Cake for 20,000 in Papamoa

Instead of speeches they had cake. The official opening of the Papamoa Plaza food court was non-traditional and for the community, says plaza manager David Hill. “The opening was all about the community so there was no speeches, specifically no... 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

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

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

Bay sees biggest jobs growth

Job vacancies in the Bay of Plenty increased by 29 per cent in the year to October 2016, according to figures released by the Ministry of Business, Innovation and Employment (MBIE). The growth is more than that in Auckland and Wellington combined over... Read More

Industry welcomes more seasonal labour

Seasonal workers are essential to support the kiwifruit industry's strong growth which is why it is welcoming the Government's announcement of an addition 1000 workers for 2017. “This is great news both for the industry, which has been... Read More

New opportunity to grow gold

Zespri's decision to release even more licenses to grow its SunGold kiwifruit will give growers who missed out on previous tenders a chance to grow the variety, says Doug Brown, chairman of New Zealand Kiwifruit Growers Inc. Zespri, which holds... Read More

Two new cranes at Tauranga port

Two new container cranes, the last pieces of the Port of Tauranga's $350 million port upgrade, are entering operation on the Sulphur Point container terminal over coming weeks. The cranes are being ‘walked' into their final position... Read More

Sungold roll out continues

Zespri today announced the release of another 400 hectares of its gold kiwifruit variety SunGold next year. The decision reflects the strong confidence of the markets in SunGold, with SunGold sales expected to hit nearly $900 million this season, says... 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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