Bay schools to close ahead of cyclone

All 57 schools and about 80 early learning services in the Eastern Bay of Plenty are being advised to close today as a precaution ahead of Cyclone Cook. With heavy rain forecast to hit the region from about midday, there is concern further flooding will... Read More

‘Be alert, not alarmed’

Increased reports of suspicious approaches to children recently have prompted police to advise parents to “be alert, not alarmed”. While police are not able to currently pinpoint the cause of the increase, historically they notice a rise... Read More

Kids Lit Quiz returns to the Bay

What's the name of the Wimpy Kid's spoiled little brother? Where in Greece did the gods reside? What was the name of Bilbo's home? These are just a sample of the questions the region's expert readers can expect to be asked at... Read More

Tauranga principal resigns

Otumoetai College principal Dave Randell has announced he will be resigning at the end of the 2017 school year. Board of trustees chariman Russ Browne paid tribute to the long-serving headmaster in a statement today. “On behalf of the board, community,... Read More

Powerlifter wins heavyweight scholarship

A powerlifting vegan with an interest in mudflat hydrodynamics has won this year's Stella Frances Scholarship awarded by Waikato Regional Council and the Department of Conservation. Hamilton local Nicola Lovett was presented with the $5000 scholarship... Read More

Post-flood support for parents

Ministry of Education representatives will be at Whakatane and Kawerau from tomorrow to support parents with school and school holiday arrangements. They will be located at the Civil Defence Centres operating at Whakatane (War Memorial Hall), Kawerau... Read More

New leadership team for Toi Ohomai

The Bay of Plenty's largest tertiary provider, Toi Ohomai Institute of Technology, has announced the appointment of its new senior leadership team. Toi Ohomai Chief Executive Dr Leon Fourie says each member of the team has been chosen for their... Read More

All Black pays local school a visit

Students at ACG Tauranga would have been impressed on Friday, when local All Black Nathan Harris dropped in for a meet and greet. The Steamers and Chiefs player took the students for some drills, and shared his journey to becoming a professional sportsman.... Read More

Kayakers waiting for river to drop

More than 100 teenage kayakers are playing a waiting game in the aftermath of the Eastern Bay of Plenty's tumultuous flooding this week. The New Zealand Secondary Schools White Water Championships are due to begin on Monday, but Saturday's... Read More

Yacht rescue ahead of storm

The wisdom of deciding to put to sea with a cyclone remnant bearing down on the Bay is being questioned by the Waihi Beach Volunteer Coastguard crew who spent a day escorting the yacht and its skipper to Whangamata. Skipper Jim Pooley and four crew were... Read More



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