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Thursday, April 02, 2015



Should Trent Boult and Kane Williamson be granted the freedom of the city of Tauranga for their Cricket World Cup efforts?


Wanted man on the run since July

Police are appealing for any information that will help track down a dangerous offender who's been on the run since last year. They are warning locals... read more

Saved by a ponga

An accident on Omanawa Road in the lower Kaimai Range left a vehicle precariously balanced over a 60-metre drop this morning. A people-mover spun off the... read more

Remembering Humphrey

There we were – Hunter and Humphrey – man and beast lolling around Katikati on a lazy Sunday afternoon. Thrown together by fate – or... read more

Jack's scooter woes solved

The smile exploded right off Jack Cloughley's 10-year-old face. Faith and understanding was restored – he had a new scooter to replace his stolen... read more

Plan ahead to avoid traffic

Motorists travelling on Bay of Plenty and Waikato roads this Easter are being advised to plan their journey online to avoid joining the holiday traffic... read more

Decision time on Katikati Library

After 27 years gracing the main street, Katikati Library could be on the move, with Western Bay of Plenty District Council eyeing a new $2.3million facility. Opened... read more


A rural principal at heart

The hustle and bustle of city life might be in her blood, but for Natasha Greatorex, a rural setting like that... read more

Robinson avoiding police

Police are asking members of the Bay of Plenty public to keep an eye out for Conan Matia Robinson. The 33-year-old... read more

Prestigious medal for Bay police

Two Bay of Plenty Police officers have been honoured - receiving the Meritorious Service Medal for exceptional... read more

Claim maimai before Sunday

Game bird hunters have until 10am on Sunday to claim their maimai, or duck shooting stand. Fish and Game say a... read more

Lundy found guilty

Mark Lundy has been convicted of murdering his wife Christine and daughter Amber at their family home in Palmerston... read more


WBOP crime rates drop

Crime figures show there was a slight drop in crime in the Western Bay of Plenty in 2014 compared to the previous... read more


Kaimai speed trials in May

The country's first weather-activated speed sign system is due to be trialled on State Highway 29 through the Kaimai... read more


Residents slam developers

A pumice mine disguised as an industrial subdivision is how the lawyer for local residents describes redevelopment... read more


Mucking in at Takitimu Drive

Cassette players, a pink painted work boot and a mattress were among the rubbish cleared from the Takitimu Drive... read more

New money "brighter and better"

New Zealand's banknotes are set for a makeover later this year, with the Reserve Bank set to release more vibrant... read more

Clocks go back on Sunday

Daylight Saving will end this Sunday, when 3am becomes 2am, and people are being reminded to put their clocks back... read more

Tournament needs school buy in

A Tauranga First XV coach remains hopeful that more schools will jump at the chance of permanent pre-season fixtures... read more

VIDEOS (Click here to view more)


Your thoughts on the cyberbullying bill

The Government is looking to introduce a cyberbullying bill to curb the growing incidence and its devastating effects. The... read more


Home invasion victim speaks out

Tony Sowry has been left feeling disappointed after the sentencing of four men who burst into his home and attacked... read more


An array of culture and colour

The Historic Village has transformed into a kaleidoscope of cultures at Tauranga's 16th Multicultural Festival. Margarete... read more

Revving up fun in the Mount

A dragster and a burnout in a Harley Davidson are some of the main attractions at the Bay of Plenty Coastal Cruisers... read more


Being well with beauty

Beautiful You by Suzanne Edmonds Each week, beauty enthusiast Suzanne Edmonds explores the best ways to take care of ourselves so that we love more

Preparing for a demographic change

Todd Talks By Todd Muller When we are born, we have midwives, doctors – and with my children at least – emotional Mums and Dads and more

The patience of Easter baking

Dazz Switalla Flavour Secrets No.1 The Strand Chef At this time of the year chocolate eggs and hot cross buns more

Daylight saving is daylight robbery

Brian Rogers Rogers Rabbits As some of you may already know, it's Easter this weekend.  It's a special time more

It’s time to ‘hack’ into the Government

Matt Cowley Tauranga City Councillor People are hacking into government information all around the world – it's something I want to encourage. more

NZ's next World Cup is just around the corner

Sideline Sid Sports correspondant & historian After six weeks of wall-to-wall coverage on television, radio and the more


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