Regional Council‘s $300K environmental fund opens

Bay of Plenty Regional Council has $300,000 available to community groups, organisations and schools through the Environmental Enhancement Fund, which opens on July 1. In a statement released on Monday, the council says $25,000 is the maximum amount...... Read More

Windy, colder, southerly for NZ this Fri/Sat

A new deepening area of low pressure and a growing high will work together to dredge up a cold and very windy south to south west change in NZ this Friday and Saturday. "Thursday will be warmer than average before it arrives - then Friday becomes...... Read More

Safety concerns raised following hit and run

Residents of No. 1 Road in Te Puke are calling for safer road conditions following a car hitting a bus on Sunday evening. Police say they received a report of a crash involving a car and the bus about 6.35pm on Sunday. “There were no injuries,”...... Read More

Stormy blast on the way for parts of NZ

A storm near Tasmania tonight will fall apart in the NZ area but will help usher in NZ’s first big wintry southerly of 2022 this Friday and Saturday, says WeatherWatch.co.nz "Temperatures will drop nationwide, but especially in the South...... Read More

Tauranga university student wows commissioners

It’s not often council meetings can be described as poetry in motion, but that sums up how two days of hearings on the future of Tauranga’s city centre ended last week. Keen to share her thoughts with commissioners in a different way, local...... Read More

First big wintry blast of 2022 on the way for NZ

Mild sub-tropical winds for some parts of NZ today will give way to a much colder southerly from Antarctica later this week. WeatherWatch.co.nz says temperatures are about to tumble with daytime maximum temperatures on Friday and Saturday in the lower...... Read More

LIVE: Omicron response update

The Director-General of Health Dr Ashley Bloomfield is expected to provide a live update on the Omicron outbreak response in New Zealand. He is expected to be live from 1pm today. Yesterday, the Ministry of Health announced 9392 additional Covid-19...... Read More

Tauranga Council offices set for demolition

Hard hats and hoardings will soon become a familiar sight at Tauranga City Council’s Willow Street location, with the demolition of its old civic building set to start next month. The site is being cleared to make way for a new civic precinct,...... Read More

Fire razes car in Arataki

A car erupting into flames in Arataki has been captured on camera. A video sent to SunLive by Sam, who has asked for their last name not to be published, show flames engulfing a vehicle on Eversham Road. Emergency services quickly arrive at the scene...... Read More

Cool kids with their new lids

Five Tauranga and Western Bay students and one teacher will be looking extra sharp on their bikes, scooters, and skateboards after being presented with their new professionally painted helmets. They are all category winners in Travel Safe’s annual...... Read More

New strengthened bridges for SH2

A key bridge strengthening project on State Highway 2 through the Waioeka Gorge has been completed, months ahead of schedule and under budget, says the Waka Kotahi Transport Agency. This work was part of a wider Waka Kotahi NZ Transport Agency programme...... Read More

UB40 to return to Tauranga

UK reggae legends UB40 will return to New Zealand for a six-date tour in December and January. The British band will head down under for a belated celebration of their 40th anniversary in 2020, performing all their hits at Napier’s Church Road...... Read More

MP addresses select committee on BOP fishing ban

Bay of Plenty MP Todd Muller has given verbal evidence to the Environment Select Committee this week following his petition presentation to Parliament over a year ago. Muller’s petition, which received nearly four thousand signatures, calls for...... Read More

NIWA: Why are giant glaciers disappearing?

An international team of climate scientists is working in North Canterbury to try to understand the reasons why giant glaciers disappeared thousands of years ago. Massive pre-historic glaciers once stood on the banks of Lake Tennyson, North Canterbury....... Read More

Takitimu North Link: MokoMoko rehomed

Mokomoko (indigenous lizards) salvaged from the Takitimu North Link roading project have been relocated to their new permanent home on the maunga, Mauao in Tauranga Moana – giving them a chance to flourish in a new environment. The Takitimu North...... Read More

Underpass to be used as pedestrian crossing

The new Bayfair underpass will soon be available for people crossing State Highway 2/Maunganui Road to use. The current pedestrian crossing will be removed and the new one will be available from April 20. Waka Kotahi NZ Transport Agency infrastructure...... Read More

LIVE: Omicron response update

The Director-General of Health Dr Ashley Bloomfield will today host a media briefing to provide updates on the response to the Omicron outbreak. Dr Bloomfield will be joined by the Ministry’s Chief Science Advisor Dr Ian Town. The pair are expected...... Read More

Potential ex-cyclone for the NZ next week

Cyclone Fili has peaked and is now weakening - but it’s likely to reform into a new storm system as it passes near - or even over - the North Island next week. At this stage Tuesday to Thursday sees severe weather risks in the North Island -...... Read More

LIVE: Omicron response update

The Director-General of Health Dr Ashley Bloomfield will today host a media briefing to provide updates on the response to the Omicron outbreak. Dr Bloomfield will be joined by the Director of Public Health Dr Caroline McElnay. The pair are expected...... Read More