New regulations for 1080

New regulations have been approved under the Resource Management Act to provide a national approach to the use of poisons like 1080 and brodifacoum. Environment Minister Dr Nick Smith says pests such as stoats, rats and possums kill 25 million native... Read More

The power of the people’s car

“Is it a cool story about old cars that usually don't go?” asks Steve Cartwright. It's actually a cool story about a fiesta of VWs, a celebration of Beetles, buggys and bajas, a carnival of Kombis. All of them going and all of... Read More

New single from Mount band released

Curate Music (previously Mosaic Music) have released the first single ‘Carry Me Along' from their second album ‘These Eyes'. Due for release on March 8, the new album, recorded at Roundhead Studios in Auckland is a compilation... Read More

Dynamic duos in Papamoa

Today is the annual Eves Realty Dynamic Duo Parent Child Tournament hosted at the Papamoa Tennis Club. This year - its third - there are 64 entries divided into 32 teams playing on the courts. Tournament convenor Michele Hartley, dressed in a wig and... Read More

Women’s Triathlon: ‘Nailed it!’

Hundreds of competitors will be celebrating their successes today, as the Generation Homes Women's Triathlon wraps up for another year. The event saw around 700 women swim 400m along Pilot Bay, before setting off on a 10km bike ride and finishing... Read More

Learning to survive

Dean Bartlett is teaching his boys valuable life skills. He takes his four boys – Matthew (7), Jack (9), Charley (12), and Lachlan (13) – to participate in the Te Puna Hunting and Fishing Club's Take a Kid Hunting and Fishing competition... Read More

Line-up change for Paradox festival

The upcoming Paradox: Tauranga Street Art Festival will see a line-up change with Lithuanian-born artist Ernest Zacharevic withdrawing due to personal reasons. Paradox festival artistic director George Shaw says stepping in to fill the gap is one of... Read More

$60,000 win for Tauranga player

A lucky Tauranga resident could be $60,049 richer after winning Lotto's Strike Four last night. The winning ticket was sold at Tauranga City Lotto. Two players, from Auckland and Christchurch, also won $3.8 million each in Powerball first division. Earlier... Read More

Man in custody following AOS callout

A man is in custody after the armed offenders squad swarmed a Western Bay road last night. The road was sealed off by police as they hunted an alleged armed offender. At around 8.15pm on Saturday, police responded to reports of a domestic incident on... Read More

Letters from Bruce Mason

Graeme Thompson, a trained theatre archivist, found it very exciting when he discovered that Ken White, a former stalwart of the 16th Ave Theatre had correspondence with New Zealand playwright Bruce Mason and was a friend of his. He found these in the... Read More

Welcome home to Pongakawa School

When more than 350 people arrived at Pongakawa School this weekend, in a way they were returning to their second home. On Saturday they were greeted by current students singing Kiwi musician Dave Dobbyn's national hit ‘Welcome Home',... Read More

Early casualty at drifting champs

Hometown favourite Cole Armstrong was an early casualty in round three of the Demon Energy D1NZ National Drifting Championship at Tauranga's ASB Baypark Stadium. He was knocked out of contention when the judges decided to go the way of South Island... Read More

What’s On? Women’s Triathlon & Bees

Good morning, Sunday SunLive readers. The weather this weekend is certainly an improvement on seven days ago – let's hope it stays that way. The big event for today is the Generation Homes Women's Triathlon, taking place at Pilot Bay... Read More

Marc & Rach are Hiking for Hope

Their feet have suffered blisters, cuts and scrapes, but the pain and discomfort has all been worth it for avid bush walkers Rachael Andrews and Marc Williams. This March the Tauranga couple will be taking on the 19.4km Tongariro Alpine Crossing in... Read More

Armed police in Te Puna

UPDATE: 9.30pm: Armed police have gathered on rural roads around Te Puna and sealed off Armstrong Road.   Callers to the 0800 SUNLIVE newsline say there's a strong police presence in the vicinity of Te Puna Road and Armstrong Road, and at... Read More

Drifting - it's like ballet with cars

Thick plumes of smoke and the smell of burning rubber is swirling around Mount Maunganui's ASB Baypark Stadium. Eighty of the country's best drifters in high-octane cars are battling it out to be crowned number one in the third round of... Read More

Pieces fall into place for chess comp

Entries from around the country have come in for the annual Bay of Plenty Chess Rapid taking place today. The one-day tournament, hosted by the Mount Maunganui RSA Chess Club, is a national event which always attracts strong interest locally and from... Read More

Sea, sand, sweat & glory at Omanu Beach

Brilliant conditions have greeted the nearly 300 athletes competing in the 2017 Bay of Plenty Senior Championships at Omanu Beach today. Surf Life Saving New Zealand Eastern Region sport manager Mark Inglis says the half metre swell has made the surf... Read More

Attention ladies! Give it a try!

I've received a medal for a triathlon just once in my life – a big, bright, gold, plastic one. I received it when crossing the finish line of the Weet-Bix TRYathlon almost two decades ago. This Sunday, I'll almost triple the distance... Read More

Doug Tamaki passes away

UPDATED 3.50PM: The whanau of cultural business entrepreneur and tourism identityDoug Tamaki are shocked and deeply saddened by his sudden passing. In a statement, Mike Tamaki says his brother will be taken to lie at his Mount Maunganui home for the... Read More



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Early morning view from the Mount. By Lynn Johnson. Send us your photos and stories from around the Bay of Plenty. Email: photos@thesun.co.nz