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Why Kevin’s quitting Tauranga

Posted on 25th Jun 2017 11:30 | By Anonymous Author

Kevin Steedman’s had a gutsful – he’s quitting his job, packing up his nine metre motor home and leaving town. “I am leaving because I have to – they have made it impossible for me to stay.” They being the Tauranga...

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Move to address truck driver shortage

Posted on 24th Jun 2017 09:36 | By Anonymous Author

A new initiative to address a shortage of truck drivers by attracting more to the industry has been welcomed by a freight logistics strategy group. The Bay of Connections Freight Logistics Action Group (FLAG) has welcomed a new government and industry...

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Truck driver killed at Lichfield named

Posted on 23rd Jun 2017 14:05 | By Anonymous Author

The 65 year old woman truck driver killed in a five vehicle collision on SH1, Lichfield yesterday was Jenny Hera Hughes of Hamilton. Police were called to the scene at 2.15pm following a collision between three cars and two trucks at a road works site....

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Flooding warning on SH25, Thames

Posted on 23rd Jun 2017 11:31 | By Anonymous Author

The heavy rain has caused a lot of surface flooding on some roads around the Coromandel. There are reports of debris on roads, particularly from a slip at Ruamahunga Bay on SH25 (Thames Coast Road), but no roads are reported to have been closed. The...

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Delay expected on buses decision

Posted on 22nd Jun 2017 16:47 | By Andrew Campbell Author

Regional councillors are being asked by staff to delay a decision on changes to Tauranga’s Bayhopper and Schoolhopper services for another six months. The decision is expected to be made by the BOP Regional Council Transport Committee on Friday. Staff...

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Fatal crash at Lichfield

Posted on 22nd Jun 2017 15:28 | By Anonymous Author

One person has died in a collision between two trucks on SH1, Lichfield this afternoon, say Police. Emergency services were called to the scene south of Putaruru at 2.15pm. One person has died at the scene. SH 1 is closed between Wiltsdown Road and Ngatira...

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Road closed, one dead, following crash

Posted on 22nd Jun 2017 13:35 | By Anonymous Author

UPDATED 3.35PM: One of the drivers involved in a crash near Edgecumbe has since died. Police remain on the scene at Te Teko Road this afternoon, while the Serious Crash Unit investigates. 2.30PM: Te Teko Road near Edgecumbe is closed while emergency...

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Team selection event in Taupo

Posted on 22nd Jun 2017 12:36 | By Andy McGechan Author

Expect the country’s most talented motocross riders to put aside their traditional rivalries and brand allegiances when they next compete under provincial colours this weekend. They will flock to Taupo for the eighth annual Battle of the Clubs...

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Endurance racers to battle it out

Posted on 22nd Jun 2017 09:32 | By Anonymous Author

Another bumper field will take to Hampton Downs Motorsport Park this weekend for round two of the ENEOS North Island Endurance Series, where nearly 70 of the best racing machines will battle for One and Three Hour honours. It’s set to be another...

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One dead after car hits tree

Posted on 19th Jun 2017 09:11 | By Anonymous Author

One person is dead after car hit a tree in Kinloch this morning. Police are investigating a crash which happened at 7.34am on Mapara Road in Kinloch, between King Road and Katelyn Place.  “One person, the driver, was reportedly trapped in...

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Fallen tree blocks Bay highway

Posted on 19th Jun 2017 06:57 | By Anonymous Author

A fallen tree is expected to cause some travel delays on State Highway 5 in the Bay of Plenty. The tree came down on the stretch of highway, near Ngongotaha around 7.30pm. This resulted in a car crashing into it, says police. No one was injured in the...

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A long and painful ride

Posted on 18th Jun 2017 15:45 | By Anonymous Author

It’s 6:38am on a dark, dull, sodden, weekday morning. But that’s not the only compelling reason to feel grey and gloomy. City-bound traffic is backed up about seven kilometres from Te Puna beyond what’s locally known as the Gecko Depot...

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$1.4 billion tunnel opens to public

Posted on 18th Jun 2017 11:50 | By Anonymous Author

Prime Minister Bill English and Transport Minister Simon Bridges have cut the ribbon to mark the completion of the $1.4 billion Waterview Tunnel. Simon says the Waterview Tunnel completion celebration today marks the biggest change in Auckland’s...

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Weekend Wheels

Posted on 16th Jun 2017 15:01 | By Anonymous Author

June 23-25: Bay Rodders WinterBlast – TaurangaBay Rodders’ annual WinterBlast is offering an early registration and meet and greet on the Friday night at their Cherokee place clubrooms from 5pm-8pm. Saturday starts with a clubroom breakfast...

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Considerable delays expected on SH29

Posted on 16th Jun 2017 06:50 | By Anonymous Author

People using State Highway 29 over the Kaimai Range during the next two weeks are being warned that there will be considerable delays. From Monday, June 19, Omanawa Bridge will be down to one lane and stop/go management will be in place while essential...

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Traffic delays as Fieldays gets underway

Posted on 14th Jun 2017 10:17 | By Andrew Campbell andrew@thesun.co.nz

  Significant traffic delays are being reported as traffic backs up around Cambridge for the first day of the Nationals Fieldays at Mystery Creek. Fieldays is its own little town for four days and every year it creates its own traffic jam, says Coast...

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Armed police in roadside arrest

Posted on 10th Jun 2017 11:42 | By Anonymous Author

A roadside arrest by armed police near Te Puke on Friday afternoon stopped traffic while the occupants of two cars were taken away by police. Police say four people from two vehicles were apprehended, and three of them later charged with aggravated robbery. One...

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Crackdown on freedom campers working

Posted on 9th Jun 2017 16:49 | By Anonymous

Were the lights on in the camper van? Or were they turned off? Seems a petty point but there’s an important distinction for Shane Palliser and the Tauranga City Council. Because it’s the difference between Shane getting snared in the crackdown...

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‘Dangerous time’ on roads now here

Posted on 8th Jun 2017 07:11 | By Anonymous Author

With June to August traditionally being the most dangerous times on the roads, police have one simple message for drivers – slow down! Winter road conditions play a large part in crashes during these colder months, says Constable Peter from the...

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Bus petition presented to council

Posted on 7th Jun 2017 15:31 | By Ryan Wood ryan@thesun.co.nz

“There’s never been a public outcry like this in Tauranga.” That’s the message Lee-Ann Taylor passed on to regional councillors at today’s informal meeting, during which a petition against proposed bus changes was presented. She’s...

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Weekend Wheels

Posted on 5th May 2017 13:22 | By Anonymous Author

May 6: Season Finale Fireworks Mega Event – BayparkBaypark Family Speedway is ending its season with a bang – with $20,000 worth of fireworks going up in smoke. The Super Stock Rumble will have 36 cars racing at one time – the most ever...

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Weekend Wheels

Posted on 22nd Apr 2017 08:34 | By Anonymous Author

April 22: Franklin Street Rodders show and swap meetFancy a drive north to see some cool cars? The swap meet is at Mauku School, 389 Union Rd, Mauku, near Auckland, from 12.30pm-4pm. There will be hotrods, a drag car fire up, trade demos, spot prizes,...

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Weekend Wheels

Posted on 8th Apr 2017 08:22 | By Anonymous Author

April 9: Crank Up Day of vintage machinery – KatikatiTauranga Vintage Machinery Club’s Crank Up Day on Hot Springs Rd, State Highway 2, will have vintage machinery, vehicles and equipment galore coming to life. Members of other vintage machinery...

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Weekend Wheels

Posted on 24th Mar 2017 11:46 | By Anonymous Author

March 24-26: Beach Hop – Whangamata Beach Hop offers everything you love about classic cars and caravans – and much more. With three days left there’s car shows, car cruises, Rock ‘n’ Roll dancing, a petrolhead vintage market,...

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Drifters call for Baypark return

Posted on 10th Mar 2017 10:20 | By Anonymous

Some of New Zealanders top drifters want to return to ASB Baypark Stadium for another run at the specially-made concrete D1NZ National Drifting Championship circuit.For the first time, the stadium’s infield housed all of the action on February 24-25...

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Weekend Wheels

Posted on 24th Feb 2017 10:18 | By Anonymous Author

March 11: Champion of Champion Sprint Car Series – BayparkBaypark Speedway offers the final round of the Champion of Champion Sprint Car Series with the best drivers from throughout the North Island racing for the overall series title. Also racing...

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Weekend Wheels

Posted on 16th Dec 2016 10:48 | By Anonymous Author

February 24-25, 2017: The 2016-2017 Demon Energy D1NZ National Drifting ChampionshipRound three of the championship will see Tauranga’s ASB Baypark Stadium transformed into a drift circuit, giving fans the closest possible drifting experience. The...

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Weekend Wheels

Posted on 1st Dec 2016 14:59 | By Anonymous Author

February 10-11: Ministocks in Paradise – Rotorua From 6pm-10pm both days competition for the unofficial NZ – or MIP – title for the Youth Ministock Drivers will unfold. Entries number are around the 180-mark and they’ll travel...

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Weekend Wheels

Posted on 7th Oct 2016 09:50 | By Anonymous Author

October 9: The Distinguished Gentlemen’s Ride – Tauranga One day each year, thousands of Distinguished Gentleman and genteel lady folk in cities worldwide – including Tauranga – press their cravats, starch their tweed and sit astride...

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Weekend Wheels

Posted on 9th Sep 2016 10:50 | By Anonymous Author

Bay events:September 24: Tauranga Street Machines & Customs 39th anniversary car show Held in conjunction with Greerton Cherry Blossom Festival, car-lovers can park their beauties on Chadwick Rd. The event is free for car entries and show-goers. Chadwick...

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Are safer cars cheaper cars?

Posted on 2nd Sep 2016 11:03 | By Anonymous Author

Bay of Plenty motorists should be able to purchase safer vehicles at every point in the market according to a new survey that tracks the performance of 266 models.The newly-released 2016 Used Car Safety Ratings guide, which is based on extensive real...

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Weekend Wheels

Posted on 26th Aug 2016 11:03 | By Anonymous Author

Bay events:August 27: Driver Experience 2016Hosted by Alfa Romeo Owners’ Club Bay of Plenty at Taupo Motorsport Park. The non-competitive event is designed to appeal to everyone wanting or needing track time, from newcomers to experienced racers....

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Muscles and motors

Posted on 19th Aug 2016 11:06 | By Anonymous Author

If it’s been on your wish list for years – or banging around in your head for the last five minutes – gentleman, now is your chance to jump in a car and race!The Ford Muscle Car Club of NZ’s annual Taupo Track Day is on Sunday,...

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Rare vehicles wanted

Posted on 12th Aug 2016 11:37 | By Anonymous Author

The Motor Trade Association is celebrating 100 years by hosting its largest ever motoring event on Wellington’s waterfront next April – and its calling on New Zealand’s most spectacular and diverse vehicles to enter a public exhibition.Wellington’s...

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Weekend Wheels

Posted on 12th Aug 2016 11:32 | By Anonymous Author

Bay events:August 27: Driver Experience 2016Hosted by Alfa Romeo Owners’ Club Bay of Plenty at Taupo Motorsport Park. The non-competitive event is designed to appeal to everyone wanting or needing track time, from newcomers to experienced racers....

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Parking where others can’t

Posted on 12th Aug 2016 11:31 | By Anonymous Author

Subaru drivers can now lock in the weekend of August 20-21 for the annual Subaru Top Weekend at Turoa Ski Field. The Subaru Top Weekend ensures Subaru drivers can park where others can’t, with the top 200 carparks reserved for Subaru drivers of...

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Taking Brits to the Beach – really!

Posted on 29th Jul 2016 11:29 | By Anonymous Author

Whangamata’s Brits at the Beach festival is gearing up for this September – but this year cars will be lined up at a new location.Main organiser Colin McCabe says the original site at Williamson Park posed a problem this year – the facility...

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Phil is ready for last round of NZRC

Posted on 29th Jul 2016 11:29 | By Merle Foster merle@thesun.co.nz

Phil Campbell didn’t win back his home crown at the Tauranga Clubman’s Rally on July 17. But claiming second place has given him a confidence boost ahead next month’s last round of the New Zealand Rally Championship. Currently, in ninth...

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Weekend Wheels

Posted on 29th Jul 2016 11:16 | By Anonymous Author

July 30: NZ Toyota GT-Four Owners Club Meet-up & Car ShowThe event is celebrating the NZ Toyota GT-Four Owners Club’s second birthday and encourages GT-Four fans or owners to come along to GEA Process Engineering, 8 Fisher Crescent, Mount Wellington,...

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Treasure hunt wheels out bounty

Posted on 15th Jul 2016 11:02 | By Merle Foster merle@thesun.co.nz

A motorcyclists’ treasure hunt in the Western Bay of Plenty last month has given back to a charity providing 24/7 emergency medical assistance on the same roads the riders wheel out their fun.Bayride Motorcycles was expecting about 60-80 riders...

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