Thousands powerless in Pyes Pa

Thousands of people are without power in the Pyes Pa area. Powerco reports that 2387 properties are affected by this afternoon's outage. The supply went down around 2pm and is expected to be restored around 6.30pm. According to Powerco, a site... Read More

Learning with apps: help or hindrance?

  Research involving the use of apps to help with Tauranga students' learning will be presented in an international forum. University of Waikato FEDU Associate Professor Dr Nigel Calder will take his research and present his findings at UCL's... Read More

Thousands left without power in Tauranga

Two separate incidents in Tauranga cut power to 3200 Powerco customers. Network operations manager Phil Marsh says a car accident took out a pole at Pyes Pa shortly after 12pm yesterday, which affected 2385 customers. “The majority were reconnected... Read More

Internet safety innovators win top award

A device developed in Tauranga aimed at keeping kids safe online has won a major technology award. Safe Surfer has developed the new ‘Lifeguard' device which can easily be plugged into any modem. It blocks websites containing pornography,... Read More

Fibre rollout in Waihi

The Waihi community will be the first in the Hauraki district to be able to connect to ultra-fast broadband as Chorus begins the rollout of their fibre network in May this year. Fibre is also being rolled out at Waihi Beach at the same time. Hauraki... Read More

A new way to identify stolen items

With the rise of social media, selling stolen goods online has become even easier, with buy/sell/swap pages on Facebook becoming the new black market for thieves looking to offload their ill-gotten merchandise. However, a new local business is hoping... Read More

Common scams in the UK

The United Kingdom may be renowned for its welcoming and well-mannered locals, but in reality, travelling through the country isn't all tea and biscuits. Like most places in the world, petty thieves and opportunists pose a real threat. And with... Read More

Two children in medical flights

Two children have been flown to hospital following a series of medical events earlier this week. A spokesperson for the Trustpower TECT Rescue Helicopter says one of the incidents happened on Wednesday. "An 8-year-old girl with a post-surgery tonsil... Read More

Internet safety innovators win top award

Keeping your kids safe online is now as simple as plugging a small device into your modem, thanks to a Tauranga organisation that has just won a major tech award for its efforts.  Safe Surfer developed a new ‘Lifeguard' device which... Read More

Volunteers to trial new bus app

Bay of Plenty Regional Council is inviting volunteers to try out a new real-time bus app which is currently being trialled on Bayhopper buses in Tauranga. The app, which is still in its beta stages, will feature a real-time passenger information system... Read More



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