Wintry, snowy change coming for Sunday

There's been some very mild weather around NZ lately, but that is expected to change this weekend as winter reminds us that the season is still with us. Sou'Westers will kick in on Saturday nationwide but will turn milder west to north west...... Read More

Numerous crashes as heavy rain lashes BOP

Motorists are being asked to avoid unnecessary travel as heavy rain lashes the region. Police have been called to a number of crashes this morning, including one on State Highway 29, near Soldiers Road and one on the corner of Devonport Road and 12th...... Read More

Protestors descend on Tauranga Council

UPDATE 12.56PM: Hundreds of Tauranga ratepayers have descended upon council chambers this afternoon to protest their opposition to a proposed rates increase. A rates rise is being proposed in Tauranga City Council's Long Term Plan, which is set...... Read More

Rare ride for rare fight

A sweet ride on a 2021 Harley Road Glide is what Adam Fenech is offering the winner of an online auction aimed at helping a Bay of Plenty cancer sufferer. Adam has thrown his support behind the Rodger family as their daughter, 18-year-old Tia-Jayne,...... Read More

House fire in Pyes Pa spread from oven to ceiling

Fire emergency services are attending a house fire in Pyes Pa. "Three crews were called to Applin Lane," says Fire and Emergency NZ shift manager Craig Dally. "It was an oven fire that spread into the ceiling. "One...... Read More

Sirens and evacuation at Fraser Cove

7.30pm Update: A false alarm activation has been found to be the cause of a siren sounding at Fraser Cove Shopping Centre this evening. Fire and Emergency NZ shift manager Craig Dalley reports that there is no fire at the centre. A fire truck attended...... Read More

Tree down on Wairoa Rd as wild weather passes

A tree that has come down on Wairoa Rd is reported to be over power lines. A SunLive reader reports that a large tree has toppled over on Wairoa Rd, between State Highway 2 and Oliver Rd. One lane is blocked with traffic management in...... Read More

Wild weather lashing NZ

MetService have issued a rare Red Warning for Buller as heavy rain continues to lash parts of the South Island. The wild weather is expected to bring heavy rain and northerly gales for many parts of central and northern New Zealand. An...... Read More

Interesting sights from Whakaari/White Island

Bay of Plenty residents may have noticed large plumes of smoke emitting from Whakaari/White Island in recent days. The plumes have also been observed on GeoNet's volcano cameras, along with a strange glow on the night cameras. GNS Science volcano...... Read More

Stormy weather on the horizon

Weather forecasters are predicting severe weather to move onto New Zealand this weekend, but not everyone is expected to be impacted. In the Bay of Plenty today, the forecast is for a mostly sunny day with cloud starting to increase from the afternoon. WeatherWatch.co.nz...... Read More

Two vegetation fires hit Tauranga in five days

  An investigation is under way to establish the cause of a vegetation fire at the Otumoetai Golf Club.   The fire engulfed five palm trees on the outskirts of the golf course around 7.30pm on Tuesday, but no other damage has been recorded. Otumoetai...... Read More

Te Tuinga celebrate Matariki

Celebrating Tauranga as a safe anchorage for all was the theme for a final celebration of Matariki on Friday night. Te Tuinga Whānau gathered their wider community of supporters together at the newly opened Te Puna Hall for an evening of feasting,...... Read More

Traffic building up on SH29 in lower Kaimai Range

Traffic is reported to be building up on State Highway 29 in the lower Kaimai Range. A SunLive reader driving from Tauranga to Waikato reports that there is a long line of slow-moving traffic heading towards Tauranga on SH29 near Poripori Rd. ...... Read More

Large fire behind Bethlehem Town Centre

A fire has destroyed part of a hedge and damaged two cars behind Bethlehem Town Centre. The fire was well alight before fire crews arrived, with flames blazing higher than the house roofs behind it. The fire was reported around 4.15pm in the...... Read More

BOP designer wins at national design awards

Bay of Plenty designer, Michelle McAnulty of Beaver Kitchens has won a national award at one of the biggest and most recognised kitchen and bathrooms awards in the country.   Michelle won the ‘Bay of Plenty Chapter Recognition Kitchen...... Read More

Covid-19: MIQ case under investigation

There is one new Covid-19 case in managed isolation today and none in the community, the Ministry of Health has reported. In a statement, the ministry says the new case arrived in the country from Afghanistan via the United Arab Emirates on 16 June...... Read More

Snow in the Bay of Plenty

It is snowing in the Bay of Plenty. Reports are coming in of snow falling at the top of the Kaimai Ranges as an Antarctic blast hits New Zealand. The chilly weather across the nation has already seen the Desert Road closed earlier today whilst there...... Read More

Covid-19: Wellington returning to alert level 1

Wellington is moving back to alert level 1 and the Trans-Tasman travel bubble pause will be lifted for some parts of Australia from Sunday night. The capital and its wider region will leave alert level 2 from 11.59pm tonight. Cabinet has met this...... Read More

Road users urged to make themselves seen

Be Bright, Be Safe, Be Seen Travel Safe are reminding Tauranga and Western Bay of Plenty road and path users to be bright, be safe and be seen this winter. Whether you’re on two wheels or two legs, commuting to work or school, riding a scooter...... Read More