Rumour mill triggers police reminder

Bay of Plenty residents are being reminded about the potentially misleading nature of information available on social media, after a rumour triggered widespread panic online earlier this week. SunLive received a number of messages from concerned social... Read More

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

A growing awareness on social media

A following is steadily growing for two Bay of Plenty Facebook groups devoted to bringing up-to-date traffic and weather information. Bay of Plenty Accidents and Bay of Plenty Weather and Natural Events are the names of two locally administrated groups. Each... Read More

Council bulk buys electric bikes

A chance to bulk buy electric bikes has seen more than 50 Tauranga City Council staff take up the offer to pay for their own brand new electric bike. "At the beginning we thought 10 to 15 staff might take up the offer, and we got 52,” says transportation... Read More

An alternative viewpoint to TECT

Trustpower will go directly to the public over the proposal to cancel the TECT cheque after TECT declined the local energy company's offer to participate in public drop-in information sessions. “Trustpower are opposing TECT's proposal... Read More

Patients to control their own healthcare

Patients managing their own healthcare online is the future says a Bay of Plenty GP – and the future is here. Dr Marshall Hollister-Jones, of Tauranga's Chadwick Healthcare, says his practice has been offering the ManageMyHealth website (by... Read More

Funding available for Maori in tech

A fresh round of funding aimed at building Maori capacity in the digital technology space is underway.  Maori Development Minister Nanaia Mahuta says it's about helping Maori participate in the modern digital economy.  Already, some $3.6... Read More

Artists wanted to brighten cabinets

Creative Bay of Plenty is working with Keep New Zealand Beautiful and Chorus to get some beautiful art onto local telecommunications cabinets as part of the ‘Paint Your Cabinet Beautiful' campaign. It is an opportunity for four local artists... Read More

Bingeing behaviour revealed

Bingeing once referred to over eating or over drinking, but thanks to technology bingeing now also means watching a whole season of a television show in a week, that's according to Netflix. Some might watch a whole season over a stay-inside weekend.... Read More

Dinner plans change in Welcome Bay

Powerco doesn't know the cause of the power cut that has disrupted 1481 Welcome Bay households on dinner time tonight. Power was cut at 5.51pm. The powerco website estimates power will be restored by 10pm, but offers no information about the possible... Read More



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