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Pride protest at Bethlehem College over its gender and marriage stance
The school has recently come under fire for its views on gender and marriage.
'Happy Matariki': Family travels from Auckland for Mauao star compass unveiling
A new Atea-ā-Rangi (star compass) was unveiled, marking the Māori New Year.
Rainbow support group offers to work with Bethlehem College
A leaked document reveals Bethlehem College's beliefs on gender.
Leaked document: College says gender identity should align with biological sex
Pride advocate calls document "appalling" - MP says ministry will be working with school.
College may face 'formal intervention' over controversial marriage claim
The ministry has also revealed it told the college a month ago to remove the line.
5600 sign petition for investigation into alleged 'abuse' at Bethlehem College
The school is also investigating after fruit was thrown at students at a silent protest.
Meet Pip, 65, who had a slide built into her new Mount Maunganui home
Pip Kay, 65, was inspired by her youth when designing her house with a slide.
Marriage is between man and woman: School under fire for 'discriminatory' statement
But the school says the statement is to "transparently explain" its philosophy.
'Shouting, screeching tyres and a thud': Gangs clash in street, man hit by car - witness
The incident happened in Tāneatua, a small Bay of Plenty town.
Hopes high for Matariki after buzzing Queen's Birthday Weekend
But not everyone got to reap the rewards of the long weekend.
Food providers 'stretched' as prices high, demand higher
"We're finding it harder to find enough food ... there's not much food around."
Mount Maunganui house fire being treated as suspicious
Firefighters were called to the Mount Maunganui house about 4pm on Friday.
Tiaras, evening gowns fly off the shelves for platinum jubilee
A royalist of 69 years says the jubilee is a "great excuse for a party"
Stolen patches and violent attacks: Police 'put the hammer down' as gang tensions rise
In one incident Black Power members stole Mongrel Mob patches.
'We have families, we're just doing our job': Road worker speaks out on abuse
Bottles, golf balls, and daily verbal abuse are being hurled at road workers by motorists
'Nasty virus' and range of illnesses spread through schools
One school had more than 40 absences this week, another had 20 per cent of kids away.
Pain at the pump: Where's the cheapest gas near you?
The prices have seen a spike in EV and hybrid sales and could end one man's career.
Family car used to take Nan to cancer treatment written off after vehicle ploughs into property
Their vehicle was parked outside their house on Otumoetai Rd when it was hit.
'It's terrifying': Mall staff working in fear of brazen and violent youths
One store worker said violence and aggression had become worse in recent months.
Controversial Thames-Coromandel mayor to step down
The Thames-Coromandel mayor is ready to retire after 36 years in public office.
'Sickened': Mall jewellery shop latest break-in target
'I don't know how we're going to survive this'.
Impounded car, arrest and fines at gang funeral procession
The procession followed a tangi for a senior member.
Happy and safe: Starving dogs left to die now on the road to recovery
The animals were found in the Kaingaroa Forest last week.
Tauranga homicide: Victim's body returned to family
He died on Saturday night after a large group of gang members allegedly came to the house.
Tauranga homicide: Family says gang members created 'absolute mayhem' after bursting into home
Mitchell Te Kani, 51, has been described by an uncle as a family-orientated man.
Elderly and disabled sleeping in cars and on couches have a home
The new housing complex has been three years in the making.
'Buyer's market': Median house price suffers biggest fall in 30 years
But one expert says the city is in a better position than the rest of the country.
'Tragic': Firefighters related to victims of crash that killed four
The crash has rocked the small communities involved.
Meet the backpackers owner housing homeless families
And it won't be open for tourists again: "I can't unsee and un-hear the stories."
Can't afford milk for coffee: Seniors struggle with rising costs
'A few years ago, I used to have money left over for the following week.'
Security guards 'did nothing' as teens tried to set girl's hair on fire
Council chairman says guards' response was "totally unacceptable".
'I'm trapped': Mum and kids live in camp unit for two years as rents rise
Campgrounds, backpackers, RV businesses inundated with desperate home-seekers.
Storm in a teacup: Why is the weather forecast sometimes wrong?
Ex-cyclone Fili was expected to do a lot more harm than it did.
Easter in orange: Hospo can 'stand on our own two feet again'
Covid-19 setting change 'fantastic' news for bars, restaurants, cafes and events
Whakaari survivors have say on future of $40k donated to burn units
It was raised in the annual Whakaari Hayden Marshall-Inman Memorial Golf Tournament.
'More stability': Businesses relieved as vax pass requirement ends
Mandates that left one gym owner with a 'sense of nervousness' will be lifted.
How a man's lonely death led to housing for the elderly homeless
Elderly man found four days after he died.
'So much anxiety': Isolating solo mum's struggle to afford basics shared by many
Omicron: People who have never needed help to afford food are now having to use a foodbank
'Watching over me': Golfer's 'emotional' win after losing mum in harbour crash
He felt his mum by his side as he played.
'Cop-out' and 'Every little bit helps': Mixed cost of living relief reactions
The Government has cut 25 cents off fuel tax, but will it ease the cost of living crisis?
Think you have Covid but the RAT is negative? Here's what to do
Some people are testing negative up to six times before a positive result, doctor says.
Empty shelves: Family travel to another town for baby formula
How are empty supermarket shelves adding to the final bill of shoppers?
Tauranga's biggest international sport event kicks off
Seven matches of the ICC Women's Cricket World Cup will be played in Mount Maunganui.
Top runner's 'horrific' accident: 'My body just melted over my head'
Life changed in a split second for the running coach whose job is to help others.
'We're out of options': Rental crisis hits families as rents up, supply down
To protect themselves, landlords are only taking on people with a perfect history.
Council investigation into Tauranga Harbour crash: Findings revealed
Tauranga's Maree Geary died in the Chapel St crash in December.
'Boredom's not a thing': What it's like to join the police
Reporoa-born and bred, he is now responding to 111 calls in Tauranga.
'Massive increase': Security company dealing with more gang violence
National has said the number of new police in the region is "not enough".
Homeless family of eight: 'We don't want to be reliant on the system'
'We're humans, we should have a home.'
Tauranga Harbour crash: Person charged with careless driving
The 47-year-old will appear in Tauranga District Court on Friday.
'Shut the doors': Tauranga businesses fear impact on staff as Omicron spreads
One business said losing staff to sickness would put 'a huge strain' on it.
Couple married 70 years share their success secrets
Plus ideas for how to celebrate Valentine's Day with your special someone
Pies, phones and covid pamphlets delivered to homeless
The families will receive the items to prepare them for the virus spreading.
New Tauranga valuations: How much each suburb is up
A 50pc average rise across the city does not mean a 50pc rates rise will follow.
Revealed: How much you might have in unused gift cards
The average Kiwi has $72 in unused gift card credit, a survey has found.
'That water out there is not your friend': 'Epidemic of stupidity' as drownings rise
More than one in 10 drownings in New Zealand were in the Bay of Plenty.
Can we afford to live? Debt, KiwiSaver withdrawals to get by
Social agencies can't keep up with demand, a result of inflation hitting a 30-year high.
'Brick and mortar days are done': City's last video store closes for good
After eight years, Tauranga's Travis Ross has decided to shut up shop.
Black Clash buzz: Streakers, raving fans, a tumbling coach
The Hot Spring Spas Black Clash T20 match saw a "sensational" end to the "buzzing" night.
'They said it felt like the end of the world': Stories from Tonga trickle out
After days of no communication, loved ones have finally heard from those in Tonga.
Big weekend of events set to bring $700k economic boost
Even with Omicron looming, a public health expert says this weekend's risk is 'very small'
'Heinous, sick, twisted': Family harm reports rise, violence 'more blatant'
The number of callouts have increased over the past five years.
'Grind businesses to a halt': NZ will move to red if Omicron breaks out
New Zealand will move to the red traffic light setting once Omicron enters the community.
'Surreal': Tauranga vanilla company with Tonga ties fears for community
The company has already donated $25k to go towards recovery.
Eruption in Tonga: Families 'helpless' after losing contact with loved ones
The "waves were coming" was the last thing a Tongan man heard from his mum.
Tauranga records fourth hottest January temp, beaches still too dangerous to swim
The big waves are a combination of Cyclone Cody and the Tonga volcano eruption.
Tauranga's old-school dairy owner to sell up after 30 years
Phil Boyte has owned the authentic dairy for 30 years.
Caught on camera! Tauranga locals grateful for amazing ocean encounters
A few Tauranga residents got close and personal with some impressive sea life.
Revealed: Full line-up of all players for T20 Black Clash
The latest member has been revealed completing the full line-up for both teams.
'Intense itching': Maulers and larvae plague beachgoers
'I could feel tiny little egg-like creatures hitting against me as I swam'.
Great white knocks small boat as shark sightings increase
A shark expert warns there could be more encounters to come.
Thank you Tauranga! Community raises over $160,000 for foodbank despite Covid
The Bay of Plenty Times annual six-week Christmas Appeal for the Foodbank has ended.