Helping out about surf lifesavers

Papamoa Surf Lifesavers are calling for help to continue patrolling one of the longest patrolled beaches in the country - a 14km stretch of beach from Sandhurst Drive to the end of Papamoa Beach Road. This week, the Papamoa Surf Lifesaving Club is calling... Read More

Gita bearing down on New Zealand

West Coast authorities are already preparing for the ex-tropical cyclone Gita to hit, despite not being sure exactly what it could bring. Mayors and council chairs in the region met on Sunday to discuss how to prepare for the storm, and would meet later... Read More

Breaking a way to a better life

In the late 1990s, breakdancing saved Tauranga's Rush Wepiha from a life of crime. Now, 20 years later, he's bringing his craft home to try and help other young people stay on the straight and narrow. Rush, 34, is an established figure in... Read More

Buddy Mikaere standing for council

Former Opportunities Party list candidate Buddy Mikaere has thrown his hat into the ring for the upcoming council by-election, which seeks to fill the vacancy left in the wake of Gail McIntosh's passing. The 67-year-old made the announcement on... Read More

Rippa Rugby returns to rip it up

Next week will mark the start of another term of Rippa Rugby modules across the Western and Eastern Bay of Plenty. The Western Bay of Plenty Rippa Rugby modules will see over 2000 kids year two to year eight involved in five Rippa Rugby modules. This... Read More

MOKO, Johnny Raharoi

Peacefully in Te Puke on Sunday 18th February 2018 aged 73 years. Dearly loved son of Tommy and Mabel Moko, and dearly loved dad, papa, and uncle to many. Johnny will be lying at Whakaue Marae Maketu until Tuesday. A service for Johnny will be held at... Read More

Cyclone Gita to bring severe weather

Cyclone Gita, currently a Category 3 Tropical Cyclone south of New Caledonia, is expected to move southwards over the next couple of days, and curve towards New Zealand. During its journey, it will weaken to a Category 2 Tropical Cyclone, before it undergoes... Read More

Kevin Bloody Wilson coming to Tauranga

Outrageously funny singer-songwriter Kevin Bloody Wilson is returning to New Zealand this month with his ‘Almost Awesome' tour, and local fans will have the chance to see him play in Tauranga. The Australian larrikin has a fan base that stretches... Read More

Paraglider was flying in club day

The man who died in a paraglider crash on Saturday in Mount Maunganui was flying with the Bay of Plenty Hang Gliding and Paragliding Club dress up and spot landing day. Emergency services were sent to the scene at Mauao after reports came in he was... Read More

Hometown hero takes first D1NZ win

Team DMNZ drifter Drew Donovan took a seemingly unlikely win on his return to the Link ECU D1NZ National Drifting Championship at this home round in Tauranga. Having qualified 18th on Friday, Donovan battled through the order and managed to take out... Read More

Two rescued after boat capsizes

A speedy response from the Maketu Coastguard saved two people who were thrown into the sea when their boat capsized. The accident occurred just before 6.45am on Saturday morning, at the Kaituna Cut. Maketu Coastguard president Shane Beech says the two... Read More

Surfer defends title in Papamoa

Auckland surfer Thomas Kibblewhite (Red Beach) defended his Men's Longboard Division title at the Barrett Homes New Zealand Longboard and SUP Open held at Papamoa Beach on Saturday. Kibblewhite had not competed since his 2017 win at the event but... Read More

Motorcyclist in crash on SH2

UPDATED 11.55AM: A motorcyclist has been taken to Tauranga Hospital with serious injuries after crashing on State Highway 2. A police spokesperson says a tow truck has also been called to remove the bike from the scene. The road is clear in both directions... Read More

Jones best of kayaking Kiwis

Tauranga's Luuka Jones has finished sixth in a highly-competitive K1 women's final at the Australian canoe slalom championships in Penrith overnight. Jones was the only Kiwi to progress to the finals on the second day of competition and her... Read More

Volunteer enforcers get new patrol car

The Papamoa community is just that bit safer. That's thanks to its community patrol, a car yard and a substantial benefactor. The car yard, Ebbett Holden and the Legacy Trust have provided the patrol with a new a new car, and all the extras required... Read More

Poll on Maori wards in Whakatane

The Whakatane District Council has this week received a petition, signed by around 1800 people, demanding a poll of electors be undertaken on the decision to introduce a Maori ward or wards at the 2019 local government election. The petition is now... Read More

$90K Holden stolen from car yard

UPDATE 9.15AM: The stolen vehicle has been recovered. A police spokesperson says the car was located by police on Saturday afternoon at The Base in Te Rapa, Hamilton. A post to the Ebbett Holden Tauranga Facebook page says the car was initially stolen... Read More

What’s On? Extravaganza Fair

Good morning, sunners, and welcome to Sunday, the last day of the week, and the last day of your weekend... yes, it's very sad, I know. The weather's been pretty warm lately, so make the most of it and get out and about. MetService has us... Read More

Students share start-up plans

While most of us enjoyed a long hot summer at the beach, a group of Toi Ohomai and University of Waikato students have devoted their entire holidays to try and turn their ‘start-up' ideas into business ventures. The eight students, who all... Read More

Paraglider dies after crash into mount

A paraglider has died after hitting rock at Mount Maunganui this afternoon. Emergency services were notified at 3:25pm. The Rescue Co-ordination Centre and the Civil Aviation Authority will be notified. Victim Support is being offered to those who... Read More



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