A Christmas gift that will last all year

The Firefighters’ Calendar has taken on a new look for 2019, and will feature the ever-popular emergency service members alongside Child Cancer ambassadors. In the past, the calendar has featured firefighters from throughout New Zealand in ‘pecks...... Read More

When Ann becomes Elizabeth of Elmeslac

Break out your best stockings and tunics, gowns and wimples. Strike up the harp, the lute and the hammered dulcimer and take your partners for a Maltese bransle. Yes, a bransle – or a brangle, a brando, a bran or a brantle - depending on who...... Read More

What’s On: Christmas Carnival and National Sevens

Good Morning SunLive readers and welcome back to another sunny Sunday. It’s going to be another fine day today, with some evening cloud. There will also be some light winds and some sea breezes. Looking into tomorrow and Tuesday, tomorrow...... Read More

BOP Lotto players win big

Christmas has come early for Lotto players in the Bay of Plenty as three players won Second Division and one lucky player from Waihi winning $500,000 in the live draw. Fourteen lucky Lotto players each won $18,757 with Lotto Second Division in Saturday...... Read More

’Silliness’ looms for Christmas stockings

Kiwi kids can expect new twists on recent toy favourites and “downright silliness” in their Christmas stockings this year, according to Trade Me. Trade Me’s Millie Silvester says popular searches, combined with national and international...... Read More

Active Whakatane survey participants awarded

Two lucky recipients have been awarded for their participation in Whakatane District Council’s Active Whakatane project. A transport and recreation strategy which aims to make it easier and safer for people to use our roads, pathways, tracks...... Read More

Christmas day done differently

Four birthday parties and a wedding anniversary. That’s how I spent my Christmas in 2015 – and all at the same event. My friend, who was celebrating her 21st birthday, was home from Perth for the first time since high school, so it felt...... Read More

Nature fights back in Bindings

A new joint exhibition by Whakatane based artists Lea-Anne Sheather and Mandy Hague named Bindings, introduces audiences to what at first glance looks like a truly fantastical world, filled with curious beasts and shadowy landscapes. Look closer though...... Read More

What’s on? An event in every corner of the city

Good morning SunLive readers and welcome back to another beautiful weekend. It's a pearler across the whole Bay of Plenty today, despite some crazy lightning and thunderstorms witnessed late last night. SunLive photographer Cameron...... Read More

A retro sustainable Christmas

Make Christmas sustainable by doing some second-hand shopping this season.  Handing over a gift whilst saving the planet can be a challenge – especially in our consumerist society. But shopping second hand is one small solution, so why...... Read More

Opinion Poll

Do you think free parking in the CBD on Saturdays will bring more business to retailers?

No it’s going to add to the parking problems
Yes and it should be extended throughout the week