Exploring your origins

Who knew that researching your family history could start with spitting in a cup, popping it in the post and a few months later knowing almost everything you ever wanted to know about your origins? Well, some of the specialist librarians that work at... Read More

Election 2017: Transport

  It's no secret that transport systems in Tauranga and the Western Bay of Plenty have been under immense pressure lately, with an estimated 10 per cent increase in traffic on our roads in recent months. One of the biggest bugbears has been... 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

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

91 Willow St or Cliff Rd

Does it matter where? Let's just get a museum happening for Tauranga. That seems to be the consensus amongst some of the city's MPs and would-be MPs – including Simon Bridges, the man who's long been championing a new museum for... Read More

Seeking a simple convenient so

“I don't think we have a choice, we have to act, we have to do something.” Steve Morris is ferreting through Tauranga's rubbish issues and something stinks. “I mean it's untenable we are one of the dirtiest, if not... Read More

Call for change at city hall

Tauranga City Council's economic development and investment committee chairman Max Mason is calling for councillors to step up and take a greater management role in the council organisation. Referring to the BDO investigation into the city council's... Read More

Why Kevin’s quitting Tauranga

Kevin Steedman's had a gutsful – he's quitting his job, packing up his nine metre motor home and leaving town.  “I am leaving because I have to – they have made it impossible for me to stay.” They being the Tauranga... Read More

Crackdown on freedom campers

Were the lights on in the camper van? Or were they turned off?  Seems a petty point but there's an important distinction for Shane Palliser and the Tauranga City Council. Because it's the difference between Shane getting snared in the... Read More

Stepping out in shorts

Some of Tauranga's bigwigs will be baring their legs in the middle of winter this year and it's all for a good cause. Local politicians are trading in their suit pants for shorts to mark this year's shortest day – June 21 –... Read More