Tauranga’s new up market alley

Durham Lane is about to be transformed from a nondescript back alley into an upmarket urban landscape. The aim behind the redesign is to “encourage and protect pedestrian activity”, following the recent approval of detailed designs for the... Read More

Jetsprinters back water saving efforts

Since the V8 Jetsprints first arrived in the Bay of Plenty back in 2014, organisers have sought to identify opportunities which keep the award-winning, action-packed event at the forefront of innovation. The inaugural event heralded a new era globally... Read More

One Love crowds ready for magic

Canadian funk fusion band MAGIC! is about to receive a whole lot of love from reggae fans around the nation as they gear up for the coveted One Love festival, this weekend at Tauranga Domain. The band joins the line-up of more than 20 international acts... Read More

The Wizard of Oz – stunning and polished

Tauranga Musical Theatre Youth set the bar very high with a distinctly polished start to the year ahead with their performance of ‘The Wizard of Oz – Young Performer's Edition'. They breathe life into this much-loved story, giving... Read More

HANDLEY, Irma Anne (nee Darling)

Peacefully at home on January 22nd 2018, aged 82 years. Dearly loved wife of Peter for 62 years. Loved Mum of Michele, Amanda and Karl, and Fenella. Proud Nana to Andrew and Hannah, Nick and Lauren, Ben and Jodi, Danny and Christina, and Emma.  Loved... Read More

Council petition exceeds 2300 signatures

Electors in the Western Bay of Plenty look set to have their say on whether Maori wards should be introduced on the district council, as petitioners exceed the minimum number of required signatures to force a district-wide vote. Te Puke councillor Mike... Read More

Building more homes to ease pressure

Community housing provider Accessible Properties says they are committed to helping ease the pressure on housing in Tauranga by building more homes. The statement follows reports that Tauranga now outranks Auckland as New Zealand's most unaffordable... Read More

Parts of Desert Road to close

Part of State Highway 1-Desert Road is to have two full closures and will be down to one lane for almost three months while the deck is replaced on Waihohonu Stream Bridge. The bridge was damaged by a truck crash in July 2017. The repair work is expected... Read More

HENRY, Doreen

Peacefully in Tauranga on Friday 19th January 2018 aged 90 years, surrounded by her family. Dearly loved wife of the late " Bonnie" Henry. Treasured mother and mother in law of Russell and Siggi, Sue and the late Ross, and Annie and Steve. Much loved... Read More

Man nabbed after fleeing from police

An 18-year-old man has been arrested after a police pursuit in the Eastern Bay last night.  A police media spokesperson says the pursuit happened just before 11.40pm.  “Police received a call from a property near the Whakatane... Read More

TWOMEY, Muriel Evelyn (Pat)

On January 20, 2018 age 87. Wife of the late Jack Twomey, only daughter of Herbert and Vera Cumming.  Mother and mother in law of Jim and Kath, Evelyn and Alan King, Tracy (deceased), and Ron Gubb, Anne and Ron (deceased) Drabble, Brian, and friend... Read More

Scallop event shelved for the year

One of Whitianga's most iconic seafood festivals is being put on hold for the year, due to planned upgrades in the town. The Whitianga Scallop Festival is well in its 14th year and is highly anticipated each year by seafood lovers around the nation. Held... Read More

Council decides what to consult on

The proposed museum and library will be among the topics up for debate when Tauranga City Council's Long Term Plan 2018-2028 goes out for public consultation in March. Mayor Greg Brownless says the consultation topics reflect the council's... Read More

One injured after car leaves road

One person has been taken to hospital with moderate injuries after a crash on Pyes Pa Road. A police media spokesperson says the accident happened at about 8am. “Police were called to reports of a car going off of Pyes Pa Road. “There was... Read More

Predicting weather like popping corn

The Bay of Plenty's weather has been unpredictable of late, with sunny days suddenly turning grey and heavy rain failing to eventuate. MetService meteorologist Tom Adams says the nature of the weather at the moment means thunderstorms and other... Read More

Cracking down on drugged drivers

A Bill to bolster Police's ability to tackle drug driving has been lodged as a Members Bill by National MP for Wairarapa Alastair Scott.  “Too many fatal crashes involving drugs have highlighted the need to crack down on those who get... Read More

Bay Today

  'Summer Pohutukawa Blossom', part of an iPhoneOgraphy photo-series. Photo: Bill Gibson-Patmore. Send us your photos from around the Bay of Plenty. kendra@thesun.co.nz Read More

Crash reported on SH36

Reports are coming in of a car off the road on State Highway 36, between Tauranga and Rotorua. A caller to the 0800 SUNLIVE news hotline says a car is in the bushes between Te Matai Road and Tauranga Direct Road. "Firefighters are at the scene. The driver... Read More

Compensation over sulphuric fuel

Hundreds of car owners left with empty tanks after being given low-quality petrol will be in line for compensation. Some batches of 91 and 95 petrol sold by BP, Z Energy and Mobil between late November and mid-December last year had elevated sulphur... Read More

Mount braces for surf lifesaving champs

One of the biggest sporting events on the Surf Life Saving New Zealand calendar is taking place this weekend at Mt Maunganui with hundreds of athletes from around the country set to take part.  This year, 850 athletes will compete in the surf and... Read More

Opinion Poll

Should the Christmas/New Year school holidays be moved to February when the weather is typically better in NZ?

Yes, that is when I would take my holidays.
No, you never know when there is going to be bad weather.

Bay Today


’Summer Pohutukawa Blossom’, part of an iPhoneOgraphy photo-series. Photo: Bill Gibson-Patmore.

Send us your photos from around the Bay of Plenty. kendra@thesun.co.nz