Donations for Fleet family

A family friend of the two men discovered in the Mamaku Forest this morning is asking for donations to help assist the grieving family. Hawkes Bay midwife Annie Frogley, is asking for koha (donations) to help support the family. “The Fleet family... Read More

Mystery symptoms for Papamoa residents

  Some Papamoa locals have raised concerns, after reports of a series of mysterious symptoms were recorded in the area on Monday. A number of Residents in Sandhurst Drive, Blossom Grove and Golden Sands in Papamoa, have claimed to display symptoms... Read More

Sports review for Opotiki College

Opotiki College has launched a full school sports review which seeks to improve student participation in sport and develop a positive culture in the school and the wider community. The review will evaluate the current state of sport in the college, and... Read More

Re-establishing cricket

A meeting has been called to get the ball running on increasing cricket interest in Papamoa. Bay of Plenty Cricket and the Western Bay of Plenty Cricket Association have called for a public meeting at the end of this month to re-establish cricket in... Read More

HORTON, Margaret (nee Luff)

Passed away suddenly, but peacefully, at Tauranga Hospital on Thursday, 17 August 2017, aged 80. Dearly loved wife of Bernard for 56 years. Beloved mother of Tracey and Spencer, and of Greg and Shelley, and loving and proud Nan of Zara and Emma; and... Read More

CTC - Central Tauranga Coronary?

The Civic Transformation Committee plans to single-mindedly ‘transform' the CBD heart to something wonderful. All storylines/creativity flowing thick and fast to self-justify that single purpose, all else ignored. This scheme is indeed nefariously... Read More

One people

We certainly have an interesting situation on the political scene. Don Brash has a very good point in that he wonders how long New Zealand will have ‘The People, and ‘Our People'. He does raise an important point, very skillfully avoided... Read More

A clever marketing ploy

So quick to condemn. The Greens co-leader does not surprise me, and yes what she did was wrong, but not out of place. There would not be many of us out there that have not lied nor deceived to our gain. In fact, you would be surprised to know just how... Read More

Ramping up the conversation

Last week Ms Sue McArthur had a moan about her Farm Street development being refused resource consent (page 3, The Weekend Sun, August 11). She is quoted "the conversation in the community about how the city is going to grow has to be ramped up" and "how... Read More

Labour water woes

Our government has correctly always stated that no individual owns the water. In reality the NZ government administers water for everyone, including fresh water and its use and allocation, in a fiduciary capacity as guardian and trustee for all Kiwis. Total... Read More

Be careful how you vote

Great to have an early election while all National's excesses are imprinted on our minds. Billions have been paid in treaty settlements and apologies while government infrastructures – health, welfare, education, transport –... Read More

NZ 'shamefully low' in child health stat

Thank you for the article on 'Poorer households, poorer hearts' (page 12, The Weekend Sun, August 4). The Finland report mentioned puts the real issue of community welfare and child health into perspective. When I was nursing in the mid-1960s,... Read More

NZ First to raise minimum wage to $20

NZ First has announced this afternoon that they will raise the minimum wage to $20 if they are to be voted into government. The announcement was made to a crowd of over 200 at a public speech in Red Square, Tauranga and aims to be achieved over a three... Read More

Age shouldn't be a brake on creativity

Is it ageist to be impressed by something an ‘older' person has done? I'm not really sure. (Apologies up front to anyone who was hoping for a definitive answer.) A few weeks ago I mentioned it was bugging me when people show surprise... Read More

Whakatohea signs agreement with Crown

Whakatohea Pre-Settlement Claims Trust has today signed an Agreement in Principle with the Crown at Parliament, which it says is a positive step towards settling its historical Treaty of Waitangi claims. Chairman Graeme Riesterer says Whakatohea first... Read More

Arrest warrant for Bay man

Eastern and Waikato police are seeking the public's help to locate Mataatua Uka. There is a warrant for his arrest issued by the Hamilton District court on  July 20 on a burglary charge, says Senior Sergeant Yvonne Parker. The 34-year-old... Read More

MARTIN, Garry Colin (Gaz, Gull)

On 16 August 2017, after a tragic accident, at the Marina in Tauranga, aged 55 years. So dearly loved son of Colin Martin and Shirley Woodmass. Dearly loved brother of Dianne and Phil Neal, Allison and Henry Van Hout. Dearly loved special uncle of his... Read More

All Blacks’ legend joins gala panel

All Blacks great and perennial entertainer, Frank Bunce, will be joining the stellar panel of stars at this year's Tauranga Gala Dinner in September. Held at ASB Arena on Friday, September 29, the annual Tauranga Gala Dinner will feature Bunce... Read More

Warming up for the Garden and Arts Fest

It's an idea bourne out of comfort, from relaxing and not really thinking about much at all. Garden and Arts Festival organiser Marc Anderson says the idea came to him when he was least expecting it. “I was sitting on the couch at home and... Read More

Young Grower won by Bay woman

A Bay of Plenty woman has been named as the first woman to win the title of Young Grower of the Year at an awards event in Christchurch, last night. Erin Atkinson, 30, technical advisor for Apata Group in Te Puke, who has a Bachelor of Science in Horticulture... Read More



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