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Thursday, July 30, 2015



Are you concerned about the increasing use of drones in New Zealand?

Definitely! Big brother is watching
Sort of. They are a bit intrusive
No - they are harmless
Don’t care

Blackout in west of city

UPDATE 8.05PM: Some SunLive readers in the affected blackout area report power has been restored to their homes. Reports are coming in from most areas... read more

Mount Hot Pools soak ‘n sound

The Mount Hot Pools have got the perfect way for all you busy locals looking to unwind after a hard day of work. Every Thursday night during the month... read more

Flames engulf Merivale home

Firefighters are currently dampening down hot spots after a fire broke out in a Merivale home this afternoon. Firefighters were called to a house fire... read more

Wandering whale visits Mercury Bay

A Southern right whale, or tohorā in Te Reo Māori, has been spotted by locals frolicking in the waters just off the Whitianga shoreline this week. This... read more

Trouble brewing over roadside land

City council's plan to sell off the green space bordering the ‘entrance to the city' is being challenged by residents accusing the authority of hiding... read more

Spring or winter?

On paper, we are in the middle of winter, but according to Mother Nature - and many of you - spring is already here. Winter can be defined as a season... read more



Handling of murderer revealed

The Department of Corrections have revealed how Tauranga man Tony Robertson was managed following the lapsed name... read more

Bay fraud case transferred

The case of the Tauranga man facing 39 fraud-related charges after being accused of fleecing $4 million of other... read more


Woman seriously injured in SH2 crash

A woman has been seriously injured after her car crashed through a fence and into a paddock on State Highway 2... read more


Bus fares increase on Monday

Bayhopper bus fares will increase by around five per cent on Monday (August 3). The price hike will depend on the... read more

Two more years for Kerr-Barlow

All Blacks halfback Tawera Kerr-Barlow will be a Chiefs player for the next two years after signing a new deal. Chiefs... read more

Everything is ka pai with the MMQ

It will be an evening of waiata, humour and charm when the Modern Maori Quartet swings into Tauranga next month.... read more

Big day for secondary rugby

This weekend marks the end of the 2015 Bethlehem Coachlines Secondary Schools season, with teams now vying for... read more


Fatal truck crash investigated

Investigation are continuing into the cause of a logging truck crash that killed one person and injured four others. A... read more

Water shutdown to affect homes

Several hundred homes in Welcome Bay will be affected by a water shutdown tomorrow morning. Tauranga City Council... read more

Drug cartels using online love

People looking for love online are increasingly becoming targets for international drug cartels, a Tauranga lawyer... read more


Takitimu petition handed over

Those opposing Tauranga City Council's plan to sell off park land bordering Takitimu Drive have petitioned the... read more

Boat stolen from Tokoroa

Police are investigating the theft of a boat taken from a Tokoroa address. The Fi Glass Lightning boat was stolen... read more

VIDEOS (Click here to view more)

Model wins burger challenge

The fastest eaters of Pronto's Challenge Burger looked like they bit of more than they could chew when taking on... read more


VIDEO: Thar she blows

Allan Birt was nursing a broken arm after falling off the roof. But when presented with the opportunity to get... read more


Tornado rips through Western Bay

Widespread wind damage is being reported in the Western Bay after a wind storm ripped through the area. Power is... read more


Back to the future at Mid-City?

Passers-by in Tauranga's Red Square want the new owners of the block at the Devonport Road end to return the upstairs... read more


Easy Active Options for Kids

Karen Stanton Active Families Advisor Sport Bay of Plenty The Ministry of Health says a child needs sixty minutes of physical activity a more

Baywide rugby in good shape

Sideline Sid Sports correspondant & historian If there was any doubt that rugby is the game of the Western Bay of Plenty, more

Arctic and Antarctic Sea Ice: Contrasting Data

Weather Eye with John Maunder Arctic sea ice extent for June 2015 averaged 11.0 million square kilometers,  the third lowest June extent more

Money matters: Where do we find the funds?

Jane Nees BOP Regional Councillor Local government has a major funding problem. Community expectations are increasing, more

Beauty industry regulations

Beautiful You by Suzanne Edmonds Each week, beauty enthusiast Suzanne Edmonds explores the best ways to take care of ourselves so that we love more

More startling scientific discoveries

Brian Rogers Rogers Rabbits Interesting that the Nasa had to send a probe through space for 10 years to get to Pluto. more


Whale watching. By Anne Carruthers. Send us your photos and stories from around the Bay of Plenty.  Email: