Pillans Point talking about mental health

Pillans Point School participated in a ‘Fluro Friday’ and it was all for a good cause. The fluro mufti day held on Friday March 1, was to raise awareness about mental health, with gold coin donations going to OneWave is all it takes. OneWave...... Read More

Kiwifruit connecting Katikati to China

A Katikati woman with a big heart is breaking down barriers through our beloved crop, the kiwifruit. After buying a house with an orchard, Hellen Faulkner became interested in the kiwifruit industry. Hellen, who relocated to New Zealand from China...... Read More

Women showing more interest in trades

Toi Ohomai Institute of Technology have seen a rise in women enrolling in trades courses. Trades and logistics faculty leader Brian Dillon says in 2014, only 10 per cent of women were enrolled in trades. In five years, the statistic has increased...... Read More

Push for Western Bay school continues

National Bay of Plenty MP Todd Muller is still pushing for a secondary school in the Western Bay of Plenty. Back in December 2018, a petition supported by more than 2000 locals was tabled in Parliament, requesting the Government to investigate the...... Read More

Police studies launching at BOP school

Kawerau’s Tarawera High School will add an NCEA-accredited Police Studies course to its curriculum. In collaboration with New Zealand Police and Unitec, the Introduction to Police Studies course will be delivered to Year 12 and 13 students in...... Read More

Otumoetai teacher’s life in fundraisers hands

Former Otumoetai College teacher Ed Weston is fighting for his life after being diagnosed with an aggressive cancer - Mantle Cell Lymphoma. After being told in September he had slim chances of making it past Christmas, a last treatment option –...... Read More

Fit, young and ready to work

It was a cracking endorsement – a proof of performance report that any company would welcome, let alone a college student start-up. “They were the politest young men,” says Karolyn Timarkos, also known as The Nocrastinator on Facebook....... Read More

Scholarships ease pressure of uni life

The Bay of Plenty Education Trust is investing another $108,000 in the tertiary education of students in the region. Thirteen Western Bay of Plenty students have been named as recipients of the BOP Education Trust’s recently awarded Science,...... Read More

Have your say on Tomorrow’s Schools proposals

Simon Bridges is seeking feedback on what people in Tauranga think about the Tomorrow’s Schools proposals. The Bay of Plenty MP and National Party leader will be holding a public meeting on Thursday at the Tauranga RSA. He says The Tomorrow’s...... Read More

New dawn for university’s Tauranga campus

A dawn karakia has taken place at the University of Waikato’s Tauranga Campus in Durham Street this morning; the first step in opening the campus up to the people of the Bay of Plenty, on behalf of the Bay of Plenty Tertiary Partnership. The...... Read More

New tarantula with massive ’horn’ discovered

To the everyday person, tarantulas are scary enough with their large legs, big eyes, fangs and furriness. Well, now they're even scarier. A new species of tarantula has been discovered with a large horn-like protuberance on its back. The tarantulas...... Read More

Toi Ohomai welcomes Vocational Reform proposals

Toi Ohomai has welcomed many of the proposed changes announced this week as part of the Government’s Reform of Vocational Education. Minister Chris Hipkins has proposed all 16 Institutes of Technology and Polytechnics merge under a single entity...... Read More

On a pathway to success

Three students have landed the opportunity to further develop their knowledge and skills with the assistance of a scholarship. The Omokoroa Lions Club recently awarded their annual tertiary scholarships to students from the Omokoroa area who have had...... Read More

Major polytech merger including Toi Ohomai

  Toi Ohomai Institute of Technology is just one of the 16 New Zealand Industry Training Providers that will merge into a single entity under a massive overhaul of the industry.   With the polytechnics and technical institutes facing what...... Read More

Basketball involvement surges in secondary schools

Basketball has overtaken rugby as the second-highest participated secondary school sport in New Zealand behind netball. Figures from the recently released School Sport New Zealand Census show 26,481 secondary school students played for a basketball...... Read More