Panepane wharf undergoes safety work

Part of Panepane Wharf on Matakana Island has been removed from use due to the failure of two piles causing a section of the wharf to slump. In a statement on the Western Bay of Plenty District Council website, it says this occurred just before Christmas...... Read More

Free Sunday afternoon music in Government Gardens

Bring along a picnic and a rug and settle in to enjoy free local entertainment as Music at the Band Rotunda returns to Government Gardens on Sunday afternoons in February and March. The series will cover six Sunday afternoon sessions from 1pm – 3pm,...... Read More

Getting back to natural health

More than 50 Western Bay of Plenty youth are getting back to nature to help improve their health and wellbeing with a kaupapa Māori programme in Mount Maunganui this week. The two-week Koiora programme is offered by Te Rūnanga o Ngāi te Rangi Iwi...... Read More

A very Rotorua election row

Two foundation members of a group now known as the Rotorua Districts Residents and Ratepayers Association are locked in a local FB debate about accentuating the positive and not the negative. In the positive corner is Mike McVicker and in the negative...... Read More

Crash on Takitimu Drive

Motorists are being warned of delays on State Highway 2 following a crash. A reporter at the scene says it is after SH2 and SH29 merge heading towards the city and before the Waihi Road off-ramp. "One car has been turned around and is facing...... Read More

Water shutdown for Tauranga residents

Residents in Tauranga will experience a day without water, when a water shutdown takes place tomorrow. Residents who live on 20th Ave and McClymont Place will be without water from 9am to 2.30pm on Friday January 18. A statement on the Tauranga City...... Read More

Police to increase use of CCTV footage

Western Bay of Plenty police are planning to make more use of the city's security cameras to track down dangerous drivers. Police will be ramping up their crack down on the regions worse drivers and will be working with the Tauranga City Council...... Read More

Powerball and Strike roll over

Powerball and Strike have both rolled over, meaning there is a combined prize pool of $9.3 million up for grabs on Saturday. Powerball was not struck this evening and has rolled over to Saturday night, where the jackpot will be $8 million. Lotto First...... Read More

Liliuokalani, Michelle Obama and the weather

In today’s weather forecast we are expecting morning cloud then a fine remainder of the day, but with the chance of an afternoon shower or two. Also southwesterly breezes. It’s a one-clothing layer day today with a high of 28 and an overnight...... Read More

It’s a job hunters market

The Bay of Plenty and Waikato workers have fared well when it comes to a rise in wages and the number of jobs on offer. The latest figures from Trade Me Jobs, analyzing over 74,000 vacancies listed on its site, shows 2018 ended with the largest national...... Read More

Opinion Poll

Do you think the rise in tax will deter people from smoking?

Yes, it will be too expensive.
No, if people want to smoke, they will find a way to pay for it.
Depends on the person's available income.