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Saturday, November 01, 2014



John Key wants a referendum on a new national flag, but does New Zealand need one?


Work break changes, your thoughts

The Government's Employment Relations Amendment Bill has passed its third reading in parliament, meaning rest and meal break provisions are now more flexible.... read more

November looking on the cool side

The MetService outlook for November is indicating cooler than average temperatures are likely to dominate across the country, notably so in the first half... read more

Rare bird transforms forest

Experience the wonder of seeing rare bird species return to a slice of ancient New Zealand bush transformed by pest eradication, as part of Conservation... read more

From Thames Kiwi to USA Eagle

Tomorrow morning when the All Blacks take on the USA Eagles there will be one Thames family who will be cheering on the American underdogs. Thames ex-pat... read more

Spring Festival in the park

A spring extravaganza for all to enjoy is taking place in Te Puke this afternoon. The Te Puke Community Board is celebrating the Te Puke Community Development... read more



Katikati’s Rocky Horror Halloween

Zombies, witches and ghouls danced alongside cowboys, cowgirls, Indians and pirates to the music of Kokomo... read more

Review seeks forestry overhaul

Sweeping safety changes from the top down are being recommended for New Zealand's forestry sector in order to turn... read more

Suspicious scrub fire in Matapihi

A suspicious scrub fire at the end of Matapihi, near the rail bridge, saw firefighters battle the blaze for about... read more

Firefighters descend on ASB Arena

Around 500 firefighters have gathered at ASB Arena this weekend for the United Fire Brigades' Association 2014... read more

Fines for unconsented work

Unconsented building work has proved costly for one Tauranga resident who has been fined. Bill Taylor has been... read more

Qualifying rounds of Condor Sevens

Bay of Plenty and Taranaki each host qualifiers for the BNZ Condor Sevens this weekend. The winners of both boys... read more


Marine precinct man hired

The consultant who did most of the design work on the Tauranga Marine Precinct is being hired by Tauranga City... read more


Delivery of last NH90

The Royal New Zealand Air Force has welcomed the delivery of its last NH90 helicopter at Base Ohakea. The arrival... read more

Jet skier suffers head injury

A Tauranga man is in Waikato Hospital with head injuries after a jet ski accident. The 43-year-old was flown to... read more

Shelterbelt fire in Kairua

Firefighters are dealing with a shelterbelt fire in Kairua this morning. Crews from Papamoa and Mount Maunganui... read more

Tribute to family man Graeme

The son of Omokoroa man Graeme Ramsay has described him as an outdoors man who lived for his family. The 63-year-old... read more

Concert for Diane a success

A concert to raise money for Bay of Plenty woman Diane Wilson is being hailed a success by organisers. The money... read more

VIDEOS (Click here to view more)

Work break changes, your thoughts

The Government's Employment Relations Amendment Bill has passed its third reading in parliament, meaning rest and... read more

Stranded whale might be euthanised

A cuvier's beaked whale stranded in Maketu may have to be euthanised if it doesn't head back out to sea this afternoon. The... read more


Tofu steak for dinner – are you kidding me or what?

Dazz Switalla Flavour Secrets No.1 The Strand Chef Tofu is cholesterol-free, low in fat, high in protein and more

Tauranga’s beauty is its transport curse

Matt Cowley Tauranga City Councillor Our beautiful meandering harbour and estuaries make it really difficult to design a good transport system. more

Mastering a mud-filled art

Brian Rogers Rogers Rabbits Summer's here and I know what you are all thinking. Wouldn't it be cool to walk on mud? more

Land supply in the city

Catherine Stewart Tauranga City Councillor A majority of Tauranga City Council's elected members supported Bob Clarkson's proposal to more

Global Monthly Temperatures: January 1979 - August 2014

Weather Eye with John Maunder A superimposed graph of five global monthly temperatures January 1979 to August 2014 is shown below. As the base more

What next for the Bay Oval?

Sideline Sid Sports correspondant & historian The Bay Oval passed its international cricket venue test with flying more


Stingray at Main Mount Beach. By Lance Jump. Send us your photos and stories from around the Bay of Plenty.