A quick trip back in time

Nearly 600 years after the Middle Ages, the romance of a knight in shining armour, mounted and brandishing a sword, is not lost. That’s why ‘Squire School’ at the Time Travelling Makers’ Faire, in Tauranga this weekend, is firing...... Read More

Calls for living wage grow louder

Income equality advocates Closing the Gap have called for the introduction of a ‘living wage’ to ensure workers across New Zealand can live on what they earn. Closing the Gap spokesperson Peter Malcolm says the minimum wage model should...... Read More

Bowentown buzz

The Bowentown Boat Club will host a music jam session on Sunday, January 20,from 4-7pm. Featuring local band Paper Road, the event provides an opportunity for the community to come together, enjoy the entertainment and a catch up with friends. The...... Read More

Greerton’s year takes off

Greerton Village has a vibrant year planned. From the popular community yarn bombing to steampunk, vintage cars, markets, festivals and spring blossoms, the village is fast becoming one of Tauranga’s most enjoyed event destinations. Last year...... Read More

Bay’s Curtis leads Spirit on upward curve

For the Bay of Plenty’s Sam Curtis, captain of Northern Spirit in the women’s edition of the Super Smash T/20 competition, it’s been something of a breakthrough season. Results have been mixed, but the fact they’ve had unprecedented...... Read More

The case for right here, right now

It’s a gloomy image. The equivalent of 700 jumbo jets full of beverage containers dumped into the environment or landfills each year. And it’s costing New Zealand millions of dollars in clean-up costs and loss of valuable resources. Statistics...... Read More

The eulogy that wasn’t

David Thompson was right. It probably did feel like an obituary.  “Now he’s gone,” read The Weekend Sun story about barber Werner Gamma’s departure. “The scissors have fallen silent.” For Werner’s regulars...... Read More

Tauranga school boy wins Australian nationals

Tauranga school boy Austin Taylor has danced his way to the top of Australia’s Follow Your Dreams competition, held in the first week of January. Representing New Zealand, the 13-year-old was crowned the Australian National Champion for his...... Read More

Turn off water, turn on smarts

Wrong, wrong and wrong. But happy to explain why. The man who manages Tauranga city’s domestic water supply has responded to some myths and misunderstandings about water meters, water infrastructure and the need to conserve a precious and finite...... Read More

Change of luck for Bracewell

It has been an arduous journey back to international cricket for Doug Bracewell. The 28-year-old all-rounder hit the big time in only his second Test in 2011, when he took 6-40 in Hobart to bowl New Zealand to a rare victory over Australia. But in...... Read More