New biosecurity fines to be introduced

Arriving vessels, transitional and containment facilities and cruise ship passengers will face new infringement offences for sloppy biosecurity practices that expose New Zealand to risk from harmful diseases and pests. The new offences will introduce...... Read More

Tauranga’s mystery noise still a conundrum

There’s still been no word on what the mystery noise is that has been puzzling Tauranga residents recently. SunLive has reached out to GeoNet and the Defence Force, but have had no answer as to what the noise was. A few people have contacted...... Read More

Recycling drop-offs – sorting required

Anyone dropping-off recyclable waste at the Whakatāne District Council’s Whakatāne or Murupara transfer stations will now be required to sort and place items in the appropriate receptacles. Council Solid Waste Manager Nigel Clarke says that...... Read More

Emergency mobile alert tests this weekend

If you phone receives a strange alert on Sunday November 25, don’t be alarmed. The Ministry of Civil Defence and Emergency Management will be sending out alerts to compatible phones between 6 and 7pm, as a nationwide test. The reason for doing...... Read More

Micro-tornado hits hard

A micro-tornado tipped up two irrigators and moved a mower as it blasted across an Ashburton farm. Farmer Randal Hanrahan was working outside about 4pm and filmed the dust devil as it formed about 100 metres from him. “I saw it go across the...... Read More

The Long Lunch wraps up festival

The queen of garden shows herself, the Hon. Maggie Barry, hosted The Long Lunch. Held on the fourth and final day of the Bay of Plenty Garden and Art Festival, at Mills Reef Winery, The Long Lunch has been an enjoyable and relaxed afternoon celebration. On...... Read More

Tauranga arborist scaling international heights

It’s been a big year for James Kilpatrick. The 33-year-old arborist from Tauranga has won his third consecutive Men’s International Tree Climbing Championship, beating 48 competitors from more than 20 countries. James, now based in Germany,...... Read More

Eels insects and effluent make for a day of fun

More than one hundred students from ten Bay of Plenty schools have enjoyed a day out discovering how to monitor and care for their local waterways. The 8-12 year olds are participants in an annual Hands-on Water Expo, hosted this week at Redwood Valley...... Read More

Blooming festival at historic village

Thursday’s sun shone full and bright on the first day of the four day ‘Bloom in the Bay’ festival at Tauranga Historic Village. A small white tent city has appeared in the village green, with food stalls, musicians, sculpture, art,...... Read More

Strange noise heard around Tauranga

A strange noise that has been heard around the Tauranga area, has left residents puzzled. A noise that has been described as a huge grinding, rumbling kind of crash, have left some residents asking what the noise actually was. One resident Skyla,...... Read More




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