Tourists spend almost $2 billion in Bay

The latest Monthly Regional Tourism Estimates released by the Ministry of Business, Innovation and Employment (MBIE) show the tourism spend for Bay of Plenty is estimated to be $1.8 billion for the year to January 2017. It represents a 7 per cent increase... Read More

Tauranga local’s $20K Lotto windfall

One lucky Tauranga local woke up today $20,655 richer after winning Second Division in Wednesday's live Lotto draw. The Tauranga player, who purchased their winning ticket via the MyLotto App, was one of seven players who each took a share of the... Read More

Richard Judd signs for the Bay

Former Counties Manukau rugby player Richard Judd is joining the Bay of Plenty Steamers for the 2017 Mitre 10 Cup Season. Judd (24) has been a consistent and impressive performer in the Mitre 10 Cup for the past two seasons and is a key team member in... Read More

Tauranga's 'fearless advocate' honoured

A fearless advocate for children, the community and education is the latest recipient of a trophy created in honour of a tireless worker for social justice. Merivale School principal and new Labour candidate Jan Tinetti is the latest recipient of the... Read More

Wallet found with $500 intact

John Bedford is laundering his money before taking it to the bank. The $500 in $50 notes is a bit muddy after spending more than a year on the bottom of Tauranga harbour. John dropped his wallet in the tide in November 2015. As well as the usual plastic... Read More

15th Ave widening proposal

Tauranga City Council is looking at widening 15th Ave from Alexander Street to Burrows Street, in order to alleviate some of the peak hour congestion. Traffic moving out of town is brought to a crawl every day as vehicles moving away from the Fraser... Read More

Bay lotto player shares win

One lucky Bay of Plenty lotto player will be walking around with a smile on their face this week, after winning $24,510 in Saturday night's draw. The winning ticket was purchased online at MyLotto, and is among ten other second division winning... Read More

Helping others dig through history

A Thames woman is helping reconnect people with their goldmining heritage as part of this year's 150th commemorations since the Thames Goldfields first opened. Kae Lewis became so engrossed in researching her great, great grandfather's arrival... Read More

Trouble with the phone account

One Tauranga's man trouble with the phone company is a timely reminder to make sure the name on your phone account is up to date. The problem started for Mike Harman when he rang up Vodafone to try and sort out a problem with his mother's... Read More

Frogs invade Papamoa

On Thursday night Deon Carpenter returned home from the Jimmy Barnes concert to find a frog in the entrance of his Papamoa home. He put it outside. The next morning he and his two year-old daughter Sophie woke up to find more frogs inside. They went... Read More



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