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Slip repairs on eastern highway

Posted on 28th Jul 2017 13:58 | By Anonymous Author

Work on the slip below the road on State Highway 35 at Raukokore began this week, after work crew were diverted to help with reopening the highway at the Waioeka Gorge. Engineers are also currently designing the retaining for the Motu underslip and the...

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Pay and walkaway winning

Posted on 28th Jul 2017 13:06 | By Anonymous Author

Nearly a month after their introduction, Tauranga’s new paperless parking meters have had ‘how to use’ instructions added to them, but fail to remember registration plate details remain customers biggest issue. “The parking team...

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Hit and run driver leaves bumper

Posted on 28th Jul 2017 09:15 | By Anonymous Author

The driver who left the scene of an accident in Welcome Bay Road last night, left his front bumper behind say police. The crash at the intersection with Kaitemako Road happened about 5.40pm in heavy rain. A stationary vehicle waiting to turn was struck...

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Free vehicle safety checks in winter

Posted on 23rd Jul 2017 07:00 | By Anonymous Author

Over 60 Murupara residents received free feedback and advice to promote safer driving over the colder winter months. At the community event, which took place in Murupara for the first time, residents were given a free vehicle safety check, as well as,...

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Traffic cleared on Hewletts Rd

Posted on 22nd Jul 2017 13:14 | By Anonymous Author

UPDATED: Traffic has now dispersed on State Highway Two on Hewletts Road after a truck broke down. A SunLive caller says the traffic flow is now normal with no delays.   EARLIER: A truck has broken down on State Highway Two on Hewletts Road, Tauranga. A...

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Simple tips, crash statistics, and smile

Posted on 22nd Jul 2017 12:41 | By David Tauranga Author

This story, like many others published when the winter season rolls around, will focus on police asking motorists to do simple things to keep themselves and others safe when driving on the roads. And even though road safety is at the forefront of Western...

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Weekend Wheels

Posted on 21st Jul 2017 09:12 | By Anonymous Author

July 22-23: CRC Speedshow - Auckland You may want to consider heading north this weekend for the CRC Speedshow at Auckland’s ASB Showgrounds. The annual event is billed as New Zealand’s ultimate automotive playground, showcasing the finest,...

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Legends of Bathurst coming

Posted on 17th Jul 2017 11:15 | By Anonymous Author

‘Legends of Bathurst’ will be the theme of the 2018 New Zealand Festival of Motorsport to be held at Hampton Downs International Motorsport Park on January 13-14. Recent event themes of the festival have included tributes to Kiwi racing legends...

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Key milestones in NZ’s motoring history

Posted on 14th Jul 2017 11:34 | By Anonymous Author

1896    Cecil Woods of Timaru creates the first New Zealand-built motor vehicle.1898    The first imported motor cars arrive in New Zealand. Member of Parliament, William MacLean, imports two Benz vehicles from France, dubbed...

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Debate over processing of vehicle claims

Posted on 14th Jul 2017 10:43 | By Anonymous Author

The average time taken to repair a vehicle in New Zealand could be reduced by a third if insurers reduce unnecessary red tape according to a new industry survey.New research released by the Collision Repair Association, an industry body covering hundreds...

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Legends of Bathhurst coming

Posted on 14th Jul 2017 10:36 | By Anonymous Author

‘Legends of Bathhurst’ will be the theme of the 2018 New Zealand Festival of Motorsport to be held at Hampton Downs International Motorsport Park on January 13-14.Recent event themes of the festival have included tributes to Kiwi racing legends...

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Getting the best fuel economy

Posted on 14th Jul 2017 10:35 | By Anonymous Author

As the Kiwi love affair with brand new cars continues to grow, how can we make sure we get the best fuel economy from our cars?The latest surveys reveal half of Kiwis would hesitate to buy a car that wasn’t fuel-efficient, yet a series of reports...

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Wrecked car creates hazard for cyclists

Posted on 10th Jul 2017 16:05 | By Anonymous Author

A written-off car could cause further accidents to people using the cycle lane on Cameron Road. The car, which is believed to have been in a previous crash, has been sitting on the western part of Cameron Road adjacent to the hospital for many weeks,...

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Work to remove 4500m3 Waioeka Gorge slip

Posted on 10th Jul 2017 07:20 | By Anonymous Author

Work to remove the slip on State Highway 2, between Opotiki and Gisborne, is well underway with several trucks clearing the debris at both ends. About 1000m3 of debris fell across both lanes on Friday afternoon at the midway point of the Waioeka Gorge,...

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Chaos at college gates

Posted on 8th Jul 2017 11:43 | By Rosalie Liddle Crawford rosalie@thesun.co.nz

Parents of Papamoa College students are raising safety concerns about the traffic chaos they are experiencing when picking their children up from school. The front school gates are usually open, allowing parents to access a pick-up lane at the end of...

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Petrol market may not be competitive

Posted on 5th Jul 2017 07:15 | By Anonymous Author

A study into New Zealand’s retail fuel market confirms it has features which may not be consistent with a workably competitive market. Energy and Resources Minister Judith Collins commissioned the study earlier this year, to examine issues around...

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Dirt racing in Coromandel

Posted on 4th Jul 2017 15:59 | By Anonymous Author

The Goldrush Rally is back again to grind some more dirt on new roads in the Coromandel in August. The competition is into its third year running and this time the racing action will be around a new route in North Coromandel. "This year’s event...

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Person freed from Te Puke Highway crash

Posted on 4th Jul 2017 08:52 | By Andrew Campbell andrew@thesun.co.nz

UPDATED: A person initially trapped in a two car crash near Te Puke has now been freed. Emergency services were called to the crash on Te Puke Highway just before 9am. Fire and Emergency NZ northern communications centre shift manager Paul Radden says...

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Simple solution to traffic woes

Posted on 2nd Jul 2017 11:50 | By Ryan Wood ryan@thesun.co.nz

Would you catch a water taxi to work? That’s what local ferryman Glen Proctor wants to find out from Omokoroa residents. He’s one himself, so he’s seen first-hand the tremendous snarl-up that is State Highway 2 heading into Tauranga...

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Baby girl delivered in electric car

Posted on 30th Jun 2017 13:06 | By Anonymous Author

  Charging into the future, Georgia Wiggins is the first baby to be born in an EV in New Zealand. The Wiggins family, of Wellington, New Zealand welcomed a healthy baby girl weighing 6lbs 13ounces at 12:55am on June 21. Karen’s husband Andrew...

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Weekend Wheels

Posted on 30th Jun 2017 10:23 | By Anonymous Author

July 9: Central North Island Swap Meet & Car Show - RotoruaHosted by the Rotorua Vintage Car Club at Rotorua Stockcar Track, Paradise Valley Rd, this is the 36th Annual Central North Island Swap Meet and Car Show. It features vintage, veteran, classic...

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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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