Bay company provides aid relief in Tonga

A Tauranga-based company is the latest to provide aid to badly affected farming communities in Tonga, following the devastating impact of Cyclone Gita. Heilala Vanilla, which is based in Te Puna, partners with vanilla growers throughout Tonga, including... Read More

Turn your trash into fash

After seven months of crocheting together more than 400 plastic bags, you could forgive 13-year-old Hunter Ririnui for never wanting to see another plastic bag again. A passion for design and the environment saw the then Tauranga Intermediate student... Read More

Help at the end of the rainbow

Coming out at 50 is no less terrifying than coming out as a teenager, says a Tauranga woman offering help and advice to the lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender and intersex community. With the support of Toi Ohomai, Kat Clark has established a Rainbow... Read More

Moving day for council staff

Tauranga City Council staff begin their move from the former Trustbank building on Devonport Road to the newish IRD building on Cameron Road on Friday. The move, which will happen over three weeks, will see about 400 people changing offices from one... Read More

A car yard, a grass verge or both?

They're impromptu car yards – pop-up car yards – and they're happening on grass verges at various strategic spots around town. They're the work of private car sellers seeking maximum exposure for their vehicles, with little... Read More

An alternative viewpoint to TECT

Trustpower will go directly to the public over the proposal to cancel the TECT cheque after TECT declined the local energy company's offer to participate in public drop-in information sessions. “Trustpower are opposing TECT's proposal... Read More

Mount Drury playground gets facelift

The playground at Mount Drury Reserve is soon to be the home of a shiny new slide, as part of recent upgrades. The installation of the slide was spotted at the end of last week by a nearby resident. Parks and recreation manager Mark Smith says the installation... Read More

Community awards prize pool to increase

Community organisations will be able to share an increased prize pool when entries for the Trustpower Community Awards open next month. The Trustpower Community Awards recognise and reward the efforts of volunteers and first took place 25 years ago here... Read More

Turret Rd cliff erosion under control

Ongoing cliff erosion near Turret Road is believed pose a minimal risk to motorists, according to latest observations by Tauranga City Council. The erosion is currently affecting a bank near Turret Road, about 50m from SH2a. TCC transportation manager... Read More

Te Wharekura o Mauao appoints principal

Te Wharekura o Mauao has confirmed Matua Heywood Kuka has been appointed as the Maori immersion school's new Tumuaki (principal), succeeding Matua Koa Douglas. Located in Bethlehem, Te Wharekura o Mauao provides tikanga Maori education for Year... Read More



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