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

A visual flying feast at McLaren Falls

This weekend lining up at the pars at McLaren Falls' disc golf course could get a little squishy – with the country's keenest disc golfers flying into town for an extreme tournament. The Tauranga Disc Golf Association's 66 Xtreme... Read More

Searching for the best builds

Judges have started their journey up and down the country seeking New Zealand's top quality builds in this year's Registered Master Builders House of the Year competition. This year's competition has some exciting new additions, with... Read More

HARGREAVES, Alwyn Robert Dawson

HARGREAVES, Alwyn Robert Dawson.  Passed away peacefully at Cedar Manor on 24th April 2017.  Aged 77 years.  Dearly beloved husband of Jocelyn.  Loved Dad of Dean and Sharon, the late Evan, Daryl, Scott and Katrina.  Special... Read More

Meech returns to racing in France

The World Cup regatta in Hyeres this week marks Tauranga sailor Sam Meech's first competition back in the Laser since his medal winning efforts at the Rio Olympics. He is one of a small team of New Zealand sailors competing in France in the Olympic... Read More

Urgent call for Maori Battalion photos

The author of a book that will capture the battle experience of the 28th Maori Battalion's B-Company is calling for family descendants and relatives to help locate up to 400 photos of the 900 men who made up the company. The author, Sir Wira Gardiner... Read More

Whakatane boat ramps closed Friday

The Whakatane District Council will be carrying out temporary maintenance work on the Whakatane boat ramps this Friday. A spokesperson for the council says the maintenance work is to remove sediment build-up and will see the ramps closed from 1-4pm,... Read More

REID, RAEWYN (nee O'NEIL)

REID, RAEWYN (nee O'NEIL). Born 11/10/1933 aged 83. Mum, you passed peacefully on the morning of Monday April 24 2017 at rest in Tauranga and I would like you to know; When I became a chosen son, I was blessed with an awesome Mum. As I grew up... Read More

REID, RAEWYN (nee O'NEIL)

REID, RAEWYN (nee O'NEIL). Passed peacefully Monday April 24 2017 at Melrose rest home Tauranga, aged 83. Loved wife and best friend of Colin (deceased). Loved and cherished mother and mother in law of Jillian and Geoff, Jonathan and Melanie and... Read More

No NZ tsunami threat after Chile quake

The Ministry of Civil Defence and Emergency Management says there is no tsunami threat to New Zealand following a magnitude 6.9 earthquake off the Chilean coastline. The Pacific Tsunami Warning Centre says the quake struck at a depth of 10 kilometres... Read More

Card spending up on last quarter

Retail spending using electronic cards rose in the March 2017 quarter across most retail industries, according to figures from Stats NZ. When adjusted for seasonal effects, spending in the retail industries rose 1.7 per cent in the March 2017 quarter,... Read More

SH36 still closed after fatal crash

Police say State Highway 36 will remain closed today following the fatal crash between Pyes Pa Road and Te Matai Road on Monday afternoon. A 63-year-old Rotorua man was killed when his truck and trailer unit went down a bank in the Mangorewa Gorge on... Read More

Strong rips at Mount Main Beach

Swimmers are being warned to stay out of the water due to strong rips creating treacherous conditions at Mount Maunganui's Main beach today. According to MetService, swells along the Western Bay of Plenty coastline are 1.6 metres at Waihi Beach,... Read More

Of courage, commitment and comrades

Anzac Day means a lot of different things to a lot of different people. For local poet Wendy Baker, Anzac Day is a way of remembering her father, her grandfather, and her uncle, who were all involved in world wars. Today, Wendy will deliver a passionate... Read More

What’s On? Anzac Day

Good morning Sunners and welcome to Anzac Day - a sombre day where we reflect upon the sacrifices of Kiwi soldiers who fought at Gallipoli and other conflicts since. In commemoration of Anzac Day a number of events are being staged around the city to... Read More

Somber silence for Anzac in Katikati

The rumble of traffic was noticeably absent from Katikati's main street this morning as hundreds gathered at dawn to mark Anzac Day 2017. A temporary road closure diverted vehicles from the centre of town creating a somber silence, fitting for... Read More

Door-to-door farm visits welcomed

Teams from the local Rural Support Trust and Red Cross have been documenting destroyed pastures, damaged homes and inundated orchards, as they carry out assessment visits to flood-affected farms and orchards in the Bay of Plenty. Igor Gerritson from... Read More

Anzac Day: ‘We will remember them’

They shall grow not old, as we that are left grow old: age shall not weary them, nor the years condemn. At the going down of the sun and in the morning - we will remember them. Today people all across the country are gathering in the dawn to honour,... Read More

Motorcyclists killed in crash named

Police can now release the names of the two motorcyclists killed in a crash on SH1, Tokoroa on Friday. The two people killed were 59-year-old Steven Charles Ward of Hastings and 41-year-old Ian Michael Emerson from Putaruru. "Police offer their sympathies... Read More

Bay driver killed in gorge crash

The truck driver killed in a crash on State Highway 36 has been confirmed by police as a Bay of Plenty man. Police say a 63-year-old Rotorua man was killed when his truck and trailer unit went down a bank in the Mangorewa Gorge on SH36. The highway also... Read More



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