Tauranga to host rally champs?

A campaign is under way to bring a World Rally Championship round to Tauranga in 2018. New Zealand is one of five nations in the running, having last hosted the championship in 2012. Rally New Zealand chairman Peter Johnston says Australia effectively... Read More

A sunrise minute with SunLive

Looking out the window, it looks like it is going to be another stunning day in Tauranga. Just a taste of what's to come when summer officially starts on Thursday. If you want to hear what today's weather is expected to bring, and a little... Read More

Explosion and fire at Taupo factory

A large fire caused by an explosion at a Taupo factory has been extinguished after an hours-long battle by fire crews. The fire at NZ Timber Packaging Ltd erupted about 8.30pm on Monday, reports Stuff.co.nz. Fire service northern communications shift... Read More

Tauranga crash victim named

Police have released the name of the 71-year-old woman killed in a crash in Tauranga last week. Carol Ann MacMillan was visiting Tauranga from the United States with her husband when she was involved in a fatal collision with a truck on Tuesday, November... Read More

Emergency stocking up for Christmas

Sirens will be blaring in the Western Bay of Plenty, but for an emergency of a more generous nature. Western Bay of Plenty Fire, Police, and St John centres and Emergency Management Bay of Plenty are supporting the Salvation Army and local Western Bay... Read More

Head-on crash at Okere Falls

A six-year-old girl with critical head injuries is one of a number of people injured in a head-on crash in the Bay of Plenty. At 3pm, the Tauranga-based Trustpower TECT Rescue Helicopter was dispatched to the crash on State Highway 33, near Okere Falls. Pilot... Read More

$6.5M cycle/walkway design announced

The design of a new $6.5 million cycle/walkway bridge across the Wairoa River is poised to become a major drawcard for the region's tourism once complete in 2018.  Western Bay of Plenty District Council announced the design for the ‘iconic'... Read More

Unexpected arrival, and a wedding

A cruise ship turned up unexpectedly in Tauranga this morning. Radiance of the Seas arrived just after 7am for a day visit, their first port of call since leaving Melbourne. Port of Tauranga commercial manager Leonard Sampson confirms the vessel was... Read More

Secret workshops abolished

Tauranga City Council's former habit of holding secret workshops and briefings attended only by city councillors and staff has been abolished by the new council. In setting the standing orders for the new council at the first meeting last week,... Read More

Weather settles down for summer

Wild weather at the weekend saw strong winds up and down the country, downing powerlines and cutting electricity to homes in Dunedin and Central Otago. A gust of 198km/h was recorded in the Foveaux Strait on Saturday night. Heavy rain lashed western... Read More

Suspicious lawnmower activity

Some strange lawnmower activity was caught on CCTV camera on Ngatai Road on Sunday morning. A hooded gentleman was recorded strolling down the street with a lawnmower, before loading it into a waiting car. The camera's owner, resident Nathan Hunt,... Read More

Serious crash on Bay highway

UPDATED 6.10pm: NZTA are now reporting State Highway 33 is re-open. Update: SH33 Okere Falls (North of Rotorua) is now OPEN. Expect some delays as traffic returns to normal. ^LC — NZTA Waikato/BoP (@NZTAWaiBoP) November 28, 2016 4.30pm: Six people... Read More

One dead after car goes off bridge

Police and emergency services are in attendance at a fatal crash on Te Ore Ore Bideford Road, in Wairarapa. A car has gone off a bridge and the sole occupant of the vehicle has died. Te Ore Ore Bideford Road is closed from Masterton Castlepoint Road... Read More

Community thanked in wake of tragedy

Following last week's tragic accident on Dive Crescent resulting in the death of a 71-year-old American citizen, Tourism Bay of Plenty is thanking the industry and community for their support. Bay of Plenty CEO Kristin Dunne says it's heartening... Read More

Whitianga earthquake felt throughout

An earthquake north of Whitianga this morning was felt by some people in Papamoa. Members of a Papamoa Facebook group mentioned they felt the earthquake, which happened at 11.40am. GeoNet locates the 3.1 magnitude earthquake 55km north east of Whitianga... Read More

Man killed on way to family wedding

A motorcyclist on his way to a family wedding reception was killed following a crash on State Highway 35 opposite the Raukokere Marae, near Te Kaha, yesterday afternoon.   The motorcyclist who died at the scene was Don Henry Turei Junior, 38, from... Read More

Geysers erupt from Bay lake

A hydrothermal eruption in Lake Rotorua earlier this morning sent a household of lakeside residents to higher ground. Ohinemutu resident Lani Kereopa says she was awakened by several loud thuds. At 4.30am she didn't think it was likely to be roadworks... Read More

A Kiwi bach for Santa in Tauranga

You have Santa appearing in town next month – so what do you build him to house his well-wishing ways with young and old ahead of December 25? The answer in Tauranga's CBD is a quintessential Kiwi bach. A miniature version of classic Kiwi... Read More

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

Reliving the earthquake fear

Anita Trappitt and her family were one of the first families to arrive in Papamoa after the February 2011 Canterbury earthquake. When the 7.8 Kaikoura earthquake struck, Anita was asleep at home in Papamoa when she got a phone call at about 2.30am from... 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