Life without a rubbish bin

It sounds like heresy coming from a couple of zero waste champions – they're preaching that recycling is not the be-all and end-all solution to the world's rubbish woes. “It's amazing how often recycling is thrown out there... Read More

City rules and wishes

The recent decision by hearings commissioner David Meade refusing a three-storey commercial/residential development in Farm St, Mount Maunganui signals a lack of communication between the Tauranga City Council and the community says the developer, Sue... Read More

Maketu’s 500hp roosters

The dawn chorus is causing broken sleep and ill-feeling in the small coastal town of Maketu. But it's not the birds, it's the rumble of heavy diesel engines well before dawn that's the issue. “We're talking big rigs, logging... Read More

Vehicle safety needs priority

When it comes to cars, investment in safety isn't necessarily expensive, says NZTA road safety director Harry Wilson. Vehicle safety needs to be better prioritised by buyers, he says, after a car-to-car crash test in May revealed people are twice... Read More

Transforming graffiti eyesores

Artists from around New Zealand are being invited to submit design ideas that will be brought to life on telecommunications cabinets that are often the target of vandals and graffiti. Since Chorus initiated the ‘Paint Your Cabinet Beautiful'... Read More

Election 2017: Housing

In the coming weeks, The Weekend Sun and SunLive will be bringing you the best local 2017 General Election coverage. We'll be asking candidates what they and their parties will do to tackle the big issues of the campaign. Earlier this month the... Read More

Story behind the stories

Surely it doesn't suggest Greerton is a hotbed of neo-Nazism? Or does the village simply have a healthy intellectual interest in 20th century German history and Hitler's nationalist socialist ideals? Very probably the latter. “One of... Read More

From Papamoa to the world

He had half an idea of being a butcher, perhaps a taxidermist. Even an engraver, etching intricate scrollwork on firearms. It would have been a natural progression from his Wairoa boyhood where there was always wild pigs, deer, knives, hunting and gathering,... Read More

Five years in Bethlehem

Te Wharekura o Mauao is marking five years at its Bethlehem campus, in which time the school has gone from strength to strength. Prior to 2012, the Maori medium school was run from a temporary facility provided by what was then known as the Bay of Plenty... Read More

Tips, statistics, and smiles

This story, like many others published when the winter season rolls around, will focus on police asking motorists to do simple things to keep themselves and others safe when driving on the roads. And even though road safety is at the forefront of Western... Read More