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

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

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

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

Sharks filmed snacking on gutted fish

Tossing gutted fish into Tauranga Harbor brought a pair of surprise scavengers after a snack. Bruce Adams filmed a pair of “good sized” bronze whaler sharks tussling for a gutted fish when he and friends were cleaning fish in the harbor recently. “We'd... Read More

Video from last night's car chase

UPDATED 11.30am: A caller to Sunlive says the car chased by police in Cambridge Raod last night had earlier sped away from the Te Puna service station, where it was stopped. Areas of Cambridge Road were cordoned off while police were involved in a pursuit.... Read More

Police break up Papamoa Beach party

UPDATED 2PM: A man claims he suffered a concussion after being set upon by a group of young people during an out-of-control party in Papamoa Beach overnight. At least five police units were dispatched to a Papamoa Beach Road address after receiving... 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

Weather in a minute with Rosalie

Need the low-down on what the weather is going to do in and around Tauranga today? This morning SunLive reporter Rosalie Crawford was up with the dawn to video the sunrise at Mount Maunganui and to bring you today's weather forecast for Tauranga... Read More

Shakti's ethnic lunch for White Ribbon

Tauranga's Shakti community held an ethnic lunch and workshop as part of the NZ-wide White Ribbon Day events on Friday. “This is celebrated all over the world,” says Shakti Central Chairperson Rupal Mehta. “Men are standing together... 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

Pilot Bay is Izuzetan

One morning I received a Facebook message "can you please tell me if a cruise ship has berthed this morning, have friends on it from Oz, many thanks". I look up on Google and reply with; "Hi the Arcadia was due to berth at 5.43 am today. It's fine... Read More

Law breaking bikers busted on camera

A couple of motorcyclists snapped dangerously overtaking on State Highway 29 have left one question in the mind of police – Why would you? A passenger in a vehicle following two motorcyclists on Tuesday videoed them overtaking a truck with vehicles... Read More

The mercury is on the rise

Sunshine is expected for most parts of New Zealand during the first half of this week, with hot temperatures for many. Maximums in the high 20s, and possibly even 30 degrees, are expected for eastern parts of New Zealand on Tuesday and Wednesday. “High... 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

Things heating up this week

After a horrendous week both earthquake and weather wise, we are fortunate enough to be heading into settled weather, with some high temperatures forecast in eastern areas later this week. North Egmont recorded the highest rainfall this week, toting... Read More

Chalk garden springs up in Red Square

This afternoon from 2.30-4.30pm, Tauranga's Red Square is being turned into a giant chalk garden and the public are invited along to help ‘plant' it. Starting at 1.30pm, Colouring Book C.I.T.Y organiser Lillybeth Melmoth is drawing... Read More

Swimmer dies in Mount incident

UPDATED 2.45PM: The swimmer who died at Mount Maunganui today was an Auckland man in his 60s, says a TECT Rescue Helicopter spokesperson. The rescue helicopter was dispatched to help search for the man after he went missing near Moturiki (Leisure) Island... Read More

Orange you glad for road safety

Tauranga's city centre will be awash in orange high-viz with the return of the annual Orange Day Parade today. Run by New Zealand Police, Tauranga City Council, Travel Safe and Fulton Hogan, 700 students from 29 schools will march through the... 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