A fanfare for Annabelle

“They gave me a thousand dollars,” says Mount Maunganui College student, Annabelle Stewart, who now has a flash new Bach Stradivarius professional trumpet in her sights. Umm…I suspect it was $2000 Annabelle. Yes, the Tauranga Harbour... Read More

Car system stuff up transport

Up to 65 young, quality truck driving graduates come off the production line in Tauranga each year but far too few to satisfy the needs of the road freight transport industry. “We are just meeting our area needs,” “says Dean Colville... Read More

Bad water leaves bad taste

Illness, ill-feeling and protest – that's the fall-out from the bad water dumped into the reticulation system in the small western bay towns of Paengaroa and Pongakawa this week. It's also left residents demanding answers and reassurances... Read More

Chatting on the couch

It's an idea bourne out of comfort, from relaxing and not really thinking about much at all. Garden and Arts Festival organiser Marc Anderson says the idea came to him when he was least expecting it. “I was sitting on the couch at home and... Read More

Exploring your origins

Who knew that researching your family history could start with spitting in a cup, popping it in the post and a few months later knowing almost everything you ever wanted to know about your origins? Well, some of the specialist librarians that work at... Read More

Get out and have a go

It's a chance for some special kids to get out and have a shot – try some sports they might not have experienced, possibly never even heard of. It's ‘Have a Go Day' and it could be liberating and exciting for a lot of kids... Read More

Election 2017: Transport

  It's no secret that transport systems in Tauranga and the Western Bay of Plenty have been under immense pressure lately, with an estimated 10 per cent increase in traffic on our roads in recent months. One of the biggest bugbears has been... Read More

Daffodils delivered in style

Daffodils were as scarce as hen's teeth in Tauranga this week, but come Tuesday the city will be awash with them as more than 1400 bunches of fresh daffodils are delivered to local businesses as part of the Cancer Society's Daffodil Day fundraiser. Friday,... Read More

Closed for good deeds

Local BNZ staff will turn off their computers for the day and get out into the community to volunteer for the ‘Closed for Good' project on Wednesday, August 23. More than 3000 staff from BNZ bank branches across the country will be involved. Closed... Read More

Does sexuality really matter?

The deputy principal taught Pana Hema-Taylor at Aranui High School in Christchurch – sensed a talent and steered the young man away from the fringes of the Mongrel Mob towards an acting career. That showed foresight and conviction. Now framed images... Read More