House fire in Welcome Bay

Emergency services are at the scene of a house fire in Welcome Bay. Police say they were advised at 9.20pm that a house was on fire on Keam Way in Welcome... Read More

Severe weather watch for heavy rain

Periods of heavy rain are being forecast for the Bay of Plenty. The MetService has issued a severe weather watch for the region. "An active front... Read More

Tourism fund: Matariki projects in latest round

Two local projects, one in Waihi and the other in Rotorua, are part of the latest Tourism Infrastructure Fund. Minister of Tourism Stuart Nash and Associate... Read More

NZ welcomes the global avocado community

New Zealand’s growing avocado industry will take the spotlight in April 2023 when New Zealand hosts the World Avocado Congress for the first time... Read More

Whakatāne boat harbour: Resource consent granted

Excitement is growing for the future of Whakatāne as resource consent is granted for the proposed $29 million boat harbour, Te Rāhui Herenga Waka Whakatāne. The... Read More

Māori All Blacks bolster squad

Cullen Grace from Ngāti Whakaue / Ngāti Raukawa, Sam Nock from Ngāpuhi and Max Hicks from Ngāti Ranginui / Ngāi te Rangi will join the Māori All... Read More

MICKELL, Julie Anne (nee Ellery)

Passed away peacefully in Tauranga on Wednesday 22 June 2022. Loving wife of Elwyn for 63 years. Loved mother of Shelley and Anna. Grandmother to Harris... Read More

La Nina event officially comes to an end

It is glass half empty or glass half full when it comes to La Nina, which has officially come to an end according to the Bureau of Meteorology. The... Read More

Four car crash: Seven people injured

A multiple vehicle crash is being reported near Te Puna this afternoon. A caller to the 0800 SUNLIVE news hotline says at least two vehicles have crash... Read More

Illuminating the waterways in Pāpāmoa

Pāpāmoa is illuminating the Te Ara ō Wairākei storm water trail in celebration of Matariki today. People are being invited to walk the trail... Read More

Power out after crash in Lower Kaimai

Power is out in the Lower Kaimai after a car has crashed into a power pole. According to the Powerco website, about 70 properties have been affected... Read More

Crowds gather for jazz at the Mount

Music lovers are bracing the cold to enjoy a day-long free jazz event. 'Jazz at the Mount' is part of this month’s 59th Port of Tauranga... Read More

BURCH, Robert

Rob passed away on June 24th 2022 after a brave battle with dementia; aged 74 years. Beloved husband of Val. Cherished father of Sarah and Andrew, and... Read More

Ratepayers unite in dissatisfaction

Lively discussions have been taking place among a group of Whakatāne ratepayers dissatisfied with decisions being made by Whakatāne District Council. One... Read More

TECT Park adds to long list of awards

The Western Bay of Plenty's TECT Park has been recognised as an exemplary action park in New Zealand. TECT Park has won the Active Park/Sports Ground... Read More