Tauranga’s cat care entrepreneur

Finding work can be hard these days, so one enterprising Tauranga woman has started her own business instead. Twenty-two-year-old Bianca Bainbridge is on the Autism spectrum, which means finding regular, meaningful employment can be difficult. Recent... Read More

Giving your pooch time-out this summer

The summer holidays is the most sociable time of the year for humans – but does your dog love all of the constant attention? Well, they could be a social butterfly – but they may also want to ditch the partying and socialising at points. So... Read More

Roaming dogs killing sheep in Bellevue

Tauranga City council animal control officers are seeking help from the public in locating dogs that have been killing sheep in Bellevue over recent weeks. There have been three attacks on small mobs of sheep on two properties along Bellevue Road and... Read More

Pistachio’s going home to Otanewainuku

Pistachio the kiwi is finally ready to return home to the Otanewainuku Forest. The Otanewainuku Kiwi Trust is inviting the public to a special ceremony at the Oropi Memorial Hall and Community Centre to celebrate the release of Pistachio this Sunday,... Read More

Neo's journey back to puppyhood

Neo, the 50kg, 10-month-old, Bull Mastif X Great Dane has a heart as sweet as the look on his face. Rescued from the SPCA at five-months-old, poor Neo has always suffered from weakness in his hind legs and became very lame after walking down stairs. "We... Read More

Turbo Scotty joins Tauranga RDA

Tauranga Riding for the Disabled has a new team member thanks to a generous donation from Farmer Auto Village. His name is Turbo Scotty, and he's been brought in after three of the charity's horses moved on, including 30-year-old stalwart... Read More

Fostering from the heart

“I just knew there were a lot of dogs out there that needed homes – and I just wanted to be able to help. It was as simple as that really,” says Michelle Broadbent. The Tauriko mother-of-two – who likes to be called Shelley –... Read More

Who let the dogs out?

There's bound to be some tails wagging and tongues dangling tomorrow, as dog owners exercise their pooches at TECT All Terrain Park for Western Bay of Plenty District Council's fun-filled dog walk. Alongside Western Bay of Plenty's... Read More

Pet Perfect Pet of the Week

Pet Perfect is a monthly feature in The Weekend Sun and we want to see your pets. Send your cute animal snaps to or post them on our Facebook page, for a chance to be published and win a prize. This... Read More

Where the wild thing is

A little lady with many names, she hasn't got a home, she can't stop having babies, and she doesn't realise what a fuss she's causing. The mischievous and troublesome Pixie, aptly named after her pixie-like ears, or ‘The... Read More