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Wednesday, May 06, 2015



Should Tauranga follow Rotorua’s lead and place a ban on using indoor open fires?


WBOP ratepayers speak up

Rates affordability, Katikati's Heritage Museum and cycleways are the high priorities for Western Bay of Plenty ratepayers after more than 1000 submissions... read more

Weather expected to turn

Rain is expected to move in across the Bay as an active trough moves up from the South Island. A band of very heavy rain is associated with this trough,... read more

Guilty plea in iron bar assault

Katikati man Shane Murray Zonnevald has admitted his role in an attack which left an iron bar stuck in the head of a 23-year-old man. Zonnevald, 21, pleaded... read more

Tauranga first up in social housing

Tauranga is to become one of only two regions in New Zealand where state houses will be transferred to registered Community Housing Providers (CHPs). Invercargill... read more

Amazing Race through village

With a keen eye for clues, Western Bay of Plenty primary schools have put their unique spin on a hugely popular TV show in record numbers this morning.... read more

Rudd given cold shoulder

Tauranga musician Phil Rudd feels he has been given the “cold shoulder” from his AC/DC bandmates, despite reaching out to re-join the iconic... read more


Sharp edge to Indoor Month

Fancy yourself as a keen swordsman or just fascinated with oriental weaponry? Then the chance to learn the “way... read more


Crisis appeal from The Elms

The Elms Foundation trustees are seeking $200,000 in financial support from council for the ongoing maintenance... read more

Car crash on SH2

A car has crashed into a barrier on State Highway 2, near Clarke Road, this afternoon. Emergency services are at... read more


School flies high with national prize

Jayden Lochhead can be forgiven for being the teacher's pet at Maungatapu School this week after helping the school... read more


Battle for tropical house heats up

The opening shots in the fight for the tropical display house on Robbins Road were fired by 91-year-old Joy McGregor... read more


New breathalysers for Bay cops

Suspected drink-drivers will be spared the walk of shame to the booze bus after a failed roadside breath test thanks... read more

Armed police hunt in Tauranga

UPDATED 4.50PM: The man at the centre of a lengthy police search following a domestic incident has been taken into... read more

Shooting victim loved by family

The family of a man who died following a police shooting in Thames on Saturday are asking for privacy and respect... read more


Sign thefts stump organiser

Tauranga Home Show organisers are keeping a close eye out for thieves who have recently taken a shine to promotional... read more

Armed police swarm Te Puna

UPDATE 9.31am: Vehicles in Te Puna are being stopped and searched as armed police continue to look for a man.  Spikes... read more

Arrest in taxi robbery case

A man has been arrested and another is being sought by police for the aggravated robbery of a taxi driver in Merivale. The... read more


Perfect 10 for Bay home

The Bay of Plenty will soon be home to New Zealand's most sustainable and energy efficient house. Tauranga company... read more

VIDEOS (Click here to view more)

Sharp edge to Indoor Month

Fancy yourself as a keen swordsman or just fascinated with oriental weaponry? Then the chance to learn the “way... read more


Paralysed teen leaves hospital

An active Bay of Plenty teen who was left paralysed after he fell from a tree leaves hospital on Tuesday, taking... read more


$500K oil clean-up bill

Tauranga MP Simon Bridges estimates that total clean-up of the oil spill in the Tauranga Harbour will reach $500,000... read more

Solidarity for Australia’s First Nations

‘Stop the forced closure of Aboriginal communities in Australia' is the message being shouted by the Bay... read more


Pedal power

Sideline Sid Sports correspondant & historian Cycling has been described as the new golf, with the grey haired brigade more

Adventure is in the Air

Nicki Scott Virtually on Track Project Leader Sport Bay of Plenty  The mornings are getting colder and the days shorter as the winter months' more

Tauranga April Rainfalls 1898-2015

Weather Eye with John Maunder Rainfalls in Tauranga during the month of April 2014 and April 2013 were both relatively wet, with April 2013 more

For public art’s sake

Matt Cowley Tauranga City Councillor I'm excited Tauranga City Council unanimously adopted the Public Art Policy this week. The policy more

Working hard for New Zealand’s seniors

Todd Talks By Todd Muller The recent Anzac centennial celebrations in the Bay was a moving moment for me, as I met several folk from our older more

The good oil…and the bad

Brian Rogers Rogers Rabbits You'll need to read this column slowly, as it has been written slowly.  Due to more


A Kaka spotted on Mauao. Photo by Neil Gedge. Send us your photos and stories from around the Bay of Plenty.