Sun Media rocked onto the local publishing scene in 2000 with a free weekly paper The Weekend Sun, Coast & Country News and incorporating the Bay's boating and fishing mag Waterline. In the years since, the list of products has grown to include New Farm Dairies, Bay Driver, Life+Style, MySpace Magazine and Show Home Guide.
Created by partners in business and life, Claire and Brian Rogers, Sun Media filled a much needed gap for a lively, Bay owned and operated 'local” paper. The couple brought huge experience into their new venture, having both had careers in newspapers, magazines and publishing. Supported by a skilled and friendly staff, Sun Media found immediate success.
The Weekend Sun set out to be different from the start, with bright, bold and brash editorial with outstanding advertising and graphic design. The community quickly embraced The Weekend Sun as its own, recognising not only the importance of excellent content, unrivalled coverage to every mailbox – but also its friendly, Bay-born-and-bred team, with its heart in the region.
Business flourished for advertisers with the excellent response to their promotions and The Weekend Sun quickly emerged as the leading source of weekend action and entertainment, stuff to do, places to be, things to see, plus a lively selection of columnists telling it how it is.
Coast & Country News is now the Bay and Waikato's leading rural publication, providing a vital news link for farmers, orchardists and lifestylers, with their country supply companies, contractors and rural service industries.
Waterline Magazine, the region's favorite watersport and boating magazine, recently re-launched for its 22nd birthday - bigger, brighter and with an increased circulation! Waterline holds a treasured place as a local glossy boating mag in the saloons and coffee tables of active local boaties, and clubs as a valuable and informative publication for the central North Island boating scene, loved for its longevity, honesty, balance and newsworthy content.
New Farm Dairies is New Zealand's most comprehensive guide for farmers planning a new farm dairy construction. It showcases a range of the newest farm dairies in the country, offering farmers a vital, in-depth reference for their own dairy products.
Bay Driver is our comprehensive motoring lift-out publication which covers new and used vehicle sales and information on the latest trends. It is published every fortnight, alternating weeks with our go-to guide for all things Life+Style.
MySpace Magazine is a unique free magazine launched to capture, captivate and motivate the energetic and increasingly growing local design, build and renovation market. When searching for ideas for your dream home or how to improve existing property with the latest styles and trends, look no further than MySpace!
Show Home Guide makes creating your dream home a little easier with this region's own smartly designed publication showcasing the latest Showhomes. It is a comprehensive guide for potential buyers celebrating the vision and practical skills of local people behind the scenes of the newest homes here in the Bay.
For more information call us at Sun Media, 07-578 0030.
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Georgia Minkhorst is new to journalism, joining the Sunmedia team back in March. She has studied Cultural Anthropology and Sociology and graduated in 2019. Since then she has worked for the Ministry of Education and the Tauranga District Court in the criminal team. Her writing focuses on community stories and editorials for the Weekend Sun, and she also court reports for SunLive when needed.
Taylor Rice is a journalist with a background in Political Science and International Relations, graduating from Victoria University of Wellington in 2020. He was first inspired by several of his lecturers who have a background in journalism, and has a particular interest on finding a local angle on big issues facing the community. Taylor focuses on SunLive, reporting any current news and events around the Bay of Plenty, and has a passion for sinking his teeth into any political happenings.
Cayla-Fay Euinton joined the SunMedia team in 2016 after four years studying at Auckland University of Technology. She has a degree in Communications, majoring in Journalism with Honours. She studied in Helsinki, Finland, for six months on a scholarship and misses the snow. Cayla works as a contractor, helping to edit The Weekend Sun and Coast and Country.
When she's not working, she enjoys reading, journaling, travelling and getting creative.
Letitia Atkinson has worked in the media industry since she was 15-years-old. She has worked in both radio and print and has been with Sun Media since 2011. As well as being the SunLive News Editor, she focuses on writing for SunLive, Rotorua Now, and Coast and Country, covering the emergency services – police, fire, ambulance – as well as court, health and entertainment.Regular Columnists
Brian Rogers Director of SunMedia Ltd.
Sun Media editor and director Brian Rogers enjoys a life on the water at the weekends and in any spare time he can find. Brian is a harbour warden and member of Tauranga Yacht and Powerboat Club.