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Pedestrian hit by vehicle on TEL

Posted on 28th Feb 2017 11:10 | By Anonymous Author

UPDATED: 1.25PM: A section of the Tauranga Eastern Link which was closed following a collision involving a pedestrian and a car has been re-opened. The eastbound lanes of the highway, between the Sandhurst Drive and Bruce Road off-ramps in Papamoa,...

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Car destroyed by fire in Tauranga

Posted on 28th Feb 2017 09:31 | By Andrew Campbell andrew@thesun.co.nz

A small hatchback car was destroyed by fire on 21st Ave in Tauranga, overnight. Northern communications centre shift manager Megan Ruru says appliances from the Greerton station were dispatched to the vehicle fire in Gate Pa shortly after 9.38pm. “When...

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Car-struck man in Waikato Hospital

Posted on 28th Feb 2017 07:40 | By Anonymous Author

The man struck by a car while walking in Wharawhara Road near Katikati on Monday afternoon was flown to Waikato Hospital last night. The 50 year old Rotorua man is critically injured with multiple fractures, states rescue helicopter media liaison Vanessa...

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New Te Puke express bus service

Posted on 27th Feb 2017 10:31 | By Anonymous Author

Customer demand is driving the addition of a new peak hour express bus service between Te Puke and Tauranga starting today. The service has been upgraded after passengers complained to the Bay of Plenty Regional Council of being unable to board the current...

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The power of the people’s car

Posted on 26th Feb 2017 15:00 | By Anonymous Author

“Is it a cool story about old cars that usually don’t go?” asks Steve Cartwright. It’s actually a cool story about a fiesta of VWs, a celebration of Beetles, buggys and bajas, a carnival of Kombis. All of them going and all of...

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Drifting - it's like ballet with cars

Posted on 25th Feb 2017 16:11 | By David Tauranga david@thesun.co.nz

Thick plumes of smoke and the smell of burning rubber is swirling around Mount Maunganui’s ASB Baypark Stadium. Eighty of the country’s best drifters in high-octane cars are battling it out to be crowned number one in the third round of...

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Wairoa man killed in Hawke’s Bay crash

Posted on 25th Feb 2017 09:23 | By Anonymous Author

Police are investigating the cause of a crash which killed a Wairoa man overnight on Friday. Emergency services were called to the single vehicle crash on Mangapapa Bridge on State Highway 38 near Frasertown in the Hawke’s Bay. The sole occupant,...

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Drifters take on Baypark this Saturday

Posted on 24th Feb 2017 16:59 | By Andrew Campbell andrew@thesun.co.nz

More concrete dust than tyre smoke blew through the ASB Baypark Stadium stands on Friday as 80 drivers practiced for the third round of the Demon Energy D1NZ National Drifting Championship. Points leader Cole Armstrong and third place sitter Dave Steedman...

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Drifting to a hometown victory

Posted on 24th Feb 2017 06:53 | By Anonymous Author

No love will be lost between Team Drift Motorsport New Zealand duo Drew Donovan and Jodie Verhulst if the pair come up against each other during the third round of the Demon Energy D1NZ National Drifting Championship at ASB Baypark Stadium. Partners...

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Two-car collision in Te Puke

Posted on 23rd Feb 2017 12:47 | By David Tauranga david@thesun.co.nz

UPDATED 1.15PM: Motorists are being warned the northbound lane of Old Te Puke Highway remains closed following a two-car crash. A police spokesperson says they were notified by ambulance of the crash which occurred at the intersection of Old Te Puke...

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Three-car crash on Cameron Road

Posted on 15th Feb 2017 16:45 | By David Tauranga david@thesun.co.nz

UPDATED 5PM: Cameron Road is now clear following a three-car collision outside the main entranceway to Tauranga Hospital. A reporter at the scene says the three vehicles involved in the crash had been moved to the side of the road and traffic is now...

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Quality fuel at the petrol pump

Posted on 15th Feb 2017 09:44 | By Anonymous Author

New Zealanders can be confident they’re filling up their tanks with good quality fuel, according to a fuel testing report released by Trading Standards. MBIE Trading Standards manager Stephen O’Brien says while the fuel industry completes...

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Car on roof & two injured in SH29 crash

Posted on 14th Feb 2017 17:16 | By David Tauranga david@thesun.co.nz

A car is on its roof and blocking one lane of State Highway 29 following a crash near the summit of the Kaimai Ranges. A police spokesperson says two people have suffered minor injuries as a result of the single vehicle crash which occurred at about...

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Carter hoping to build on solid start

Posted on 13th Feb 2017 09:37 | By Anonymous Author

Motocross is regarded as one of the toughest sports in the world and, thankfully, New Zealand builds rider tough enough to match some of the best on the planet. The 2017 New Zealand Motocross Championships kicked off at Pleasant Point, on the outskirts...

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Nitro Circus riders in town

Posted on 10th Feb 2017 16:48 | By Anonymous Author

Nitro Circus riders signed autographs and spoke to a queue of fans at the Warehouse Fraser Cove on Thursday. It was the riders’ only public appearance ahead of their Tauranga show at Baypark Stadium on Saturday. Featuring 30 of the world’s...

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Vehicle on fire after SH33 crash

Posted on 9th Feb 2017 14:32 | By Anonymous Author

A vehicle has crashed and is on fire on SH33, south of Paengaroa. Police, fire, and ambulance are in attendance. Northern Fire Communications shift manager Paul Radden says Maketu and Te Puke fire service are in attendance, but they don’t have...

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NZ’s youngest drifter’s bright future

Posted on 8th Feb 2017 06:40 | By Anonymous Author

At just 15-years-old, Liam Honnor is New Zealand’s youngest competitive drifter in the Demon Energy D1NZ National Drifting Championship. Typically, young up-and-coming Kiwi racing drivers look to make their way through karting and single seater...

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Mount champ's classy win

Posted on 7th Feb 2017 11:54 | By Anonymous Author

It was business as usual for defending champions Cody Cooper and Hamish Harwood at the opening round of the New Zealand Motocross Championships near Timaru. Mount Maunganui’s Cody and Takapuna-based Takaka man Hamish began the defence of their...

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Section of state highway to close

Posted on 2nd Feb 2017 18:00 | By Anonymous Author

State Highway 29a will be closed between Pyes Pa Road and Oropi Road roundabouts every night from 7pm to 1am, starting Tuesday February 7. The closure will allow major road rehabilitation to take place. The temporary closures will last approximately...

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$500K upgrade for Bay highway

Posted on 2nd Feb 2017 17:02 | By Anonymous Author

More than $500,000 is about to be spent on making it more difficult for people to die on the section of State Highway 34, between Kawerau and Te Teko. The $540,000 project will involve installing rumble strips on parts of the 100 km/h area, extending...

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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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Weekend Wheels

Posted on 15th Jul 2016 10:46 | By Anonymous Author

Bay eventsJuly 17: Tauranga Clubman’s Rally Motorsport Bay of Plenty’s highlight event of the year sees 50 cars in five classes race a course of 80km on mostly gravel at TECT All Terrain Park, on forestry roading, plus public roads nearby...

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Phil’s battle to retain crown

Posted on 15th Jul 2016 09:36 | By Merle Foster merle@thesun.co.nz

Phil Campbell hasn’t had the best year rallying – but he’s hoping to redeem himself on home turf at this Sunday’s Tauranga Clubman’s Rally, which he has won for the last two years.Hosted by Motorsport Bay of Plenty, 50 cars...

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David’s drive to win championship

Posted on 1st Jul 2016 12:19 | By Anonymous Author

Tauranga’s David Holder is driving into Rally Gisborne tomorrow with a six-point lead up his sleeve in the Brian Green Property Group New Zealand Rally Championship. Inset: David Holder. Above: The Mount Maunganui rally driver’s Stadium Finance...

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Baby boomer’s best prepared

Posted on 1st Jul 2016 12:11 | By Anonymous Author

Baby boomer motorists – drivers aged 50-59 – are best prepared for treacherous conditions according to a new survey by one company offering insurance in New Zealand. The IAG Safety Meter Index shows nine out of 10 baby boomers had checked...

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Expertise and value for money

Posted on 1st Jul 2016 12:09 | By Anonymous Author

Brian Roderick knows imported cars inside and out – he’s been selling cars in Tauranga since the 1970s. And if you take a pit-stop at Brian Roderick Motors today, not only will you receive his expertise – you’ll also get value...

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Weekend Wheels

Posted on 1st Jul 2016 12:04 | By Anonymous Author

Bay Events: July 16-17: Tauranga Clubman’s Rally Hosted by Motorsport Bay of Plenty, the event runs from 3pm-5pm at TECT All Terrain Park, Pyes Pa, Tauranga. Details: www.mbop.org.nz July 17: The 36th Annual Central North Island Swap Meet & Car...

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