Tuesday, September 27, 2016



What do you think of the new Council Chambers plan?

Love it. It's high time we updated the CBD like this.
It looks nice.
I don't care or didn't know.
It's not necessary; the current chambers are fine.
It's a waste of money that could be used for other things.

Spring flea early warning

A mild winter and a forecast long hot summer will create perfect conditions for a massive flea outbreak this year, warns Bayer NZ vet Dr Kirstie Inglis. "Pet... read more

Carbon-neutral goal a step closer

New Zealand's biggest farming organisation is closer to its goal of becoming carbon neutral and planting 10 million plants by 2025 through the signing... read more

‘We won’t stop looking for Lucas'

Searchers will continue to look for Lucas Cochrane in Whitianga, and expect to maintain their search for at least the next two days. “We won't stop... read more

Accused burglar on the run

A man with links to the Bay of Plenty is wanted by police. Akatai Hehepa Purua-King has two warrants for his arrest on charges of burglary and unlawfully... read more

Drone captures stunning Orca footage

Tauranga wildlife photographer Jack Preston has filmed two orca hunting stingrays in the Coromandel. The rare aerial footage was acquired with a drone,... read more


Tauranga unfazed by the 'Big Debate'

It's the biggest show in town with an audience twenty five times the population in New Zealand …and a thousand... read more

'Sacred Journey' wins national award

“Positive and strong performance”. This is how judge Cate Prestidge describes Tauranga Girls' College's... read more


Bay men convicted for ponga thefts

Two men caught stealing 54 ponga logs from the Rotoehu Conservation Area near Rotorua have been sentenced to a... read more


No more gift card expiry dates

A Consumer NZ campaign has led retailers to drop gift card expiry dates. Major retailers Countdown, Kathmandu and... read more


Stolen medals returned to soldier

It took a conscientious former sailor only hours on social media to reunite an Afghanistan veteran with his stolen... read more

Police widen search for Lucas

Police and search and rescue teams are combing fresh areas of Whitianga today, as they continue their efforts to... read more


Morning police raid in Te Puke

An early morning raid at a Te Puke address left some residents wondering what was happening. A reader contacted... read more


Chase adopted after pursuit

A police pursuit had a happy ending for one K9 critter. A puppy was found in the back of a vehicle following a... read more

Region on heavy rain watch

UPDATED: A severe weather watch is in place for the Bay of Plenty. Periods of heavy rain are expected from Wednesday... read more


Student loan debt breaks $1B mark

New Inland Revenue Department figures show a massive milestone has been achieved – but don't expect a party... read more

Chloe’s aim to breathe better

Tauranga three-year-old Chloe Crump doesn't go one day without coughing. She has good days and bad. But the cough... read more

Alleged sexual assault near hospital

Police investigating the alleged sexual assault of a woman near Waikato Hospital are appealing for information. The... read more

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Te Puke's tough love kids

“Pene?” The 16-year-old snaps his foot and replies. “Present”. “Ruby?” She... read more


Snow sees Desert Road closed

The Desert Road remains closed today as much of the country plunges back into winter. Fierce weather is heading... read more


Self-driving car arrives in NZ

Tauranga will be the first city in New Zealand to see an autonomous vehicle in action. Volvo and the New Zealand... read more

Olympic pride in Tauranga

Tauranga's spirit was high despite the drizzle, as hundreds of residents lined the streets to welcome our Olympians... read more


NRL championship

Sideline Sid Sports correspondent & historian  www.sunlive.co.nz While New Zealand Warriors critics point to the failure of the Mount Smart...read more

El Niño and La Niña :The Southern Oscillation Index

Weather Eye with John Maunder El Niño and La Niña are complex weather patterns resulting from variations in ocean temperatures in the...read more

Time keeps on ticking

Brian Rogers Rogers Rabbits  www.sunlive.co.nz I've just dialled up the year 2036 on my time machine. We can report that 20 years from now some...read more

Protecting our families

Todd Talks By Todd Muller People should feel safe at home with their family. For most of us, this is the reality. Sadly, for some of us,...read more

Thursday night thinking: 30 years ahead

Clayton Mitchell New Zealand First MP At Thursday night's opening of our new Tauranga electorate office, the Rt. Hon Winston Peters' speech also...read more

The power is yours

Art Beat with Rosalie Crawford Local primary school musical productions are so worth going to. This week it was Omanu Primary School's turn with...read more


Ice and snow on the Desert Road by Matt Rossiter. Send us your photos and stories from around the Bay of Plenty. Email: photos@thesun.co.nz