Tauranga butchers win gold

  Two Bay of Plenty butchers have scooped medals in this year’s Great New Zealand Sausage Competition.   The medal winning sausages were announced last night at a virtual awards ceremony which was watched by industry big-hitters up...... Read More

Tauranga blind and deaf pianist’s love for music

  Being blind and deaf is no reason to give up music for 79-year-old Donnella Woodiwiss.   “If I hear a song I like then I have got to play it – it’s as simple as that. “I can't read music, so I will listen...... Read More

One new COVID-19 case in managed isolation

There is one new case of COVID-19 in managed isolation today. There are no new community cases. Director General of Health Dr Ashley Bloomfield has provided the COVID-19 health update this afternoon.  The new case is a person who arrived in...... Read More

8 imported COVID-19 cases, 1 in community

There are nine new cases of COVID-19 in New Zealand today – eight in managed isolation and one close household contact of a previous case. Dr Bloomfield and Minister of Health Chris Hipkins provided the COVID-19 update this afternoon. The one...... Read More

Vehicle rolls down bank onto train tracks

UPDATE: A vehicle has rolled down a bank in Tauranga this morning. A caller to the 0800 SUNLIVE news hotline says the vehicle is resting near the train tracks on Dive Crescent. A reporter at the scene say it appears to have rolled down the bank from...... Read More

Two new imported cases of COVID-19

There are two new cases of COVID-19 at the border in New Zealand today. The first of these cases arrived on October 19 from the Netherlands via Dubai, and the second arrived on October 21 from Doha. Dr Bloomfield says they were both tested on arrival...... Read More

25 new cases of COVID-19 today

There are 25 new cases of COVID-19 in New Zealand today. Of these, 23 are imported cases at the border and two cases are linked to the port worker that was reported on Sunday. Director-General of Health Dr Ashley Bloomfield says the two community...... Read More

LIVE: No new COVID cases reported

UPDATE: There are no new cases of COVID-19 being reported in New Zealand today. Director-General of Health Dr Ashey Bloomfield says that is no new cases at the border and none in the community. Ashley is giving a live update on the COVID-19 situation...... Read More

Māori Party looks set to return to Waiariki

The Māori Party is set to return to Parliament if special votes in Waiariki mirror those already counted, but it's close; last night Rawiri Waititi was leading Labour's Tāmati Coffey by just 415 votes. He spoke to Mani Dunlop. Three years...... Read More

Free cannabis seeds given away at Mount Maunganui

While reggae music wafts from his Aotearoa Legalise Cannabis Party-branded car across downtown Mount Maunganui, Bay of Plenty candidate Christopher Coker has been giving away free hemp seeds this evening. With only hours to go until all candidates...... Read More

Two bodies found near Lake Taupo

Police are making enquiries after two bodies were found lakeside by a member of the public in Taupo this morning. Detective Senior Sergeant Ryan Yardley says the bodies were found just after 7am near Mere Road. "At this stage, Police are working...... Read More

Rare underwater find for NIWA photographer

A NIWA marine ecologist has added his name to a very short list of people worldwide who have seen – and photographed the elusive football octopus. Not to be confused with Paul the common octopus who gained world fame by accurately predicting...... Read More

Drift King to feature at Jacks Ridge battle

Drift King Mad Mike Whiddett will bring his RUMBUL super truck to the Repco Battle of Jacks Ridge next month. The 2018 Formula Drift Japan Championship winner is one of New Zealand’s most successful and recognisable motorsport personalities. He...... Read More

Fund helps locals weed out pests

Six Matakana Island locals are walking the length of their motutere to help restore its flora with help from the Provincial Growth Fund. The group is carrying out weed surveillance down the 26km long shoreline of Matakana Island by recording the number...... Read More

Kiwis urged to work on orchards this summer

More than 14,500 people will be required on kiwifruit orchards across the Bay of Plenty over the coming summer months to prepare vines for the 2021 season. This year sees an increase in the opportunity for New Zealanders to work on kiwifruit orchards...... Read More

Election 2020: MMP voting system explained

MMP - or mixed-member proportional - is the system used in Aotearoa to choose the people and parties who represent the country in Parliament. Under MMP you get two votes every general election. Let’s have a look at how they work. What is...... Read More

Power box fire ruins final minutes of rugby

A SunLive reader has reported that a powerbox is on fire in Otumoetai. The powerbox located on Otumoetai Rd near Brookfield Terrace caught fire about 6.15pm. Emergency fire services are at the scene. “We were at the house next door,”...... Read More

Two new cases of COVID-19 today

There are two new cases of COVID-19 in managed isolation and one historic case in New Zealand today. The Director-General of Health Dr Ashley Bloomfield provided an update on COVID-19 this afternoon. There are no new cases in the community. One of...... Read More

Silent Film Festival nationals go digital

Organisers of the International Youth Silent Film Festival New Zealand have made a change to the national awards final. Organisers are also thrilled to announce the Top 15 films of the 2020 competition have been chosen! Due to the impacts created...... Read More