Early morning sirens a false alarm

Papamoa residents who woke to the sound of sirens early this morning can rest assured they were not tsunami evacuation warnings. The low-lying coastal community does not have any public alert system of that nature. Rather, the sirens were in fact fire... Read More

Bayfair’s marvellous machine

Richard Parker has been busy building a marvellous machine to inspire active young minds over the school holidays. Commissioned for the Young Innovator Awards – YiA – it is currently on show at Bayfair. Made of recycled materials and about... Read More

Tauranga brothers Dropit like it’s hot

Tauranga brothers Peter and Brendan Howell have hit a home run with the successful launch of their innovative reverse auction website in the United States. They recently launched Dropit, a mass audience activation platform which turns shopping into... Read More

Teen charged for hoax bomb calls

An Israeli-American teenager has been indicted in Israel on allegations he made thousands of hoax bomb calls, including to a Jewish centre in New Zealand, and earned thousands by offering to phone in threats against schools, hospitals and planes. A number... Read More

Contractor severs cables in Otumoetai

Properties in Otumoetai have lost copper broadband and voice services after two cables were accidentally severed on Tuesday. A Chorus spokesperson says a third party contractor performing work on Otumoetai Road accidentally damaged a 1200x cable and... Read More

AgriSea wins bee research grant

Paeroa-based bio-stimulant company AgriSea NZ Seaweed Ltd has been awarded a $74,000 project grant from Callaghan Innovation for research and development of its bioactive products and the nutritional needs of honey bees. General manager Tane Bradley... Read More

Students urged to combat cybercrime

The career options for students who want to combat cybercrime are expanding so rapidly into fields like law, research, teaching and insurance, that a leading Hamilton-based cyber security research centre is urging secondary school students to get serious... Read More

Building consents go paperless

In the midst of an independent inquiry into delays about Tauranga City council building consents, the council is announcing today that its building consent issuing process is going paperless. Building Consents Online helps applicants through the whole... Read More

'Rare’ triple rainbow over Tauranga

A rare phenomenon has been captured on camera by SunLive readers. Photos were sent in to the newsroom and via our Facebook page this morning of an unusual triple rainbow. Rainbows are common after a storm, and even double rainbows are known to appear... Read More

New scam tactics a concern

It's the nature of scammers to come up with new ways of hoodwinking the public. When it comes to emails, a foreign name or email address is often enough to set off alarm bells. But what happens when their email address is that of a respected local... Read More



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