Smokefree Rockquest top 12

The 2017 Smokefree Rockquest regional finals is expected to hit all the right notes once again for young bands in the Bay of Plenty this week. The event will be held at the Totara St performing arts centre and will have performances from 12 Bay of Plenty... Read More

Bay schools cut out fizz

Bay of Plenty schools are cracking down on fizzy and caffeine-based drinks to help lower obesity, diabetes and tooth decay risks. All Bay of Plenty primary and intermediate schools have banned sugary drinks, but many secondary schools have far to go. “Having... Read More

New options for starting school

The ability to have children start school in a group rather than in dribs and drabs as they blow out the candle on their 5th birthday has been welcomed by local principals. But school communities will be consulted before any changes are made. The passing... Read More

Lack of coaches affecting school sport

“If you know of any rowing coaches out there, please let me know.” It's a constant with Phil Holland. One he could do without. His Tauranga Girls' College Rowing Club has boat sheds, boats, and rowing talent, but it desperately... Read More

New opportunities for BOP disabled youth

An organisation that provides life-changing experiences for young people with disabilities is about to arrive in the Bay of Plenty. Recreate NZ currently helps more than 400 families in Auckland, Waikato and Christchurch by providing fun outdoor adventures,... Read More

A bright idea to help dyslexic students

A group of Tauranga Girls' College students have come up with an idea that could help dyslexic students – and save them hundreds of dollars. The Year 13 girls have formed a company for this year's Young Enterprise Scheme called Brite... Read More

Passchendaele competiton winner

Tauranga Girls' College Year 13 student, Fu Man (Amanda) Yang, has won a national competition with her entry commemorating the Battle of Passchendaele. The battle which happened one hundred years ago in October 1917 is said to be ‘Our Darkest... Read More

A museum in boxes

Tauranga residents and visitors are to be given the experience of what it is like to have an on tap source of historical information in the central city with the opening of a ‘pop up' museum this coming summer. Tauranga Moana Museum trust... Read More

Celebrating successful predator control

The Otanewainuku Kiwi Trust is celebrating 15 years of successful predator control this month. Their achievements include the restoration of the 1200 hectare Otanewainuku forest in the Bay of Plenty, which now hosts a breeding population of North Island... Read More

Delay expected on buses decision

Regional councillors are being asked by staff to delay a decision on changes to Tauranga's Bayhopper and Schoolhopper services for another six months. The decision is expected to be made by the BOP Regional Council Transport Committee on Friday. Staff... Read More



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Early morning lift-off for Humpty Dumpty at Memorial Park. Photo: Lynly Whitaker.

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