Bay of Plenty

Woman hospitalised after beach attack

It could be months before a Papamoa woman is back to full health after she was attacked by a dog while walking along the beach. Anita Paynter was taking an early morning walk along Papamoa Beach by herself on Waitangi Day when the attack occurred,...... Read More

Motocross nationals resume at Rotorua

Hamilton's Kayne Lamont, Takaka's Hamish Harwood, Mangakino's Maximus Purvis and Opunake's Taylar Rampton each set benchmarks when they dominated their respective classes at the opening round of the New Zealand Motocross Championships...... Read More

Rumour mill triggers police reminder

Bay of Plenty residents are being reminded about the potentially misleading nature of information available on social media, after a rumour triggered widespread panic online earlier this week. SunLive received a number of messages from concerned social...... Read More

Logging truck rolls, blocking SH2

A logging truck has rolled on the western roundabout at Bethlehem at Te Paeroa Road, north of Tauranga. A caller to the 0800 SUNLIVE news hotline says there are logs all over the road. "The driver is out of the truck but traffic is blocked." Police...... Read More

Tauranga thespian heading to London

All the world’s a stage for Fletcher Oxford – or at least, Shakespeare’s Globe Theatre in London will be, when he joins 23 other young New Zealanders there in July. The Tauranga Boys’ College student has been selected as a member...... Read More

Wrestling team ready to grapple

Three Waikato/Bay of Plenty wrestlers are among the team of seven who will be grappling for gold at the Commonwealth Games in Brisbane. Ana Moceyawa trains at the Tauranga Judo Club in Moreland Fox Park where the team was announced yesterday. Originally...... Read More

Act of kindness turns sour

The victim of a driving incident near Welcome Bay, Tauranga, is expressing frustration after what had intended to be an act of compassion, turned sour on her. The woman, who wishes to remain anonymous, says the incident happened on Welcome Bay...... Read More

Homelessness jumps up in Tauranga

The number of homeless people in Tauranga has increased 20 per cent in the past year. A steep rise in house prices and competition for jobs in the Bay of Plenty city led to the number of people without homes jumping to 470. The city was identified...... Read More

Opotiki murder accused appears in court

A 27-year-old man has appeared in the Whakatane District Court today charged with the murder of an Opotiki woman on Monday. He has been granted interim name suppression by Judge Louis Bidois. The identity of the deceased woman is also suppressed. The...... Read More

Murder charge laid in Opotiki homicide

Police have charged a 27-year-old man with murder in relation to the homicide of a woman in Opotiki on Monday. He is due to appear in Whakatane District Court at 11.45am today. “We are pleased to have made this arrest so quickly and hope it...... Read More