Buddy Mikaere standing for council

Former Opportunities Party list candidate Buddy Mikaere has thrown his hat into the ring for the upcoming council by-election, which seeks to fill the vacancy left in the wake of Gail McIntosh's passing. The 67-year-old made the announcement on... Read More

Rippa Rugby returns to rip it up

Next week will mark the start of another term of Rippa Rugby modules across the Western and Eastern Bay of Plenty. The Western Bay of Plenty Rippa Rugby modules will see over 2000 kids year two to year eight involved in five Rippa Rugby modules. This... Read More

Cyclone Gita to bring severe weather

Cyclone Gita, currently a Category 3 Tropical Cyclone south of New Caledonia, is expected to move southwards over the next couple of days, and curve towards New Zealand. During its journey, it will weaken to a Category 2 Tropical Cyclone, before it undergoes... Read More

Kevin Bloody Wilson coming to Tauranga

Outrageously funny singer-songwriter Kevin Bloody Wilson is returning to New Zealand this month with his ‘Almost Awesome' tour, and local fans will have the chance to see him play in Tauranga. The Australian larrikin has a fan base that stretches... Read More

Paraglider was flying in club day

The man who died in a paraglider crash on Saturday in Mount Maunganui was flying with the Bay of Plenty Hang Gliding and Paragliding Club dress up and spot landing day. Emergency services were sent to the scene at Mauao after reports came in he was... Read More

Hometown hero takes first D1NZ win

Team DMNZ drifter Drew Donovan took a seemingly unlikely win on his return to the Link ECU D1NZ National Drifting Championship at this home round in Tauranga. Having qualified 18th on Friday, Donovan battled through the order and managed to take out... Read More

Two rescued after boat capsizes

A speedy response from the Maketu Coastguard saved two people who were thrown into the sea when their boat capsized. The accident occurred just before 6.45am on Saturday morning, at the Kaituna Cut. Maketu Coastguard president Shane Beech says the two... Read More

Surfer defends title in Papamoa

Auckland surfer Thomas Kibblewhite (Red Beach) defended his Men's Longboard Division title at the Barrett Homes New Zealand Longboard and SUP Open held at Papamoa Beach on Saturday. Kibblewhite had not competed since his 2017 win at the event but... Read More

Motorcyclist in crash on SH2

UPDATED 11.55AM: A motorcyclist has been taken to Tauranga Hospital with serious injuries after crashing on State Highway 2. A police spokesperson says a tow truck has also been called to remove the bike from the scene. The road is clear in both directions... Read More

Jones best of kayaking Kiwis

Tauranga's Luuka Jones has finished sixth in a highly-competitive K1 women's final at the Australian canoe slalom championships in Penrith overnight. Jones was the only Kiwi to progress to the finals on the second day of competition and her... Read More



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