Whakatane native keeps Navy wing flying

A 2009 Whakatane High School graduate is serving in the U.S. Navy aboard Naval Air Station Jacksonville, home to the U.S. Navy’s newest maritime, patrol and reconnaissance aircraft. Petty Officer 2nd in Class Cayla Wentz is a Navy aviation maintenance...... Read More

Stuff, NZME lose at Court of Appeal over merger

The Court of Appeal has upheld a decision not to allow Stuff Ltd and NZME to merge. The full judgment has not yet been publicly released, but the court said in a public "minute" that the companies' appeal against a Commerce Commission...... Read More

Petrol prices hitting new record-high

Petrol prices in many parts of the country have crossed $2.40 for the first time, days out from a nationwide tax increase. Stations in Wellington and many parts of the South Island, and others which use the so-called "national price" are...... Read More

Merit celebrated at BOP Property People Awards

Property Council’s first ever Property People Awards in the Bay of Plenty were announced at a vibrant event, held at Mills Reef Winery on Thursday September 20. The Awards, which recognised seven category winners, celebrated the unique individuals...... Read More

Economic confidence in Bay of Plenty falls sharply

A net 29 percent of Bay of Plenty households expect their region’s economy to improve over the next 12 months, according to the Westpac-McDermott Miller Regional Economic Confidence survey for the September 2018 quarter. This is significantly...... Read More

Major fresh produce traceability project underway

In light of the recent shocking Australian strawberry tampering event, the New Zealand produce industry is taking every action possible to reassure customers their safety systems are robust. United Fresh is the New Zealand pan-produce organisation...... Read More

New valuations show strong growth in Hauraki homes

New Quotable Value figures show residential and lifestyle property values in the Hauraki District have risen sharply over the last three years. Hauraki District Mayor John Tregidga says overall residential values have increased 56 percent across the...... Read More

Funding boost saves under-threat school programme

A transformative programme ensuring low socio-economic children do not start school lagging behind their peers, including in the Bay of Plenty, has been saved from cutting its services thanks to a new partnership with the Tauranga-based Wright Family...... Read More

Clouds of pink delight festival goers

Greerton Village looked stunning for the annual Cherry Blossom Festival on Saturday, with blossom trees at their season’s peak. Local retailers put out sales tables and specials for the crowds of people flocking into the village, and Chadwick...... Read More

Little pink boots to fill

Who says money doesn’t grow on trees? They might be empty just now, but the Breast Cancer Support Service Tauranga Trust hopes these pink gumboots will be filled with cash during Pinctober – Breast Cancer Awareness Month. The annual ‘Fill...... Read More

Opinion Poll

Who or what is to blame for all the crashes on the roads of late?

Drivers in general
The roads
A combination of the roads and drivers