20 years of twilight concerts

It all started with Carols by Candlelight in a private garden. Fast forward 20 years and the Katikati Twilight Concerts have become an institution in the town, attracting music lovers from far and wide. The annual event is staffed entirely by volunteers... Read More

Big dreams and a shed to match

Darryl Judkins is building to become president of his own private railroad in 18 months-to-two years. It's not quite like the ones that helped pave the American west, but it will fire up a passion that's been smoldering for 30 or 40 years,... Read More

Ho, ho, ouch - Santa’s debt burden

Another Christmas, another splurge of unbudgeted spending, and more families stretched beyond their financial limits. “November was our busiest month this year,” says Diane Bruin, manager of the Tauranga Budget Advisory Service which offers... Read More

From student to mentor

At 18-years-old, Phoebe Robinson, better known as Jeremiah, was one of many who took part in a youth mentor programme for one of Mount Maunganui's most iconic festivals. Now, at 20, she's running alongside the big-guns, as one of 17 artists... Read More

Learning English Kiwi-style

Sweet as, flash, stink, knackered and wicked. We all know what those words mean, right? Wrong. If you're learning to speak English in New Zealand it's enough to make you pack a sad. A group of Tauranga migrants has been attending a ‘Professional... Read More

Labour sets up shop in Greerton

The Labour Party is establishing a permanent and very visible presence in their Tauranga heartland. The party, which now boasts four MPs across the Bay of Plenty region, is opening an office beside Countdown on Cameron Road on the fringe of the Greerton... Read More

The best Christmas lights

Two houses – one in Katikati and one in Papamoa – have been chosen as the winners of The Weekend Sun Christmas Lights Drive for 2017. The winners, judged by a panel of Sun Media experts, each take home a hamper worth $140, filled with delicious... Read More

Meeting your furry-friend soulmate

Are you considering adding four paws to your family this Christmas? Tauranga SPCA's Christmas adopt-a-thon is on Saturday, December 16 from 10.30am to 4pm at the Tauranga SPCA in Greerton and it's the perfect place to meet your next soulmate.... Read More

Students graduate from Toi Ohomai

For some students at Toi Ohomai Institute of Technology, this week marked the apex of their academic journey with graduation ceremonies taking place in the city. More than 6000 students who studied with the institute in 2017 are expected to be awarded... Read More

At home with Todd Muller

Bay of Plenty MP Todd Muller is enjoying being back in parliament, and is looking forward to tackling some key issues next year. The second-term MP chatted to The Weekend Sun at his Pyes Pa home this week, reflecting on a busy election year.   “It... Read More