Record turnout for bar crossing training

Maketu Coastguard held another successful community bar crossing training event last Sunday. The event took place at the Kaituna Cut near Maketu with more than 80 boaties taking the opportunity to undertake training by the Maketu Coastguard crew on...... Read More

No pussyfooting on catfish programme

The catfish eradication programme is gathering pace as the weather improves and the holiday season nears. Catch rates over the winter were low, but concerns were raised several months ago with numbers of catfish at record levels in Lake Rotoiti. Some...... Read More

One week to have your say on proposed Marine Park

Public consultation on Council’s proposal to revoke recreation reserve status from an area of land at Marine Park, to enable the University of Waikato to establish a new marine research and educational facility, closes on Friday December 14 at...... Read More

Misjudged tidal flow compromises yacht departure

A yacht has collided with a wooden pile while departing from Bridge Wharf. Vessel Works manager Phil Wardale says its captain has spent the morning assessing the damage sustained to the vessel. “While departing to head back up to Auckland...... Read More

Sanford’s sale potentially affecting Tauranga jobs

New Zealand seafood company Sanford has announced it now has an unconditional agreement to sell its Tauranga based pelagic business to local company Pelco NZ Ltd. The assets included are three purse seine fishing vessels, processing equipment and pelagic...... Read More

Weather set to clear for end of the week

The Bay of Plenty won’t be having to deal with the wild weather for much longer as it’s looking to clear later in the week. It has been a pretty active day weather wise, for not only the Bay of Plenty but for the rest of the country as...... Read More

Old4New helping saving lives this summer

Coastguard New Zealand has launched its Old4New nationwide campaign, offering boaties the chance to hand over their old lifejackets for a discount on brand new ones. The Coastguard Old4New van will be visiting popular locations and boat ramps over...... Read More

Cruise ship docking may have looked wrong

Causal onlookers watching cruise ships dock in the Tauranga Harbour on Saturday morning, may have thought that the boat was going somewhere it shouldn’t. The Seven Seas Mariner is operated by Regent Seven Seas Cruises and in 2009, the boat made...... Read More

Bottle deposit scheme is fizzing

More than 12,000 people, including a large number from the Bay of Plenty, have attached their signatures to a petition aimed at convincing politicians that dumping plastic bottles in landfill is not okay. Almost one billion plastic bottles are being...... Read More

Tracking seabirds in the Hauraki Gulf

A collaboration between the fishing industry, government, iwi, and environmental groups has announced that a trial using on-board cameras to monitor accidental capture of seabirds by fishers in the Hauraki Gulf would be extended for a third year. The...... Read More

Opinion Poll

Do you think free parking in the CBD on Saturdays will bring more business to retailers?

No it’s going to add to the parking problems
Yes and it should be extended throughout the week