Toxic sea slug warning for Tauranga beaches

A warning for dog owners to control their pets on the beach and parents to keep an eye on what their children touch on the beach. It’s that time of the year again when toxic sea slugs wash up onto the beach. Grey side-gilled sea slugs are deadly. There...... Read More

Miners discover gold, but few celebrating

A small company wanting to extract gold from a mine on conservation land fears for the future of the industry in the face of red tape, local hostility and official indifference. New Talisman Gold Mines has spent $1.8 million over 18 months to get the...... Read More

Landslide dislodges human remains

A rahui is in place in the Maketu area after human remains were dislodged near Okurei Point. A post on the Te Puke Community Noticeboard Facebook page says the remains, possibly pre-Eruopean, were dislodged following a landslide and have washed into...... Read More

Turn off water, turn on smarts

  Wrong, wrong and wrong. But happy to explain why.   The man who manages Tauranga city’s domestic water supply has responded to some myths and misunderstandings about water meters, water infrastructure and the need to conserve a...... Read More

Caution urged over swimming hot spots

With temperatures hitting record highs more people will be frequenting Bay of Plenty lakes, rivers and oceans in an attempt to cool off. But before you take the plunge, health experts are warning locals to tread with caution. Toi Te Ora Medical Officer...... Read More

Repairs and extensions for Hauraki Rail Trail

Now summer is here, work on the Hauraki Rail Trail is heating up. Hauraki Rail Trail Trust General Manager Diane Drummond says two major extensions to the trail, as well as repairs following storm damage on January 5 last year, will be kicked into...... Read More

Matatā to celebrate new mural

An opening celebration will be held in Matatā this Tuesday, January 22 at 6pm to officially launch a new mural celebrating mana wāhine and the kuia of the area. The mural’s creation has come through a collaboration between Whakatāne Ki Mua,...... Read More

The case for right here, right now

It’s a gloomy image. The equivalent of 700 jumbo jets full of beverage containers dumped into the environment or landfills each year. And it’s costing New Zealand millions of dollars in clean-up costs and loss of valuable resources. Statistics...... Read More

Boy claims to have solved ’Mount Mauler’ mystery

After using his family as live bait an 11-year-old entomologist claims to have solved the mystery of the "Mount Mauler" which has stalked Tauranga's beaches. For decades, the nasty little bug has been causing itchy red spots which can...... Read More

New music to debut at Seafood Festival

Whakatane is in for a treat when Kiwi pop artist Theia steps on stage at this Saturday’s first-ever Seafood Festival. Thousands are expected to flock to the Eastern Bay of Plenty for the inaugural festival on January 19, which is being held...... Read More

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