Sights set on a Whakatane walking challenge

If you’ve conquered a half marathon and you want an altogether different kind of walking challenge, diary in the Julian’s Berry Farm Toi’s Challenge for Sunday, November 18. Toi’s Challenge is one of Whakatane’s iconic...... Read More

Concerns for Tauranga woman and newborn baby

Police are urgently appealing for sightings of Tauranga woman Lauren Hamilton. The 34-year-old recently gave birth and is believed to have her newborn baby with her. Police are extremely concerned for the welfare of Lauren and her baby,...... Read More

Cooler spring temps and cloudy days mask UV risk

The MetService are urging Kiwis to re-think their sun-exposure with the risk of damaging ultra-violet radiation climbing rapidly at this time of year. To keep New Zealanders safe MetService is once again showing UV forecasts on its website...... Read More

Discover Matakana Island on memorial walk

If you’ve ever wanted to experience the culture and customs of Matakana Island, a fundraiser for Waipuna Hospice on October 21 will provide the perfect opportunity. The Neil Scott Memorial Walk will be in remembrance of Matakana Island resident...... Read More

Whakatāne Hospital top choice for new doctors

Whakatāne Hospital has been rated New Zealand’s most preferred hospital for first year doctors. Each year the New Zealand Resident Doctors' Association ranks the nation’s hospitals in order of where final year medical students would...... Read More

Spring tips for your garden

With the warming spring weather and the trees and bushes beginning to grow new leaves again, it’s a popular time for people to make a start in their garden for the season ahead. With the warming spring weather and the trees, bushes and flowers...... Read More

RainbowYOUTH reaches target with help from HELL

RainbowYOUTH’s joint initiative with HELL Pizza, which saw 3,000 t-shirts up for sale in support of LGBTQIA+ rights in Aotearoa, has raised a ‘game-changing’ $75,000 and increased awareness of the issues facing one of the country’s...... Read More

‘A bag is a breeze’

It’s not really a subject you’d want to bring up at the dinner table, but Diane Cheyne believes it needs to be said. Tauranga resident Diane is one of around 7500 New Zealanders, and approximately 500 people in the Bay of Plenty, living...... Read More

Go Spotty for melanoma day

Each year over 4000 Kiwis are diagnosed with melanoma in New Zealand, that’s around 13 people every day. To support those affected and help raise awareness, Melanoma Awareness Week is proud to present Go Spotty Day. The nationwide event fittingly...... Read More

Te Puke youth trust under threat

A charitable trust working to support Te Puke youth may have to close its doors if it can’t make its rent payment this month. The Vector Group Charitable Trust, led by Steve and Tracey Fawcett, has been operating in the town since early 2017,...... Read More

Opinion Poll

What is the issue with SH2?

Unsafe drivers
The road needs improving
Trucks not giving way
Not enough opportunities to pass safely