Grey start to a Tauranga day

  It's a grey cloudy morning over the Bay. The weather forecast today is for rain developing in the early afternoon, and possibly heavy at times. We also have fresh northwesterlies.  It's a three-clothing layer day today with a... Read More

Calling all gardeners

The hunt is on for gardens to include in next year's Tauranga Garden and Art Festival. The Tauranga Garden and Art Festival team is keen to hear from anyone interested in the possibility of their garden featuring in the November 2018 event. It... Read More

Yoda wakes from winter slumber

All winter Frodo the dog has been waiting for his playmate Yoda the tortoise to wake up. Hibernating in his tortoise house at Olive Love's donkey farm in Windermere, Yoda has been asleep for nearly six months. This morning, he peeked out from under... Read More

Distinguished, dapper and dashing riders

On Sunday morning, 140 dapper and finely attired riders tweaked moustaches and embarked on the Distinguished Gentlemen's Ride. Parking their vintage and classic motorcycles at Club Mount Maunganui, the riders were given a health and safety briefing... Read More

Clayton Mitchell ready for government

Tauranga-based New Zealand First MP Clayton Mitchell will be returning to parliament for a second term on his party's list – but this time he will be part of the government. When SunLive caught up with him this morning he was preparing to... Read More

Will Angie make it into parliament?

It will be a nervous couple of weeks for Angie Warren-Clark, as she waits to see whether special votes will secure her a place in parliament on the Labour Party's list. The Bay of Plenty candidate failed to unseat National's Todd Muller on... Read More

Jan Tinetti heading to parliament

She might not have taken the seat of Tauranga, but Labour's Jan Tinetti will still be representing the electorate as a list MP in parliament. Jan improved on previous Tauranga Labour candidate Rachel Jones' 2014 vote count, securing 8841... Read More

Simon Bridges retains Tauranga

Incumbent National Party MP Simon Bridges has retained his Tauranga seat, receiving 19,111 votes. His nearest rival was Labour's Jan Tinetti, who received 8841 votes. It was a slight decrease on 2014, when Simon won 20,711 votes. However, the National... Read More

Election 2017: Nats 10 points ahead

11.55PM: The National Party has a 10 point lead on Labour, with 46 per cent of the vote to Labour's 35.8 per cent. New Zealand First will be the kingmaker, with both the right and left blocs requiring New Zealand First's 7.5 per cent share... Read More

Election 2017: Tauranga Results

10.50PM: Simon Bridges has won Tauranga, with 100 per cent of the vote counted. Labour's Jan Tinetti has come second, with New Zealand First's Clayton Mitchell in third place. Candidate Votes BORELL, Joseph James: 213 BRIDGES, Simon: 19,111 HODGE,... Read More

Election 2017: Bay of Plenty Results

11.55PM: Todd Muller has won Bay of Plenty, with 100 per cent of the vote counted. Labour's Angie Warren-Clark has come second, while New Zealand First's Lester Gray has come in third place. Candidate Votes BENNETT, Raewyn: 431 CARLEY, Bruce:... Read More

Tauranga’s purple memory walk

Mount Maunganui was a sea of purple this morning as hundreds of people gathered at Coronation Park for the Alzheimer's Tauranga Memory Walk. “We had 250 people pre-registered and another 100 turned up on the day,” says organiser Julie... Read More

Weather in a minute with Rosalie

  The weather forecast today is for a mostly sunny day with a chance of showers in the afternoon and evening. Also southwesterlies.   It's a three-clothing layer day today with a high of 19 and an overnight low of 9 degrees.    High... Read More

Oystercatchers back on Mount beach

  Amidst holiday-makers, surfers and volley-ballers, a pair of variable oystercatchers on the Mount Main beach successfully raised two chicks. That was 2016. The year before they raised three. It's September and already the pair are taking... Read More

Clear skies ahead

In today's forecast there will be a few showers this morning, but clearing towards evening. A southwesterly will develop.   It's a three-clothing-layer day today with a high of 16 and an overnight low of 7 degrees.   Check out our... Read More

A bit of a wet one in the city today

  Today's forecast will see some morning rain, then a few showers. Northerly turning to westerly.  It's a two-clothing layer day today with a high of 16 and an overnight low of 7 degrees. Sunset tonight is at 6.07pm. Remember daylight... Read More

Another fine day in Tauranga

The weather forecast today is for a fine day with light breezes. It's a three-clothing layer day with a high of 17 and an overnight low of 8 degrees.  Low tide is at 12.40pm and high tide is at 6.50pm. Sunset tonight is at 6.06pm.  This... Read More

Farmers rally in Morrinsville

New Zealand is too small to have a rural/urban divide, Waikato Federated Farmers President Andrew McGiven told the farming rally in Morrinsville at noon yesterday. "We'd like to say to our urban cousins, be fully informed because we'd all... Read More

Fine weather with southerly breezes

  The weather forecast today is for fine weather, but with some heavy showers possible in the afternoon. It's a three-clothing and one-windproof layer day, quite chilly this morning with southerly breezes. Temperatures today should see a high... Read More

Mary Poppins pops into children's ward

Mary Poppins, accompanied by chimney-sweep Bert, called in to the children's ward at Tauranga Hospital on Saturday. "We've come up 'ere to the children's ward, just to give the kiddies some 'lil colouring books and some... Read More



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