Gone are the days of a simple sausage sizzle fundraiser keeping school projects ticking along, with a number of Tauranga schools now turning to big plans to raise their much-needed funds. Big projects taking months of planning and raking in big money for the schools are becoming the new norm. Bay of Plenty Times education reporter Caroline Fleming spoke to some local schools to see the hard work that went behind some of these big fundraising projects.

From professional cookbooks, lawn-mower racing and even selling a highly-valued property, some Tauranga schools are pulling out all the stops to raise much-needed