Original Kiwi Jazz opens festival

The 57th National Jazz Festival opened in Tauranga on Thursday evening with one of the festival highlights, and a distinctive Kiwi flavour. The audience was dipped then fully immersed into the original music of Jim Langabeer, performed by the Secret...... Read More

Tauranga to get swingin’ with jazz this Easter

Get ready to dance the Easter weekend away as Tauranga CBD explodes with some of the hottest jazz, funk, dance and contemporary music of today and yesteryear. The 57th National Jazz Festival starts today, featuring classic jazz and blues right through...... Read More

Yes or no to the ten day holiday over Easter?

The Easter holidays are upon us, and this year the public holidays fall nicely with ANZAC Day. If employees take annual leave on Tuesday 23, Wednesday 24 and Friday 26 April, they are entitled to have a ten day holiday. SunLive travelled to Mount...... Read More

Cigarette price rise offsets cheaper petrol

The consumers price index (CPI) rose 0.1 per cent in the March 2019 quarter, due to higher prices for cigarettes, says Stats NZ. CPI inflation was also 0.1 per cent in the December 2018 quarter. In the year to March 2019, the inflation rate was 1.5...... Read More

CGT back down a win for Kiwis – Bridges

Following the announcement that the Government is not going ahead with the Capital Gains Tax, opposition leader Simon Bridges says “there is still a range of taxes on the table”. He says after 18 months of waiting and a $2 million tax working...... Read More

New art exhibition opens in Tauranga

A new art exhibition has officially opened in Tauranga. Mayor Greg Brownless opened the Finding Beauty Exhibition in Our Place on Monday April 15. The exhibition is part of the 2019 Trustpower Photographic Exhibition, bringing together five winning...... Read More

Life size scrabble at Mount urban space

A life-sized version of outdoor scrabble is open for public use until Thursday in downtown Mount Maunganui. The limited time giant scrabble installation is a partnership between Mount Mainstreet and Knock Knock Events and is set up at Te Papa o Nga...... Read More

Residents react to Welcome Bay fire

Things are winding down at the scene of the fire that happened in Welcome Bay this morning. Fire and emergency northern fire communications spokesperson Murray Bannister says they received multiple calls to the fire on Waitaha Road, with the first...... Read More

Hundreds turn out to Autumn Quarry Fest

A perfectly fine autumn day dawned over the Te Puna Quarry Park, providing a stunning backdrop for the Autumn Quarry Fest. There was a constant hum of people, music and laughter from the carpark, up through the bush walk to the amphitheatre on Sunday. “This...... Read More

Ninety jet skis circle Matakana

Action Sports Direct hosted a social jetski lap around Matakana Island on Sunday. Jet ski owners met on Sunday morning at the Sulphur Point boat ramp to embark on a family friendly ride, not a race, around Matakana Island. The original plan was to...... Read More

Tattoo & Art Extravaganza

Brazilian dancers, tattoo artists, performers and a wearable arts show are only some of the highlights at the Tattoo & Art Extravaganza this weekend. The Trustpower Baypark Arena is transformed into a creative hub for both Saturday 13 and Sunday 14...... Read More

Raising awareness one paper doll at a time

An eight and ten-year-old sibling duo have taken the country and world by storm using paper dolls. Tahatai Coast School students Emily and Dan Barback’s idea to raise awareness for the Christchurch attacks has escalated over the past few weeks. The...... Read More

Child flown to Starship after train crash

A child has been flown to Starship Hospital in a critical condition, after a train and car collided near Pukehina this morning. Emergency services were called to the scene on Duncan Lane around 8.30am. A police spokesperson says two others have...... Read More

Four injured in BOP crash with train

UPDATED 9.38AM: Four people have been injured following a crash between a car and train in the Bay of Plenty this morning. A train and car have collided on Duncan Lane in the Bay of Plenty, near Pukehina. The crash occurred at 8.30am and the train...... Read More

Poukai at Huria Marae

The Maori king and more than 400 people attended the annual Poukai at Huria Marae recently. This is the 61st year that the marae has hosted the event. Flags were hoisted at dawn, and Tūheitia Paki and his wife Makau Ariki Atawhai, along with a large...... Read More

Papamoa Primary taking a sustainable leap

Papamoa Primary School students and teachers are busy bees today. The students are taking part in a sustainable activity to design and make their own beeswax wraps. Year three and four teacher Patrick Barrett says so far the students have made close...... Read More

Vapour trail caught on camera

A strange streak in the sky is being put down to a vapour trail thought to have come from an aircraft. Chris and Amber Wyatt sent a video to SunLive show the trail, which appeared to be emanating from the sun. “It was taken at 2.44pm on Tuesday...... Read More

Elizabeth Street lights active on Thursday

Traffic lights at the Elizabeth Street roundabout will be switched on this Thursday. The New Zealand Transport Agency (NZTA) say the roundabout metering will be in place to improve the morning peak traffic flow. “The traffic lights on Takitimu...... Read More

Awhina House opens doors in Tauranga

Awhina House is officially open in Tauranga. Tauranga’s homeless women’s shelter was opened on Sunday afternoon. “We are stoked,” says Awhina House General Manager Angela Wallace. “It’s been a lot of work and a...... Read More