Man charged after fatal police chase

A 28-year-old man has been charged following a fatal police chase early this morning in Rotokawa, near Taupo.  The passenger, a 45-year-old man, died at the scene.  The driver is due to appear in Taupō District Court today on a charge of...... Read More

Tauranga Air Show a soaring success

Crowds by the thousands gathered at the Tauranga Airport on Saturday to watch planes of all different shapes and sizes take over the sky. The Classics of the Sky – Tauranga City Air Show has been gracing our skies for more than a decade now...... Read More

Planes take over Tauranga skies

A line-up of ex-military and aerobatic aircrafts entertained crowds of people ahead of annual Classics of the Sky – Tauranga Air Show. The Black Falcons performed an aerobatic display on Friday night as a lead in to today’s show, which...... Read More

Black Ferns Sevens excited to play on home soil

  The Black Ferns Sevens team trained in Tauranga this morning ahead of the HSBC World Series tournament next weekend. The resounding notion is one of excitement to be playing in Hamilton, with captain Sarah Hirini saying they want to make a...... Read More

BOP mudpool eruption part of a plan

It wasn't just boiling mud and steam that erupted into Susan Gedye's life when a mud pool unexpectedly opened up in her Rotorua garden, there were "beautiful things" too.  Gedye's Meade St home made national headlines...... Read More

Man convicted following 13 hour police standoff

  A 34-year-old man has been charged and convicted following a 13 hour standoff with Tauranga Police.   The standoff started on Wednesday, January 8, and carried on through to the early hours of Thursday morning. The event unfolded when...... Read More

Permanent fix for Oropi Road sinkhole

Work will start on a permanent fix for a sinkhole which formed on Oropi Road, Tauranga, in 2019. The sinkhole, near the Oropi Stream Bridge, was the result of erosion from the stream. Work to fix the hole will start on Monday, January 20. A Tauranga...... Read More

Our glowing orange ‘Wolf’ Moon

On Saturday night, Dave Greig, who is the president of the Tauranga Astronomical Society, headed up to the Minden Lookout at Te Puna to see if he could film the moonrise. The night sky was clear of cloud, and around 9pm the full moon of January, also...... Read More

Our protected native estuary gone says resident

Angela was at home in Windermere on Friday when the vegetation fire broke out in the nearby reserve. She was one of the first to call emergency services. “The fire blew through the Waimapu Estuary like a freight train and was fuelled by the relatively...... Read More

Firefighters dampening down hotspots

Fire crews are coming from as far away as Rotorua to fight a scrub fire in Tauranga this afternoon. The fire in a reserve behind Windermere Drive is around one kilometre by one kilometre in size. Around 40 firefighters are working to put out the blaze...... Read More

Firefighters battling large blaze in Tauranga

UPDATED 3.01PM: Flames of up to 2m high are being reported from a large scrube fire in Tauranga this afternoon Around 40 firefighters are battle a large blaze in the reserve in Windermere. A resident in Lagoon Place says he saw the fire in the reserve. "It's...... Read More

Students string performance at Tauranga Library

RimuFest NZ is a one-week summer chamber music programme for beginner to advanced string players between the ages of 10-18. RimuFest is two of Tauranga local musicians - Amelia Taylor and Charlotte Ketel’s way of giving back. They both started...... Read More

Smoke billows from Welcome Bay house fire

UPDATED 9PM: Smoke and flames can be seen billowing from a house fire in Welcome Bay this evening. Several people have contacted SunLive to say they can see the smoke coming from the area. One person is in Parkvale and says she could see the smoke growing...... Read More

Man arrested after 13 hour standoff in Tauranga

A 34-year-old man is due to appear in court following a 13 hour standoff with police at the Tauranga Bridge Marina. The incident unfolded when police attempted to stop a vehicle on Te Awanui Drive, Tauranga, at 3.40pm on Wednesday. The man, who was...... Read More

Hunt for alleged offender at Bridge Marina ongoing

UPDATE 8.44PM: Armed Police are continuing to look for a person who threatened police in Tauranga earlir today. The Tauranga Bridge Marina has been cordoned off since about 5pm, The alleged offender police are looking for is understood to have fled...... Read More

NZ sends support to aid in Australian fire battle

The first of three Royal New Zealand Air Force NH90 helicopters and its crew departed for Nowra, New South Wales to support the Australian Defence Force efforts in tackling the Australian fires. The contingent left from RNZAF Base Ohakea and was transported...... Read More

Orcas spotted in Tauranga Harbour

A pod of orcas have been spotted in the Tauranga Harbour. A Mount Maunganui resident was out on their morning walk when they encountered five orcas swimming around Mauao, at around 7.30am on Sunday morning. Trish Crompton says she stopped and watched...... Read More

Hundreds of cars to take over Mount Maunganui

What started as an idea and concept overseas, has made its way to Tauranga thanks to Wayne Brake. Car enthusiasts have been putting on car events that feature all makes and models of cars – from Tesla’s to RX7’s - and are designed...... Read More

Cutting down waste in the hospitality industry

A Tauranga café is doing their part to cut their waste in the hospitality industry. The Falls Café, located in McLaren Falls Park, has been making changes here and there with one of their biggest changes being switching from two litre...... Read More