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Bird 'senselessly' killed in Tauranga

Posted on 13th Jan 2017 06:41 | By

It was a mindless act of violence and cruelty. A fluffy little white-fronted tern chick in a specially constructed nest on an old abutment on the Hairini Bridge in Tauranga has been killed by a rock deliberately thrown from the bridge. The nesting terns offer a fascinating up close and personal insight into life in the bird colony, but unfortunately,...

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Waterfront construction on show

Posted on 12th Jan 2017 07:00 | By

The Tauranga waterfront construction work is on schedule, with the build of the new pier, pontoon and tidal stairs which form part of the Access to Water project. “At the moment work is focused on finishing the ground foundations and the reinforced concrete for the tidal steps,” says Tauranga City Transformation General Manager Jaine Lovell-Gadd....

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Last cruise ships of the year

Posted on 31st Dec 2016 12:02 | By

Keen ship spotters and cruise enthusiasts may have spotted two cruise ships docking in Tauranga today. Cruise liners Radiance of the Sea and Maasdam stopped at Tauranga Port earlier this morning, and brought with them about 3000 passengers to Tauranga. Both ships came from New Zealand ports – the Maasdam from Napier and the Radiance of the Seas...

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Massive sunfish netted

Posted on 30th Dec 2016 16:15 | By

The crew of the Taurus returned to Sulphur Point Marina this afternoon with a large sunfish on board. They had been fishing out near Mayor Island when they saw a fishing net drifting in the water, with the sunfish caught in it.   “It got caught in a net. Not our net. The net was just floating in the water when we saw it,” says...

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On board Ovation of the Seas

Posted on 26th Dec 2016 16:05 | By

What else can you say about Ovation of the Sea – she’s an absolute stunner. The mega cruise ship is currently berthed in the Port of Tauranga and SunLive photographer Bruce Barnard was lucky enough to wander around the vessel which is longer than three rugby fields (348m), has a gross tonnage of 168,666 and costs a cool USD $1 billion...

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What’s swimming in the shallows?

Posted on 20th Dec 2016 10:34 | By

If you’re heading to Whaler Cove for a dip this summer, be assured the locals are welcoming and ready to party! The rays are ever-present, as usual, and there is 7ft Bronze Whaler which frequents the southern end of Great Mercury Island.    “I’d just got back to the boat after a dive and had a Sony Action cam handy, on one...

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Unexpected arrival, and a wedding

Posted on 28th Nov 2016 18:00 | By

A cruise ship turned up unexpectedly in Tauranga this morning. Radiance of the Seas arrived just after 7am for a day visit, their first port of call since leaving Melbourne. Port of Tauranga commercial manager Leonard Sampson confirms the vessel was not scheduled to be here. “We understand they have altered their route from the South Island due...

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Sharks filmed snacking on gutted fish

Posted on 28th Nov 2016 10:05 | By

Tossing gutted fish into Tauranga Harbor brought a pair of surprise scavengers after a snack. Bruce Adams filmed a pair of “good sized” bronze whaler sharks tussling for a gutted fish when he and friends were cleaning fish in the harbor recently. “We’d been fishing out at Three Mile and caught quite a bit of Tarakihi, and we...

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Remembering the Rena five years on

Posted on 5th Oct 2016 07:44 | By

Five years ago today the containership Rena drove itself onto Astrolabe reef at about 17 knots, ensuring it was stuck fast - and opening a cascade of environmental damage that engrossed the nation. Rena was a panamax container ship, 236m long, 32m wide and weighing in at 47,231 tonnes deadweight, with a cargo capacity of 3,351TEU, twenty foot equivalent...

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Severe quake rattles Bay residents

Posted on 2nd Sep 2016 07:12 | By

Bay of Plenty residents have reported being woken by the 7.1 earthquake that struck 130km north-east of Te Araroa at a depth of 55km at 4.37am. A Welcome Bay resident says it felt like a gentle rocking. Matt Cowley posted this pic on his twitter feed this morning saying: "the irony in front of the tsunami evac sign. Waves could be over 1m. Don’t...

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Surfing up a storm in the Bay

Posted on 23rd May 2016 17:03 | By

Last Monday he watched a pod of Orcas cruise by. Then today Papamoa fisherman John Howlett encountered a four to five metre beaked whale – possibly a Gray’s beaked whale. The Gray’s beaked whale filmed by John Howlett. Video: John Howlett. “From my description DOC said it was a beaked whale of some sort. A beautiful animal.” But...

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Kill switch reminder

Posted on 12th May 2016 07:43 | By

A man who’s boat was left going round in circles in Tauranga Harbour while he struggled to a nearby sandbank is a clear reminder of the need to use the stop lanyard. Bill, aged 83, was boating alone in a small Fyran aluminium dinghy, the aptly-named, “Free Willy” last Friday. Bill’s boat – Free Willy - was left going round...

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Whakatane boat sinks after fire

Posted on 19th Jan 2016 06:52 | By

The vessel that caught fire with 60 people on board near Whakatane is now on the ocean floor. All 53 passengers and seven crew were rescued from the boat – the Whakatane-based Peejay 5 - when it caught fire about 1km offshore. Read more here. A boat caught fire near Whakatane yesterday afternoon. Photo: Supplied Police were notified of the boat’s...

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On board the Explorer

Posted on 11th Dec 2015 06:45 | By

Ever looked up at one of the cruise ships that dominate the Mount Maunganui skyline over the summer months and wondered what life on board was like? SunLive has, and we were lucky enough to be invited to spend a day on the luxurious Explorer of the Seas liner this week to find out for ourselves.The pool deck on the Explorer of the Seas. All photos &...

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Your thoughts on sea lettuce

Posted on 28th Nov 2015 14:51 | By

Bay of Plenty residents are being warned to expect beaches to turn green over the coming months, with a severe lettuce season predicted. With a strong El Nino weather pattern predicted this summer, Tauranga City and Bay of Plenty Regional Councils are bracing themselves for a busy sea lettuce season around Tauranga Harbour. Bay of Plenty Regional Council...

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One kayak, two people, six dolphins

Posted on 21st Aug 2015 13:50 | By

About a month ago, my partner Karina and I had the pleasure of walking a stunning coastal track near Whangamata in the Coromandel. Whilst on the track, and to our delight, a pod of Bottlenose dolphins swam by as they hugged the shoreline. I was able to get some photos but I remember thinking at the time that I had to get back there at some stage to...

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VIDEO: Thar she blows

Posted on 23rd Jul 2015 08:06 | By

Allan Birt was nursing a broken arm after falling off the roof. But when presented with the opportunity to get up close and personal with an eight-metre southern right whale off Mount Maunganui Beach yesterday afternoon, he forgot all about his injury. The Rotorua man, holidaying at his bach on Marine Parade, was on his kayak within moments of the sighting. Phill...

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Lake restocked after poaching

Posted on 2nd Jul 2015 08:10 | By

A year after poachers decimated a tributary of Lake Rotoiti, Fish & Game staff have returned to the area with a special release of young trout. The fingerlings have been raised in the Eastern Region Fish & Game hatchery at Ngongotaha, with staff carefully calculating the impact of the poaching by releasing 1000 15-month-old fish. Eastern Region Fish...

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Hawaii is awesome!

Posted on 27th Jun 2015 06:52 | By

Hawaii! I mean WOW, where do I even start on this adventure? Following my ’Tauranga Moana is Awesome 2’ video, I wanted to see how parts of Hawaii compared to what we have here in the Tauranga, in the sense of marine life, and the magic of Hawaii certainly did not disappoint. Autumn in NZ is a great time to get away and soak in some last...

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A dream of orcas

Posted on 20th Jun 2015 07:04 | By

Every once in a blue moon I’m fortunate enough to be in the right place at the right time. This experience was one of those very rare, but truly magical encounters. This was to be a day of trialling a new kayak and Kim from Paddling Perfection kayaks drove down from Auckland the night before with a demo boat for me to take out the next day. Since...

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Oil spill impacts on marina

Posted on 29th Apr 2015 14:57 | By

Further impact from Monday’s oil spill has emerged at the Tauranga Bridge Marina, where oil from under the Mount wharf has contaminated berths, boats, fenders and lines. And while the Bridge Marina Travelift may be back in operation, the dock itself is dirty and the water contaminated says director Lucy Goodchap. Many bridge marina boats, lines...

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VIDEO: Harbour clean up continues

Posted on 29th Apr 2015 09:09 | By

Iwi representatives, scientists and clean-up staff from the regional council are meeting on Motuopuhi (Rat Island) this morning to agree on a collaborative approach as the response to Monday’s spill moves into its second day. The strong northerly wind that accompanied the oil spill on Monday’s incoming tide means most of the heavy fuel oil...

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VIDEO: Cyclone Pam moves Rena wreck

Posted on 23rd Apr 2015 09:54 | By

New sonar surveys have confirmed that the wreck of the Rena has shifted further down the Astrolabe Reef and is breaking up. A multibeam survey carried out by ADUS DeepOcean surveyors between the 18th and 23rd of March has confirmed further deterioration of the wreck. Video shot by NZDS divers of the areas they will be working in. Source: Rena Project...

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Insurers respond to toxic Rena claims

Posted on 14th Mar 2015 09:53 | By

An ecological survey and video footage covering Astrolabe Reef has been published in what the Rena insurance company says will give people a chance to make up their own minds about the toxicity of the wreck. This comes in the wake of claims from New Zealand First conservation spokesperson Clayton Mitchell, who says as labelled claims that the reef is...

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VIDEO: Catch some rays

Posted on 7th Mar 2015 06:52 | By

Tauranga naturalist Nathan Pettigrew introduces his latest stunning video, which features spectacular footage of eagle rays close to Goat Island marine reserve, north of Auckland. Nathan Pettigrew on his recent trip to Goat Island marine reserve. On a whirlwind trip up to Auckland to give a talk on marine life, a mate and I managed a quick stop at...

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VIDEO New twist in Moko dolphin tale

Posted on 6th Mar 2015 08:39 | By

He came with a message, he enchanted us and now, finally, he’s been reclaimed by the sea. The Matakana Island sand dunes, the burial site of Moko the male bottlenose dolphin, has been desecrated by storms and tides and it’s most likely his remains have been washed back out to sea. Moko – forever a charmer. Photos: Andy Belcher. “There...

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VIDEO: Eagle Ray: underwater jet fighter

Posted on 14th Feb 2015 07:42 | By

The Eagle Ray, or whai repo in Te Reo Maori, is a very common sight around beaches here in Tauranga and around the North Island and top of the South Island. Known as kaitiaki or guardians, these underwater fliers are the jet fighters of the sea and though their tails lack the lethalness of stingrays, they more than make up for it in speed and agility....

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Thundercats to roar in the Bay

Posted on 23rd Jan 2015 10:42 | By

High-speed inflatable boats will roar across Bay waters this weekend as Thundercats return to the city, offering water-filled action as competitors jockey for position in the sport’s national series. Tomorrow, the boats will race two laps around Matakana Island from 10.15am in what Thundercats’ vice president Brad Stark says is the series’...

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Ocean acidification: The facts

Posted on 21st Jan 2015 12:03 | By

High levels of toxic algae has seen a shellfish poisoning warning issued for the Thames/Coromandel coastline. But what does that mean? Toxin levels in shellfish are more than 20 times the level at which warnings are issued, and may still be rising, says MPI Principal Adviser Animal Products, Jim Sim. This video has been produced to highlight ocean acidification...

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Ocean acidification: The facts

Posted on 21st Jan 2015 11:45 | By

High levels of toxic algae has seen a shellfish poisoning warning issued for the Bay of Plenty and Thames/Coromandel coastline. But what does that mean? Toxin levels in shellfish are more than 20 times the level at which warnings are issued, and may still be rising, says MPI Principal Adviser Animal Products, Jim Sim. This video has been produced to...

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Drones offer new surf dimension

Posted on 21st Jan 2015 09:39 | By

Mount Maunganui’s scenic splendors and surf lifesaving action will be on full display at this weekend’s Eastern Region surf lifesaving championships, thanks to a fleet of drones. In a New Zealand first, the drones will live-stream coverage of the on-water action back to the beach, showcasing more than 1000 athletes taking part and supplying...

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The big blue of Tauranga Moana

Posted on 18th Jan 2015 10:31 | By

The power of the ocean and its inhabitants. It’s something that has fascinated me since I was a young boy, with all its creatures in a real ’good vs evil’ kind of world. You know: the sharks vs the dolphins, kind of world. Although my life is completely different now, these incredible sights of nature were something I was not able...

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Jet skier still in hospital

Posted on 4th Nov 2014 09:21 | By

A free-style jet skier injured during a display at the Tauranga Waterfront at the weekend remains in Waikato Hospital. Adrian De Villers was performing a jet ski display at part of the Tauranga Boat Expo and was in the mid-air when he dropped from the jet ski and into the water. A screen shot of the video that captured Adrian’s accident. Video:...

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Searching in trying conditions

Posted on 2nd Oct 2014 12:46 | By

Lifeguards, Police and Land Search and Rescue teams are continuing shoreline and water searches around the Mount for a missing five-year-old boy, and are looking for sea conditions to ease this afternoon. A police dive squad searching the rocks near Shelley Beach where the boy was sucked into the sea 24 hours ago, have stopped because of conditions,...

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Fisherman asked God for help

Posted on 26th Sep 2014 08:00 | By

Wayne Redman’s not a religious man, but he called in a favour from a divine authority when confronted with death on Tauranga Harbour last Friday night. “I looked up and said to Him, ‘I look after your number one girl that’s my partner. Now you can look after me’,” the 60-year-old told SunLive. Wayne Redman survived...

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Boaties rescue desperate kayaker

Posted on 8th Sep 2014 13:40 | By

UPDATED 2.25PM: Pulling alongside a man clinging to his overturned kayak at sea, Mount Maunganui fisher Deb Posa immediately thought “This guy won’t last much longer”. Deb, onboard ‘Songbird’ with father Des Southall and friend Sonja Crossman were fishing in front of Harrisons Cut, Papamoa when they heard cries for help...

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Sea of adventure awaits

Posted on 5th Sep 2014 09:25 | By

A taste of life at sea could be on the cards for families this Fathers’ Day, as Tauranga Yacht and Power Boat Club members make their keelboats, catamarans and skippering skills to the public on September 7. Organiser Stuart Pedersen says the event, between 12.30pm-4pm, will give families the chance to enjoy something different to traditional...

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Close encounter with orca

Posted on 23rd Aug 2014 12:38 | By

A pod of orca spotted near Moturiki [Leisure Island] off Mount Main Beach yesterday caused a bit of stir with people gathering on the beach to see the marine animals. Iwan Thomas and Kenneth Macpherson from Assault Boardriding Centre took to the water yesterday to see the orca. Iwan Thompson getting up close with the orca spotted off the beach between...

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Government undecided on Rena

Posted on 26th Jul 2014 06:58 | By

The Government is running out of time to decide on whether its own submission, worth $10.4 million, will be made on the resource consent application to leave the Rena wreck on Astrolabe Reef. The Bay of Plenty Regional Council’s 40-day submission period closes on August 8. Prime Minister John Key in Papamoa. Photo: Rachael Clarke. The Rena’s...

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Rena application open to public

Posted on 9th Jun 2014 16:49 | By

A resource consent application from the Rena’s owners and insurers to leave the remaining wreck on Astrolabe Reef is online and submissions are invited from the public. Bay of Plenty Regional Council today accepted the four volume consent application after taking the last week to assess the application lodged on Friday, May 30. BOP Regional Council...

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Sex in the sea

Posted on 2nd Apr 2014 10:42 | By

The most incredible day unfolded for us, in a secluded bay on a secluded island, off the coast of Coromandel on Sunday. Waking up in Coralie Bay is always special, but we had no idea what was in store for us. A small pod of nine dolphins surrounded the yacht at daybreak and were ready for a full day of action. A handful of other boats cleared out to...

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Rena piece enters harbour

Posted on 13th Mar 2014 12:35 | By

UPDATED: 5.20pm. The Rena bridge section has arrived in harbour on the RMG1000 barge. The first section of the Rena’s sunken stern was towed in, more than two years after the ship struck the Astrolabe Reef.  The Rena bridge section. The 350 tonne section is part of the accommodation or ‘house’ block in the aft section of the...

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Thundercats ready to roar

Posted on 17th Jan 2014 15:35 | By

The rip-roaring of high-speed inflatable boats will descend upon Tauranga this weekend, as the Thundercats take the city by storm. Competitors in the national Thundercat series will race in two events; the first testing longevity and strategy in Tauranga on Saturday; and the second boasting jumps, thrills and spills at Tay Street on Sunday. One man...

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Earth moves at Baypark

Posted on 13th Jan 2014 11:38 | By

Almost 200 truckloads of dirt are being trucked out of ASB Baypark from today as the stadium prepares to host a world-first jet boating event. Baypark will host round two of the high-octane ENZED V8 Jetsprint Championship series on Saturday, January 25 – the first time V8 jet sprint races have been held in an enclosed seated arena.  World...

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Hooking into the Carmichael eels

Posted on 12th Jan 2014 10:28 | By

Evidence someone’s been fishing for eels in Bethlehem’s Gordon Carmichael Reserve is being carried round by one of the reserve’s eels – a large, shiny red fishhook sticking out of one eye. The eels are gathering in the reserve because people are feeding them. The ‘no fishing’ signs don’t protect the eels. The...

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A versatile combination

Posted on 18th Mar 2014 16:16 | By Brian Rogers

This is the story of Bob the Barge. He’s not your average barge. Bob started life as a sailing catamaran; an unfinished project. He’ll probably end up sailing again one day – but in the meantime, he’s got a real job to do. 2.7 tonnes of wharf piles and concrete. Early sea trials with our expert test panelists. We bought Bob,...

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Summer on the sea

Posted on 21st Jan 2014 09:50 | By Brian Rogers

The summer cruising season is well underway with some stunning bursts of great weather. Boaties in the Coromandel and Bay of Plenty have enjoyed mainly fine conditions, although water temperatures seem to be a little slow to rise in the New Year, to the disappointment of the game fishing fraternity and the surprise of a few divers. Despite this, there...

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Ground Breaking Stabicraft

Posted on 30th Oct 2013 11:43 | By Brian Rogers

Stabi-craft are back in town and the first of the new generation designs has hit the waters off Tauranga. The latest is the smallest of the hard tops, the 1850, and the new agent Mastertech Marine has set it up with a Suzuki 115hp. Stabi-craft have been notably absent from the Western Bay for a number of years, but with Mastertech taking on the franchise,...

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Waitanguru

Posted on 30th Oct 2013 11:32 | By Brian Rogers

There she sat in Parapara Bay at Great Mercury, basking in the orange glow of a perfect Coromandel sunset. Thirty feet or so of well-travelled kauri, oozing a thousand stories of coastal seafaring. The old launch is a familiar sight in the waters of the Coromandel and Bay of Plenty – but this day it’s the name that catches my attention....

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Hot new boat from Buccaneer

Posted on 29th Oct 2013 11:54 | By Andrew Campbell

This boat is so new we didn’t have time to get it in the water before Waterline went to print, so we talked to one of the people who knows a lot about it, Ryan Carmichael at Master Tech Marine. The Buccaneer 440 Esprite is a new model off a new mould and it’s just been released. Master Tech are selling it with a 60 horse Suzuki four stroke,...

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Sou-east

Posted on 3rd Oct 2013 16:11 | By Anonymous Author

Designed by Fred Wilkins and built by Lane Motor Boat Company in Auckland. With personally selected kauri from Totara North, Fred placed an order with Lanes to build his launch Sou-East, named after South East Bay on Mayor Island which was the then famous site of the Tauranga Game Fishing Club. Sou-East was launched on Christmas Eve 1946, just in time...

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