Friday, September 30, 2016



What do you think of the new Council Chambers plan?

Love it. It's high time we updated the CBD like this.
It looks nice.
I don't care or didn't know.
It's not necessary; the current chambers are fine.
It's a waste of money that could be used for other things.

The wackiest game you'll never see

“I've heard it so many times from Mum and dad – it's all flippers and bums.” An uncharitable but not inappropriate perspective of Jack... read more

Paula on women in leadership

National MP Paula Bennett was the guest of honour at a luncheon celebrating women in leadership held in Tauranga this afternoon. The luncheon, which doubled... read more

Only 1600m of squat, thrust, jump

“It's a gutbuster. It's bloody hard.” Mike Minnell's talking about his fourth annual Burpee Mile, two-and-a-half hours of self-imposed physical... read more

Two car crash on Cameron Road

Two vehicles have crashed on Cameron Road this afternoon causing slight traffic delays. A witness who drove past the accident says it "looked pretty serious".  Once... read more

Restricted fire season begins

This weekend marks the start of the Restricted Fire Season in the Western Bay sub-region, and from Saturday all rural fires in the open will require permits. The... read more


Prolific thief & fraudster sentenced

A Hamilton man has been sentenced to six months home detention and 150 hours community work in relation to dozens... read more


Youths charged in failed armed robbery

Police have charged a 13-year-old and a 14-year-old after an attempted armed robbery of a city centre dairy. The... read more


More housing for vulnerable families

Vacant Crown land in Auckland will be turned into a 51-home development to provide transitional housing for families... read more

RNZN flag to fly on harbour bridge

At dawn tomorrow, the New Zealand White Ensign flown by the Royal New Zealand Navy will be hoisted on the Auckland... read more

Coromandel rain warning lifted

While the rain will continue to fall today, the good news is the MetService has lifted its heavy rain warning for... read more

Motorists advised to plan ahead

Motorists are being asked to plan ahead to avoid delays on Waikato and Bay of Plenty roads from this weekend.   Drivers... read more


Artisans want Cargo Shed back

They have been sent packing but the stall holders want their Cargo Shed back. At least until the end of the cruise... read more

Award winning music talents

Tauranga music and silent film lovers are being given an opportunity to enjoy the award-winning talents of international... read more

Midnight crash in Hairini

Police are investigating a crash where a car smashed into a fence in Hairini overnight. The crashed happened about... read more


‘Sad’wich photo goes viral

A Mount Maunganui sandwich has gone viral on the internet, all because of the sandwich's deceit. What appeared... read more


Bay tourism spending growing

The latest Monthly Regional Tourism Estimates released by the Ministry of Business, Innovation and Employment today... read more


Stuart’s last speech as mayor

Tauranga Mayor Stuart Crosby bowed out of the seat he has held for 12 years on Thursday. In his valedictory speech,... read more

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Te Puke's tough love kids

“Pene?” The 16-year-old snaps his foot and replies. “Present”. “Ruby?” She... read more


Snow sees Desert Road closed

The Desert Road remains closed today as much of the country plunges back into winter. Fierce weather is heading... read more


Self-driving car arrives in NZ

Tauranga will be the first city in New Zealand to see an autonomous vehicle in action. Volvo and the New Zealand... read more

Olympic pride in Tauranga

Tauranga's spirit was high despite the drizzle, as hundreds of residents lined the streets to welcome our Olympians... read more


Read mildly interesting things and win race prize packs

Brian Rogers Rogers Rabbits Astute readers will be astounded to see that Rogers survived this week's time travel more

NRL championship

Sideline Sid Sports correspondent & historian While New Zealand Warriors critics point to the failure of the Mount more

El Niño and La Niña :The Southern Oscillation Index

Weather Eye with John Maunder El Niño and La Niña are complex weather patterns resulting from variations in ocean temperatures in more

Time keeps on ticking

Brian Rogers Rogers Rabbits I've just dialled up the year 2036 on my time machine. We can report that 20 years from now more

Protecting our families

Todd Talks By Todd Muller People should feel safe at home with their family. For most of us, this is the reality. Sadly, for some of us, more

Thursday night thinking: 30 years ahead

Clayton Mitchell New Zealand First MP At Thursday night's opening of our new Tauranga electorate office, the Rt. Hon Winston Peters' speech more


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