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Simple solution to traffic woes

Would you catch a water taxi to work? That's what local ferryman Glen Proctor wants to find out from Omokoroa residents. He's one himself, so he's seen first-hand the tremendous snarl-up that is State Highway 2 heading into Tauranga... Read More

Baby girl delivered in electric car

  Charging into the future, Georgia Wiggins is the first baby to be born in an EV in New Zealand. The Wiggins family, of Wellington, New Zealand welcomed a healthy baby girl weighing 6lbs 13ounces at 12:55am on June 21. Karen's husband Andrew... Read More

Paying the price for premium

It turns out competition between petrol companies doesn't extend to premium fuel. Pahoia resident Bill Murphy regularly fills up at BP Te Puna. He uses premium because it's better for his car – but he's concerned it's priced... Read More

Bus changes ‘don’t go far enough’

Proposed changes for the Bayhopper and Schoolhopper buses in Tauranga are being slammed by the Sustainable Business Network because they don't go far enough. The goal of an overall increase in bus passenger by 20 to 25 per cent over the next decade... Read More

Why Kevin’s quitting Tauranga

Kevin Steedman's had a gutsful – he's quitting his job, packing up his nine metre motor home and leaving town. “I am leaving because I have to – they have made it impossible for me to stay.” They being the Tauranga... Read More

Move to address truck driver shortage

A new initiative to address a shortage of truck drivers by attracting more to the industry has been welcomed by a freight logistics strategy group. The Bay of Connections Freight Logistics Action Group (FLAG) has welcomed a new government and industry... Read More

Truck driver killed at Lichfield named

The 65 year old woman truck driver killed in a five vehicle collision on SH1, Lichfield yesterday was Jenny Hera Hughes of Hamilton. Police were called to the scene at 2.15pm following a collision between three cars and two trucks at a road works site.... Read More

Flooding warning on SH25, Thames

The heavy rain has caused a lot of surface flooding on some roads around the Coromandel. There are reports of debris on roads, particularly from a slip at Ruamahunga Bay on SH25 (Thames Coast Road), but no roads are reported to have been closed. The... Read More

Delay expected on buses decision

Regional councillors are being asked by staff to delay a decision on changes to Tauranga's Bayhopper and Schoolhopper services for another six months. The decision is expected to be made by the BOP Regional Council Transport Committee on Friday. Staff... Read More

Fatal crash at Lichfield

One person has died in a collision between two trucks on SH1, Lichfield this afternoon, say Police. Emergency services were called to the scene south of Putaruru at 2.15pm. One person has died at the scene. SH 1 is closed between Wiltsdown Road and Ngatira... Read More



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Silhouetted sunrise on July 14th. Photo: Janet Hetherington

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