About Us

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.

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, now in its fourteenth year, is the Bay's only specialist boating, fishing and watersports mag, and doubles as the much-treasured news magazine of the region's boating and fishing clubs.

Today Sun Media is thriving, based in a beautiful historic building located at 1 The Strand, Tauranga. Sun Media also has a specialist graphic design division which produces fantastic visual productions, ranging from business cards to websites, to complete company corporate imaging. Dedicated to customer service, top results and growing relationships, Sun Media will make sure your business thrives.

For more information call us at Sun Media, 07-578 0030.

The SunLive Website, the only page you need to find out what's going on in the Bay!



Andrew Campbell
has extensive daily print and radio news journalism experience, having worked for The Dominion Post, Radio New Zealand, Sydney's 2GB radio and in the Bay for more than 20 years. He joined Sun Media in 2007. Andrew focuses on writing for SunLive and has a particular interest in issues affecting residents within Tauranga City Council boundaries. He also writes for The Weekend Sun, Waterline and Coast & Country. He has a Commonwealth Press Union Diploma in Journalism from Wellington Polytechnic.

Letitia Atkinson has worked in the media industry since she was 15-years-old. She has worked in both radio and print and has now worked in online media for four years. As well as being the SunLive News Editor, she focuses on writing for SunLive, SunLive Eastern Bay and SunLive Thames Coromandel, covering the emergency services – police, fire, ambulance – as well as court, health and entertainment. In her spare time she does Crossfit and listening to music.

Zoe Hunter joined SunLive in September 2012 after completing a Bachelor of Media Arts. She happily retells the community's stories in The Weekend Sun and assists with writing editorials for the company's wonderful advertisers. A dance teacher outside of the office, Zoe enjoys writing anything focused on entertainment in the community as well as all aspects of media reporting. She's also one of the shortest reporters at SunMedia but is hopeful for a growth spurt soon.

Merle Foster joined Sun Media in March 2013 after two years overseas. Before this she was Katikati Advertiser's chief reporter for two years and started in Whangarei, spending two years as a newbie journo at the Whangarei Report. Merle loves writing communities stories and anything related to the primary industries. She writes for The Weekend Sun, SunLive and Coast and Country. And growing up on dairy farm, she's also involved in the annual New Farm Dairies publication. She holds a Bachelor of Communication Studies, majoring in journalism.

David Tauranga is originally from Hamilton and moved to Tauranga in March. He previously worked as a journalist for Fairfax Media's Manukau Courier from 2008 to 2011 before heading over the ditch to Melbourne where he spent the next three years. In 2007 David was awarded a National Diploma in Journalism from the Waikato Institute of Technology and prior to that a Bachelor of Arts in English Literature from the University of Waikato in 2005. David covers all things that fall under Art, Music and Entertainment, has a huge passion for Te Ao M?ori, and also focus on writing for SunLive Thames Coromandel. Due to his surname being ‘Tauranga', David has also considered running for mayor solely for the opportunity to use the campaign slogan “Tauranga for Tauranga”.

Hunter Wells is another migrant ‘Jaffa' -  His career has gone the full 360 degrees – first job was buying a lunchtime pie for the Chief reporter in a Dunedin newspaper office. Progressed to private radio in Dunedin, Auckland and Christchurch and Auckland again. He has spent the large chunk of his career in television but has returned to his roots writing newspaper yarns. Tauranga, Hunter has decided is his last move and he figured the BOP's the best place in the world for someone like him to stop.
Hunter promises to keep the secret of Utopian Tauranga safe from the rest of Auckland.


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.


Opinion Poll

What did you do when quake hit the Kaikoura area early last Monday morning and a tsunami warning was sent out?

Heeded the warning and quickly made our way to higher ground.
Didn't receive a tsunami warning at all.
Received a tsunami warning from Civil Defence but was too late - when we woke that morning.
Ignored the warning.

Bay Today

Sunrise from Matua by Janet Hetherington. Send us your photos and stories from around the Bay of Plenty. Email: photos@thesun.co.nz