Music students take the stage

Toi Ohomai Institute of Technology music students are putting on a public concert next week, giving people the chance to see what the next generation of Bay musos can do. Derrin Richards is one of the mature students on the course and will be performing... Read More

The party versus the people

“What's the point of a constituency vote?” That's the question independent Tauranga candidate Rusty Kane is asking in the lead-up to this year's election. He makes the point that Tauranga will likely have three local MPs... Read More

Selwyn Ridge ‘the place to bee'

Gone are the days when school fairs were all about fundraising for the school and bobbing for apples. While fund-raising is still on the agenda, Selwyn Ridge School's upcoming Mid-Winter Christmas Fair on July 1 is an opportunity to celebrate culture,... Read More

Banksy’s legacy to Tauranga

The paradox was taking street art into what's often considered to be the exclusive and rarified environment of a traditional art gallery. “And breaking down those barriers and knocking down the walls so to speak,” says Karl Chitham,... 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

Kick-off on Tauranga waterfront

Tauranga fans can clamber into the boiling cauldron of Lions and All Black rugby free of charge on Saturday night. Tauranga City Council has organised a fanzone on the Tauranga CBD waterfront where people can enjoy a free live broadcast of the sold-out... Read More

Lack of coaches for school sport

“If you know of any rowing coaches out there, please let me know.” It's a constant with Phil Holland. One he could do without. His Tauranga Girls' College Rowing Club has boat sheds, boats, and rowing talent, but it desperately... Read More

Student wins Passchendaele pride

Fu Man (Amanda) Yang, a Tauranga Girls' College Year 13 student, has won a national competition with her entry commemorating the Battle of Passchendaele. The battle, which happened 100 years ago in October 1917, is said to be ‘Our Darkest... Read More

Taekwon-Do champ to defend title

Taekwon-Do prodigy Frances Lloyd, age 17, has been chosen to represent New Zealand in Dublin, Ireland in October at the 2017 ITF World Championships. The 2015 and 2016 Junior Female Black Belt World Cup Champion will be defending her title. In 2016 Frances... Read More

Greerton’s grassroots programmers

It's fun, it's practical and it's educational.“So it'll stand you in good stead,” says Carolyne Taylor, who is Greerton Library's learning centre tutor. “But even if it doesn't, it's a useful... Read More

Life, lungs and family

Te Ariki Berryman, 12, has good news and sad news. A student at Otumoetai Intermediate, and past delivery boy for The Weekend Sun, Te Ariki has also been training and competing for three years in Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu, achieving yellow belt two stripes... Read More

Rethinking the Bay’s housing

If you're interested in tiny homes, affordable housing, simple living, building community or just hanging out with cool people, then set aside Thursday, June 22 from 7pm. Along with four inspiring and creative short films about alternative living,... Read More

Bring back the Te Puke Festival

The stellar act of Te Puke's historic kiwifruit festival is returning this month in a first step towards breathing life back into the iconic event after an estimated 10-year hiatus. Epic Te Puke board member Stuart Gunn, who has been involved in... Read More

A strong bond is forged

He's a four-year-old Singaporean with a sad and rare genetic disorder and he's inveigled his way into the hearts of the Watsons 8500 kilometres away here in Tauranga. “I saw him and thought poor wee fella,” says Dave Watson of... Read More

Standoff at Osprey Drive

It was an old-fashioned standoff in a right-of-way in Welcome Bay. The contractors wanted to get into a subdivision for a concrete pour. But there was a blockade. Three cars parked in the right-of-way and Sheila Tippett, leading the cause for the neighbours,... Read More

Fearfully and wonderfully made

There are three young girls that won't let the ways of the world bring them down. Three 11-year-olds with better self-esteem than some women in their 20s. And they have a message to share. “People can doubt their beauty but we want people... Read More

Women confront their demons

It's an anthology of stories that will shock, inspire and encourage. It's also a celebration of brave and inspirational women. The book has an elongated, no nonsense title – ‘That's it! I'm OUT of Here! – Time... Read More

Historical film footage wanted

A local hobbyist film editor is putting out a call for people to dig out their old home movies of Tauranga. Brian Pinny is hoping to collate as much historical footage of Tauranga as possible with a view to producing a documentary about the city. It can... Read More

Bayfair Norfolks to go

A suggestion from a member of the public that the Bayfair Norfolk pines be transplanted to the Mount main beach is not going to happen because the trees are too big. The trees will have to be moved or felled as construction of the Bayfair to Baypark project... Read More