Refereeing leads to life changing weight loss

A decision three years ago to pick up the whistle has led to a life-changing journey for Bay of Plenty rugby referee Rees Uerata. The 38-year-old husband and father of three took charge of his second finals appointment for 2018 on Saturday when he...... Read More

Spring is the season to get active

In the office of Sport Bay of Plenty, there is a certain buzz as they all gaze hopefully out the window and wonder if the warmth in the sun is the start of something new. Communication and Operaions Manager of Sport Bay of Plenty, Melanie Short says...... Read More

SAR kids shoot the breeze with Ambassador

The United States ambassador Scott Brown and his wife Gail dropped into Tauranga for the first time this week, and they made some special time for four local teenagers and two instructors from the Tauranga-based Youth Search and Rescue volunteer group. The...... Read More

Search for rising cricketers starts in schools

The first signs of the new cricket season unfolding, will be visible at a significant number of Western Bay of Plenty primary schools, when the Western Bay of Plenty Schools Cricket Awareness program kicks off at the end of August. The formation of...... Read More

Steamers open Mitre 10 Cup with historic win

The Bay of Plenty Steamers have ignited their Mitre 10 Cup campaign in style with a comprehensive 30-10 defeat of Premiership title-chasers Taranaki at Rotorua International Stadium. With the win comes not only the satisfaction of wiping out a losing...... Read More

Arborist headed to NZ short course comps

Tauranga arborist Mark Goldstone is setting his sights on the UTVbits New Zealand short course champs. After winning the North Island division of the New Zealand off-road racing championship, Mark is looking to take out his class title at the short...... Read More

Tauranga women to get a spring in their step

Sport Bay of Plenty is encouraging women to put a spring in their step and try a new sport or recreational activity as part of its Spring Starter Series. Now in its third year, the popular series offers women a range of low-cost or free beginners’...... Read More

Sam and Molly Meech open path to Olympics

There’s still plenty of sailing to be done but Tauranga’s outstanding siblings Sam and Molly Meech have put themselves in a great position to make the 2020 Olympics. The pair have done enough at the World Sailing Championships in Aarhus,...... Read More

Skipper Polwart sees opportunity in Naki encounter

With such a healthy nucleus of experienced heads around the Steamers outfit this year it came a bit out of the blue to Liam Polwart when he was tapped on the shoulder and asked to take on the captaincy. “To be honest it was a little unexpected,”...... Read More

Tauranga City FC aim to up development game

Tauranga City Football Club is aiming to take talent development in the Western Bay to a new level with the announcement of a new coaching panel to lead its football strategy into 2019 and beyond. The group is headed by current Waikato-Bay of Plenty...... Read More

Opinion Poll

What do you think about businesses rejecting people’s job applications if they have tattoos?

I think it’s fine. Companies should be able to do what is right for their business.
They shouldn’t be able to discriminate someone for having tattoos.
I guess it depends where the tattoo is.