March equinox and a super moon

  It has come that time of year when New Zealand is slowly sliding into the autumn season.   The mornings are darker and the temperatures are ever so slightly cooler in the mornings and evenings. According to MetService, the equinox...... Read More

Week long battle against wasp nest

A pest controller with 30 years experience has described his battle against a wasp nest the size of a car - home to at least a million of the aggressive German Wasps. Bay Pest Services Chris Brunel spent the best part this month attempting to...... Read More

Te Puke garden peanut project ruined

An unpleasant surprised greeted the Te Puke Community Garden staff when they discovered their peanut crop has been stripped. The crop had been planted with the aim of teaching children to grow peanuts and make their own peanut butter. “We planted...... Read More

New boat cleaning rules to reduce marine pests

New boat cleaning rules could be introduced in a bid to stop the spread of marine pests in coastal waters around the upper North Island. Northland Council is running a two-month consultation on whether to develop shared rules on managing hull cleaning...... Read More

Have your say - climate change, rescue & transport

Climate change, passenger transport and rescue services funding are on Regional Council’s radar. Bay of Plenty residents will be asked to provide their feedback on four key questions later this month when the Bay of Plenty Regional Council goes...... Read More

What’s on - St Pat’s Day, sprints and vigil

Kia ora and morena Sunners, and welcome to your Sunday. It's a day for reflection either alone or with others, reaching out to those around us and catching up with loved ones, family and friends. As it's also Saint Patrick’s Day, we encourage...... Read More

Andy Belcher - Legendary versatile photographer

I was having a coffee at Grindz with Andy Belcher recently, and we browsed through his book of over 200 photographs. Girls in red cat suits on the back of motorcycles, someone leaping from Auckland’s Sky Tower, the Kaituna Jet, Targa Rally NZ,...... Read More

Tauranga students protest for climate change

Children and young adults gathered in Mount Maunganui’s new urban space Te Papa O Nga Manu Porotakataka on Friday to protest and raise awareness for climate change. The protest, which is known as the ‘global climate strike’ was organised...... Read More

Students to protest climate change in Red Square

  Tauranga students will join thousands of others around New Zealand in a protest against climate change today.   Students will be gathering in Red Square in Tauranga at 1pm. “We have speakers from environment groups in Tauranga...... Read More

A cluster of quakes hit the Bay of Plenty

A cluster of earthquakes have been detected in the Bay of Plenty region this morning. GeoNet have reported on their website and social media, that there have been earthquakes detected in Tauranga, Whakatane, Opotiki, Rotorua and Murupara. The GeoNet...... Read More

Giant wasp nest left on tree in BOP

An exterminator says they decided not to remove a giant German wasp nest to avoid a huge amount of insecticide falling into a Bay of Plenty stream. The nest was found attached to a ponga tree in an area of native bush in Hamurana. It's nearly...... Read More

Yacht runs aground at Anarake Point

There is likely to be very little impact to the environment from a yacht leaking fuel after running aground at Anarake Point, on the east coast of the Coromandel Peninsula. The one person on board the yacht, which ran aground between Kennedy Bay and...... Read More

Dry spell giving farmers grief in BOP

Farmers across the country are being warned to make calls on feed planning, milking frequency and drying off due to the dry weather. DairyNZ Farm Performance general manager Vanessa Winning says all regions are battling against the dry conditions. “A...... Read More

Flying start for Pest-free Te Puna

Te Puna’s pest free programme got off to a flying start on Saturday March 2, with more than 100 people attending and all 78 traps given out – with a wait list for more. Held at Waitui Reserve, the day aimed to encourage the Te Puna community...... Read More

Vodafone outage now resolved

Many areas of the country experienced mobile and internet outages with Vodafone coverage this morning. Vodafone users reported that outages were affecting both their mobile and broadband services. Customers used Twitter and Facebook to contact the...... Read More