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

Going against the grain

It's the difference between a no-nonsense, gun-toting California Highway patrolman and our own unarmed, considered and popular top traffic cop Tauranga Police's Senior Sergeant Ian Campion. The same traffic offence but different country and... Read More

Resuming civic heart progress

Tauranga City Council's approach to planning its new administration building is going to change from next Tuesday, December 20, when the first decisions are made about the way forward for the new council. The new City Transformation Committee's... Read More

Backwards to go forwards

It's a ghostly, haunting sound. Even terrifying. Seventy years ago it would have signaled the arrival of the Luftwaffe over London, another blitzkreig, raining bombs. It was, and remains, one of the most distinguishable of sounds. The wailing Carter... Read More

Political forecast for Tauranga

He's picked a more manageable battle this time round. “A winnable battle in a swingable seat,” says Tamati Coffey, the former TV weather presenter-turned-successful Rotorua businessman and second-time parliamentary hopeful. He was in... Read More

Calling on government’s promise

Tauranga Mayor Greg Brownless is calling on the Government to honour its commitment to four-lane 15th Ave and Turret Rd. In his address, immediately after his swearing in this week, he says traffic congestion is an issue the new Tauranga City Council... Read More

Empowering city residents

He traipsed around the Otumoetai-Pyes Pa ward visiting more than 4000 households in the local body elections. He didn't win a Tauranga City Council seat – now he's trying to educate residents on how they can get involved and have their... Read More

Te Puke – a town divided

One lane or two lanes? It's an issue that's divided Te Puke cleaner than the tree-dotted island that runs down the middle of the town's main street. And two locals – one an incumbent councillor and the other an ousted councillor... Read More

Homeless again

‘Nats ignore the homeless'. That might be the message waved under the nose of Tauranga MP Simon Bridges next week. Or ‘rental price hikes must stop'. “A protest banner has to be a brief but pointed message,” says Lynette... Read More

Main issues for new mayors

Tauranga City's civic heart project and changing the way things are done in the Western Bay of Plenty are the first big gigs for the district's two new mayors. Greg Brownless was elected Tauranga's new mayor last Saturday after receiving... Read More