Taking the government to court over Psa

Seven years after the Psa outbreak that affected the kiwifruit industry in New Zealand, 212 kiwifruit claimants will finally get their day in the High Court in August. The Kiwifruit Claim seeks to hold the government and the Ministry of Primary Industries... Read More

‘Even day’ for Team New Zealand

It's game on at the 35th America's Cup in Bermuda, with Emirates Team New Zealand out to a 4-1 lead over Oracle Team USA in the first to seven match - but with the Americans getting their first point on the board.  Once again, the... Read More

Jones fourth in World Cup canoe slalom

A week after New Zealand's first World Cup canoe slalom medal, Luuka Jones has come agonisingly close to a second at the latest ICF round in Germany. The Tauranga paddler made her first-ever final in her first season racing the C1 class, and for... Read More

CHURCHER-BIRCH, Vera Winifred

CHURCHER-BIRCH, Vera Winifred  Passed away peacefully with family by her side on June 23 2017. Beloved partner of Wally Birch. Beloved wife of the late Dick Churcher. Beloved mother of Dave and the late Richard. Beloved mother-in-law of Vikki and... Read More

America’s Cup from a sailor’s view

The court room battles resulting in the latest iteration of the America's Cup has had the unexpected effect of changing the culture and style of the yacht racing that is playing out in Bermuda this weekend. The crews are smaller, the boats are... Read More

What’s On? Markets & Model Yachts

It will be a great Sunday for many Kiwis this morning, after the All Blacks won a convincing victory over the Lions last night. Emirates Team New Zealand have also kept their lead in the America's Cup, despite losing one of this morning's... Read More

Team New Zealand maintain lead in Cup

Emirates Team New Zealand have maintained their lead over Oracle Team USA in this morning's America's Cup races. However, a victory by Oracle in race six - the second of the day - has put them on the board, dashing hopes of a clean sweep... Read More

TV exposure for sailing academy

A snap back at a reporter's remark along the lines of sailing being only a sport for rich people has brought about unexpected television coverage for one of Tauranga's little known sailing secrets. Peter Burling's mum Heather Burling's... Read More

Racing in the blood

"It's just business out there and that's it." That's what Trudy Thornton said after winning a race against her daughter and niece at the Kiwifruit Cup at Tauranga Racecourse today. All three women competed in one of the first races... Read More

More people eating less red meat

More than half of Waikato/Bay of Plenty residents say they are eating less meat, and a third expect to be mostly meat-free by 2025, as they focus on their health and budget, according to the results of a new survey. It seems the days of a nightly meal... Read More

Canoe breakthrough for Kiwi paddler

Luuka Jones showed her pursuit of a Tokyo Olympic double is no folly after a storming opening to the second ICF World Cup canoe slalom round of the season in Germany overnight. Jones qualified for the semifinals in both the C1 and K1 classes for the... Read More

Emergency steps to help lake residents

Good news for Lake Okareka residents: Bay of Plenty Regional Council has invoked emergency measures to ease problems caused by high lake levels. These emergency measures involve increasing outflow from Lake Okareka above the consented maximum flow, to... Read More

Partnership with Chinese rugby proposed

Chinese rugby players were in Tauranga yesterday eyeing up potential training facilities. The Bay of Plenty Rugby Union has offered a partnership with the Chinese Rugby Football Association. If the deal goes ahead, it could see more teams training here... Read More

Fatal plane crash scenario at airport

A training exercise at Tauranga Airport tested the skills of EMT trainees today as they dealt with a plane crash scenario. The scenario involved a crash where the pilot and co-pilot died and a number of others injured. All people involved were volunteers... Read More

Move to address truck driver shortage

A new initiative to address a shortage of truck drivers by attracting more to the industry has been welcomed by a freight logistics strategy group. The Bay of Connections Freight Logistics Action Group (FLAG) has welcomed a new government and industry... Read More

Burling an asset on and off the water

D-day to the finals of the America's Cup is looming as many New Zealands gear up to watch Team New Zealand take in Oracle tomorrow. Emirates Team New Zealand design boss Dan Bernasconi has talked up the engineering skills of helmsman Peter... Read More

Warning lifted as rain eases

Heavy rain about the Bay of Plenty has eased today. The MetService is still forecasting some showers for today. This is expected to ease to the odd shower in the evening.  It's a two-clothing-layer today with a high of 17 and an overnight... Read More

Man falls through roof

A man who fell through a roof and landed head first on the deck below has been flown to Tauranga Hospital. The Tauranga-based Trustpower TECT Rescue Helicopter was dispatched to Matakana Island yesterday after the man had fallen. “A 67-year-old... Read More

What's on Today? A day at the races

Racing Tauranga's premier winter race meeting will be held at Tauranga Racecourse today, with more than $260,000 in prize money up for grabs over the nine races carded – a good incentive to owners, trainers and jockeys. New Zealand's... Read More

A bright idea to help dyslexic students

A group of Tauranga Girls' College students have come up with an idea that could help dyslexic students – and save them hundreds of dollars. The Year 13 girls have formed a company for this year's Young Enterprise Scheme called Brite... Read More



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