over the years? Perhaps it's gone from just having a few houses to having many – or maybe it didn't even exist 50 years ago. Now there's an interesting and easy way to find out. A new website... Read More

First Māori emoji app launched

The world's first Māori emoji app Emotiki has landed just in time for summer road trips and Santa stockings. The free downloadable app for iPhone and Android devices features 200 Māori and Kiwi cultural icons for people to share their kiwiana... Read More

Emergency beach landing

UPDATED: 1.30pm: Four people are believed to be uninjured after their Cessna aircraft made an emergency landing on Papamoa Beach this afternoon. The aircraft touched down between Sandhurst Drive and on the beach somewhere opposite Sunrise Avenue at about... Read More

Crying ‘wolf’ with Tsunami warnings

Last night's tsunami warning for the Bay of Plenty wasn't needed, says Emergency Management Bay of Plenty Director Clinton Naude today. It's important not to cry wolf, says Clinton. "We don't want people to become complacent about... Read More

Sunair flying again

Tauranga airline Sunair will be returning to the skies after the Civil Aviation Authority reissued their air operator certificate. Last Friday SunLive reported the airline had been grounded for 10 days following a complaint. We can now report the complaint... Read More

Email problems for Spark

Some Spark customers are reporting problems sending or receiving emails with Yahoo! Xtra. The problem appears to be related to ‘third-party' email clients, such as Outlook, or via their phones. Customers can still access their accounts through... Read More



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