Take one, leave one is a hit

As an avid reader, Hairini's Karen Williamson jumped at the chance to set up a neighbourhood book exchange outside her front gate six months ago. The bright yellow box on Wickham Place, highlighted with blobs of blue, green and red, holds about... Read More

All roads lead to Gore

For 23 years she was the Sunday morning voice of Village Radio, a friend to the city's elderly and lonely. They loved her company, they loved her music and they loved her. Then, almost a year ago to the day, Bonnie Leonard switched off her microphone,... Read More

‘Pap power’

He introduces himself as Mr Sausage – a name well-earned and well respected. “I barbecue sausages for 300 kids in just a couple of hours,” Mr Sausage says proudly. “I love it. The kids are just wonderful.” Three hundred... Read More

Tots in tune with the environment

They may be just three or four years old, but the children of Katikati Kindergarten are helping to feed their local community and learning to protect and enhance their environment. The kindergarten's environmental philosophy, developed over the... Read More

Te Puna Country Fair

A relaxing day of country fun for the whole family is on offer at Te Puna School's 2018 Country Fair on March 17, from 10am-2pm. It will be jam-packed with fun activities for all, with flavour-filled food and stalls, a coconut shy, plate smash,... Read More

Broadening your sense of taste

Milk on a stick or a vegetable sorbet sounds like a recipe for a disaster, but 15 tertiary students are making it work by serving up some tasty, locally-grown dishes. Toi Ohomai culinary students, in collaboration with Tauranga Farmers Market, are challenging... Read More

Call goes out to all lapsed Devils

“Roy Boy” retired recently, and deservedly so. At 83-years, he was thinking it was probably time to enjoy a few relaxed twilight years. And his rugby career. So he flicked the family's Paengaroa kiwifruit orchard onto his son –... Read More

Bottle bins create wrong effect

It looks heartening, but can also be an eyesore and a menace. The recycling bins stationed around town are often chock-a-block with bottles, and bottles that can't be crammed down the spout are mounting up around the bins. It seems when a city's... Read More

Flicking off the switch

The lights will go out across the world and the globe will be in unison for just one hour in a symbolic commitment to the planet this month. Earth hour will be celebrated in Tauranga with a combination of fun and education at the Protect Our Paradise... Read More

Sophie's transformation

There is no uncertainty in Sophie Iwakiri's voice when she declares that she will change the education system in Japan. The 18-year-old exudes confidence - she is bubbly, happy and self-assured. The world is hers, and she can't wait to make... Read More

Common scams in the UK

The United Kingdom may be renowned for its welcoming and well-mannered locals, but in reality, travelling through the country isn't all tea and biscuits. Like most places in the world, petty thieves and opportunists pose a real threat. And with... Read More

Powering through coastal race

Waka Ama teams will power through the water later this month for the M2M coastal race. Open to six men and women per Waka Ama team, the 32km race will see 20 canoes battle it out for the Strongarm Power title. The M2M course will either be from Maketu... Read More

Staying connected to your news

If you want to stay up-to-date with Sun Media's online news outlets such as The Weekend Sun and SunLive, it's time to move with the times. As you may have noticed, Facebook has rolled out some new policies that will make it harder to see... Read More

No museum in my front yard

Residents from Cliff Road – the council's proposed museum site – have claimed that any development would be in conflict with their own spatial framework plan. Locals say the former bowling greens, between the carparks and the rose gardens,... Read More

Reviving a venue of years gone

When I was eight-years-old, my sister and I performed a rendition of ‘One Day a Taniwha' – me accompanying on guitar while she did the actions – at a talent quest at the Waihi Beach Soundshell in Pohutakawa Park. Fast forward... Read More

Sew your favourite song

The theme for the 2018 Greerton Village Community Yarn Bombing is to depict your favourite song. Yarn bombers will again be decorating trees to acknowledge the non-profit organisations that support people in Tauranga.  Leigh Crockford, from Crockford... Read More

"Agent of change" Kelvin Clout

He's a husband, a father and a successful businessman. He's also our deputy mayor. Now Kelvin Clout is held up as an “Agent of Change” – a man of “high ethical standards” and one of 15 New Zealanders who prolific... Read More

Cascading shortage of midwives

After years of unfair pay and increasing demands for midwives, Tauranga is described as being in “crisis mode”, with many women desperately looking for a midwife as soon they find out they are pregnant. Papamoa midwife Cara Kellett says Bay... Read More

Spreading the word from a board

The body is a bit knackered, the feet badly blistered - and he's got a head cold. Otherwise, Blair Benefield is in peak health and great spirits compared to the severe depression, substance abuse, anxiety and post-traumatic stress disorder that... Read More

Glimpse into the services

Police officers, firefighters and rescue services – to some they're just everyday people doing a job. But to others they're the first point of call in emergencies, rescues and in times of danger; the men and woman sacrificing time away... Read More