NEMA warning extended to West Coast

9.45am update: New Zealand’s National Emergency Management Agency – NEMA has extended the warning to stay off NZ beaches and shore areas to also include the west coast of the South Island.   “We expect New Zealand coastal areas...... Read More

Summer stinks

Summertime enjoyment has been marred in the streets north of Mount Maunganui shopping centre by a putrid stench from nearby stormwater drains. “It really stinks bad,” says one Commons Avenue resident. A nearby neighbour, Edna, found it...... Read More

Orca join family boat outing on Tauranga Harbour

A family outing on the Tauranga harbour turned into an unforgettable experience for Angelina and Enej Ranzinger on Saturday when they found the boat they were in surrounded by orca. “Craig and Gaylene Haggo and their son Neeson invited us out...... Read More

Calls to report wallaby sightings

People are being asked to report any wallaby sightings this summer. Wallabies are much like possums and can affect food and shelter for native birds and animals as they destroy native bush by feeding on seedlings, ferns and grasses. In large numbers...... Read More

ClimateWatch: How January is shaping up?

La Nina remains with us, but only just, says "The warmer than average sea conditions north of NZ continue to produce big rainmakers in the tropics, in particular the Coral Sea area which can often see lows drifting south into...... Read More

A pair of socks for Tauranga

No one really knows how much waste, particularly plastic pollution, pours into the Tauranga harbour by stormwater. This should soon change, thanks to the Rotary Club of Tauranga Sunrise, with the installation of stormwater socks to capture pollution...... Read More

Thousands gather at Mount Main Beach for NYE

Thousands of people have gathered on Mount Main Beach at Mount Maunganui to celebrate New Years' Eve. Fireworks were let off by people on the beach during the evening, with more lit at midnight. A SunLive reporter at Mount Main Beach says there...... Read More

Police operation on Takitimu Drive

An police operation witnessed in Tauranga today is being descried as a "slick manoeuvre". Dashcam footage sent to SunLive this afternoon shows armed police stopping a vehicle on Takitimu Drive earlier today. The witness says a police car...... Read More

Christmas wishes from The Incubator Creative Hub

“Kia ora Tauranga, we’d like to say Merry Christmas to everybody and Happy New Year,” says The Incubator director Simone Anderson. “We hope you have a great holiday. “If you’re looking for things to do over the summer...... Read More

Christmas greeting from our Tauranga MP

Tauranga MP Simon Bridges was enjoying a pre-Christmas barbecue in his garden with family and friends when SunLive popped in to film a brief Christmas greeting. “This year has been another strange year with ups and downs,” says Simon. “And...... Read More

Caring for our planet at Christmas

Christmas is a great time to take stock of what is really important in life, including the state of the world and nature around us. Bay of Plenty Regional Council Deputy Chair Jane Nees has given an environmental twirl to a Christmas favourite in...... Read More

Twelve hours to go on community crowdfunder

A community crowdfunding campaign to make a documentary on the Rena disaster has just 12 hours left to run, finishing at 11pm on Christmas Eve. Already, the campaign, hosted on Boosted, the Arts Foundation crowdfunding platform, has attracted over...... Read More

Boardwalk completes walkway around Matua Saltmarsh

A new 200-metre boardwalk from Elmes Reserve to Bay Street Reserve in Matua will give Tauranga residents and visitors unrestricted access to one of the city’s most significant natural landscapes. Papahenga - the Matua Saltmarsh - is a 21-hectare...... Read More

Man dies after SH2 crash

UPDATE 6.58AM: A man has died following a two-vehicle crash on State Highway 2, north of Katikati. Emergency services were called to a two vehicle crash, between Tuapiro and Hikurangai roads around 8.30pm. In a statement this morning, police have...... Read More

Covid-19: Update on boosters, 5-11 vaccines, MIQ

    The Government has announced that the gap between doses of the second Pfizer vaccine and the booster jab has now been shortened from six months to four months in order to battle the new Omicron Covid-19 variant.  Hipkins has...... Read More

Over the moon in Tauranga

The stunning site of the full moon rising over Mauao has been caught on camera by Tauranga Astronomical Society president Dave Greig. The clear nights this week following the few days of rain have left the skies free of cloud cover, making it possible...... Read More

Tauranga lighting up for Christmas

As Christmas time gets closer, it seems there is more and more magic in the air. Summer is on its way, school and work are on break, and there is something for everyone to enjoy. Many streets and suburbs around Tauranga have lit up their garden, their...... Read More

Santa has made it safely through MIQ to the Mount

Streets around Mount Maunganui came alive on Saturday afternoon with the sound of Christmas carols after a group of singers boarded the Pepi Toot beach express train. Mr and Mrs Claus were also on board, along with singers from Mount Maunganui RSA. The...... Read More

Tips to avoid a fiery Christmas

While the silly season is upon us, Fire Security Services have a reminder not to be silly with your Christmas tree this year. When you’re heading out to the Christmas tree farm, have you considered the damage a live Christmas tree could cause? Real...... Read More