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

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

Viewing Vampirates

When I be asked t' go review th' seafarin' hearty-themed show at Tauranga Musical Theatre, o' course I had t' go dressed as a seafarin' pirate! The Mayor was there. He be dressed as himself. “Yarrrrr ye scurvy... Read More

What’s On? Woofs & a cappella

Good morning Sunners and welcome to Saturday. There's plenty of action taking place today, so go get ‘em tiger. MetService forecasts fine spells and an evening shower or two today, but the weather shouldn't be an issue for the pooches... Read More

Tauranga music veterans are ramblin’ men

They might be the new boys on the block, but don't you go getting mistaken, this isn't The Bay City Ramblers' first rodeo. The four-piece band featuring local music scene veterans Derek Jacombs, Nigel Masters, Mike Garner and Robbie... Read More

Love letter to Books a Plenty

Tauranga independent bookstore Books a Plenty has been recognised in a national competition. Entrants were asked to write a ‘love letter' to their favourite bookshop, with winner Marcus Hobson choosing Books a Plenty. There were 550 entries... Read More

Bay Lotto players $8K richer

Twenty-seven Lotto players will be shouting morning tea after each winning $8,844 with Lotto Second Division in Saturday night's live Lotto draw. Two lucky players from the Bay of Plenty and Kawerau also won Powerball Second Division, taking their... Read More

A chalk garden in Red Square

Sunday afternoon saw Tauranga's Red Square transformed into a giant chalk garden with children, parents and passers-by stopping to draw cabbages, flowers and giant cacti. Colouring Book C.I.T.Y organiser Lillybeth Melmoth and her volunteers drew... Read More

What’s On? Sculptures & Winston Peters

Good morning Sunners, and welcome to another beautiful Sunday. The weather looks good, and there's plenty to do in the Bay. Art fans can head along to the Rotorua Arts Village green to watch the sculptors at work, while the politically savvy can... 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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