The Summerhill Story

At Summerhill, farming, forestry and  people work in harmony. The three aren’t separate – the Mountain bike jump-track weaves through the poplar trees, and the hiking trail starts beside a sheep paddock. Hikers and bikers get the...... Read More

Winter lantern festival

Mary Tait-Jamieson. Once a year during winter,  a wonderful, joyous event takes place at night on six hectares in Welcome Bay. Every year I hear about it and make a wish - to be transported back to childhood so I can experience the lantern wonderland...... Read More

Waihi gold

OceanaGold trade assistant Brett Ranga. OceanaGold Waihi has a reputation for being a ‘lifestyle mine’. There’s no need to fly into the desert for weeks on end, and workers can enjoy living  in a small town that’s a 10...... Read More

Free workshop keeps paddlers safe

Kayaking and paddle boarding may be on the leisurely end of the water sports spectrum, but not knowing the safety basics can be deadly. That’s why the Kiwi Association of Sea Kayaking  hosts a free Kayak and Paddle Craft Safety Workshop...... Read More

A fishing addiction

A Te Puke woman who recently broke a New Zealand record says she has become hooked on the thrill of game fishing. Amy Horscroft was overwhelmed with emotion when she hauled up a record-breaking 135.6kg bluefin tuna measuring 1.89m, in Waihau...... Read More

Happy 100th Birthday TYPBC!

Opening day of Tauranga Yacht and Power Boat Club’s 2020 season will be particularly special when racing kicks off on September 27 as it marks the beginning of the club’s centennial year. The club was formed 100 years ago when a group of...... Read More

Holy toredo!

The multi-award winning Tauranga Bridge Marina has been undergoing a serious maintenance programme, replacing 25 piles. The reason for the work is due to Toredo navalis, the naval shipworm, also known as the termite of the sea. Ever since man...... Read More

One fish, two fish, no fish

Warren Maher. Humans have taken as much snapper from the Hauraki Gulf in the past century than the previous 650 years. For Bay of Plenty favourites, scientists estimate that from 1930-2005 gurnard stocks declined by more than 50 per cent and...... Read More

Drowning rates prompts action

Dave White. The Bay of Plenty’s high drowning rate has led to a new, locally driven approach to bring down preventable deaths and injuries in the region. Water Safety New Zealand has launched The Bay of Plenty Water Safety Strategy - Te...... Read More

Octopus a huge find

University of Waikato Marine Science professor Chris Battershill, right, with fisherman Roger Rawlinson. Photo: Daniel Hines. The BOP’s giant octopus has been on quite the adventure in its afterlife. The 100kg gravid octopus was caught near...... Read More