Investing in peace of mind

Methamphetamine is a scourge – it has no legal use but is a highly addictive stimulant creating a false sense of well-being and energy. It also causes enormous social damage – severe anxiety, paranoia, insomnia and thoughts of extreme violence. “And... Read More


A lifestyle that doubles as a sport

“It's a very pretty sport.” An insightful but unexpected take on her chosen sport of rowing by 17-year-old sculler Rebecca Frood. I was expecting tough, time-consuming, disciplined. “Yes, it's all those too. But it's... Read More


Alfie heads line-up at Doggy Day Out

Alfie's a show pony – a dog who's a show pony – a shameless show off and attention seeker. “When he gets playing he is a crazy little dog, who's amazing to watch” says doting owner Betty Hall, who is also Western... Read More

Kids Corner

Jack joins school – just like everyone else

Jack Coombs is a different kid since The Weekend Sun last caught up with him February 2015. Back then Jack, who has a genetic hearing trait, along with his family were on a journey to regain sound in his life after receiving two cochlear implants. Jack... Read More


Councillor wants better deal for pensioners

Te Puke councillor Mike Lally believes tenants in the Western Bay of Plenty District Council's pensioner flats deserve better. He says the council-owned flats in Lee St and Slater Place in Te Puke charge higher rents, and are of lesser quality,... Read More

Health & Beauty

Tutus banana cake and marathons

Ross Steele certainly put in his eight hours – eight hours, one minute and 55 seconds to be exact. “And 20 minutes of that was photo opportunities” says Ross Steele after his fundraising Kirikiriroa marathon in Hamilton. It wasn't... Read More


Woman's brush with Legionnaire's Disease

Phillis Lois has an idea. A simple, cheap and easy one. And it might just save other greenfingers going through the scary ordeal that took this Waihi Beach woman to the brink. And slowly and painfully back. “The doctor in hospital asked me if I... Read More


New tech for children

They're learning how to cook, how to sew, how to run a news channel and how to programme a robot – all before they hit their teen years. The pupils at Greenpark School in Greerton have taken to their new technology suite like ducks to water... Read More


Two-hundred authors wanted

If you've ever wanted to see your name on the cover of a published book, then Tauranga Writers has a doozy of an opportunity for you. In celebration of the group's 50th anniversary this year, Tauranga Writers is aiming to create a Guinness... Read More


Helping out for 40 years

This year Citizens Advice Bureau Tauranga will reach the milestone of 40 years serving the city's community. “Back in 1977 our bureau was originally housed in the District Museum located on the corner of Hamilton S and Cameron Rd,”... Read More


Black Sheep at it again

Uniting people, great food and fare is the ethos behind The Black Sheep Bar and Grill – Tauranga's country hot-spot for all dining experiences. “We've got this amazing facility – a huge outdoor area for kids to play and... Read More


Out of the woods and into the world

Mount Maunganui-based creative agency Woods agency's vision from the beginning is to “make regional New Zealand businesses world famous” and build an award winning, world-class agency. Woods director Reuben Woods says since their formation... Read More


Discover the world of the honey bee

Are you looking for an all-age, all-weather attraction not far from your doorstep? If so, why not take a ‘Discover the World of the Honey Bee Guided Tour' at Experience Comvita. Share the inspiring story of Comvita's founding partners.... Read More


Keeping kids active

ACG Tauranga's commitment to ensuring its students get active from a young age is receiving some tried and true support, by partnering with one of Sport Bay of Plenty's leading initiatives. ACG Tauranga has become the first Cambridge International... Read More


Do funerals need to cost so much?

Who has $10,000 to spend on a funeral these days? Instead, you could leave hard-earned funds for your spouse, children, grandchildren or a chosen charity to utilise constructively in this competitive modern world. Choosing Simply Cremations to care for... Read More


Bank invests in girls’ cricket

Girls' cricket is taking off at Tauranga Intermediate. Three years ago the school had no girls' cricket team, but it now boasts two teams and growing it to four teams this year. Already the school has produced sides which have competed at... Read More

Health & Beauty

Renowned Buddhist monk visiting Tauranga

We live in stressful times. And because of the constant pressures of life, this stress often spills over into our personal and professional relationships. With this in mind, Meditation for Modern Life Tauranga is inviting the community to a workshop to... Read More

Health & Beauty

Charity auction buys new exercise equipment

A total of $21,000 raised from a charity auction has provided an opportunity for SwitchedOn Exercise and Wellness Centre to purchase a specialised piece of equipment.The Harcourts Foundation hosted a charity auction last October with special guest paralympian... Read More


New urban development regime

Redevelopment of exiting urban areas is set to become easier for developers and territorial authorities, while reducing appeal rights for the affected.Tauranga City councillors were briefed on the outline of the Government discussion document on Urban... Read More


New school for growing number of families

A new primary school will open in Tauranga from 2019 – and is expected to reach a roll of 650 to cater to the growing number of families in its vicinity.Pyes Pa West School will be built on Kennedy Rd in Tauranga and enrol students in Years 1-6... Read More