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

Brash as you like

Don Brash wants to end race-based policies in New Zealand – and he's not apologising for it. The former Reserve Bank governor and politician is coming to Tauranga for a public discussion about Hobson's Pledge, the movement aiming to... Read More

Katikati bypass promise from NZ First

Katikati deserves better was the thrust of Northland MP and NZ First leader Winston Peters' argument when he spoke in Katikati on Sunday. He pledges to build a bypass around Katikati if NZ First was elected to government. Speaking in the War Memorial... Read More

McCully condemns whale hunt

‘Serves no legitimate scientific purpose.' This is Foreign Minister Murray McCully take on the Japanese whaling fleet's departure for the Southern Ocean on Friday – an act which the minister says defies international opinion. “New Zealand... Read More

Winston in Katikati on Sunday

New Zealand First will hold two public meetings over the next three days, with the first taking place in Katikati on Sunday. Featuring NZ First leader and former Tauranga MP Winston Peters, tomorrow's free public meeting at the Katikati War Memorial... Read More

NZEI wants equal pay for teacher aides

NZEI Te Riu Roa is calling on the Government to acknowledge low paid women by lifting the pay of education support workers and teacher aides to equal that paid to corrections officers. According to the NZEI, New Zealand women are paid on average 13 per... Read More

YES programme funding announced

Katikati, Maketu and Whangamata are three of nine New Zealand communities to receive $10,000 in funding to deliver the Youth in Emergency Services programme in 2017. Acting Youth Minister Anne Tolley says the programme aims to foster an ongoing, sustainable... Read More

$20b to boost NZ’s defence capabilities

Defence Minister Gerry Brownlee has revealed how the Government plans to spend $20 billion to boost New Zealand's defence capability. On Wednesday the minister launched the Defence Capability Plan, the next step of the Defence White Paper released... Read More

McClay standing again in 2017

Local MP and Trade Minister Todd McClay has been re-selected as the National Party candidate for the Rotorua electorate in the 2017 general election. He says it is an honour to be the Rotorua electorate's Member of Parliament and a privilege to... Read More

Muller reselected for 2017 Election

He's a proud National man and once again Todd Muller will contest the Bay of Plenty electorate for the party he loves, when the New Zealand General Elections roll around in 2017. “It's an absolute privilege to serve as your local MP,... 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.

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