Microbead ban – bring it on

Seafood New Zealand wants the government ban on microbeads brought forward, says Seafood New Zealand Chief Executive Tim Pankhurst. He welcomes the announcement the Government will ban the use of microbeads in make-up and other beauty products, citing... Read More

A city of two councils

Tauranga ratepayers face the prospect of forever paying for two separate council buildings in the same city, unless some way is found to get the two talking. Tauranga City Councillor Larry Baldock is currently preparing for the first city transformation... Read More

Labour's young guns ride into town

The Labour Party's making another early election thrust into the Bay of Plenty by bringing two of its young guns to town this week. One is Labour's newly chosen candidate for the Waiariki electorate and former TV personality Tamati Coffey. The... Read More

Katikati unconvinced at bypass promises

Traffic congestion on State Highway 2, near Katikati, has boosted the awareness of the need of a bypass. Community board chair Jenny Hobbs' has launched a petition following numerous traffic complaints this summer. The townsfolk are a bit cynical... Read More

By-election for Mauao constituency

Nominations for candidates seeking election as a Bay of Plenty Regional Councillor for the Mauao Maori constituency open next Monday. The January 16 date is when a by-election for the constituency is formally publicly notified. The by-election will be... Read More

What’s up with Simon Bridges?

It seems to me that once an MP becomes a cabinet minister, he's adroitly balancing two full-time jobs. Plus attempting to give prime time to his home “constituency”, where wife and children no doubt keep him grounded as husband and... Read More

Dog re-homing prohibition lifted

The SPCA is pleased it will no longer be prohibited from re-homing dogs based on the visual assessment of their breed. Instead, dogs classified under the Dog Control Act 1999 as menacing can be rehomed to people with a ‘high-risk dog owner license'.... Read More

Union backlash over diesel call

  KiwiRail's decision to phase out electric trains on the North Island Main Truck line between Hamilton and Palmerston North is being slammed as environmentally unsustainable by Council of Trade Unions president Richard Wagstaff. KiwiRail chief... Read More

Resuming civic heart progress

Tauranga city Council's approach to planning its new administration building is going to change on Tuesday when the first decisions are made about the way forward. Chairman of the new City Transformation Committee, Larry Baldock says a recent workshop... Read More

Crying ‘wolf’ with Tsunami warnings

Last night's tsunami warning for the Bay of Plenty wasn't needed, says Emergency Management Bay of Plenty Director Clinton Naude today. It's important not to cry wolf, says Clinton. "We don't want people to become complacent about... Read More

Opinion Poll

Do you still believe in the ‘Kiwi quarter acre dream’?

Yes, I desperately want the house on a quarter section
No, apartments are the way of the future
Don't care, I just want to own my own house

Bay Today

The beautiful waters around Mount Maunganui base track by Linda Howe. Send us your photos and stories from around the Bay of Plenty. Email: photos@thesun.co.nz