Road repair focused on ‘priority sites’

The New Zealand Transport Agency says repairs to the Thames Coast Road/State Highway 25 are in full swing, with the focus on prioritising sites and minimising inconvenience to motorists and residents. "Repair work is progressing well," says the NZTA... Read More

Western Bay fire ban lifted

Fire permits in the Western Bay can now be issued again, following recent rain in the district. Western Bay of Plenty District Council says recent rain has helped to lower the risk of fire danger, meaning the ban on permits has now been lifted.  They... Read More

Mayor hits back at best beach ruling

Whakatane Mayor Tony Bonne has described the New Zealand Herald's approach to finding the best beach in the country as “flawed” and frankly “a bit silly”. His comments refer to an article released by New Zealand Herald which... Read More

Tauranga Half shaping out to be a tussle

The women's race in the 2018 Port of Tauranga Half is shaping up as an intriguing trans-tasman tussle with top Australia triathlete, Melissa Hauschildt heading to these shores to take on two-time defending champ – New Zealand's Amelia... Read More

Pilot Bay still contaminated

UPDATED 3.25PM: Tauranga City Council have backtracked on giving Pilot Bay the all clear after one of the five samples taken at Pilot Bay came back with high levels of bacteria. The rest of the samples came back clear. Warning signs will be put up again... Read More

Unusual shells wash up on Papamoa Beach

A number of unusual sea shells recently spotted on the shores of Papamoa beach are rousing the attention of beach-goers. Steve Casey spotted a number of shells all along the water front. He says they're an interesting sight. “They seem to... Read More

Cloudy with a chance of showers

  In today's weather forecast we are expecting a mostly cloudy day, with a few showers. There should be afternoon fine breaks and a north easterly breeze picking up. It's a one-clothing layer day today with a high of 23 and overnight... Read More

Iconic multisport festival returns

The fourth edition of the Compressport Mount Festival of Multisport is all set for January 19-21, with a range of athletic and community events to pull in the crowds. Built around the iconic Port of Tauranga Half, this year's festival includes... Read More

Muggy, moist and not much wind

Today's warm humid conditions sets the tone for the rest of the week, with a bit more drizzle tonight and some rain mid-week as a decaying frontal system passes over. “Basically the working week is the wet period,” says MetService meteorologist... Read More

Devin the Olympic blue eyed penguin

He was on the brink of celebrity, of being an animal A-lister - a poster-boy for his kind. But sadly Devin's been robbed of that. And we have been robbed of him. He has been taken, gone, and penguin-dom has lost a “beautiful personality”. Julia... Read More

Opinion Poll

Should the Christmas/New Year school holidays be moved to February when the weather is typically better in NZ?

Yes, that is when I would take my holidays.
No, you never know when there is going to be bad weather.

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Mount Maunganui through the Keyhole, a difficult to reach spot on Leisure Island. Photo: Garith Farr.

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