‘Ready Aye Ready’

“A lot and a lot of fun,” says Ordinary Cadet Dominic Hahunga, enthusing about sea cadets. ‘Ordinary' by rank only because the 14-year-old cuts a fine dash in his naval sailor's pie hat emblazoned with TS Chatham, tunic... 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

Feeling the love

“One Love, one heart…” “Let's get together and feel alright…” Bob Marley felt the love, and so will thousands of party-goers this Waitangi weekend. Twenty-thousand people are expected to celebrate Marley's... Read More

Zen moments on an ebb tide

“Rowing is a sport that resonates with certain individuals at a very deep level and it gets to be like a calling.” A spiritual take on rowing from Yale University coach David H Vogel. The experience of Tauranga Rowing Club masters double... Read More

We’ll play, you pay

It won't be a matter of winning or losing, it will be a matter of turning up and raising some funds. The junior rugby players at Greerton Marist Rugby Football Club will not only be learning how to perform on a rugby field, but what it's... Read More

First for Tauranga airshow

Visitors to Classics of the Sky – Strikemasters at Sundown on Saturday will see the first local display of a new aircraft to the air show circuit. The Royal New Zealand Air Force plans to display one of the new T6C-Texan ll trainer aircraft for... Read More

Waiting for an angel’s blessing

“I am going through a divorce and will find myself in a position that could have a devastating effect.” It was an email to The Weekend Sun – a plaintive appeal for help or an ad for a business opportunity, but probably both. Andrew... Read More

The difficulty of leaving town

They're about four months old, all fluffed up and cocksure and ready to confront the world head-on. But with nature, if things can go wrong they probably will. Add youthful bravado, distractions and confusion to the mix and they'll certainly... Read More

Sandcastle spectacular

A sandcastle doesn't have to be two buckets of sand plonked on top of each other and adored with sea lettuce and a shell or two. And during summer Brett Muir definitely proved that a sandcastle can be an architectural marvel on Mount's coastline. But... Read More

The mysterious story of Stinga

Sellars and Stinga have been left battered but not bruised. Kathy Sellars didn't win the SunLive Baypark Demolition Derby, but would do it again – and Stinga puttered out on the track, but is in “perfect condition” today. The... Read More

A colourful start to 2017

Start the New Year off right with a splash of colour. The 2017 Colour Splash festival will be at Mount Maunaganui's Coronation Park on January 14 from 12pm-4pm and is guaranteed to add a burst of colour to your year. With DJ music, live dance performances... Read More

High in the skies

The skies above Tauranga City Airport will reverberate with the sounds of fast jets and some of the fastest land-based vehicles in New Zealand at the second annual picnic-type Tauranga City Airshow this month. The 2016 afternoon and evening family fun... Read More

Simon’s menacing cheesecutter

Did he deserve to feel humiliated? Was he singled out for unfair attention? Or was he simply being mischievous and provocative? “No, I wasn't,” says Simon Fenlon. He just doesn't like being told what he can and can't wear.... Read More

Looking for gardens missing 'boy'

It's a mystery. Robbins Park Rose Gardens used to have a statue of a small boy holding the name plaque. Unfortunately, this statue was damaged some years ago. And although the intention was to repair it, the original has disappeared. Local historians... Read More

Bringing the aroha to One Love

When George ‘Fiji' Veikoso first performed in Aotearoa “way back in the day” it was to a crowd of people in its hundreds. Fast forward to the 2016 One Love Festival held at Tauranga Domain and it wasn't a crowd in its hundreds... Read More

Lowest number of NY arrests

Traditionally, New Year's Eve is probably the worst night of the year for Western Bay of Plenty Police. “The aggression, the disorder, the fighting, the violence,” says Western Bay of Plenty area commander Inspector Clifford Paxton.... Read More

Get mad on darts

Tauranga's John Kelly is mad on darts, and he hopes you will be too after a visit from two of the United Kingdom's top players this January. John is among six Kiwi representatives taking on the United Kingdom pros in a summer tour right here... Read More

A Sikh street parade

This year's Sikh Parade, hosted by Gurdwara Sikh Sangat Tauranga, marks 350 years since the birthday of Guru Gobind Singh, and will be held on January 7. “Last year 5,000 people attended the parade,” says Gurudawra Sikh Sangat Tauranga... Read More

For the love of boysenberries

Craig McNaughton is carrying on a 30-year family tradition of growing boysenberries at Papamoa. And it's a tradition that let's many families – from the Bay and all over New Zealand – continue their own festive family pastimes.... Read More

‘I’m not nervous’

The overalls and helmet have been fitted, the car safety-checked and modified – and nerves are under control. Now all that's left for Kathy Sellars is to put pedal to the metal. Kathy will take to the terracotta track tomorrow night as this... Read More