Local News

Feline okay? The app that tells you if your cat’s happy

Cat owners who love to take pictures of their furry friends now have a new excuse to pull out their smartphones and take a snapshot: it may actually help the cat.

July 29, 2021

Audit of Whakatane recycling bins disappointing

A wig, rotten food, a full butane canister, skin cream, pill packets, broken glass and tampon applicators.

July 28, 2021

ReMaker Community Garage Sale

De-clutter your homewares, craft supplies and make room for fresh inspiration!

July 26, 2021

Australia man ties bedsheets together to escape 4th floor hotel quarantine – police

A man in the Australian city of Perth escaped mandatory quarantine in a hotel by scaling down a rope made of tied together bedsheets from a fourth-floor window, police said on Tuesday.

July 22, 2021

Casual Cooking Demo with Peter Blakeway

In conjunction with Smokey Seafoods & Milly’s Fine Foods, Peter Blakeway will share with you the art of cooking succulent new season scallops. Cooked to perfection and ready for you to sample.

July 19, 2021

Tauranga Zinefest

Tauranga Zinefest at Tauranga Art Gallery is an annual free highlight for creatives and it’s back on 24 July.

July 12, 2021

Safer walking and cycling through Ōkere Falls

Work on a new shared path and four pedestrian refuge islands set to get underway in Ōkere Falls this month.

July 8, 2021

Cambodia PM weighs in to get pet lion returned to owner

A pet lion that authorities seized from a house in Cambodia’s capital last week was reunited with its owner on Monday – after a personal intervention by Prime Minister Hun Sen.

July 6, 2021

Tauranga ITx Innovation Day

The Tauranga ITx Innovation Day is Tauranga’s premiere technology showcase, brought to you by the team behind ITx – New Zealand’s largest independent tech conference.

July 4, 2021

Ratepayers pay $200K legal fees over tyre dump

Ratepayers forked out more than $200,000 in legal fees over the almost six years it took to resolve a 2000-tonne tyre mountain left behind when a recycling venture hit the skids.

July 1, 2021

With 3D printed ‘steaks’, Spanish startup eyes the mass market

As demand for plant-based alternatives to meat rises, Barcelona-based startup Novameat is using its 3D printing technology to manufacture vegetarian “steaks” that it hopes will reach the mass market next year.

July 1, 2021

Friday Night Fun Night

When the sun goes down on a Friday evening, Baywave comes to life!

June 28, 2021

Italian hospital uses CT scan to unveil secrets of Egyptian mummy

Ancient Egypt met modern medical technology when a mummy underwent a CT scan at an Italian hospital as part of a research project to discover its secrets.

June 24, 2021

Links Ave cul-de-sac gets go ahead

Tauranga City Council will push ahead with plans to trial a cul-de-sac traffic system on Links Ave after commissioners approved the recommendation at a council meeting today.

June 22, 2021

Matariki 2021 – The Incubator Creative Hub Programme

The Incubator Creative Hub and our Okorore Ngā Toi Māori team are committed to bringing a diverse array of Toi Māori Arts events to the Tauranga Moana Community.

June 21, 2021

Kyrgyz cricket farm hopes to tap Chinese insects market

With one eye on the lucrative Chinese market just across the border, an entrepreneur has launched Kyrgyzstan’s first cricket farm and is producing high-protein insect flour and fried cricket snacks.

June 18, 2021

Community desires versus rate rise in LTP

Whakatane councillors are facing a problem – how to give the community everything it wants while keeping rates down.

June 16, 2021

Rotorua Hospitality Awards

The Rotorua Hospitality Awards is your opportunity to get together with the Rotorua hospo squad and enjoy a night of delicious food stations showcasing New Zealand fare, a selection of award-winning wines, local beer and cider offerings, a delicious array of cocktails, and participate in a bit of healthy competition at our awards ceremony.

June 15, 2021

Astrolabe Winter Stoke 2021

Astrolabe Presents Winter Stoke 2021 Festival. A pack line up with bands and Dj’s for a evening of good vibes and heaps of winter give aways!!

June 15, 2021

Jamming with the cicadas in New Jersey: a once in 17 years event

For some in the U.S., the emergence of billions of red-eyed cicadas this spring after a 17-year slumber has been met with annoyance – particularly over their loud buzzing calls.

June 10, 2021

Kiwis asked to go dry for July

The campaign that challenges Kiwis to give up alcohol for the month of July, while raising funds for people affected by cancer, is back for another year.

June 8, 2021

Matariki 2021 – The Incubator Creative Hub Programme

The Incubator Creative Hub and our Okorore Ngā Toi Māori team are committed to bringing a diverse array of Toi Māori Arts events to the Tauranga Moana Community.

June 7, 2021

Last chance to have your say on long-term plan

Tauranga residents are being urged to have their say on what is considered by many to be the most important long-term plan in the city’s history before consultation closes on Monday.

June 4, 2021

French restaurant serves up food of the future: insects

Laurent Veyet’s tasting menu is not for the faint-hearted, but may point to the future of feeding a booming world population – there is a prawn salad with yellow mealworm, crunchy insects on a bed of vegetables and chocolate-coated grasshoppers.

June 3, 2021

Tauranga Armageddon Expo 2021

The Tauranga Armageddon Expo is back with two days of gaming, cosplay, anime, collectables, comics, amusements, celebrity guests, movies, television, music and more! Experience the incredible with Armageddon!

May 31, 2021

Food safety reminder after salmonella scare

New Zealand Food Safety has taken precautionary action following the detection of salmonella enteritidis at an Auckland poultry farm.

May 27, 2021

Cattle for raffle gets Thai town in moood for vaccines

A district of northern Thailand has launched a raffle campaign for inoculated residents to win a live cow per week for the rest of the year, in a bid to boost the local COVID-19 vaccination drive.

May 25, 2021

Seriously Good Food Show

Over 150 flavourful exhibitors bring you a huge range of food and beverages to tempt your tastebuds, featuring tastings, exclusive show specials and delicious new launches.

May 24, 2021

Would you wash with snail slime soap?

Foamy slime bubbles onto Damien Desrocher’s hand as he lightly rubs one of the thousands of snails he keeps in an enclosure in his backyard.

May 20, 2021

Housing reform ideas cooled ahead of Budget

The government is dampening down expectations of any major new housing measures in tomorrow’s Budget, saying it announced most of its plan in March.

May 19, 2021

The Bay Of Plenty Wedding Show 2021

Come along to The Bay of Plenty Wedding Show and get inspired. You’ll see loads of gorgeous ideas and on-trend inspiration to your wedding planning that much easier and get your creative juices flowing.

May 17, 2021

Vlad the vaccinator: Dracula’s castle lures visitors with COVID-19 jabs

Visitors to Dracula’s castle are more likely to find puncture marks in their arms than their necks this month, after medics set up a COVID-19 vaccination centre at the Transylvanian attraction.

May 14, 2021

Create an Amazing Relationship

Have you been burnt by a relationship and feel like it’s too hard and too painful to start dating again? The good news is it’s never too late to create an amazing relationship!

May 10, 2021

Art attack: Israeli ex-sniper blasts paint in mental health message

Former Israeli army sniper David Roytman has turned his hand to action painting, using guns and live-fire ranges instead of brushes and studios to blast colours onto canvases.

May 6, 2021

Tauranga Home Show

The annual Tauranga Home Show returns in 2021 for its huge 22nd show. Spread across both halls of Baypark as well as outdoor and marquee displays, draw inspiration from over 300 exhibitors bringing you everything you need to build your dream.

May 3, 2021

Increase of counterfeit money in Bay of Plenty

Bay of Plenty Police are seeing an increase in the use of counterfeit money in the region.

April 30, 2021

Climate change summit glitch cuts off Macron, puzzles Putin

A technical glitch at a U.S. climate summit cut off French President Emmanuel Macron mid-speech and left Russian President Vladimir Putin puzzled, demonstrating that virtual meetings can be as awkward for world leaders as they are for the rest of us.

April 28, 2021

The Eco Lifestyle Market

They’ll be bringing The Eco Lifestyle Market to Mount Eden Village Center. This zero-waste market is focused on something close to the hearts – sustainability!

April 27, 2021

Nasa successfully flies small helicopter on Mars

The American space agency has successfully flown a small helicopter on Mars.

April 20, 2021

Omokoroa Market

Your local market held in the Settlers Hall on Omokoroa Road: arts and crafts, produce, plants and car boot, plus heaps more. Come and check us out and support your local artisans.

April 19, 2021

Listen to the music of a spider’s web. Tell me what do you hear?

It is an eerie, foreboding, reverberating tune, enough to send a tingle down your spine.

April 15, 2021

Money scarce for key roading projects

A half-a-billion-dollar pothole in road funding has been patched over but key projects remain in jeopardy.

April 15, 2021

Omokoroa Market

Your local market held in the Settlers Hall on Omokoroa Road: arts and crafts, produce, plants and car boot, plus heaps more.

April 13, 2021

Say cheese! Cyprus’s halloumi gets EU protected status

Cyprus is getting protected status for its prized halloumi, giving its producers the sole right to sell the rubbery cheese in the European Union.

April 8, 2021

Govt calls for feedback on insulation requirements

Feedback is being sought from New Zealanders on whether the Building Code should be updated to require more insulation in new homes and buildings.

April 6, 2021

Gladrags – The Great Big Autumn Clothes Swap

Gather your mates, get a ticket, grab a bubbly, listen to the beats and rummage for some of your best new Autumn outfits.

April 5, 2021

Police issue firearms buy-back reminder

The firearms buy-back ends on 1 May, so police are reminding people who have prohibited firearms, or other specified items, to get in touch and hand them in.

April 1, 2021

Downtown Carnival: Tauranga City Comes Alive with Jazz

Downtown Tauranga is the place to be this Easter with two days of music and entertainment that will keep you dancing all weekend!

March 29, 2021

Criticism over new Govt housing policy

The government’s new housing policy has been slammed by Bay of Plenty first-home buyers, rental agents and property investors alike.

March 25, 2021

‘A loud month, for sure’: U.S. awaits huge, 17-year cicada hatch

For millions of Americans, this May will be an extra noisy month. A once-every-17 year hatch of periodic cicadas is set to occur across parts of the eastern United States – and it is expected to be big.

March 23, 2021