Serious crash on SH1 and SH29 Karapiro

A serious crash involving two vehicles has occurred on Saturday afternoon in the South Waikato at Piarere near Lake Karapiro. The crash appears to have happened just before 1.30pm at the intersection of SH1 and SH29, Karapiro.  Police report...... Read More

Giving Te Puke a hand-up

Te Puke is “a good place to be struggling” thanks to the work being done by a vibrant bunch of volunteers and employees. Social services hub EmpowermentNZ is experiencing a high demand for food and budgeting advice, even from those who...... Read More

Applause for crew as plane makes emergency landing

  It was a bumpy and noisy ride for passengers on an Air New Zealand flight from Wellington to Tauranga this afternoon.   Emergency services were called to the airport just before 1.30pm, after reports a plane needed to make an emergency...... Read More

Road re-opened following suspicious package find

Cordons have been lifted around 3rd Ave following a suspicious package found at a building in Tauranga this morning. Cordons were in place on 3rd Ave, between Cameron and Devonport roads. Emergency services were called to the commercial address...... Read More

Tauranga Airport emergency: plane lands safely

UPDATED: A plane has landed safely following an emergency at Tauranga Aiport this afternoon. Emergency services were called to the airport just before 1.30pm, after reports a plane needed to make an emergency landing. Fire and emeregency New Zealand...... Read More

Suspicious package found at 3rd Ave building

UPDATED 9.24AM: A suspicious package has been found at a building in Tauranga this morning. Cordons are in place on 3rd Ave, between Cameron and Devonport roads. A police spokesperson says they received a report of a suspicious package at a commercial...... Read More

Community rallies behind Welcome Bay man

  He was left in the cold on Friday night after thieves stole all of Terry Sullivan’s dry wood, leaving him with very little.   Now, nearly a week after it all happened, Terry’s shed is full to the brim with firewood. The...... Read More

$1.6 million boost into BOP trades scheme

Minister of Employment Willie Jackson announced a $1.6 million investment into the Pathway to Trades programme at BCITO in Tauranga today. Pathway to Trades, a new scheme under the He Poutama Rangatahi programme, aims to get the ‘invisible’...... Read More

Woman charged following Tauranga stabbing

  A woman is facing one charge of wounding with intent to cause grievous bodily harm after a stabbing in Tauranga.   Emergency services were called to an assault at a property on Bellevue Road around 11.50am on Monday. Witnesses to the...... Read More

Under 15 basketball on show in Tauranga

The Aon under 15 national basketball tournament is taking place at the Trustpower Arena from today, July 17 until Saturday, July 20. 40 boys and girls teams from across the country are in Tauranga in the hopes of taking out the national title. Tauranga...... Read More

Car smashes into tree near Katikati

One person has been transported to hospital following a crash south of Katikati this morning. A police spokesperson says they were called to the scene on Tetley Road at around 9.15am. “It was reported that a car had hit a tree. “A male...... Read More

One in hospital following assault in Brookfield

One person has been taken to hospital in critical conditon following an assault in Brookfield. A message to the SunLive Facebook page says they saw four police officers, an ambulance and someone in cuffs opposite the New World. “I saw police...... Read More

Twilight train rides to celebrate 40th birthday

Hundreds of people wrapped up in their winter woollies on Saturday night to catch a twilight steam train from Palmerville Station.  The Tauranga Model and Marine Engineering Club – TMMEC have been busy celebrating their 40th year with a...... Read More

Police unveil new Eagle helicopters

New Zealand Police has officially unveiled its brand new fleet of Eagle helicopters at a launch event at Onehunga on Friday afternoon. From July 1, the Police Air Support Unit will be serviced by three twin-engine Bell 429 helicopters, which replace...... Read More

Saving lives one AED at a time in Tauranga

  A new AED Defib installed outside the Lucky 7 Superette in Mangatapu is already up and running, thanks to the Tauranga Rotary Club. Tauranga Rotary president Ross Prestidge says the money came from his discretionary fund - $2500 plus GST. “The...... Read More

Crash causing delays on SH29a

A crash is causing delays on State Highway 29a, near Matapihi, this afternoon. A caller to the 0800 SUNLIVE news hotline says a vehicle is facing the wrong way in the lane heading towards the Mount. "It appears the vehicle has crashed. It's...... Read More

Showcasing Tauranga to America through video

  ‘The Americans loved Tauranga and said they want to start buying tickets for their next trip.’   That’s the feedback that husband and wife team Ruan and Sarieta Visser, co-founders of Boundless Vision Media, received...... Read More

Underpass users unhappy with NZTA

  Residents who regularly use the Bayfair underpass are angry and frustrated at the decision to not construct a new pedestrian and cycle underpass as part of the Baypark to Bayfair Link project.   Instead of having an underpass, when the...... Read More

Tauranga Animal Shelter helping Tim find a home

  Tim is a Hunterway/Border collie cross and is currently spending his time at the Tauranga Animal Shelter.   The young pup was found roaming around Mount Maunganui and was picked up by the Tauranga City Council’s animal services...... Read More