A tense and thrilling affair

They're friends off the rugby pitch, but foes on the field. Greerton Marist will take on its closest rivals Rangataua in a special charity rugby match on Saturday, May 27. Hosted by Greerton Marist Recreation and Community Sports Club, next Saturday's... Read More

Lions hunting young blood

He's the Young Turk, the hired gun – and he's been called in to reverse a trend that's bedeviled service organisations worldwide. That's staying young and relevant. “The difficulty is the rules and structures that... Read More

Tribute to a local star

“Don't ever stop fighting.” That's what Cilla Veldhuizen tells people. She's been fighting cancer for seven years, and has been terminal for two. Cilla found out she had breast cancer after getting a sore breast from falling... Read More

Coastguard’s Mayday on Sunday

A close-up look at the Coastguard vessels and the chance to learn about Tauranga Volunteer Coastguard activities from the volunteers who keep the rescue group operating is taking place at the tidal stairs on the waterfront on Sunday, May 21. It is the... Read More

A kilometre of burpees

Yes, you read it right. One thousand metres of burpees. That's the challenge being taken on tomorrow morning at Mount Maunganui, as fitness fanatics see whether they have the mettle to complete the gruelling event. It's for a good cause,... Read More

"Sylvia's mother says..."

They say revenge is a dish best served cold. Shel Silverstein would have known. He got his own back on Sylvia's mother – the woman immortalised in the 1972 hit song of the same name. You know it. “Sylvia's mother says Sylvia's... Read More

Ours boys cream of the crop

They're two of the best in the country. And they're Tauranga's. Apprentice plumber Brendan Baker and newly qualified drainlayer Colby Baker - good mates and work colleagues but not related - have received major accolades at the New... Read More

Small girl with a big heart

“Dear Heavenly Father, thank you for all the blessings you gave us.” It's a little prayer uttered by 7-year-old Emma Mischewski when she's being driven to school every day. “And I pray for the homeless that they may find... Read More

HeART of the community

“This is a dream project for me, being able to connect with locals, the community, people. It's the heart of what I do,” says acclaimed artist Graham ‘Mr G' Hoete. The Tauranga Moana artist, of Ngāi Te Rangi and Ngāti... Read More

Paradox rumour ‘not true'

“Morning,” the email sent to this reporter starts off. “I had heard a rumour about the street art being painted over in about a month's time. Do you know if this is true?” The street art in question is the six murals created... Read More

Market to celebrate 14th birthday

This month the Tauranga Farmers' Market is having its 14th birthday, and to celebrate they have six birthday hampers full of fresh produce from stallholders up for grabs. Tickets to be in the draw to win the hampers are $2 each and will be sold... Read More

When flowers say it all

My mum and Miss Reid knew each other for the best part of 40 years. Knew OF each other but never met and for all I know Miss Reid, as a person, didn't even exist. But Miss Reid bought my mum enormous joy over the years for which I am very grateful. Because... Read More

Life’s where skateboards take you

There are opportunities out there if you just go looking for them. But sometimes you have to take a global perspective. That's the inspirational message from a young Mount Maunganui barista whose skateboarding skills have landed him a four-month... Read More

Man and the message

“Who the hell is it?” ‘Who' is a bearded face, concrete strong features and steely fixed stare, which is manifesting through a matrix fashioned on a blue three-storeyed wall in a service lane behind Grey St. “Wonder what... Read More

New tidal stairs make a splash

He's been with the project from the start – since it was a pencil sketch on a piece of paper at Tauranga City Council – now he's going to make a splash at the official opening. Western Bay of Plenty residents are invited to the... Read More

Tinetti leads the Labour charge

“Welcome to parliament,” said the voice on the phone. The Labour Party moderating committee which sets the party list had slotted Merivale Primary School principal Jan Tinetti in at number 14, more or less writing her own ticket to Wellington. “I... Read More

Jono’s random act of kindness

The Tauranga teenager skimped and saved for more than a year to buy a sharp set of wheels – a $6200 2008 Mazda Demio. It was going to be a sort of birthday present to herself. But she got scammed by an Auckland car dealer and she lost the lot. No... Read More

In love with a beautiful woman

It's a story that traverses generations and hemispheres – and touches senses and emotions on the way. It's about an enduring rock star in the United Kingdom, an unshakeable fan 10,000km away here in Bay of Plenty and some classic soft... Read More

How many is too many?

How many op shops is too many op shops? And how many op shops can the 4000 people of Katikati sustain. There's already four op shops in town and a fifth is about to throw open its doors. Waipuna Hospice will be opening a “second hand shop”... Read More

A sense of war, pride and love

They're precious Anzac Day moments. Moments that linger long after. Hairs on necks bristled as two Harvard airplanes roared across Memorial Park at 1000 feet. And hearts ached as a maudlin bugle call drifted on a new dawn at Mount Maunganui. And... Read More