2000 eggs hatched at National Kiwi Hatchery

The world’s leading kiwi hatchery has reached an exciting milestone, with the arrival of its 2000th kiwi chick since the first egg hatched onsite 24 years ago. The National Kiwi Hatchery Aotearoa celebrated the special occasion by livestreaming...... Read More

Sea lettuce clean-ups taking place

Sea lettuce clean-up along coastlines in Tauranga has been taking place over the past few weeks. Sea lettuce is a naturally occurring green algae native to New Zealand. There are about five different species of it in Tauranga Harbour and with its shallow...... Read More

Memorial service for Monica Cantwell on Mauao

This year marks 30 years since the murder of British backpacker Monica Cantwell on Mauao. Tauranga Moana iwi leader Buddy Mikaere regularly walks to the summit and reflects on Monica’s murder. He is organising a service at the top of Mauao to...... Read More

The Mall reopens after severe flooding

Repairs to The Mall at Pilot Bay are expected to begin today after severe flooding caused damage to parts of the road. Tauranga City Council was forced to shut down the road on Thursday after a "significant water mains break" just after 5.30pm. The...... Read More

Severe flooding in Mount Maunganui

The Mall, in Mount Maunganui, is currently closed to motorists following severe flooding in the area. A SunLive photographer at the scene says the water is sweeping into people’s backyards. “It is extremely bad near the Westhaven Motel. “One...... Read More

Red moon delights star gazers

Sky gazers have been treated to an exceptionally red moon because of dust in the atmosphere from the Australian bush fires. Tauranga Astronomical Society president David Greig captured a video of the moon rise last night near the Minden lookout in...... Read More

One seriously injured in Matapihi Rd crash

One person is in serious condition following a crash in Tauranga this morning. Two vehicles have crashed on Matapihi Road around 7.30am A reporter at the scene says the road has been cordoned off at the intersection of Russley Drive and Matapihi Road...... Read More

Gym first of its kind opens in the Mount

A gym the first of its kind has landed in New Zealand, making its home in the Bayfair Shopping Centre in Mount Maunganui. Kieren Macgregor has brought the UBX gym franchise and concept over from Australia, opening only just a few weeks ago. “The...... Read More

Tauranga‘s own Mr G opens first solo exhibition

  A son of Tauranga has brought his greatest treasures to the Tauranga Art Gallery.   The aspects of life that mean the most to Mr G will be on display over the coming months, in his first ever solo exhibition. On the outside of the gallery,...... Read More

BOP kids surf with the best

Bay youth have been given the chance of a lifetime to surf with a world champion. Joel Parkinson, Parko, is surfing with students from Bay of Plenty schools at Papamoa Beach today. He is here ahead of his event, Joel Parkinson – Up Close and...... Read More

Players keep an ear to the ball

It looks like a regular game of Twenty20 cricket between New Zealand and Bangladesh but it has one major difference - the players are blind. This is the first international series the Blindcaps have hosted in New Zealand and they are excited by the...... Read More

Airforce Helicopters spotted in Tauranga

  People who have seen two Royal New Zealand Airforce Helicopters flying around Tauranga can rest assured that there is nothing to worry about. SunLive received a number of calls from members of the public, who spotted the helicopters in the...... Read More

“Idiotic” driving behaviour snapped on camera

Many motorists are scratching their heads after witnesses a number of “idiotic” driving acts in and around the Bay of Plenty. SunLive reader Glenn Dellaway Smith snapped one such act on his dash cam while driving along the Matata Straights/State...... Read More

Three vehicle crash reported near Te Puke

A crash involving three vehicle is being reported near Te Puke this morning. A caller to the 0800 SUNLIVE news hotline says emergency services are at the scene of what looks like a serious crash on Te Puke Highway, near Manoeka Road. "There are...... Read More

Motorbikes, fires and horses allowed on beaches?

Safety concerns have been raised after young families found themselves too close to a moving motorcycle on Papamoa beach, followed by a fisherman coming across an unattended beach fire at night.   “I brought my son, age 15 months to Papamoa...... Read More

Police car set on fire in Papamoa

One person is facing an arson charge after allegedly setting a police car on fire in Papamoa. Police were alerted to the incident outside Papamoa Police Station at 3.15am. A police spokesperson says a patrol car had reportedly been set alight. “A...... Read More

Goodbye playground, hello new drop-off/pick-up bay

It’s a playground that children at Pyes Pa School has grown up playing on, but it is soon set to be demolished. Due to the newly constructed commercial buildings in The Lakes, Tauranga and Mount Manganui, principal Blake Carlin says the road...... Read More

Man arrested following armed callout

A person has been arrested following an armed callout in Welcome Bay. Police received a report of what sounded like gunshots in the Welcome Bay area at 5.50pm, says a police spokesperson. Armed police were positioned on Osprey and Waitaha roads for...... Read More

Armed police in Welcome Bay

UPDATED 8.30PM: Armed police are still in Welcome Bay this evening following reports of gunshots being heard in the area. "Police received a report of what sounded like a firearm being discharged in the Welcome Bay area about 5.50pm," says...... Read More