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Wednesday, November 26, 2014



Drink-driving limits are being lowered from December 1, but should there be a complete ban on drinking and driving?


Rudd's moment in court

Phil Rudd's court appearance today was brief - and almost didn't happen. The AC/DC drummer was late for his 9am appearance at the High Court in Tauranga,... read more

Katikati scooter victim dies

UPDATED 9.30AM: The Katikati woman hit by a car carrier while on her mobility scooter has died. Shirley Vivian O'Connor, 88, died last night after suffering... read more

Warning after tunnel prank

A group of Tauranga teenagers have received a stern warning after their stormwater tunnel hijinks prompted a sizeable search and rescue effort. Tauranga... read more

Three-car crash in Arataki

A Papamoa woman escaped with a cut to her chin after a three-car crash on Girven Road overnight. Mount Maunganui Fire Brigade arrived outside the Girven... read more

Phil Rudd back in court

AC/DC drummer Phil Rudd is back in the Tauranga High Court today facing threatening to kill and drug related charges. The 60-year-old is facing one charge... read more

Search lessons shared

A 15-person military and civilian delegation from New Zealand and Australia took part in an unforeseen Asia-Pacific disasters exercise in China this week. Exercise... read more


Heath targets on track: Minister

Over the busy winter period people were treated more quickly in emergency departments across the country than previous... read more

DHB surpass smoking target

Nearly 22,000 Bay of Plenty smokers have received quitting advice from their GPs in the past year, surpassing the... read more

Bridge checks take time

Quick answers on the TEL bridge fire at Papamoa are unlikely, the NZTA revealed today. Engineers have been onsite... read more


Petitioning for change

A nine-year-old from Timaru is petitioning to get the law around foreign drivers on New Zealand roads changed following... read more


Time up on 10-year licence

Learner and restricted licence time limits are set to be halved as part of a new system aimed at improving the... read more

Zespri creates new role

Kiwifruit marketers Zespri have created a new role to provide leadership to the supply chain side of the business. Simon... read more


Heat on compulsory smoke alarms

Calls for a serious look into compulsory smoke alarms in rented accommodation is being backed by Tauranga landlords... read more

Repairs to historic bridge

One of the country's last combined road/rail bridges is closed for repairs this week. The Pekatahi bridge on SH2/White... read more

Reinforcing White Ribbon message

Police around the Bay of Plenty District will be showing their support at a number of White Ribbon events this... read more

Call for patient feedback

Bay of Plenty District Health Board patients are being invited to have their say on hospital stays. A random selection... read more

Warriors return to Rotorua

After a four-year hiatus, top-drawer rugby league returns to Rotorua with the NZ Warriors set to take on the Penrith... read more


Mount Hot Pools set for summer

The pools are being filled and the soothing temperatures are set to rise as Mount Hot Pools prepare to re-open... read more

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Drink-drive law changes - your views

On December 1, tougher new drink-drive laws coming into force will see the alcohol limit will lower from 400mcg... read more


What areas need more housing?

Tauranga City Council has been approached by two developers this week looking to push through housing under Tauranga's... read more


Boxing clever

Sideline Sid Sports correspondant & historian The two professional stars of the Tauranga Boxing Gym will take centre more

What GDP cannot measure

Todd Talks By Todd Muller Much of the talk about our country's progress revolves around economic growth: 72,000 new jobs added to the economy more

Misconduct or madness?

Brian Rogers Rogers Rabbits Kiwi male esteem reaches a new low point in history this week, with the resignation of more

A unique everyday pie

Dazz Switalla Flavour Secrets No.1 The Strand Chef Every day in this country thousands of pies are devoured – more

Monday’s mammoth meeting

Matt Cowley Tauranga City Councillor While Monday's council meeting didn't last all day, there sure were a lot of topics on the agenda for debate. more

Health and safety – new reform bill

  Catherine Stewart Tauranga City Councillor Central Government is in the process of listening to submissions regarding proposed changes more


Pilot Bay sunset. Photo by Linda Howe. Send us your photos and stories from around the Bay of Plenty.