Insect numbers continue to fall

We don’t hesitate to get a can out to zap the buggers, or pour pesticides all over our precious plants. But they’re little things that make a big impact, and a large part of why the world’s insects are hurtling down the path to extinction. The...... Read More

Additional school buses for Tauranga from Monday

Additional school buses will be introduced in Tauranga from Monday following complaints from parent about the bus service. The complaints ranged from students having to catch multiple buses to get to school, buses running late and kids being stranded...... Read More

Children playing with fireworks start scrub fire

The Fire Service has confirmed it was children playing with fire works that started a fire in Gate Pa overnight. Police says it had reports that adults were around as well but the Fire Service could not confirm that. Shift manager Paul Radden says...... Read More

What’s On

  Make sure you put on a hat and keep sunscreen handy today. It will be another scorcher of a day in Tauranga. The forecast is for a high of 31 degrees and 15 degrees overnight. But if you are out and about check out the The Extravaganza Fair. It’s...... Read More

HENNINGS, Juanita Leigh

Passed away at Tauranga Hospital on 14 February after a battle bravely fought. Aged 67. Loved wife of Von and Mother of Leesa, Angela, Trudi and Bianca. Grandmother of 18 and great-grandmother of 7. A service for Juanita will be held at Changepoint...... Read More

Huge prize pool for kids’ fishing contest

For just a $15 entry fee, the PlaceMakers Kids Fishing Contest offers an enormous range of prizes to young anglers Aimed at those aged 16 and under and of all fishing abilities, youngsters will also receive a free drink, a sausage and a goodie bag....... Read More

“Scares the hell out of you”

The train driver calls it the “long loud” – a sustained and desperate blast of the locomotive horn. It’s not just that perfunctory honk indicating the train is approaching a level crossing, but the sound of danger, the sound...... Read More

Police pursuit near Oropi

UPDATE 10.30am: A police dog was used to track down a driver who abandoned a Ute after a police pursuit in Tauranga last night. Police pursued the Ute along SH29 between Maungatapu and Oropi. A police spokesperson says the vehicle went on to Oropi...... Read More

Fireworks fingered in Gate Pa blaze

Children with fireworks are suspected of starting a scrub fire in Gate Pa overnight. The blaze in Humber Crescent was reported just after 9pm and was under control by around 10pm. A resident claims youngsters with fireworks started the fire, officials...... Read More

MPI says China’s not holding up our exports

The Ministry for Primary Industries says New Zealand's primary products are continuing to clear the border in China as usual. This follows recent reports suggesting delays. There is scrutiny on China for signs of retaliation against exporters...... Read More

Opinion Poll

Should the speed on SH2, between Katikati and Bethlehem, be reduced to 80km/h?