Getting the dinosaur fix

  The man behind the DinoFest event at Sydenham Botanic Park next week has been fascinated by dinosaurs since childhood. “I guess when I was a kid, I used to go fossil hunting in the UK, I had an interest in reptiles, dinosaurs from a young... Read More

Back to school buying tips

The start of the new school year is an exciting time for both parents and students but it can be a costly one, with parents having to fork out for uniforms, shoes, bags, stationery and school fees. With a bit of forward planning, there are ways to help... Read More

Petitions to bring back Stage Challenge

Petitions have been launched to bring back the axed school Stage Challenge. One petition, by Alison Wright, had gained 500 supporters by Tuesday night. "Tell the Stage Challenge Foundation, the Ministry of Education, The Ministry of Youth... Read More

Positive reaction to NCEA results

NCEA results are out, and one Bethlehem College student is pretty happy with how she did. Ashley Hocking, who sat NCEA Level 1 last year, was among thousands of students who logged on to the NZQA website this morning to check their results. Ashley, who... Read More

Schoolgirl conquers Motiti Is. solo swim

Tauranga schoolgirl Georgia Bavington has created a little piece of swimming history, becoming the youngest person to conquer the waters between Motiti Island and Papamoa. Just two days after finishing second in her agegroup at the national 10km championships... Read More

Nervous wait for NCEA students

Tens of thousands of teenagers will be hitting the refresh button on their computers today as their exam results are released. The qualifications authority will upload more than 600,000 NCEA marks for around 168,000 students, including for the controversial... Read More

Police tightening up on school drivers

Tauranga drivers are soon to be under the spotlight as police tighten up on speed around Western Bay of Plenty schools. Western Bay of Plenty road policing manager acting Senior Sergeant Wayne Hunter says a campaign is set to begin in the first week... Read More

Free programme aims to get kids reading

All children from age five to 12 are invited to take part in the “Wild about Reading” summer reading programme at the Whakatane District library. The free programme aims to promote books and reading, and runs during the school holiday period. Registration... Read More

Facelift for popular Bay walking track

A popular Eastern Bay of Plenty walkway is set to receive a face lift, with upgrade work beginning as early as next week. Work will be completed on a section of the Nga Tapuwae o Toi walkway which includes the area from Kohi Point to Otarawairere. The... Read More

Bay rugby player lands prestigious award

An Eastern Bay of Plenty rugby player is one of two recipients of Waikato University's most prestigious awards - the Sir Edmund Hillary Medal. Sporting all-rounder Stacey Waaka and top cellist Matthias Balzat have each been given an award. The... Read More



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’Summer Pohutukawa Blossom’, part of an iPhoneOgraphy photo-series. Photo: Bill Gibson-Patmore.

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