Whakatane native keeps Navy wing flying

A 2009 Whakatane High School graduate is serving in the U.S. Navy aboard Naval Air Station Jacksonville, home to the U.S. Navy’s newest maritime, patrol and reconnaissance aircraft. Petty Officer 2nd in Class Cayla Wentz is a Navy aviation maintenance...... Read More

Funding boost saves under-threat school programme

A transformative programme ensuring low socio-economic children do not start school lagging behind their peers, including in the Bay of Plenty, has been saved from cutting its services thanks to a new partnership with the Tauranga-based Wright Family...... Read More

Paengaroa kids abuzz over beeswax wraps

Students from Paengaroa School marked Bee Aware Month by making sustainable beeswax wraps using beeswax from locally-owned hives. On September 12, representatives from local bee products company Comvita held two practical beeswax wraps making sessions...... Read More

What is the fuss about gaming?

Concerns over the addictive nature of online gaming and its effects will be addressed by a national expert at a free event in Tauranga. Psychotherapist, and New Zealand’s leading expert on gaming addiction, James Driver will be hosting Gaming...... Read More

Children’s learning centre gets a revamp

Located in Gate Pa a renovated property is home to the early childhood learning centre, Kids on Nineteen. Open since September 2011, the centre changed owners in early 2018 and has recently had Rob from ‘Hire a Hubby’ come into the centre...... Read More

Blue brightest colour of the rainbow for Kawerau

An excited group of 60 Kawerau youth were let loose at Rainbow’s End theme park last Sunday, courtesy of New Zealand Blue Light. The youth were one group among 2000 plus to attend, with each group organised and supported by their local Blue...... Read More

New secondary school for WBOP sought

Jo Linthwaite’s children might not be ready for secondary school just yet, but the Whakamarama woman is not wasting any time in making sure there will be one on her doorstep when the time comes. The mum of four has set up a petition calling for...... Read More

647,000 plus people affected by arthritis

Arthritis can affect anyone at any age and new figures released in 2018 reveal that more than 647,000 people in New Zealand have arthritis, 48 percent of which are of working age. The findings in the recent Economic Cost of Arthritis in New Zealand...... Read More

Bay of Plenty bands get rock-ready

Primary and intermediate school bands from the Bay of Plenty are ready to rock. The bands will be taking to the stage this evening at Selwyn Ridge Primary School to participate in KidzRock 2018 Over a Decade of Rock. The event brings together a number...... Read More

Relief teacher shortage forces drastic measures

Rural schools have struggled to find enough relief teachers during the winter flu season with at least one sending students home because of a lack of staff. Official figures showed there were fewer cases of flu than usual in the past few months, but...... Read More

Opinion Poll

Who or what is to blame for all the crashes on the roads of late?

Drivers in general
The roads
A combination of the roads and drivers