Presenting South Africa

With 11 official languages, a melting pot of cultures, and a vast and diverse landscape, South Africa is a wonderful beast all of its own. Tauranga local Brett Yeatman will be presenting the wonders and delights of South Africa next Tuesday, October... Read More

Mount Rock Fest returns

The Mount Rock Fest is returning for its second year with organisers aiming to build on the awesome local support for the event. The one-night concert at Totara Street on October 28 will provide valuable exposure for home-grown, indie rock bands, as... Read More

Pop-up restaurant will pop-up

It's not often a restaurant opens to such critical acclaim and closes a week later. However, it's been confirmed. Greenpark Primary's pop-up restaurant, The Ruapehu, will be back. It was so successful it'll pop-up, positively... Read More

Slam poetry comes to Tauranga

Aspiring poets keen to perform their work live will have a chance to do just that next Wednesday at the Tauranga Poetry Slam. The event, similar to others held around the country, will serve as a regional heat to find a Bay of Plenty finalist for the... Read More

Campaigning for peace

  While New Zealand's signing of the United Nations' Treaty on the Prohibition of Nuclear Weapons went largely unnoticed during the frenzy of the General Election campaign, one group of Tauranga locals made sure it wasn't entirely... Read More

New murals in Katikati

The fabric of Katikati – what it is and where it's come from – is depicted in murals and other artworks around the town. Sixty nine in all – now make that 71 because two of perhaps the finest yet murals produced in the town are... Read More

Speedway season ready to roll

Bay of Plenty petrol heads and speed demons will be lining up on the grid for the opening of the 2017/2018 season at Baypark Family Speedway on October 21. The opening night of the season will see sprint cars, super saloons, saloons, stock cars, mini... Read More

A creative, intelligent soul

A sale of artwork intended to support the Bay of Plenty hearing-impaired community more than 30 years ago will now go ahead after the pen and ink prints turned up again recently. Hearing Support Bay of Plenty put out a call in The Weekend Sun on September... Read More

Do disasters impact on votes?

A University of Auckland research student has arrived in Tauranga to gently prise open two major local disasters to gain an insight into how they affected voting behaviour. Misha Parkinson, a political studies and geography graduate, is writing a 12,000... Read More

Maddie, Ziggy and a demon

Maddie Mckenzie didn't wish for anything fanciful – she didn't want to be flown to the moon, or Disneyland, be a millionaire, or meet Katy Perry. When the Make-A-Wish Foundation offered to create a little hope, a little happiness for... Read More