Tauranga communities give to the food bank drive

Sirens echoed throughout the air in Tauranga on Wednesday evening as emergency services drove around the suburbs collecting items of food for the Christmas Food Bank Drive. Emergency Management Bay of Plenty, NZ Police, Fire and Emergency NZ, St John’s...... Read More

Truck crash reported on SH29

UPDATE 4.14PM: Emergency services are currently responding to a crash involving two trucks on State Highway 29 at the intersection of Valley View Road. A police spokesperson says they were called to the crash at 3.40pm. "One person has sustained...... Read More

A new Christmas mystery box opened daily

Excited children and parents turned out on Sunday morning to watch as the first door of a mystery box was opened in a life-size Christmas advent calendar in Tauranga's Red Square. The Downtown Tauranga initiative is showcasing 24 local charities...... Read More

Arrests made after Katikati aggravated robbery

Police have arrested two youths following an aggravated robbery at a liquor store on Main Road, Katikati, this afternoon. They entered the Bottle-O around 1pm armed with a screwdriver before making off with cigarettes and cash in a stolen vehicle,...... Read More

Police chase through Tauranga

Reports are coming in of a police chase through Tauranga this afternoon. A SunLive reader has messaged us in Facebook to say they have seen several police units pursuing a vehicle along State Highway 2. "It looked like they were coming down the...... Read More

Trustpower Christmas Parade draws record crowd

A crowd in excess of 25,000 lined the streets of Downtown Tauranga for the annual Trustpower Christmas Parade heralding the official start of the festive season in the city centre. The parade featured over 80 entrants including floats, marching bands,...... Read More

Smokey haze continues to linger

As dozens of Australian fires continue to burn, some out of control, the air pressure set up over the Tasman Sea means New Zealand's skies continue to be polluted, says WeatherWatch.co.nz. By the time the smoke and dust reaches NZ, it's very...... Read More

Two dotterel chicks hatched on Mount beach

The pair of dotterels nesting on Mount Main Beach have successfully hatched two chicks. The dotterels laid their eggs within metres of the Mount Surf Lifesaving Club, the nest just a simple scrape in the sand. On Sunday, the two newly-hatched chicks...... Read More

Mount Maunganui blaze under investigation

A fire investigator is expected to return to the scene of a “massive” fire in Mount Maunganui this morning. New Zealand Fire and Emergency received multiple calls to flames and black smoke coming from the refuse station on Tip Lane around...... Read More

Flames and smoke billowing from Mount fire

Updated 6:30pm: Multiple fire appliances are responding to a fire at a business on Truman Lane, Mount Maunganui. A SunLive reporter at the scene says huge mounds of mulch or bark are on fire and a curtain side delivery truck is on fire as well. “There...... Read More

Mayor meets with family of man shot by police

Tauranga Mayor Tenby Powell met with the family of the deceased man at the centre of the police shooting in Bellevue today. “This has been an extremely traumatic experience for all involved,” he says “I’ve indicated on behalf...... Read More

Mauao service for White Ribbon Day

  A range of speakers spoke out against domestic violence at a White Ribbon Day service on Mauao this morning. The service was held near the Monica Cantwell memorial site, near the Mauao summit. White Ribbon Day is held on November 25 annually...... Read More

Children saved by Police in dire hostage situation

A man has been shot and killed by Police in Tauranga today after a 14 hour stand-off.   The Bay of Plenty District Commander, Superintendent Andy McGregor spoke with media at 5.30pm following the incident.   “This afternoon a...... Read More

Man shot by Police following hostage incident

A man has died after being shot by police at a property in Bellevue, Tauranga today. Police had initially been called to the property in Oriana Crescent at around 12.25am today, after a man threatened his partner with a knife. “The woman managed...... Read More

Tauranga beats historic November heat records

MetService has recorded hot temperatures around the country this weekend, with both Taupo and Tauranga beating their historic November maxima with 30.7C and 29.2C respectively. As well as the heat, New Zealanders will have noticed hazy skies this...... Read More

Armed Offenders Squad in Bellevue

UPDATE 4.33pm:  Residents near Oriana Crescent in Bellevue report hearing loud sharp noises about 3pm today. Soon afterwards, two ambulances were seen driving into the street. Police are currently responding to an incident at a property in Bellevue,...... Read More

White Ribbon day service a chance to reflect

Buddy Mikaere’s regular walks to the summit of Mauao have prompted him to organise a service for White Ribbon day on Monday. The Tauranga Moana iwi leader takes the 4 drive track and passes by the memorial of Monica Cantwell who was murdered...... Read More

New cycling aspect to BOP garden festival

  Next year’s BOP Garden and Art Festival will include a bike trail.   That’s one of the new aspects of the festival announced at the festival’s one-year-out launch, called Sowing the Seeds, held on Wednesday night. Festival...... Read More

Cordons in place after crash in Welcome Bay

UPDATE: 10:27pm Diversions remain in place on Welcome Bay Road this evening after a serious crash. A caller to the 0800 SUNLIVE news hotline says a cyclist and vehicle have collided on Welcome Bay Road. "Police and St John Paramedics are...... Read More