Best Santa Parade yet

Papamoa's third annual Santa parade today is being described as its biggest and best yet. A crowd well spread out along the whole kilometer of the route along Dickson road cheered and waved as the floats, and participants made their way to the... Read More

Armitage to be transformed

There are exciting changes ahead for the Hotel Armitage and Conference Centre as it undergoes a transformation. Primeproperty Group bought the Tauranga landmark in April and Hotel Manager Gary Dickman is keen for the challenge of extensively refurbishing... Read More

The Bethlehem Gorilla is back

First it was bad news. The one metre tall Bethlehem gorilla was gone. Stolen. In broad daylight, about 5pm on Friday, September 9, from the top of the container at Bethlehem's Palmers Garden Centre where he usually perches, surveying the passing... Read More

Omokoroa housing development launched

The ribbon has officially been cut to mark the start of Omokoroa's special housing area. On Friday afternoon a small group of guests launched the joint venture housing project between Western Bay of Plenty District Council and development company... Read More

House prices up, but less sold

Median house prices have risen in Tauranga by 17 per cent in the year to October 2015, while Rotorua has seen a massive 51 per cent increase. The volume of houses sold in each city has fallen over the same period. The median price in Tauranga is now... Read More

A new home and a new found love

When the Graham-Driscoll family welcome people into their garden this month it will mark a total turnaround in their home lives since moving to Tauranga nearly two years ago. Blair Graham and Aimee Driscoll have entered their piece of paradise into the... Read More

House prices up 27 per cent

The Tauranga housing market continues to rise, with home values in Tauranga City up by 27 per cent year on year and 5.9 per cent over the past three months. The average value in the city is now $651,725. Western Bay of Plenty home values have risen a... Read More

Deterring amateur electricians

A joint consumer awareness campaign from the Ministry of Business, Innovation and Employment's Consumer Protection team and the Electrical Workers Registration Board (EWRB) kicked off over the weekend. It aims to educate consumers about the importance... Read More

BaseUp for Omokoroa’s pavilion

Five-year-old Keaton Rose and brothers Mitch, 6, and Baxter, 8, will be run, run, running around Omokoroa next weekend to drum up funds for their community's plan to build a sport pavilion. The trio's mother Simone Rose is co-organising this... Read More

For a smile and a life saved

It's an image seared into her memory. A wee boy, probably a new entrant, about five years old, his legs trussed in heavy metal callipers, struggling over a school field to a waiting ambulance. “I can remember as if it was yesterday,”... Read More

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.

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