Bay schools cut out fizz

Bay of Plenty schools are cracking down on fizzy and caffeine-based drinks to help lower obesity, diabetes and tooth decay risks. All Bay of Plenty primary and intermediate schools have banned sugary drinks, but many secondary schools have far to go. “Having... Read More

Police name man who died at Kaituna Cut

The man who died while fishing at the Kaituna Cut has been named. Chao-Ching Lee of Te Puke was pulled from the water at the river mouth on Sunday. CPR was performed on the 35-year-old, but he died at the scene, says police. Chao-Ching's cause... Read More

New opportunities for BOP disabled youth

An organisation that provides life-changing experiences for young people with disabilities is about to arrive in the Bay of Plenty. Recreate NZ currently helps more than 400 families in Auckland, Waikato and Christchurch by providing fun outdoor adventures,... Read More

More people eating less red meat

More than half of Waikato/Bay of Plenty residents say they are eating less meat, and a third expect to be mostly meat-free by 2025, as they focus on their health and budget, according to the results of a new survey. It seems the days of a nightly meal... Read More

Fatal plane crash scenario at airport

A training exercise at Tauranga Airport tested the skills of EMT trainees today as they dealt with a plane crash scenario. The scenario involved a crash where the pilot and co-pilot died and a number of others injured. All people involved were volunteers... Read More

Man falls through roof

A man who fell through a roof and landed head first on the deck below has been flown to Tauranga Hospital. The Tauranga-based Trustpower TECT Rescue Helicopter was dispatched to Matakana Island yesterday after the man had fallen. “A 67-year-old... Read More

Volunteering meaningful and rewarding

Mother-of-two and volunteer Lynne Riddle wanted to do something meaningful with her time – so she decided to help others. Lynne has been volunteering at Tauranga Hospital's Ward 2B for three-and-a-half years and loves what she does. She describes... Read More

Medical callout for rescue chopper

A man suffering from a medical condition needed urgent medical attention, and the Trustpower TECT Rescue Helicopter came to his aid. The 68-year-old man fell ill near Matarangi around 1.30pm yesterday. The Tauranga-based rescue helicopter was tasked... Read More

Missing kayaker ‘extremely lucky guy’

A missing kayaker rescued from the waters near Thames is being deemed a “lucky guy” after his kayak capsized. The Auckland Westpac Rescue Helicopter was tasked to Te Mata around 10pm, to search for a man who was overdue from a kayak fishing... Read More

Valuing team work in a unique situation

Parents with children on the spectrum age can face many challenges. Mary Anne Gill talks to a Tauranga woman about how her 41-year-old son is still transitioning.  People call Julia Genet a “champion for change” and her son Richard the... Read More



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Early morning lift-off for Humpty Dumpty at Memorial Park. Photo: Lynly Whitaker.

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