Pekatahi Bridge to close for final seal

The Pekatahi Bridge on State Highway 2 in Eastern Bay of Plenty is to close for around five days as part of the re-decking project. The permanent seal on the bridge deck is expected to be laid from Friday 23 February and will be finished by the evening... Read More

Three hour parking limit to be enforced

Vehicles parking in the central shopping in downtown Tauranga from March 18 will have a three hour time limit in any one place. The decision, which goes against the Tauranga Council staff advice, was made at this week's city council meeting. “The... Read More

Woman hospitalised after beach attack

It could be months before a Papamoa woman is back to full health after she was attacked by a dog while walking along the beach. Anita Paynter was taking an early morning walk along Papamoa Beach by herself on Waitangi Day when the attack occurred, leaving... Read More

Act of kindness turns sour

The victim of a driving incident near Welcome Bay is expressing frustration after what had intended to be an act of compassion, turned sour on her. The woman, who wishes to remain anonymous, says the incident happened on Welcome Bay Rd between Kairua... Read More

Wrestling team ready to grapple

Three Waikato/Bay of Plenty wrestlers are among the team of seven who will be grappling for gold at the Commonwealth Games in Brisbane. Ana Moceyawa trains at the Tauranga Judo Club in Moreland Fox Park where the team was announced today. Originally... Read More

Cadets celebrating 20 years

The Western Bay of Plenty Cadet Unit, New Zealand's largest Cadet Corps unit, is celebrating its 20th birthday this year, and Second Lieutenant Dave Northcott says they're on the hunt for new members. The unit, commanded by Major Eli Crawshaw,... Read More

Homelessness jumps up in Tauranga

The number of homeless people in Tauranga has increased 20 per cent in the past year. A steep rise in house prices and competition for jobs in the Bay of Plenty city led to the number of people without homes jumping to 470. The city was identified as... Read More

WBOP residents to vote on Maori wards

The Western Bay of Plenty District Council will hold a binding poll to see whether Maori wards should be introduced for the next two triennial elections in 2019 and in 2022. The poll came about thanks to the efforts of some councillors and local residents,... Read More

Making the ‘right decision’ on museum

A referendum on whether the community supports a museum will be held in conjunction with the upcoming Tauranga City Council by-election, and Mayor Greg Brownless believes the result will give councillors the confidence to make the right investment decision. The... Read More

Kitchen fire blocks Papamoa road

A fire which blocked a section of Dickson Road in Papamoa on Tuesday night is said to be the result of a kitchen fire. Fire and Emergency New Zealand shift manager Paul Radden says the incident happened just before 6pm. “We received reports of... Read More



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