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Paraglider slams into Mauao

A paraglider had a gut wrenching experience on top of Mauao recently, when windy conditions caused his kite to slam-dunk him into the Mount Maunganui mountain face. Instagram user @draggonslayer was on the mountain, also known as Mount Maunganui, when...... Read More

Bugs continue to plague New Zealanders

Tauranga is one of many locations around the nation currently facing a plague of insects. Pest control companies around the country have reported a big increase in demand for their services this month. Pestworks Tauranga owner Patrick Allen says while...... Read More

Elms Garden receives national honour

The Elms Tauranga has begun 2018 with outstanding news - the garden has received a prestigious honour. The New Zealand Gardens Trust has registered the garden as a “Garden of Significance” with a 5-star rating. “What makes this...... Read More

Warning as heavy rain approaches

A heavy rain warning is in place for the Coromandel Peninsula this afternoon. The MetService is forecasting heavy rain for Northland, Auckland, Coromandel Peninsula and northern parts of Taranaki. An active front lies slow-moving over the North...... Read More

Texans take to Tauranga sky

Tauranga residents are promised an action teaser for this weekend’s Classics of the Sky Tauranga City Airshow, with the early arrival of the RNZAF Black Falcons aerobatic team. Flying the Beech Texan T6C’s, the team is expected to arrive...... Read More

Snow falls in Mount Maunganui

A huge truckload of snow transformed part of Marine Parade, along Mount Maunganui’s beachfront, into a white winter wonderland today. The edge of Mount Drury Reserve along the beachfront was covered in snow thanks to the Mt Ruapehu team and Whakapapa...... Read More

Orcas delight Papamoa community

Hundreds of people poured out of houses in Papamoa overnight to watch as a group of orca cruised past along the beach. Some ran in their pyjamas not wanting to miss seeing the three orca close up. About an hour before sunset Nikki Antonsen spotted...... Read More

Shark spends holiday at Pukehina Beach

Spotting a shark at Pukehina Beach turned into an opportunity to capture some moments by drone for Gareth Tipene and his friends. The shark stayed for a few days, providing adults and children with an unforgettable holiday experience. The shark spent...... Read More

One-flipper penguin survives storm

A little blue penguin has been found with only one flipper. The young adult was brought into Tauranga’s ARRC Trust by the Western Bay Wildlife Trust after being found injured. “His flipper is broken off at the humerus,” says ARRC...... Read More

Storm creates flood of baby chicks

It’s been a busy time for the ARRC Trust during the storm this week with chicks from many species being brought in to the holistic vet practice after falling from a tree or being blown out of their nests. As well as tired little blue penguins...... Read More

Car plunges over Whakatane bank

A driver has escaped without injuries after her car went down the bank at Ohope hill in Whakatane. A police media spokesperson says ambulance staff and police were at the scene for a time yesterday afternoon. “A car went down the bank on Ohope...... Read More

Preparing for the rain deluge

Bay of Plenty Regional Council and Civil Defence teams continue to monitor weather updates following last night’s rainfall in the Bay of Plenty. From 4pm today to 6am on Friday, the region is now forecast to receive 100-150mm about the ranges...... Read More

Stranded orca rescued on Papamoa Beach

An orca that was found stranded on Papamoa Beach was freed by some passing by locals this morning. Ben Waru was walking along the beach at 8am with his family and mate Dan Jackson when the group saw three orcas in the water. "They were just playing...... Read More

A cultural trails app

When Junji Kumano and Takayuki Ban visited Tauranga on their recent travel research trip, they tried out the newly-launched Arataki Cultural Walking Trail app developed by local entrepreneurs. Takayuki, a freelance journalist for Japanese travel and...... Read More

Threatened dotterel chick hatched at Mt Maunganui

A pair of dotterels nesting on Mount Maunganui's Main beach have successfully hatched a chick overnight. The dotterels, known locally as Don and Dotty, laid two eggs within metres of the oystercatcher nest on the main beach, approximately half way...... Read More

Mount Maunganui to host NZ’s best

Tauranga will play witness to some of New Zealand’s finest athletes during the Eves Surfbreaker Triathlon, today at Mount Maunganui. Triathlon Tauranga events and development manager and event organiser Paul Miller says more than 120 athletes...... Read More

Freeing the funk

Tay Street in Mount Maunganui was the location for the annual ONEWAVE Fluro Santa surf on the weekend. Dressed in bright coloured and fluoro-coloured clothing, participants gathered at dawn for a chat, surf and coffee. “We’re down...... Read More

Cause of shed fire not yet known

The cause of a shed fire in Merivale, Tauranga, last night remains unknown as fire crews continue to investigate. A Fire and Emergency Services spokesperson says crews were called to the incident just after 9pm on Friday. "The shed was well involved...... Read More

Truck and trailer flips on SH1

A truck and trailer unit has crashed on State Highway 1, near Tokoroa. In a video supplied to SunLive this morning, the truck’s trailer can be seen on its side and debris is scattered over the road. Police say the crash happened at 5.52am. “A...... Read More