Katikati bypass at least 10 years away

Not today, not tomorrow and not even next week. Not next month or even next year. In fact the Katikati bypass, which townsfolk believed could be started as early as this year, has been mothballed for at least a decade. The NZTA has told The Weekend...... Read More

Putting the blame on our drinking culture

In a culture that often encourages people to drink their body weight in booze, it’s more important than ever to remember that alcohol and pregnancy don’t mix. Drinking alcohol while pregnant, even in small doses, increases the risk of miscarriage,...... Read More

A man of many strengths

You don’t need to twist Aron Innes’ arm to pin someone else’s to the table. The 26-year-old physiotherapist has a firm grip on the world of arm wrestling, and has no plans to loosen it any time soon. He recently won second place...... Read More

Katikati ’2DRESQ’

The Wright Family Foundation has come “2DRESQ” of St John Katikati after donating a new ambulance to the area. The ambulance will be on the roads, servicing Katikati and the surrounding community, after it is dedicated on Friday. The Wright...... Read More

Oops! When is full too full?

In town hall parlance, it’s an “OOPS”. And there are ten good reasons why you, as a ratepayer, will be “OOPS’d” and your blue recycling bin will be left, unemptied, on the kerbside. Take the neighbour who sneaked...... Read More

Oodles of cuteness and lemon curd cake

The mayor turned up, and so did three of the All Blacks Sevens team. Fletch, Vaughan and Megan – three breakfast radio jocks – also made an appearance, as did a couple of Weekend Sun reporters along with mums, dads, uncles, aunts and assorted...... Read More

All USA Day celebrates motoring icon

Ford Mustangs have lit up the silver screen since Steve McQueen’s Bullitt in 1968, and this weekend enthusiasts can get up close to some of the most admired models in New Zealand. The Bay of Plenty Mustang Owners Club, which was established in...... Read More

To market, to market

Summer is on its way, and so too are the multitude of markets the Western Bay has to offer. Art, craft, bric-a-brac, food, produce and plants are all on offer, and with only six weekends until Christmas, now is a perfect time to start gift shopping. If...... Read More

Sneak preview of Santa in the Bay

Christmas is almost upon us, and so too are the annual parades that offer a sneak preview of the man in red before he decides if we’ve been naughty or nice this year. The Trustpower Christmas Parade returns to downtown Tauranga on Saturday, December...... Read More

More than 50 years of storytelling

Phyllis Johnston grew up in a family where stories were as valuable as money. As a young girl she would sit down with her parents while they took turns retelling vivid memories from their past. The Tauranga author, who was one of nine children, says...... Read More