Lions make valuable donation

Five local Lions clubs have pooled funds to buy a new automated external defibrillator for the Coastguard. The vital piece of medical equipment was presented today at the Coastguard's regional headquarters in Nikau Crescent, Mount Maunganui. Papamoa... Read More

Naughty Knickers at Detour

It's likely there have never been so many undergarments on stage at Detour Theatre. Their final show of the year is a laugh-out-loud comedy about growing old ungracefully, as a New York nana tries to keep her illegal lingerie business under wraps. The... Read More

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

College’s big win over cadets

Cooney Lees Morgan Tauranga Boys College, scored a big victory over Baywide Cup competition leaders Element IMF Cadets, at Blake Park in Mount Maunganui on Saturday. The Tauranga Boys bowlers quickly hit full stride and had Cadets in some trouble at... 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

Bay’s HoopNation a huge success

The relocation of the HoopNation basketball competition to the Bay of Plenty has been the game changer for the event, with a 42 per cent increase in entries this year. In 2009, HoopNation founders KJ Allen and Paul Berridge set an ambitious goal of establishing... Read More

Burling and Tuke, sailors of the year

For the fourth year in a row Tauranga sailor Peter Burling and Kerikeri sailor Blair Tuke received Yachting's top award. The acclaimed 49er skiff team are winners of the 2016 HRG Sailor of the Year at the Volvo Yachting Excellence Awards last night,... Read More

Whats on: Santa parade and Star Jam

Morning Sunners, today the fat man in the red suit makes a pre-Christmas daylight appearance with a lead role at the Papamoa Santa Parade in Dickson Road from noon. The parade winds up at the Papamoa Plaza about an hour later, but the fun continues. ... Read More

Tsunami texts being reviewed

The tsunami text warning system in the Bay of Plenty is being urgently reviewed by the government following an “unacceptable level of confusion” that occurred with the inconsistent way the messages were applied following Kaikoura 7.8 quake. Bay... 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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