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

Summer shellfish hazards

It doesn't bode well for shellfish gatherers this summer. Biotoxin alerts warn of paralytic shellfish poisoning in the Bay of Plenty, from Waihi Beach to Opape, east of Opotiki, while the warning on the West Coast extends from Oakura to the Hokianga.... Read More

Elizabeth’s push to the summit

Elizabeth White has lived in the shadow of Mauao for more than 30 years. But she's never felt the urge to climb it. “Mainly because I never thought I would make it,” she says. “It always looked too steep and I was happy walking... 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

Something in the water

Tauranga Yacht Club hosted an unusual request recently, with a crew from BBC television series Coast visiting to see what is in the water that produces so many successful sailors. The popular British programme, which has been running since 2005, is hosted... Read More

Monstrous challenge for Clark

Sam Clark knows all about hurting himself but freely admits this weekend's Mount Monster may just take him into a new realm of pain. The Whakatane multisport star – who won his second Coast to Coast title in fearless style earlier this year... Read More

The barber sends Alf Rendell aloft

The barber made it happen. It was Francis Hutchings from Bay Barbers in Picadilly Arcade – she got 100-year-old Alf Rendell out of her chair and back into the passenger seat of an open cockpit biplane. It was payback for being “gorgeous”... Read More

Mini Monster set for surf debut

Surf lifesaving's Mount Monster will open a new dimension next week, with the Mini Monster set to showcase the best junior talent around. The Dexion-sponsored endurance festival will feature a 3.2km course for an invitation-only field of under-14... Read More

A Christmas tradition in Te Puna

Christmas carols performed at dusk in Te Puna Quarry Park has become a local tradition, with the annual Carols in the Quarry event set to happen again on Friday, December 15. Beth Bowden, from the Te Puna Quarry Summer Trust, says the event began in... Read More

Returning the love this Christmas

Animates' annual Christmas campaign to help raise much needed funds for the SPCA and the Mobility Assistance Dogs Trust is now underway. Running until Christmas Eve, the Tree of Hope campaign encourages Kiwis to ‘Return the Love' by... Read More

New Spelling Bee Patron named

In supercalifragilisticexpialidocious news, humanitarian Chloe Wright has been named Patron of the New Zealand Spelling Bee. Now in its 13th year, the New Zealand Spelling Bee is a competitive spelling event aimed at encouraging Year 0-to-10 students... Read More

Sending love to those alone

As the end-of-year pressure to honour each and every Christmas wish of our loved ones grows, one group of volunteers has come up with a solution to help ease the stress. It's a simple gift with no price label, but one which has an unmeasurable... Read More