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Western Bay Crop Swap

A free event for backyard gardeners, home bakers and food foragers to swap and share high quality local food on a regular basis.

December 3, 2020

Rubbish behaviour – dead pig dumped: The cost of illegal dumping on Bay of Plenty state highways

Illegal dumping on and alongside Bay of Plenty state highways is taking time and money away from essential state highway maintenance, Waka Kotahi NZ Transport Agency says.

December 2, 2020

Covid-19: Playing video games during lockdowns can be good for mental health

When the pandemic put a stop to normal life, many people switched on their games consoles. Video-game internet traffic in America rose by 75 per cent within a week in March, as many states went into lockdown, according to Verizon, a telecoms firm.

November 30, 2020

Surveys reveals real reasons people refuse to catch bus in the Bay of Plenty

A survey into Bay of Plenty’s public transport system has found most people don’t catch the bus because it’s more convenient for them to drive.

November 27, 2020

Rum-n-raisin balls cause an Australian driver to fail a breath test

A Kiwi provisional driver (P-plater) in Western Australia has been fined after alcohol from rum-n-raisin balls caused him to return a positive breath test.

November 24, 2020

GLADRAGS – The Great Big Summer Clothes Swap

Gather your mates, get a ticket, grab a bubbly, listen to the beats and rummage for some of your best new Summer outfits.

November 23, 2020

Rain offers some relief but more needed to keep drought at bay

The recent wet weather has seen a respite to the dry in the Bay of Plenty – but not enough to lift dry weather warnings yet.

November 18, 2020

Small but Cool Spring Fair

Come and do some Christmas shopping, play some games, grab a bit of dinner and relax with your family.

November 17, 2020

Whakaari/White Island: Alert level raised as ash, dark plumes seen for first time this year

Ash and dark plumes can be seen coming from Whakaari/White Island for the first time this year – showing a greater level of unrest at the surface of the volcano.

November 13, 2020

‘Not a restoration’: Bizzare restoration of Spanish statue attracts disbelief

A statue in Spain has had a questionable makeover.

November 11, 2020

Bay of Plenty Garden and Art Festival 2020

Welcome to the Bay of Plenty Garden and Art Festival 2020 where we celebrate the beauty and diversity of our region’s gardens and the creativity of talented artists.

November 9, 2020

Health warning lifted from south-eastern bays of Lake Taupō

A health warning issued last month for south-eastern bays of Lake Taupō due to algal boom levels has been lifted.

November 6, 2020

Gorilla-size creature causes panic in Texas

What has five legs, moves like a sloth and is the size of a gorilla? That’s what police in Arlington, Texas, wanted to know after getting a barrage of calls about a mysterious monster in town.

November 5, 2020

Taurang Village Night Market

Bringing the community together in one of the most beautiful locations in the city The Historic Village.

November 3, 2020

Truck carrying house collides with power lines in two separate incidents

A truck carrying a house has brought down power lines in two separate incidents this morning closing a State Highway in the process.

October 30, 2020

World’s fastest production car named after NZ’s tuatara

The world has a new fastest car. On October 10, the reptilian SSC Tuatara hypercar posted an average speed of 508.73km/h while driving on a stretch of a two-lane Highway 160 outside Las Vegas in the United States.

October 26, 2020

Western Bay of Plenty transport improvements revealed

A significant plan to change the way people move around the Western Bay of Plenty has been revealed.

October 23, 2020

Plan to grab Titanic’s telegraph leads to debate over human remains

People have been diving to the Titanic’s wreck for 35 years. No one has found human remains, according to the company that owns the salvage rights.

October 21, 2020

Vegan Vibes 2020

Vegan Vibes is a celebration of all things Vegan. It’s aimed at giving people the tools to live sustainably and having that ethos at the forefront of their minds with their everyday living.

October 19, 2020

Te Puke fire brigade chief frustrated by siren complaints

A seasoned volunteer firefighter is frustrated that he is defending the use of an emergency siren at night.

October 16, 2020

The onions which were too ‘overtly sexualised’ for Facebook

A garden supplies company in eastern Canada has run afoul of Facebook with its “overtly sexualised positioning” of onions in an advert.

October 12, 2020

Tauranga Women’s Lifestyle Expo

Come us at NZ’s special event for women! The Tauranga Women’s Lifestyle Expo is a two-day event for women of all ages.

October 8, 2020

Local Focus: Do candidates actually want higher wages in Bay of Plenty?

Local Focus asked three Bay of Plenty election candidates who they think are more important – workers or employers. But it was the follow-up question that got the real answer.

October 8, 2020

Top 10 creepiest disappearance stories

Creepy is an understatement. For this list, we’ll be looking at the scariest, most disturbing stories about people who disappeared.

October 5, 2020

Not all gloom for Coromandel-Hauraki businesses

A fifth of Coromandel businesses who responded to an economic survey say they expect to increase staff numbers by five employees over the next six months.

October 2, 2020

Wacky design engineer sets new Guinness World Record after reaching speeds of over 60km/h in a wheelie bin

A wacky design engineer is delighted to have set a new Guinness World Record after reaching speeds of over 40mph (64 km/h) – in a WHEELIE BIN.

September 29, 2020

Kiwi Wandering Trail Day

Have you completed the Kiwi Wandering Trail yet? If not, why not grab the kids these school holidays and find all ten of the life‑size bronze kiwi statues hidden in key locations across the heart of Whakatāne.

September 28, 2020

This 10,000-year clock is being built inside mountain owned by Jeff Bezos

The 500-tonne clock is being built as a symbol of long-term thinking, inside a mountain which is owned by Jeff Bezos.

September 24, 2020

BayActive Floorball Coaching Clinic

Finish off the first week of the holidays learning some new skills and playing this fun and fast game! Similar to indoor hockey.

September 23, 2020

Tauranga City Council seeks feedback on the use of public spaces

Tauranga City Council wants to know how residents would like to use parks, reserves and storm water reserves.

September 21, 2020

Quote of the Day

“Rather fail with honor than succeed by fraud.”

– Sophocles

September 18, 2020

Shane Jones calls for Te Māngai Pāho board to be sacked over Māori influencers’ video

New Zealand First’s Shane Jones is calling for Te Māngai Pāho’s board and chief executive to be sacked for funding a video by young influencers about Māori language which is being described as “poor taste and poor timing”.

September 15, 2020

Python laid seven eggs at US zoo despite not being around males for two decades

Experts at a US zoo are trying to figure out how a 62-year-old ball python laid seven eggs despite not being near a male python for at least two decades.

September 14, 2020

Pongakawa recycling trial proves successful, will continue until July 2021

Pongakawa’s rural recycling trial proved so successful that it will be resumed and run until the end of June 2021.

September 10, 2020

Top 10 human mistakes that changed history forever

These historical mistakes had HUGE consequences! For this list, we’re looking at the errors and accidents that had the biggest impacts in recorded history.

September 9, 2020

Regional Environment Network Hui

Join Envirohub and NZ Landcare Trust to connect, be inspired and learn about the fantastic work happening in our region and the exciting new resources and opportunities for your caregroup.

September 7, 2020

Huge snakes fall through retiree’s ceiling

A Queensland retiree received quite the fright after two large pythons fell through his ceiling which a snake catcher said were some of the biggest and largest he’d ever seen.

September 3, 2020

The Bay Of Plenty Wedding Show 2020

Planning a wedding is a beautiful, fun experience and The Bay of Plenty Wedding Show will inspire you and get your create juices flowing.

September 3, 2020

Opening of new crossing and underpass closure delayed near Bayfair

The new temporary signalised crossing on Maunganui Rd near Bayfair has been delayed.

August 31, 2020

This go-kart is more of a bug than the Beetle

This is the best use of an old Beetle fender and a spare air-cooled engine we’ve seen in a while.

August 27, 2020

Police use of force report: Māori seven times more likely than Pākehā to be on receiving end

Māori are more than seven times more likely than Pākehā to be on the receiving end of police force, a “shameful” statistic that has not changed in over six years despite numerous strategies to address it.

August 26, 2020

Pukekohe Playcentre Market Day

Come and join for a fun family day out at the A&P Showgrounds in Pukekohe. With many stalls, food and fun activities for the kids.

August 24, 2020

Tauranga faces huge bill for defective Harington St transport hub carpark building

Tauranga ratepayers face a $7 million-plus bill to demolish a defect-riddled central city carpark building but dodged a catastrophic failure.

August 20, 2020

Outrage at plans to cull a wild boar that stole nudist’s laptop in Germany

There is outrage in Germany at plans to cull a wild boar that gained international fame when images of her being chased by a nudist in Berlin were posted online.

August 18, 2020

Rotorua Youth Awards 2020

The aim is to honour exceptional Rotorua youth (aged 15-24) to celebrate excellence and their achievements or service to the community.

August 16, 2020

Covid 19 coronavirus: ‘Dramatic increase’ in tests in Bay of Plenty Health Board region

About 900 people were tested for Covid-19 in the Bay of Plenty region yesterday, the Bay of Plenty District Health Board estimates.

August 13, 2020

This beluga whale talks human

This beluga whale talks human.

August 12, 2020

Oktoberfest Tauranga 2020

This will be the first time Tauranga has hosted Oktoberfest which will celebrate all things German.
Tickets include entry to the event, stein, food and 1st drink.

August 10, 2020

The Little Big Markets

With a huge range of street food and food truck vendors, as well as a curated selection of stallholders for you to peruse… you won’t be short of things to do.

August 6, 2020

Tauranga council votes against legal loophole involving $2.2m cycleway

When Tauranga constructed a $2.2 million cycleway, drivers turned it into an expensive carpark and there was nothing the local council could do about it, until now.

August 4, 2020