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Monday, November 24, 2014



Drink-driving limits are being lowered from December 1, but should there be a complete ban on drinking and driving?


Emergency closes Mount tracks

UPDATED 11.15pm: An operation continues on Mount Maunganui tonight as many personnel from emergency services are involved in the cordoned off area. A reporter... read more

Baby injured after car hits tree

A one-year-old baby is being transferred to Auckland's Starship Children's Hospital after a car crashed into a tree this morning. A baby is being taken... read more

Santa Claus visits Papamoa

Twas the moment before Santa arrived and all was quiet in Papamoa, before the jolly man dressed in red paid a visit to the suburb this afternoon. Santa... read more

Strand mural gives locals wings

Are they a pair of angel wings? Or the wings of soaring a hawk? Could they be wings of a tattooed vulture? The wonderful thing about The Strand's new mural... read more

Fashion show raises $17k for Cambodia

Two Cambodian schools will be supported for the next 12 months thanks to the success of a fashion show in Tauranga. Denise Arnold, Julia Third and Helen... read more


South to host biggest military exercise

This time next year more than 2000 military personnel, including those from the Bay of Plenty, will be in the Buller,... read more

Woman rescued from lift

Update 12.20PM: Firefighters have managed to free a woman who was trapped in a lift at Mount Medical Centre this... read more

Sevens spot for Tupe

Bay of Plenty's Joe Tupe is part of a fresh crop of Sevens talent tasked with not only continuing the All Black... read more

New approach to gang harm

A new Gang Intelligence Centre will be at the heart of a whole-of-government approach to reducing harm caused by... read more

Great blues tunes to boogie to

Fans of the Marchwood Blues Picnic better get their tickets quick as 2015 will be the biggest and best picnic to... read more


Hard work brings good water results

Environmental initiatives at Affco's Rangiuru freezing works have achieved steadily improving water quality results... read more

FOT model may boost kiwifruit returns

Changing the way fruit is delivered to customers in international markets may improve returns for New Zealand kiwifruit... read more

Mount keep Baywide Cup lead

The Baywide Cup looks to be a three-horse race, with just two rounds remaining in the round robin play before the... read more

What's On Today? Santa Parade

Good morning Sunners, With only 31 days until the jolly white-bearded man in his red suit and fluffy-tipped white... read more

Guy Williams’ redemption gig

Comedian Guy Williams is upfront – he reckons he has a debt to settle in Tauranga because last time he was... read more

Three ties of tennis in Tauranga

Blustery conditions made it very difficult for the Wilson Regional Premier Interclub Tennis players who contested... read more


Indian community thriving in Te Puke

Indian-born Lehmber Singh loves living in Te Puke. He moved to New Zealand as a single man in 1988 before going... read more

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Drink-drive law changes - your views

On December 1, tougher new drink-drive laws coming into force will see the alcohol limit will lower from 400mcg... read more


What areas need more housing?

Tauranga City Council has been approached by two developers this week looking to push through housing under Tauranga's... read more


What GDP cannot measure

Todd Talks By Todd Muller Much of the talk about our country's progress revolves around economic growth: 72,000 new jobs added to the economy more

Misconduct or madness?

Brian Rogers Rogers Rabbits Kiwi male esteem reaches a new low point in history this week, with the resignation of more

A unique everyday pie

Dazz Switalla Flavour Secrets No.1 The Strand Chef Every day in this country thousands of pies are devoured – more

Monday’s mammoth meeting

Matt Cowley Tauranga City Councillor While Monday's council meeting didn't last all day, there sure were a lot of topics on the agenda for debate. more

Health and safety – new reform bill

  Catherine Stewart Tauranga City Councillor Central Government is in the process of listening to submissions regarding proposed changes more

There’s beauty in decay

Insider's Guide to the Festival with Liz French That there is beauty in decay is an encouraging thought at my age. It makes me less afraid to more


Pilot Bay sunset. Photo by Linda Howe. Send us your photos and stories from around the Bay of Plenty.