Tauranga to host marine convention

The region's growing reputation as the centre for blue innovation has seen Tauranga successfully secure the International Marine Biotechnology Convention, which is being held in New Zealand for the first time. The ‘Blue2Green Marine Biotechnology... Read More

A lecture on defending Tauranga

New Zealand was a violent place before the Treaty of Waitangi, and Tauranga was no exception. The Musket Wars – a series of intertribal conflicts made devastating by introduced European firearms – gripped the country for much of the 1820s... Read More

Schools don wigs for child cancer

Otumoetai Primary and Aquinas College will be among schools in Tauranga and all over New Zealand taking part in Wig Wednesday this month. Otumoetai Primary School deputy principal Zara McIndoe says they have 572 pupils who are being encouraged to participate... Read More

Mental health under the spotlight

Mental health will be under the spotlight when inspirational speaker and ‘Live More Awesome' founder Jimi Hunt comes to town. He's speaking at Mount Maunganui College hall tonight, as part of an event organised by the Gwen Rogers Kindergarten... Read More

Bus petition presented to council

“There's never been a public outcry like this in Tauranga.” That's the message Lee-Ann Taylor passed on to regional councillors at today's informal meeting, during which a petition against proposed bus changes was presented. She's... Read More

The secret to flying kites

Pupils at Brookfield School have been learning an ancient art this week. In anticipation of Matariki Kite Day, the kids have been attending workshops on kite building, run by New Zealand Kite Fliers Association member John Russell. John says he had about... Read More

$30M investment into Bay schools

The government will invest about $30 million in school property in the Bay of Plenty as part of Budget 2017. Details of the investment were announced by Education Minister Nikki Kaye and Associate Education Minister Tim Macindoe who were in town visiting... Read More

MP: ‘Engage with community over buses’

Bay of Plenty MP Todd Muller is calling on the Bay of Plenty Regional Council to actively engage with community concerns regarding proposed changes to Tauranga school bus services. He says a number of families have been in contact with his office to... Read More

Tributes flow for former headmaster

He lived through two World Wars, the 1918 'flu epidemic and the Great Depression before inspiring a generation of Tauranga schoolboys. Tributes continue to flow after the remarkable life of Garth Sim ended over the weekend, well on the way to his... Read More

Tauranga teen wins music comp

A song inspired by a girl on a bus won the Bay of Plenty Smokefreerockquest solo-duo title for 16-year-old Fletcher Oxford at Otumoetai College on Sunday. The Tauranga Boys' College student won with his vocals and guitar, but he also plays piano... Read More



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