Four injured in BOP crash with train

UPDATED 9.38AM: Four people have been injured following a crash between a car and train in the Bay of Plenty this morning. A train and car have collided on Duncan Lane in the Bay of Plenty, near Pukehina. The crash occurred at 8.30am and the train...... Read More

Poukai at Huria Marae

The Maori king and more than 400 people attended the annual Poukai at Huria Marae recently. This is the 61st year that the marae has hosted the event. Flags were hoisted at dawn, and Tūheitia Paki and his wife Makau Ariki Atawhai, along with a large...... Read More

Papamoa Primary taking a sustainable leap

Papamoa Primary School students and teachers are busy bees today. The students are taking part in a sustainable activity to design and make their own beeswax wraps. Year three and four teacher Patrick Barrett says so far the students have made close...... Read More

Vapour trail caught on camera

A strange streak in the sky is being put down to a vapour trail thought to have come from an aircraft. Chris and Amber Wyatt sent a video to SunLive show the trail, which appeared to be emanating from the sun. “It was taken at 2.44pm on Tuesday...... Read More

Elizabeth Street lights active on Thursday

Traffic lights at the Elizabeth Street roundabout will be switched on this Thursday. The New Zealand Transport Agency (NZTA) say the roundabout metering will be in place to improve the morning peak traffic flow. “The traffic lights on Takitimu...... Read More

Awhina House opens doors in Tauranga

Awhina House is officially open in Tauranga. Tauranga’s homeless women’s shelter was opened on Sunday afternoon. “We are stoked,” says Awhina House General Manager Angela Wallace. “It’s been a lot of work and a...... Read More

Man found seriously injured on The Strand

Police are investigating an assault where a man was found seriously injured on The Strand in Tauranga on Sunday. A man was found near the public toilets on Wharf Street around 3.45am, says a police spokesperson. The assault is believed to have happened...... Read More

Police cordon off waterfront area on The Strand

Part of the waterfront area on The Strand has been cordoned off by Police this morning. Police report they are following up on a report of someone having been injured in the area. The play ground and the nearby car park near the railway lines at...... Read More

Four injured in crash following pursuit

Four people sustained minor to moderate injuries in a crash in Tauranga on Saturday night. The crash happened at the corner of Fraser St and Fifteenth Ave following a pursuit. NZ Police report that the incident occurred at around 6.45pm on Saturday...... Read More

Car crash in Tauranga following pursuit

It has been reported that a car has collided with another car following a pursuit in central Tauranga this evening. The crash occurred at approximately 6.45pm on Saturday at the intersection of Fraser St and 15th Ave. A bystander at the scene said...... Read More

No one injured in Tauranga house fire

Fire crews have managed to control a house fire that sparked callouts in the Brookfield area this afternoon. A message to the SunLive Facebook page says no one looks hurt but fire trucks are at the property. “They are on Lisa Place in Brookfield.” Fire...... Read More

Brookfield School gumboots up for depression

Brookfield School students donned their gumboots on Friday in support of Mike King’s ‘I AM HOPE’ campaign. On Gumboot Friday, New Zealanders are encouraged to fish out their wellies and raise money to provide free counselling to...... Read More

The night the bridge dropped in in the BOP

  It was a delicate operation, weather dependent, and done in the dead of night.   A new pedestrian bridge across State highway 36 to Tauranga Crossing was hoisted in place on Wednesday night. It required the closing of a four-lane arterial...... Read More

Giving back to the community garden

As part of their way of giving back to the local community, The Blue Cottage and their children have planted pumpkin seeds in a community garden. One of The Blue Cottage’s early childhood teachers Melissa Harding says they do a lot of planting...... Read More

Late night shopping supported by residents

  Shopping is a popular hobby for many, but those with busy lifestyles find it difficult to fit in their retail therapy.   Tauranga residents and visitors believe a late night shopping evening would be a great idea to implement, as people...... Read More

All new shopping experience at Tauranga Crossing

Shoppers in the Bay of Plenty will be getting a brand new shopping experience come April 4 when stage two of the Tauranga Crossing is officially open. Stage two is an extension of the first section of the mall which opened in October 2018 and brings...... Read More

Mount’s first paid ambulance officer retires

Mount Maunganui’s first ever paid ambulance driver has officially retired after 24 years of service. Completing his last day on Thursday March 28, SunLive sat down with Garry Bishell about his years as an ambulance officer. In 1989, Garry...... Read More

‘Plankton to poo’ whales stick to favourite foods

Genetic analysis of the poo of a population of Bryde’s whales that live year-round in the Hauraki Gulf shows the mammals are not very flexible in their eating habits. University of Auckland researchers spent more than two years collecting poo...... Read More

Mixed reaction over Tauranga bylaw

Shop owners along Devonport Road are in two minds over the new bylaw that has been brought in to ban rough sleeping and begging within five metres of any retail premises in the Tauranga, Mount Maunganui and Greerton city centres. A shop owner, who...... Read More