Te Puke graduate crosses finish line

When Te Puke's Tangi Walker left school at the age of 15, she had no plans to return. But fast forward to today and the mum-of-five and nan-of-two is one of a large number of students who are graduating with a Bachelor of Social Work from the University... Read More

Power outage closes Papamoa school

Golden Sands School in Papamoa is closed this morning. Power is out at the school, which means the toilets are non-operational. “Our toilets will not operate without power and this creates a health and safety issue,” says message emailed... Read More

Toi Ohomai turns one

At the start of this month, Toi Ohomai Institute of Technology celebrated its first anniversary as a new institution, being the merged entity of Bay of Plenty Polytechnic and Waiariki Institute of Technology. Since his appointment four months ago, Toi... Read More

Aquinas College’s gangster new show

Meh see, all you dames and hoodlums chasing the big score better get your crews together and head downtown for Aquinas College's latest production next week. Following three months of rehearsals, the 83 cast and crew are proud to present Bugsy... Read More

Prepping teachers for curriculum change

Tauranga teachers will have the chance to learn a thing or two themselves, as New Zealand prepares for next year's digital technology curriculum change. The OMGTech! TrailBlazers Tech Week Tour is taking hands-on fun coding workshops to cities... Read More

Growing a flourishing industry

How does Tauranga grow a massive export industry that has already exceeded it's economic value targets by 35 per cent in the last three years? At the moment more than 2700 international students inject $55 million into the local economy. It's... Read More

Ruben the Road Safety Bear's new book

Waikato Regional Council's road safety mascot Ruben the Bear stars in a new matariki-themed book aimed at making children safer on the region's roads. Launched in Ngāruawāhia recently, Ruben's Matariki Adventure incorporates the Māori... Read More

The Bay of Plenty’s ‘silent achiever’

Education Tauranga's first conference held today marked a new step for a partnership programme that has been working in the back ground since 2013. Taking place at The Tauranga Club in the Devonport Towers, the conference not only celebrated international... Read More

Tinetti leads the Labour charge

“Welcome to parliament,” said the voice on the phone. The Labour Party moderating committee, which sets the party list, had slotted Merivale Primary School principal Jan Tinetti in at number 14, more or less writing her own ticket to Wellington. “I... Read More

Baywide school rugby kicking off

This year's Bethlehem Coachlines Baywide Secondary Schools Dick Little John competition is kicking off in Te Puna tonight. The opening match of the competition sees 2016 Division 1 champions Te Whare Kura o Mauao go head to head with Aquinas College... Read More



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