Using the power of the sun

New Zealand's first on-road, solar-powered electric vehicle charger, ‘Electric Station', is now open to the public following an official opening this week. The Electric Station was formally opened by Minister of Transport and Tauranga... Read More

Building exactly what you want

When Bevan and Lisa Hyland decided to build their new home, they decided to build with Signature Homes – a good decision, says Lisa. “It's the first time we've built so it can be a bit stressful, but we were taken through the... Read More

Mystery of missing ‘boy’ continues

A request went out recently to The Weekend Sun readers asking for help to locate a missing statue of a small boy that once sat in Tauranga's Robbins Park. Tauranga local Merilyn Anderson read the article, and recalled having a photo in her possession... Read More

Tinetti enters stage left

It was a cruel catalyst for change. Just one dark moment in early-January. It didn't make the newspapers or the TV, and no-one saw it coming. A 20-year-old committed suicide and it ignited the social conscience of a Tauranga school teacher. “He... Read More

From behind the Iron Curtain

When Steffi August is troubled, she seeks the wise counsel of a mountain. “Mauao is so powerful,” says Steffi, who claims a deep spiritual connection with the 232 metre high extinct volcano. “I always tell the mountain: ‘I love... Read More

Chinese Whisper record attempt

More than 1000 Tauranga pupils will attempt to break the Guinness World Record for the world's longest Chinese Whispers next month. In conjunction with Hearing Support Bay of Plenty, pupils from Tauranga Intermediate School and six other local... Read More

Survivor invests in living

Two children may live as the result of a Te Puke woman's brush with death 39 years ago. And her benevolence. Delcie Martin was “clinically dead” when she was pulled from the surf at Papamoa Beach one summer's evening four decades... Read More

Peddling cookies for a US comeback

Forget the five-hour rides and the leg-burning, lung-busting hills – Tauranga's Courteney Lowe's cycling secret this year could well be chocolate. The 25-year-old is heading back to the United States next month for another professional... Read More

Rubbish bags instead of roses

Show a little love this Valentine's Day. And show the love to Mauao. The Western Bay Wildlife Trust is looking for an army of volunteers with deep feelings for the Mount to help clean it up. “We find all sorts of paraphernalia on Mauao,”... Read More

Practical beekeeping

Mount Maunganui's Pacific Coast Technical Institute is offering a nationwide practical beekeeping programme – which is ideal for those pursuing beekeeping as a career or a hobby. PCTI director Mark Hellyer says the apiculture beekeeping course... Read More