Royalty docks at Port of Tauranga

Queen Victoria has made her way into Tauranga today. The Cunard ocean liner docked at the Port of Tauranga around 5am. Ocean liners are built to be heavier, with a thicker hull and greater draft so that they are more stable at sea. Tourism Bay of...... Read More

Contract awarded for third water treatment plant

A milestone for the construction of Tauranga’s third water treatment plant has been reached. The first phase of construction of the water mains trunk has been awarded to HEB Construction. Work is expected to get underway next month. It’s...... Read More

Cable cars, Boy Scouts and the weather

In today’s weather forecast we are expecting a cloudy day with a few showers, turning to rain in the afternoon or evening. Northeasterlies will be strengthening. It’s a one-clothing layer day today with a high of 25 and an overnight low...... Read More

Car crashed into ditch on SH33

Reports are coming in of a car crashed into a ditch on State Highway 33, near Paengaroa. A caller to the 0800 SUNLIVE news hotline says a vehicle is in a ditch, near Allport Road. "Everyone appears to be out of the car. "People might want...... Read More

SPCA reveals worst of animal abuse cases for 2018

Two elderly poodles, neglected to the point where they no longer looked like dogs, have topped SPCA's annual list of shame. The full list, released today, details 15 of the worst cases of animal abuse and neglect seen by the SPCA over the past...... Read More

A wet weekend for most in New Zealand

Rain is being forecast for the region for the next three days. A series of fronts lies over the country today, connecting these fronts is an area of low pressure to the south of New Zealand and Tropical Cyclone Oma well to the northwest. Some slight...... Read More

Camping outrage at Tauranga’s Sulphur Point

There’s concern of a gradual takeover of the boat trailer park at Tauranga’s Sulphur Point by campers threatening residents and leaving rubbish lying around. A nearby resident, who doesn’t want to be named for fear of retribution,...... Read More

Route 40 bus free for Welcome Bay students

Welcome Bay students using urban route 40 will be able to travel for free from Monday. Bay of Plenty Regional Council announced overnight that Welcome Bay school students using the bus both into and out of the CBD, won't face a fee. "Route...... Read More

Highway open following serious crash

State Highway 2, between Katikati and Tauranga, is open following a serious crash. Emergency services were called to the crash, between Hot Springs Road and Lund Road, around 8.30pm. A police spokesperson says information from the scene indicates...... Read More

Folk Club holds big birthday bash

It’s always a pleasure to dish out a happy birthday, and that’s what I’m doing this week. It’s a big birthday at the beginning of March in the ever-expanding, mural-drenched utopia that is Katikati. But first, a bit of news...... Read More

Opinion Poll

Should the speed on SH2, between Katikati and Bethlehem, be reduced to 80km/h?