Extreme graffiti attack in Papamoa

A carpark in Papamoa has been heavily spray painted with anti-semitic symbols and racist speech.  A police spokesperson says Harrison's Cut carpark in Papamoa is cordoned off following the graffiti attack. They received reports...... Read More

Tauranga COVID-19 positive case warns community

Jasmine Manwell is staying in a tent on her mum’s lawn in Tauranga. She tested positive for COVID-19 on March 24. “My mum has made it very comfortable for me, it’s more glamping,” says the 23-year-old. Jasmine says she is the...... Read More

Cracker thunderstorm caught on camera

Mother nature put on a cracker of a show overnight, with a thunderstorm that got many people out in their backyards with their cameras. Several stunning images have been sent into SunLive showing the lightning as illuminated the night sky. One SunLive...... Read More

COVID-19 police checkpoint in Tauranga

Police are manning COVID-19 checkpoints in Tauranga today. A SunLive photographer says police wearing personal protective equipment are checking vehicles opposite Tauranga Bridge Marina.  “They are checking traffic that is going over the...... Read More

Simon Bridges addresses media in Tauranga

National supports the Government’s decision to move the country towards Level 4 of the Covid-19 alert system over the next 48 hours and to extend the economic package for all businesses is being welcome by Simon Bridges. “This is an unprecedented...... Read More

Starlink string of pearls crosses sky tonight

Bay of Plenty residents had an opportunity last night for a very clear viewing of the recently launched Starlink5 satellites as they soared overhead in single file across the night sky. Starlink 5 is due back again tonight, Saturday March 21, with...... Read More

Tauranga Boys‘ College going bald for a cause

A Tauranga teenager’s personal connection to blood cancer has inspired him to rally around his school and raise thousands for Shave for a Cure. Logan Green’s mum Helen has been diagnosed with non-Hodgkin Lymphoma, so the Head Boy got together...... Read More

Indoor gatherings of more than 100 to be cancelled

The government is extending its mass gathering policy to cancel indoor events with more than 100 people, the Health Minister David Clark has confirmed. The new measures do not apply to workplaces, schools, supermarkets or public transport. David says...... Read More

Eight new cases of COVID-19, one in Rotorua

There are eight new cases of COVID-19 in New Zealand since yesterday - bringing the total number to 28. The Ministry of Health's Director-General of Health Dr Ashley Bloomfield is updating New Zealand on the health response to COVID-19. He says...... Read More

PM gives update on Govt‘s response on COVID-19

Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern has told New Zealanders they must prepare for the full effects of the COVID-19 coronavirus, but must not panic, especially over rumours and misinformation. Jacinda is in Rotorua, where she gave an update on the government's...... Read More

LIVE Coronavirus: 20 confirmed cases

The Ministry of Health's Director-General of Health Dr Ashley Bloomfield and  Secretary of Education Iona Holsted are providing an update on the Covid-19 coronavirus. This afternoon, Ashley has confirmed there are now 20 confirmed cases,...... Read More

Indigenous artists share craft at extravaganza

Indigenous tattoo artists from around the world have gathered to share their craft and traditions at the Tattoo and Art Extravaganza at TECT Arena. The Ta Atea space at the exhibition is hosting over 20 indigenous artists from around the world with...... Read More

Mock whale stranding exercise causing confusion

A mock whale stranding exercise on a beach in the Tauranga harbour this afternoon has confused some residents. SunLive has received calls and messages from people reporting a whale stranding on the beach near the Chapel Street Bridge. “There...... Read More

New hoops an upshot for BOP Schools

The sound of basketballs can be heard thumping the ground as a group of Gate Pa School children get coaching tips from Tall Black Tom Abercrombie. Abercrombie is in Tauranga to launch the Hoops in Schools programme where 12 Bay of Plenty schools have...... Read More

Cameron Road closed after fuel spill

Update 11:30pm: Diversions remain in place in Tauranga CBD following a petrol spill on Cameron Road.  A police spokesperson says they received reports of the incident at 9.45am.  "It appears a boat has dropped fuel on the road."  Cameron...... Read More

Coronavirus: ‘Stamp out’ phase begins

There are no new confirmed or probable cases of coronavirus in New Zealand with the Ministry of Health response now moving into a long "stamp it out and slow it down phase". Ministry of Health director-general of health Dr...... Read More

Vehicle rollover in Mount Maunganui

Update 11am: A crane and tow truck are present at the scene of where a truck has rolled in Mount Maunganui this morning.  An employee of a nearby business says the truck remains on its side.  "There is a big crane and tow truck....... Read More

1,800+ schoolchildren explore marine science

This last week, schoolchildren from across New Zealand travelled with LEARNZ and the Sustainable Seas Challenge to discover what's threatening mussels/kuku or kutai, a taonga species, in Ohiwa Harbour near Ohope, and how science and matauranga Maori...... Read More

Man with Coronavirus attended Tool concert

The man who has been confirmed to have New Zealand's fourth case of coronavirus attended the Tool concert at Spark Arena in Auckland on Friday night, the Health Ministry has confirmed. Director-General of Health Dr Ashley Bloomfield - who is providing...... Read More