Communities rallies to ‘unstuff’ the bus

Volunteers from around the community gathered today in an effort to ‘unstuff' a bus of Christmas goodies. The efforts are a result of an initiative called Stuff the Bus which aims to fill a UZABUS charter with food and gifts for those in need... Read More

Waihau Bay medical emergency

A medical emergency in the Bay of Plenty sparked a rescue helicopter callout. The Trustpower TECT Rescue Helicopter was dispatched to Waihau Bay at 2pm on Saturday. A spokesperson for the rescue chopper says a man was suffering from a medical event. “The... Read More

Toddlers take care of baby teeth

An Eastern Bay Kohanga Reo has spread the good dental hygiene message to win a regional Te Wero Oranga-a-Waha ‘oral health challenge'.  Te Kohanga Reo o Tanatana won the challenge for Eastern Bay of Plenty. The week-long challenge, organised... Read More

Papamoa girl's Christmas wish comes true

Maddi McKenzie's Chirstmas wish to ride on a motorbike came true in the weekend. But instead of one, 80 members of the Ulysses Motorcycle Club turned up at her house in Papamoa on Saturday along with a handful of hot rods and classic cars and eight... Read More

A simple check is all it takes

A scorching start to summer in the Bay of Plenty has probed one woman to send out a timely reminder on the risks of sun and skin damage.  Jess Carter, 23, is on a mission to help raise awareness about melanoma. It's an issue she says touches... Read More

Finding a vet in an emergency

A Tauranga veterinarian wants people to know they can always get help for their pet in an emergency. Tauranga Veterinary Services owner David McDonnell says all vet practices should have someone on call 24 hours a day, seven days a week. “Every... Read More

Give a gift that grows

Bay of Plenty locals are being asked to put chickens on their Christmas shopping lists again this year – not to feature on their Christmas day menus, but to help more families in need in the developing world. “We are so grateful to the generous... Read More

Prevent whooping cough over summer

The Ministry of Health is encouraging people to be extra vigilant as they gather for Christmas and New Year celebrations to protect young babies from whooping cough. The Ministry has declared a national outbreak of whooping cough, with 1315 cases reported... Read More

MPI ‘not listening’ to cure claims

The Ministry for Primary Industry's current focus is not on treating the cow disease Mycoplasma Bovis, but on minimising its spread, says the ministry's incident controller Stephen Bell. There's no evidence of a cure for the disease,... Read More

Donation gives children’s wards a boost

Tauranga and Whakatane hospitals will now be able to provide much-needed medical equipment for their children's wards after a generous donation by Countdown Supermarkets. A total of $99,440 was received by the Bay of Plenty District Health Board... Read More

Opinion Poll

Is SH2, between Katikati and Tauranga, a dangerous stretch of road?

Yes, there are too many cars on it and it’s not designed to handle that sort of traffic volume.
No, people just need to slow down and pay attention to their driving.

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Supermoon from Dive Cresent, 8pm last Sunday evening. Photo: Sally Garner.

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