Local News

Tauranga will have council led waste collection

Tauranga residents will be charged a targeted rate for kerbside waste collections for all households next year.

September 22, 2020

Disturbing find in dead penguin’s stomach

A dead penguin washed up on a popular beach died after eating a face mask that it seemingly mistook for food.

September 21, 2020

Communities “crying out” for support

Communities are crying out for serious efforts to deal with mental health support, secure housing and adequate incomes, The Salvation Army’s latest report has found.

September 18, 2020

Own an Aston Martin racing simulator for USD74,000

The cheapest Aston Martin (that would be the Vantage) has a starting price of USD149,000 (approx. PHP7.2 million before taxes and fees). Suffice to say, even the most affordable of the British luxury marque’s offerings is well beyond the reach of the average Juan.

September 16, 2020

3 recent discoveries have upended scientists’ understanding of how dogs age, navigate, and perceive human speech

Three recent discoveries have changed scientists’ understanding of the nature of dogs.

September 10, 2020

Papamoa Hills temporary closure

People wanting to use the popular Papamoa Hills waking track will have to wait for about three to five days.

September 7, 2020

Quote of the Day

“You are the bows from which your children as living arrows are sent forth.”

– Khalil Gibran

September 3, 2020

Unions calling for safer sick leave

A petition signed by more than 10,000 individuals calling for safer sick leave has been presented to Parliament.

September 3, 2020

Diver records close encounter with dangerous creature: ‘They could attack at any moment’

Professional shark diver and underwater videographer Bartolomeo Bove recorded a close encounter with a crocodile.

September 1, 2020

Oktoberfest Tauranga 2020

The creators of the Bay of Plenty Gin Festival are proud to present Oktoberfest 2020, part of the “Experience the World from Here” series that celebrates the food, culture and music from around the world from the comfort of our wonderful city Tauranga Moana.

August 27, 2020

Mandated masks may help stop yo-yoing alert levels

Covered up faces and social distancing looks to be with us for some time yet.

August 25, 2020

2020 Is Proving Another Disastrous Year For Our Earth’s Climate

The year still has more than four months to go, but 2020 already has proven itself to be another eventful one in terms of natural disasters, rising global temperatures and threatening environmental outlooks.

August 24, 2020

The Bay Of Plenty Wedding Show 2020

Planning a wedding is a beautiful, fun experience and The Bay of Plenty Wedding Show will inspire you and get your create juices flowing.

August 20, 2020

Teen slams sister over ‘cruel’ TikTok prank: ‘Ruined my life’

There is definitely such a thing as going too far for a TikTok video.

August 19, 2020

‘Masks only needed in high risk indoor areas’

A New Zealander who is an international authority on coronaviruses says he favours wearing masks in the right situation to prevent the spread of COVID-19.

August 17, 2020

Nightmare two-headed snake found in Virginia just in time for Halloween season

‘Tis the season for nightmare fuel, and one fascinating but unsettling discovery is getting into that fall spooky spirit.

August 13, 2020

How drastic are the new changes to tenancy law?

These reforms have been in the works since before the 2017 election, but were pushed through the House with just hours of the parliamentary term left.

August 11, 2020

ArtsMad – Quick-fire Talks From The Arts Community

ArtsMad is a visual presentation evening that takes place four times a year, where people from the wider arts community talk about what they do alongside a rolling show reel of interesting images.

August 10, 2020

Tauranga ZEE Market

Set in the heart of Historic Village, this Boutique Market experience will see the Street sprinkled with handpicked original artisans, producers and makers, Take a leisurely stroll through the village, stopping along the way to meet the makers behind the handcrafted products, sample fine food and take in the Market atmosphere.

August 10, 2020

‘Rag monster’ pulled from Wellington wastewater plant

Instead of speeding off in a $200,000 Lamborghini Urus, a Texas man got a slower ride to jail Tuesday after US authorities arrested him for using $1.6 million in government pandemic aid to go on a spending spree.

August 6, 2020

Quote of the Day

“If we open a quarrel between past and present, we shall find that we have lost the future.”

– Winston Churchill

August 5, 2020

WBOP speed limit proposal out for public feedback

ArtsMad is a visual presentation evening that takes place four times a year, where people from the wider arts community talk about what they do alongside a rolling show reel of interesting images.

August 3, 2020

River entrance dredging to address safety concerns

The unusually dry winter has forced Whakatāne District Council to undertake dredging operations at the Whakatāne River bar, starting this week.

July 31, 2020

Quote of the Day

“Freedom is never given; it is won.”

– A. Philip Randolph

July 29, 2020

Four spots for non-self contained campers ‘pathetic’ – councillor

Having only four spots for non-self contained freedom campers in New Plymouth would be pathetic, a district councillor says.

July 28, 2020

The Little Big Markets

With a huge range of street food and food truck vendors, as well as a curated selection of stallholders for you to peruse… you won’t be short of things to do.

July 26, 2020

Funeral insurance overpriced and overhyped

Overpriced funeral insurance policies are leaving consumers thousands of dollars out of pocket, says Consumer NZ.

July 24, 2020

Ukraine president defends movie post to end hostage crisis

Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelensky on Wednesday defended his decision to agree to a hostage-taker’s bizarre demand that he post a movie recommendation to end a 12-hour stand-off.

July 22, 2020

Quote of the Day

“Real knowledge is to know the extent of one’s ignorance.”

– Confucius

July 20, 2020

Quote of the Day

“We first make our habits, and then our habits make us.”

– John Dryden

July 14, 2020

Ex-soldier who fled with puma turns himself over to police

A former Polish soldier who fled into a forest with his pet puma to avoid handing it over to a zoo, gave himself up to police on Sunday after a three-day manhunt.

July 13, 2020

New jobs and new footpaths for Ōpōtiki district

Work is now underway to build new footpaths across the Ōpōtiki district bringing new employment and work opportunities for locals.

July 10, 2020

Pet Adoption Weekend

If you are thinking about adding a furry superhero to your family, come along to meet a few of their gorgeous cats and dogs available for adoption, learn more about saving lives through pet foster care, or simply come in for a cuddle!

July 7, 2020

Fears border closure will worsen teacher shortage

Principals want foreign teachers exempted from the border ban so they can plug staffing gaps caused by the teacher shortage.

July 2, 2020

Quote of the Day

“Love cures people – both the ones who give it and the ones who receive it.”

– Karl A. Menninger

June 30, 2020

Oropi Sunday Market – We’re Back!

Just a 13 minute drive from Greerton, you won’t want to miss the Oropi Sunday Market – with an awesome array of stalls – Coffee, Honey, Jewellery, Candles, Art, Crystals, Craft, and of course Wacky Whistles just to mention a few.

June 29, 2020

Quote of the Day

“Education is the movement from darkness to light.”

– Allan Bloom

June 26, 2020

Power outages, downed trees and flooding

Power outages, surface flooding and downed trees are being reported in the Coromandel and Bay of Plenty this morning.

June 24, 2020

Vienna man fined 500 euros for deliberate ‘massive flatulence’

Austrian police fined a man 500 euros for loudly breaking wind after officers stopped him earlier this month to check his identity.

June 23, 2020

Quote of the Day

“We cannot live only for ourselves. A thousand fibers connect us with our fellow men.”

– Herman Melville

June 19, 2020

River level relief for Bay of Plenty

Recent rain and cooler temperatures have eased immediate concerns about Bay of Plenty’s low stream flow levels, but Bay of Plenty Regional Council staff are warning water users to plan ahead now for next summer.

June 17, 2020

Bethlehem Market

Looking for unique gifts or a special treat? There’s something for everyone, with quality giftware, art, crafts, jewellery, kids gear, man cave supplies, fresh produce, homewares… The stalls vary each market and typically include anything (A-Z) from Art, Beads & Candles to Yummy food & Zucchinis.

June 15, 2020

Quote of the Day

“No amount of experimentation can ever prove me right; a single experiment can prove me wrong.”

– Albert Einstein

June 11, 2020

Tauranga City Council – Worm Farming Workshop

Get your tickets to come along to Tauranga City Councils 2-hour interactive workshop to learn the art of worm farming.

June 9, 2020

Air NZ customers should get refund – Consumer NZ

The consumer watchdog, Consumer New Zealand, says it is not reasonable for Air New Zealand to deny customers refunds and offer them credits instead.

June 4, 2020

Quote of the Day

“My motto is: Contented with little, yet wishing for more.”

– Charles Lamb

June 2, 2020

ACG Tauranga Open Day. 20 June.

With extensive opportunities in sports, music, and the arts, plus an individualised level of support and care, ACG Tauranga offers a truly world-class education for boys and girls, right here in the Bay of Plenty.

June 1, 2020

Quote of the Day

“Without craftsmanship, inspiration is a mere reed shaken in the wind.”

– Johannes Brahms

May 29, 2020

High traffic volumes expected this long weekend

With this weekend being the first long weekend where people are able to leave their region, police are preparing for an increase in traffic.

May 27, 2020

Making massssks from Florida python skin

A Florida craftsman has come up with a novel way of tackling both the coronavirus pandemic and the problem of invasive pythons and iguanas that damage the state’s fragile ecosystem.a

May 26, 2020