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Four laning round Lake Karapiro

Posted on 1st May 2017 10:56 | By Anonymous Author

A new four lane highway further away from Lake Karapiro is the favoured option for building a wider safe section of State Highway 1, between Cambridge and the SH29 intersection at Pairere. The NZ Trasnport Agency says the final route will be determined...

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Speedway fireworks & meeting postponed

Posted on 29th Apr 2017 15:55 | By David Tauranga david@thesun.co.nz

Due to the bad weather, Baypark Speedway has been forced to call off what was meant to be final event of the speedway season tonight. But promoter Bernie Gillion says the Fireworks Extravaganza and Harry Fredrickson Gold Cup has not been cancelled,...

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Crossing arm fault blocks traffic

Posted on 27th Apr 2017 17:25 | By Anonymous Author

Barrier arms on the rail crossing at Te Maunga are being operated by hand dafter a fault resulted in them blocking access from SH2 to SH27 earlier this evening. At one stage commuter traffic was backed up from Te Maunga to the Maungatapu overbridge. Drivers...

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Holder aims for podium finish

Posted on 27th Apr 2017 17:07 | By Anonymous Author

Hyundai rally driver David Holder and co-driver Jason Farmer aim to continue their good form in Whangarei as they tackle the second of their New Zealand Rally Championship appearances in the Hyundai i20 AP4+ rally car. Following his hard-fought win at...

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Tauranga driver wins drifting champs

Posted on 26th Apr 2017 16:59 | By Anonymous Author

Tauranga driver Cole Armstrong, takes both the round victory and title win in emphatic style at South Auckland’s Pukekohe Park to make the perfect end to the 2016–’17 Demon Energy D1NZ National Drifting Championship Cole defeated fellow...

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Campbell eager to tackle Whangarei

Posted on 26th Apr 2017 09:03 | By Anonymous Author

Tauranga’s Phil Campbell is eager to get underway when the second round of the Brian Green Property Group New Zealand Rally Championship, the International Rally of Whangarei, gets underway this Friday.   Campbell had initially planned on...

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Maximus by name and nature

Posted on 26th Apr 2017 06:46 | By Anonymous Author

Bay of Plenty’s Maximus Purvis lived up to his name at the 2017 New Zealand Junior Motocross Championships in Taranaki at the weekend. The results were truly maximum ones for the 16-year-old Yamaha hero from Mangakino after topping both the 14-16...

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SH36 still closed after fatal crash

Posted on 25th Apr 2017 09:34 | By Anonymous Author

Police say State Highway 36 will remain closed today following the fatal crash between Pyes Pa Road and Te Matai Road on Monday afternoon. A 63-year-old Rotorua man was killed when his truck and trailer unit went down a bank in the Mangorewa Gorge on...

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Bay driver killed in gorge crash

Posted on 24th Apr 2017 18:28 | By Anonymous Author

The truck driver killed in a crash on State Highway 36 has been confirmed by police as a Bay of Plenty man. Police say a 63-year-old Rotorua man was killed when his truck and trailer unit went down a bank in the Mangorewa Gorge on SH36. The highway also...

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Z helping the EV revolution

Posted on 23rd Apr 2017 13:20 | By Anonymous Author

Z Energy and ChargeNet NZ are installing three more rapid-charge electric vehicle charging stations by the end of April to help extend the country’s EV charging network. The new charging stations, supplied by ChargeNet NZ, will shortly join the...

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One injured in SH2 crash near Katikati

Posted on 22nd Apr 2017 12:30 | By David Tauranga david@thesun.co.nz

UPDATED 1PM: One person has been transported to hospital with moderate injuries following a crash on State Highway 2 north of Katikati. NZ Fire Service northern communications centre shift manager Paul Radden says the two vehicle crash occurred near...

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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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Final stage of B2B upgrade to start May

Posted on 21st Apr 2017 16:58 | By Anonymous Author

The New Zealand Transport Agency has confirmed the final stage of Tauranga’s Baypark to Bayfair Link Upgrade will get underway in May. CPB Contractors have been awarded the contract to build the second and final phase of the project which includes...

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Armstrong hunting maiden title

Posted on 21st Apr 2017 15:13 | By Anonymous Author

To win a championship – you’ve got to be reliable. That’s what Tauranga drifter Cole Armstrong believes will make or break his hopes of winning the 2016/17 Demon Energy D1NZ National Drifting Championship at Pukekohe Park this weekend. With...

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‘Frustrating’ Te Puna detour on hold

Posted on 20th Apr 2017 07:33 | By Letitia Atkinson letitia@thesun.co.nz

The Te Puna detour which saw hundreds of motorists voice their frustration on social media has been put on hold. The NZT Transport Agency was trialling the detour around Te Puna yesterday. One motorists who called SunLive says it took his wife 30-40...

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Waimana Gorge closed

Posted on 19th Apr 2017 12:55 | By Anonymous Author

State Highway 2, through the Waimana Gorge, is closed by a large slip just south of Stanley Road. It’s expected to take weeks to clear, with the NZTA stating the highway through the gorge will probably be closed until later this month or early...

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Te Puna detour on trial

Posted on 19th Apr 2017 11:11 | By Anonymous Author

A road detour around the Te Puna roundabout construction zone begins today, to give construction teams better access to the site. Removing southbound light vehicles from the site will give the construction team better access and allow them to seal...

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Better bus ticketing on the way

Posted on 18th Apr 2017 13:19 | By Anonymous Author

Bus passengers in the Bay of Plenty will have improved ticketing by June next year. Bay of Plenty Regional Council has been working with eight other councils to secure a new ticketing system to replace the ageing technology currently in use. Spokesperson...

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The orchestrator behind the spanner

Posted on 16th Apr 2017 07:00 | By Merle Foster merle@thesun.co.nz

Usually, we associate the glory of car racing with the man behind the wheel. But a lot of what goes on under the bonnet and at the hand of the spanner has a huge effect on how the cars – and their drivers – race. Just ask Tauranga’s...

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Man fined $400 for 'driving lesson'

Posted on 15th Apr 2017 12:04 | By Anonymous Author

The man at the centre of a video showing a young boy driving a vehicle through the Whitianga township has been fined by police. “The child and his parents have all been spoken to by police. A man has been fined for aiding and abetting...

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Avis to install defibs at branches

Posted on 15th Apr 2017 10:47 | By Anonymous Author

The Heart Foundation applauds a new initiative from Avis Rent A Car, that will help fight New Zealand’s biggest killer – heart disease. The rental car network is the provider to install life-saving defibrillators at 20 locations throughout...

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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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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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