When an attitude overcomes all

It’s not just about being a champion or a winner. “It’s about giving things a shot,” says Alexia Skipper-Jones, youth advocate for Parafed BOP, “and about being supported to take that shot. “It’s about being...... Read More

New children’s book tells the legend of Mauao

Matariki Tauranga Moana heralds the release of a new bilingual children’s book retelling the legend of Mauao to commemorate the return of Mauao to Tauranga iwi in 2008, the creation of joint management under Ngā Poutiriao ō Mauao in 2013, the...... Read More

Pillar of Hawea Street

  When Noel Kelly’s garage doors open up, he’s open for business. For more than 10 years, Noel has said he is going to retire, but he still keeps working.   Described as the “pillar of Hawea Street”, Noel, soon to...... Read More

Growing leaders exchange notes with PM

  An excursion with the intent of being an educational experience has turned into a-once-in-a-lifetime opportunity to rub shoulders with the nation’s leader for a group of Aquinas College students.   Aquinas College head of technology...... Read More

BOP locals invited to shape future of NCEA

Rotorua and Tauranga residents will have a chance to directly feed into the Government’s review of NCEA on Tuesday 26 and Wednesday 27 June. Patrick Walsh, Principal of John Paul College is hosting the public workshops and is encouraging parents,...... Read More

Council fund seeds school garden project

Nurturing life is part of the learning at Oropi School where pupils are discovering the rewards of growing their own food. The Kokako Gardens, which dominate the school’s backyard, are overflowing with vegetables and herbs that have been planted,...... Read More

Bay backing children’s book awards

Tauranga is doing its part to get more children reading, as the Wright Family Foundation announces their sponsorship of the New Zealand Book Awards for Children and Young Adults. The foundation is funding two categories - the Wright Family Foundation...... Read More

School’s seismograph sensing shakes

If there’s an earthquake, no matter how small, the kids at Maungatapu School know about it. In recent weeks pupils coming into the library have been able to check out the underground activity in our region, thanks to a seismograph installed by...... Read More

Tauranga hosts NZ film conference

The base of Mauao has been a busy hub of film professionals this week, as the Regional Film Offices of NZ – RFONZ – met for their annual two-day conference. “I think it’s a real testament to BOP Film and the work that’s...... Read More

School-boy inventor enters innovation awards

Tauranga Intermediate pupil Christian Stark is hoping to take home a prize in the Innovation Awards with his invention which takes the messy work out of peeling kiwifruit. The 12-year-old’s father, David Stark, had been peeling the fruit the...... Read More




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