National truck driver appreciation week

This week is the perfect opportunity to acknowledge the hard-working men and women of the New Zealand road transport industry, says Road Transport Forum Chief Executive Ken Shirley. “National Truck Driver Appreciation Week is upon us and is a...... Read More

Medicinal cannabis trial could be lifesaver

After just three days taking a few tiny drops of a medicinal cannabis oil product, Danny Battershill says his life has changed. The 29-year-old Rodney resident has gained medical approval to trial a legally imported Canadian product, after proving...... Read More

Family affair for NZ-born Samoan at Invictus Games

Kiwi. Samoan. Amputee. Soldier. Son. Brother. Partner. Faamanu (Nu) Taulafo Filo Leaana will be tapping into all these elements that make him who he is when he represents the New Zealand Defence Force  at the Invictus Games Sydney 2018. The Invictus...... Read More

Mass ex-military helicopters arrive in Tauranga

One may be forgiven for thinking a large scale military helicopter exercise is underway at Classic Flyers on Tauranga Airport. Tomorrow, five former Royal Air Force ‘Westland Wessex’ helicopters are expected to arrive from Taranaki around...... Read More

Rotorua to enjoy benefit of high performance base

Potential top athletes in Rotorua will now find it easier to stay home to develop their abilities as a result of a newly-announced collaboration between the Bay of Plenty Rugby Union and Rotorua Lakes Council. Rotorua International Stadium will be...... Read More

Are We There Yet? An Evening with Jan Tinetti

Former principal of Merivale School and current Labour List MP based in Tauranga, Jan Tinetti will be speaking in Tauranga on Wednesday this week as part of the Suffrage 125 celebrations. Jan will take part in a discussion moderated by community advocate...... Read More

Objections and appeals on council’s representation

It’s not too late to share your thoughts on how many councillors should represent you for the next two elections. Every six years the Hauraki District Council has to look at the number of councillors and wards in the district as well as whether...... Read More

NEEDHAM, Pamela Ngaire (Jill)

Passed away peacefully on 17 September, aged 83. Dearly loved wife of the late Barry, loved mother of Anne and Ian, mother in law of Lisa, and Nana of Jessica and Benjamin. A private cremation has been held in respect of Jill’s wishes. Correspondence...... Read More

TAUTE, Gary Jonathan

Suddenly on Saturday 15th September 2018, aged 51. Loved soul mate of Jo; beloved father and mentor of Danielle, and Matt; dearly loved son of Martini and the late Regi; big brother to Gail and Jo; adored uncle and special friend to so many all over...... Read More

Earthquake felt throughout the Bay

Western Bay of Plenty residents are reporting feeling an earthquake this afternoon. A post on the Tauranga Area News Online Facebook page says one woman felt the earthquake up on Minden Road. According to GeoNet, a magnitude 4.6 earthquake hit...... Read More

Opinion Poll

Does SH2, between Tauranga and Katikati, need upgrading or do you believe the crashes are a result of driver error?

Yes the road needs upgrading
Not the road is fine, drivers need to pay attention to what they are doing
Both, the road needs upgrading and drivers to pay attention to their driving