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Thursday, April 02, 2015



After a ’Don’t Trade Me’ campaign was launched urging tighter regulation of the online sale of animals, should Trade Me be banned from selling pets?


Police seek takeaway robbers

Te Puke Police are asking for the public's help in identifying a man believed to be connected to a robbery in Te Puke that left a man with a fractured... read more

Rena zone still in force

Boaties are being reminded that the Rena exclusion zone is still in force ahead of the expected fine weather over the Easter break. Regional harbourmaster... read more

Williamson scoops top awards

Kane Williamson's blistering summer has been recognised after the Bay of Plenty batsman scooped Player of the Year awards across all three formats at the... read more

Journey to all-electric driving

Ross Brown is a self-professed ‘techno-nut' who loves gadgets. Big, expensive gadgets. His latest toy cost him $20,000. But he'd tell you it's more... read more

Wanted man on the run since July

Police are appealing for any information that will help track down a dangerous offender who's been on the run since last year. They are warning locals... read more

Saved by a ponga

An accident on Omanawa Road in the lower Kaimai Range left a vehicle precariously balanced over a 60-metre drop this morning. A people-mover spun off the... read more


Remembering Humphrey

There we were – Hunter and Humphrey – man and beast lolling around Katikati on a lazy Sunday afternoon. Thrown... read more

Jack's scooter woes solved

The smile exploded right off Jack Cloughley's 10-year-old face. Faith and understanding was restored – he... read more

Decision time on Katikati Library

After 27 years gracing the main street, Katikati Library could be on the move, with Western Bay of Plenty District... read more

Rain hampers Knights chances

Northern Districts will be praying for the skies to clear as their chances of pulling off an unlikely Plunket Shield... read more

A rural principal at heart

The hustle and bustle of city life might be in her blood, but for Natasha Greatorex, a rural setting like that... read more

Plan ahead to avoid traffic

Motorists travelling on Bay of Plenty and Waikato roads this Easter are being advised to plan their journey online... read more

Prestigious medal for Bay police

Two Bay of Plenty Police officers have been honoured - receiving the Meritorious Service Medal for exceptional... read more

Robinson avoiding police

Police are asking members of the Bay of Plenty public to keep an eye out for Conan Matia Robinson. The 33-year-old... read more

Lundy found guilty

Mark Lundy has been convicted of murdering his wife Christine and daughter Amber at their family home in Palmerston... read more

Claim maimai before Sunday

Game bird hunters have until 10am on Sunday to claim their maimai, or duck shooting stand. Fish and Game say a... read more


Kaimai speed trials in May

The country's first weather-activated speed sign system is due to be trialled on State Highway 29 through the Kaimai... read more


WBOP crime rates drop

Crime figures show there was a slight drop in crime in the Western Bay of Plenty in 2014 compared to the previous... read more

VIDEOS (Click here to view more)


Your thoughts on the cyberbullying bill

The Government is looking to introduce a cyberbullying bill to curb the growing incidence and its devastating effects. The... read more


Home invasion victim speaks out

Tony Sowry has been left feeling disappointed after the sentencing of four men who burst into his home and attacked... read more


An array of culture and colour

The Historic Village has transformed into a kaleidoscope of cultures at Tauranga's 16th Multicultural Festival. Margarete... read more

Revving up fun in the Mount

A dragster and a burnout in a Harley Davidson are some of the main attractions at the Bay of Plenty Coastal Cruisers... read more


Being well with beauty

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

Preparing for a demographic change

Todd Talks By Todd Muller When we are born, we have midwives, doctors – and with my children at least – emotional Mums and Dads and more

The patience of Easter baking

Dazz Switalla Flavour Secrets No.1 The Strand Chef At this time of the year chocolate eggs and hot cross buns more

Daylight saving is daylight robbery

Brian Rogers Rogers Rabbits As some of you may already know, it's Easter this weekend.  It's a special time more

It’s time to ‘hack’ into the Government

Matt Cowley Tauranga City Councillor People are hacking into government information all around the world – it's something I want to encourage. more

NZ's next World Cup is just around the corner

Sideline Sid Sports correspondant & historian After six weeks of wall-to-wall coverage on television, radio and the more


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