First of one billion planted today

Forestry Minister Shane Jones has today planted the first tree in the One Billion Trees planting programme at a primary school in Tairāwhiti, Gisbourne. Minister Jones, Associate Minister of Agriculture Meka Whaitiri and Gisborne Mayor Meng Foon each...... Read More

’Mini-Me’ Verne Troyer dies at 49

Verne Troyer, who is best known for playing Mini-Me in the Austin Powers films, has died at the age of 49. Verne also played Griphook in the first Harry Potter film. "It is with great sadness and incredibly heavy hearts to write that Verne passed...... Read More

Two Lotto players win $500,000

Two Lotto players fwill be popping the champagne after each winning $500,000 with Lotto First Division in tonight's live Lotto draw. The winning tickets were sold at Bayfair Lotto in Mount Maunganui and Alexandra New World in Alexandra. Powerball...... Read More

Straight talking about health

Gemma McCaw, Dr Anna Rolleston, Sam the Barter Barber and Harold the Giraffe are inviting you to breakfast, and all for a good cause. Guests at the Life Education Breakfast on Friday, May 4 will be treated to breakfast before meeting and listening...... Read More

Mother’s Day fun run returns to Bay of Plenty

New Zealand’s biggest Mother’s Day event, the Jennian Homes Mother’s Day Fun Run/Walk, is returning to Tauranga on May 13 – with tickets now on sale. Runners and walkers will set off from Kulim Park at 10am, in support of women’s...... Read More

Shampoo, leg shaves and sauvignon

Dead skin, clumped together with body oils; itchy, flaky scalp; dried perspiration; rank-smelling secretions from the sebaceous glands; accumulated grime; beastly bacteria hiding in belly buttons and other very dark and uncharted places. Isn’t...... Read More

New seats bring enjoyment back

A Tauranga couple who took a public stand last year against inadequate seating for wheelchair patrons and their companions at Event Cinemas Tauranga finally got to sit together at the movies in style last week. Merle and Dion Seeling approached The...... Read More

Father and son motorsport champs

Terry and Blake Corin share a passion for racing – and are proof talent runs in the family. Both father and son have claimed major national wins this year in motorsport and kartsport competitions. In January, Terry placed first in the Super...... Read More

Pacific partnership for Oceania exhibition

New Zealand and Pacific Island countries will partner with the Royal Academy of Arts on the Oceania exhibition in London. Oceania will mark 250 years since the start of Captain Cook’s first voyage to the South Pacific, and runs from September...... Read More

Three Lotto players win $333,333

Three Lotto players will be celebrating a midweek windfall after winning $333,333 each with Lotto First Division in tonight's live Lotto draw. The winning tickets were sold at Greerton Lotto in Tauranga, Countdown Porirua in Porirua, and at Fresh...... Read More