Prepping for the improbable

“The odds are better than Lotto that we're going to cop a tsunami at some stage. And it's not going to be nice.” Prophet of doom, scaremongerer? Neither, says Gary Benner, who is developer of the tsunami alert system called Tsunado. “During... Read More

At rest forever in a forest

“I don't want a headstone, I want a tree.” That maybe Karen Summerhays' choice for eternity but is there sufficient support in Te Puke for a natural conservation cemetery so one day she can be consumed by her beloved mother earth? And... Read More

Helping save the animals

This Sunday at Omokoroa No 1 School is Animal Day, a fundraising event organised entirely by two schoolgirls. Maya Stone and Sunny Davis, both aged 11, have spent months organising the follow-up to last year's Animal Day, which raised more than... Read More

Their roundabout, their castle

They chose a strategic bit of real estate. Sweeping 360 degree views, bush perspectives and easy access from all points of the city. The downside is noise – umpteen hundred cars, trucks and buses rumbling through each day. And the incessant sound... Read More

Plant-based bonanza for everyone

Yes, the word ‘vegan' may make some omnivores quiver, but there's nothing to fear at this weekend's Vegan Vibes festival. This Saturday, September 24 will see Tauranga's very first vegan festival come to fruition, say organisers... Read More

Hugh all fluff, squawk and smell

It's hard to know who would be more chuffed. The noted ornithologist, who gave his name to a cute but very pongy grey fluff ball in a burrow on Mauao, or the fluff ball itself. ‘Hugh' the grey petrel is named after the late bird man... Read More

Capturing the Bay's beauty

Whether it's the iconic waterfall at McLaren Falls Park or the sparkling of the glow worms at night-time – Tourism Bay of Plenty wants to see your creative snapshots showcasing the natural attraction these school holidays. The Bay of Plenty... Read More

Harbour clean-up

The seabed and beaches of Tauranga Harbour are in line for a spruce-up next Sunday, October 2. The region's divers are planning an underwater spring clean of Pilot Bay, thanks to the support of several clubs and organisations. Gwyn Brown of Tauranga... Read More

One pot, two pot, big pot...

One pot, two pots, big pots, small pots – Grower Direct now has the “biggest range of some of the biggest pots you'll ever see” at their Te Puna store with the launch of a new business. Pots Direct is a direct importing company... Read More

A needless and senseless loss

“I used to sit beside him on the rocks in the sun and watch the waves roll in. He was a little cruiser.” Now Julie Graham's little mate has gone – tragically and needlessly taken. “It is just so, so sad and really hard to... Read More