When Raewyn entertained Vera

It was the day the Tauranga hairdresser sang for the forces' sweetheart herself. “Vera just asked me if I knew any of her songs,” says Raewyn Fairweather. “And I told her: ‘Of course I do'.” To prove the point... Read More

Mia’s lesson to us all

The day after Mia did a bunk, a low pressure system descended over our work pod. The mood became distinctly grey, heavy and cheerless. It was like there had been a death. Mia is about two handfuls of white fluff – a choodle, a chihuahua-poodle... Read More

The pride of the Lions

It's why Lions are Lions. To serve. It's why Neil Clarke is a Lion. “Been a Lion since 1955,” the Mount Maunganui man says proudly. “I was one of 22 foundation members of the country's very first Lions Club in Auckland.” Now... Read More

A visual flying feast

Next weekend lining up at the pars at McLaren Falls' disc golf course could get a little squishy – with the country's keenest disc golfers flying into town for an extreme tournament. The Tauranga Disc Golf Association's 66 Xtreme... Read More

We will remember them

Thousands of Bay of Plenty residents will wake in darkness and head to Anzac parades and services next Tuesday, April 25, to remember those who paid the ultimate price for the freedom we enjoy today. Anzac Day commemorations will be held around the Western... Read More

The day Doug dodged a bomb

Last week The Weekend Sun met Doug Attrill – a 93-year-old with a war story  –  how his ship got bombed, how a skirmish with a Japanese submarine contributed to the downfall of the notorious commander of the Japanese fleet, the... Read More

Festival’s all that jazz and more

The finest jazz musicians from home and abroad will get Tauranga jumping and jiving and grooving this Easter Weekend with the return of National Jazz Festival. Today marks the start of the 55th annual festival, and festival director Becks Chambers says... Read More

Piddler in the pool

The research was disgusting. The admission even more disgusting. And both caused jitters, little ripples of urea, chloride, sodium and potassium – piddle in other words – when they washed up in Tauranga this week. “Wouldn't go... Read More

Challenge accepted!

Think about it. If a businessperson spends 9am-5pm every working day at their desk, that's eight hours a day deskbound. Forty hours a week, or 160 hours a month parked on their backsides. That's if they don't take their lunchbreaks.... Read More

Redemption of a serial one bagger

I am a potato peel pariah – one of Tauranga's despised ‘one baggers'. I put all of my domestic rubbish – paper, plastic, tins, bottles, in fact everything that won't go down the waste disposal unit – in one $2.20... Read More