Person suffers burns in Bay house fire

A fire that started in a Rotorua kitchen has left one person with burns. Fire and Emergency got multiple calls about the burning single-storey home in Puriri Crescent, Hillcrest. It was already in flames when crews arrived, around 5.40pm...... Read More

Logging truck rolls, blocking state highway

A state highway which runs through the Bay of Plenty Police district is blocked after a logging truck rolled. A police spokesperson says State Highway 1 is blocked in Wairakei, north of Taupo. "A logging truck rolled near Palmer Mill Road around...... Read More

Only fools and fools

I just love reading the letters to the editor each week and I also contribute on occasion, but I also know that all the criticism can be rather painful. You see, each and every one of us is responsible. We all play a part in the failures and successes...... Read More

Taxinda strikes again

So Taxinda has struck again. A sewage tax on visitors. We are already seen as one of the greediest countries in the world to visit due to high hotel prices and food costs. Now we want to add a tax on visitors who pay, over a year, possibly millions in...... Read More

Treasures should be displayed

Rogers Rabbits, I had to write and tell you how much I agreed with your article in the latest Weekend Sun (June 15). At the time of the last council elections I wrote to a number of councillors saying why should we be paying millions of dollars for a...... Read More

Revert to a proper pioneer village

Rogers Rabbits (June 15), like you I am against a grandiose museum. Twenty to 30 odd years ago the Pioneer Village was a thriving entity, but suddenly lost all/most of its volunteers. I heard on the grapevine that somebody from the council decided it...... Read More

Rubbish, rubbish everywhere

I do a regular walk three to five times a week. On each trip I pick up plastic rubbish. And we worry about the sea being full of it. Whoever is discarding it so regularly is obviously either not aware that oceans are creaking under the strain, or couldn’t...... Read More

Online ticketing exclusive

At a recent gathering of 40 residents at the village I reside in, a question was tabled: ‘How many residents possess a computer?’ A show of hands showed that 10 of those present had a computer. A second question was then asked of the 10:...... Read More

More debt equals more rates

The Long Term Plan of Tauranga City Council initially proposed that by 2028 total ratepayer debt would increase from around $350m to $983m, a 280 per cent increase. Rates were planned to increase about 225 per cent in the same 10-year period. After a...... Read More

Over the overtaking

Driving home from Tauranga to Whakatane the other night, I saw the Bright Lights. Though my life was in danger, it wasn’t the Bright Lights of the End. It was the headlights of the muppet who was supposed to be driving on the other side of the...... Read More

Opinion Poll

Should schools be able to fine parents for parking illegally?

Yes, schools should have the right to fine those putting children in danger.
No, it should be left for police to handle.