Sharing the vision of Tauriko for Tomorrow

Information days being held this week, public invited to have their say Plans are progressing to create a shared vision for the future development of Tauriko West. As part of this, the community is invited to share their thoughts at information days... Read More

Toi Ohomai’s first open day

Toi Ohomai Institute of Technology is hosting the first open day under its new name this Friday. Visitors from high schools and the general public will get to tour the Windermere campus and find out more about courses and student life. Prospective students... Read More

Hero cop awarded bravery medal

It was duty with a difference when retired Bay of Plenty senior constable Deane O'Connor reported to Government House on Tuesday.  Deane was one of seven officers who were invested by Governor General Dame Patsy Reddy for their heroic actions... Read More

NZ welcomes Australian Governor-General

Prime Minister Bill English has announced the Australian Governor-General, Sir Peter Cosgrove, will make a State visit to New Zealand next week.  Sir Peter will be accompanied by his wife, Lady Cosgrove, while here from Wednesday, May 31, to Saturday,... Read More

Viva la Arthouse Revolution!

A revolution is happening right here in the Bay of Plenty and it needs your help to take its message to the rest of New Zealand. The Arthouse Revolution is a free community-based art project that will showcase the Bay's top amateur artists in... Read More

Williams seventh at World Surfing Games

New Zealand Surfing Team member Ella Williams finished seventh at the International Surfing Association World Surfing Games on Monday, falling just short of a berth in the final against world class performers. The 22-year-old surfer from Whangamata battled... Read More

Oil spill exercise in Tauranga Harbour

More than 40 people will be involved in an oil spill exercise scheduled to take place in the Tauranga Harbour on Thursday. The exercise will involve staff from the Bay of Plenty and Waikato regional councils, Maritime New Zealand, the Department of... Read More

Learn more about Tauriko for Tomorrow

The community is being invited to share their thoughts about the future development of Tauriko West at several information days taking place this Friday and Saturday. The Tauriko for Tomorrow project being undertaken by SmartGrowth partners Western Bay... Read More

Solving the speed problem on Oropi Road

Speed and anti-social behaviour are issues bothering some Oropi Road residents who want something done about both. The road has long been a destination for boy racers and is also notorious for crashes, say residents who spoke to SunLive about both issues. One... Read More

Police hunting armed & dangerous man

UPDATED 4.30PM: The identity of the armed and dangerous man who has sparked a police manhunt in the Mangakino and Whakamaru areas has now been released. Police say Te Morehu Enoka, 27, is wanted in relation to a petrol drive-off in Tokoroa this morning.... Read More

No dioxin dust yet

The Bay of Plenty Regional Council wants to reassure the community that dust generated by the Kopeopeo Canal Remediation Project at a dioxin dumping site in Awakeri over the next few weeks is not contaminated. BOPRC project manager Brendon Love says... Read More

Baywide Rugby World Cup a wee rippa

Young rugby players across the Bay of Plenty will be taking to the field for the Baywide Rippa Rugby World Cup series which kicks off today. The Rippa Rugby World Cup Tournaments involve more than 1500 kids across two grades - years three and four, years... Read More

Tidying up a planning mess

Hearings are being held this week to try and re-sort the Tauranga City Council's plan for Papamoa East and the Wairakei urban area. There is a planning hearing and public excluded extraordinary council meeting today, followed by more hearings timetabled... Read More

Rotorua’s growing cycleway network

Transport Minister Simon Bridges has marked the completion and start of two important cycleway links for Rotorua's growing urban walking and cycling network. On Friday Simon opened the 1.6km Morey Street/Brent Road section of Rotorua's CyWay... Read More

Today’s weather with Rosalie

The weather and tides, how many layers of clothing to wear today, an interesting factoid about New Zealand history plus a snippet of some exciting events taking place in Tauranga? It must be Weather with Rosalie time again! This morning the weather... Read More

Youth programme making a difference

Te Puke High School's CACTUS programme is back for another year, helping students achieve their potential through exercise. CACTUS – or Combined Adolescent Challenge Training Unit Support – has been running at the school for several... Read More

A sword experience like no other

Film, television and martial arts star Adrian Paul has announced he is bringing a touch of Hollywood to New Zealand. 'The Sword Experience,' a unique training program featuring actual film choreography, will appear for the first time in... Read More

No tolls waived after highway crash

Motorists who used the Eastern Link as a detour following a crash earlier this month shouldn't expect their tolls to be waived, say the NZTA. A head-on truck crash that blocked the Te Puke Highway for several hours on May 3 forced several drivers... Read More

Young musos turning out for competition

Every band needs a name, and ‘Trouser Men' and ‘Minnie and the Lads' are just a couple of inventive titles from Bay of Plenty high school bands entered in this year's Smokefreerockquest heats. The bands and solo-duos will... Read More

Have your say on Wharf Street east

Tauranga City Council is encouraging the community to have its say on the long-term future design of Wharf Street east. Council has identified Durham Street, Durham Lane, Elizabeth Street east, The Strand Extension (southern end), Wharf Street east and... Read More



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