Greerton Swim Club breaks records

Greerton Swim Club has several new records pending approval after taking part in a recent short course swim meet last weekend. Among them is young swimmer Caitlin Farrell who set her first record in the 100 metre 11-year-old girls' freestyle. She... Read More


Young entrepreneurs shine

Young entrepreneurs have uncovered solutions to real life problems at this year's Young Innovator Awards. The Young Innovator Awards is a local awards programme for students in Tauranga/Western Bay of Plenty which is designed to promote innovation. Event... Read More


Training for rural health

The call for a nationally-focused, multi-disciplinary approach to training rural health professionals is a sensible way to address the longer term health needs of rural communities, says the New Zealand Rural General Practice Network. The network supports... Read More


Search on for NZ's tastiest snarler

Judgement time is drawing nearer for butchers as the hunt is on for the nation's best tasting sausage. Sausage makers from all around New Zealand are perfecting their recipes and preparing to send entries into this year's Great New Zealand... Read More


Te Puke girls bring home bronze

The Te Puke High School girls' squash team returned from the national secondary school squash championships at the weekend with a bronze medal. Team members Iyra Stewart and Amy Horscroft were also selected to represent New Zealand at an upcoming... Read More


Eight golds for Bay building companies

A number of building companies in the Western Bay of Plenty have been recognised this month for their entries in the Bay of Plenty/Central Plateau Registered Master Builders 2017 House of the Year competition. This year's Supreme Award went to... Read More


Hairdressing superstars

It was a clean sweep for the Hair to Train team with four first places, three seconds, four thirds and four fourth place wins in the New Zealand Association of Registered Hairdressers' regional hairdressing competitions held recently at the Tauranga... Read More


Toi Ohomai on hand to help students aim

If you've been thinking about what's next, a step up, or you've got a teenager who's contemplating their future, make sure you head down to the Canvas Tauranga Careers Showcase this Friday and Saturday. Industry experts from... Read More


Chefs and farmers boost NZ food story

Chefs passionate about working with New Zealand beef and lamb are playing their part in showcasing New Zealand's unique food story through the nation's longest running culinary award programme. 2018 marks 22 years of the Beef and Lamb Excellence... Read More


Changes to school funding system

Opinion on a replacement for the school decile system has been divided, with the primary teachers' union calling it “merely shifting the deckchairs on the Titanic” unless schools get more funding. The government has announced the decile... Read More


You can be anything you want

The Canvas Careers Showcase is taking place at the ASB Baypark Arena from Friday, August 11 to Saturday, August 12. The showcase will give students and job seekers the chance to speak face-to-face with real people from businesses and tertiary institutions... Read More


Supporting Money Week

"Record low interest rates mean that leaving money sitting in bank accounts will simply not grow the nest egg you need in retirement,” says New Zealand Shareholders Association chairman John Hawkins. The secret, he says, is to have a diverse range... Read More


New name causes creative stink

What's in a name? The quote from ‘Romeo and Juliet' suggests a name is just a label and doesn't create worth nor true meaning. A rose looks beautiful and smells sweet no matter what you call it. Synchronised swimming doesn't... Read More

Kids Corner

Latching on in the Bay

Breastfeeding mums from around the Bay have been ‘latching on' today to celebrate breastfeeding and the diverse ways we feed our children. The 13th annual Big Latch On, being held today and tomorrow, August 4-5, will see thousands of Kiwi... Read More

Health & Beauty

Exposure to smoke in cars high

New evidence shows one in five children continue to be exposed to smoking in cars. The research, led by the University of Otago, Wellington, and published in the New Zealand Medical Journal recently, analysed trends in children's second hand smoke... Read More


Where are the monarchs?

Jacqui Knight, secretary of the Monarch Butterfly New Zealand Trust, is puzzled. “Where are monarch butterflies overwintering?” she asks. “We have received reports of new locations this year but nothing from other parts of New Zealand.... Read More


Indulge without guilt

Nurtured for Wellness aims to encourage better nutrition through raw food cuisine and workshops. This cuisine does not use refined sugar, dairy, flour, eggs or meat of any form. It therefore caters for people with a variety of allergies and those looking... Read More


Time for organic food to become the norm

For more than 200,000 years, modern humans have been feeding themselves nature's bounty. Around 10,000 years ago we invented farming. And ever since farmers became obsessed with finding ways to improve their crop production, including tillage,... Read More


New orchard management programme

Employment breaches and labour exploitation is a widespread problem in the kiwifruit industry. Often contractors or employers are blamed for everything that is wrong with the industry, but there are different layers to the problem which need to be understood. It's... Read More


Beat the winter blues

It's a great time of year to restore and repair the effects environment and ageing have on our facial skin, says Rejuvenation Cosmetic Medicine's Sharon Melrose. Our summer complexion has faded into a dull pallor and many of us are feeling... Read More