Joint forces map BOP seafloor

The New Zealand Defence Force and GNS Science are joining forces to map the seafloor off the Bay of Plenty coast to better define volcanic structures on and under the seafloor. The survey, which will use the Royal New Zealand Navy's inshore patrol... Read More

Bay company provides aid relief in Tonga

A Tauranga-based company is the latest to provide aid to badly affected farming communities in Tonga, following the devastating impact of Cyclone Gita. Heilala Vanilla, which is based in Te Puna, partners with vanilla growers throughout Tonga, including... Read More

Turn your trash into fash

After seven months of crocheting together more than 400 plastic bags, you could forgive 13-year-old Hunter Ririnui for never wanting to see another plastic bag again. A passion for design and the environment saw the then Tauranga Intermediate student... Read More

Help at the end of the rainbow

Coming out at 50 is no less terrifying than coming out as a teenager, says a Tauranga woman offering help and advice to the lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender and intersex community. With the support of Toi Ohomai, Kat Clark has established a Rainbow... Read More

Greenprinting Whakatane

‘Where the people lead, the leaders will follow' that's the motto behind Tuesday's “Greenprint for Whakatane” get-together. The workshop is a chance to talk about making Whakatane a more sustainable, resilient and... Read More

Snapping stunning sunsets and sunrises

The sun setting over Tauranga has provided stunning imagery of late. Many people have been busting out their cameras to grab a shot of the colours being produced in the night sky. One SunLive reader descrubed the view as a "Carribean Sunset". Another... Read More

Turret Rd cliff erosion under control

Ongoing cliff erosion near Turret Road is believed pose a minimal risk to motorists, according to latest observations by Tauranga City Council. The erosion is currently affecting a bank near Turret Road, about 50m from SH2a. TCC transportation manager... Read More

Enjoying our public places to the full

Is there anything that spoils our city's streets, beaches, reserves for you? That's the question Tauranga City Council is asking the community to help inform the review of four public places bylaws.  The council is reviewing these bylaws... Read More

Screeching frogs plague Papamoa houses

A biblical plague of frogs is terrorising the residents of Papamoa. Researcher Phil Bishop is delighted by Papamoa's frog plague, but Papamoa resident Carolyn Chatterton says she would like them to stop inviting themselves into her house. For the... Read More

Saying ‘no’ to plastic straws

A new campaign has been launched by Envirohub Bay of Plenty in an effort to reduce the use of plastic straws in the region. ‘Destraw or Destroy' was launched at The Rising Tide in Mount Maunganui earlier this week with the screening of the... Read More



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An uncommon butterfly spotted: New Zealand Admiral. A good start to the new year. Photo: Murray Smith.

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