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Māori berry company Miro could rival kiwifruit's Zespri
Māori berry company Miro could rival kiwifruit's Zespri
A Māori-owned and operated berry company based in Tauranga believes it could be as successful as Zespri - and experts say the berry export industry has the potential to rival kiwifruit.  Miro plans to become an export success story by putting tunnel houses on 500ha of underutilised...
AIMS Games end on high note
AIMS Games end on high note
The sun shone for six straight days as close to 11,000 young athletes took to the field, the court, the track, the pool and just about every other sporting arena imaginable.  The 15th Anchor AIMS Games – a week in which old records were broken and new friendships were forged – are...
Tauranga property market looking to flourish in spring
Tauranga property market looking to flourish in spring
Tauranga real estate experts say sale volumes are expected to pick up over spring, with buyers eyeing up "fresh" new properties to the market.  Real Estate Institute of New Zealand's latest data showed Tauranga sale volumes dropped 11.1 per cent to 240 in August 2018 from 270 in...
One Love 2019 announced final line-up, plus camping experience
One Love 2019 announced final line-up, plus camping experience
A new campground facility and final line-up have been announced for One Love 2019.  The Tauranga reggae, roots, soul and RnB music festival has released its final line up today, as well as news of the off-site...
Festival of Architecture in Tauranga
Festival of Architecture in Tauranga
Have you ever watched a movie in a Tauranga laneway, worn a virtual reality headset to bring drawings to life or designed a city using lego?  If not, these are some of the experiences on offer at this year's Festival of Architecture where a range of events are running until September...
Frocks on Bikes' vintage ride
Frocks on Bikes' vintage ride
If you spot a gathering of ladies dressed in the vintage era cycling around the streets of Tauranga tomorrow, no, you haven't travelled back in time.  You have encountered Frocks on Bikes Tauranga - celebrating 125 years since women gained the...
Te Puke students impress Google's head of education
Te Puke students impress Google's head of education
Te Puke High School students have impressed Google's Australia and New Zealand head of education Suan Yeo with how they use drones and virtual reality in the classroom.  Yeo flew across the ditch last week to see firsthand how Te Puke High School integrates technology into its...
Avocado conference shows industry growth
Avocado conference shows industry growth
It is a tribute to the growth across the avocado industry and across horticulture that we had the honour of our Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern attending and opening our New Zealand Avocado International Industry Conference last...
Marty Grenfell takes up Tauranga City Council's top job
Marty Grenfell takes up Tauranga City Council's top job
His name's not on his office door yet, but former police officer Marty Grenfell has stepped into his new job as chief executive of the Tauranga City Council.  The Whakatāne District Council, which Grenfell has led for the past seven years, formally handed him over to Tauranga in a...
Dame Val to open AIMS Games
Dame Val to open AIMS Games
Tauranga Intermediate cross-country runner Renee Carey has her eye on setting a record - and given her recent results it's a goal that's within her reach.  The 11-year-old is one of 10,800 young athletes representing 326 schools next week at the 15th Anchor Aims Games, New...
Prime Minister to visit Tauranga this week
Prime Minister to visit Tauranga this week
Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern will make her first official visit to Tauranga as Prime Minister on Wednesday.  Her office confirmed that, while she has visited other Bay of Plenty centres since taking office, this will be her first time in Tauranga since the election campaign last...
Thousands visit new CBD container village
Thousands visit new CBD container village
Organisers estimate more than 2000 people visited new CBD retail and eatery destination Our Place for its official opening day.  The ribbon was cut to open the Willow St container village on the site of the demolished civic administration building on Saturday...
Increase in car registrations in Tauranga - a sign of strong economy
Increase in car registrations in Tauranga - a sign of strong economy
There are more personal and commercial vehicles on Tauranga roads than ever before - and city leaders say this is a reflection of Tauranga's growing economy and population.  According to the latest Infometrics Quarterly Economic Monitor Report, provided by Priority One, Tauranga's...
Can kiwifruit ease exercise-induced stress?
Can kiwifruit ease exercise-induced stress?
Kiwifruit may help combat a female stress response to exercise that's linked to menstrual dysfunction, infertility and osteoporosis later in life.  Scientists have begun investigating whether the vitamin C-rich food might ease exercise-induced stress in women, and were seeking participants...
Groups in line for $6.8m funding boost
Groups in line for $6.8m funding boost
A "record" $6.8 million worth of funding will be available to Western Bay of Plenty community organisations next year.  BayTrust chairman Kenneth Brown said they were able to increase their funding for 2019 to a record $6.8m because of their strong balance...
Tauranga new pop-up container village to open
Tauranga new pop-up container village to open
Tauranga's new pop-up container village will officially open next weekend.  Our Place on Willow St, created by Little Big Events, will open with a free event on August 25.  From 10am there will be free face painting, a photo booth, live music and workshops, as well as a cinema...
Small houses 'outperforming' larger ones in Bay of Plenty offer chance to upgrade
Small houses 'outperforming' larger ones in Bay of Plenty offer chance to upgrade
Smaller home values have "outperformed" larger home values in Tauranga and the Western Bay over the past five years, with first-home buyers among those creating...
Council receives money from Government to help manage freedom camping
Council receives money from Government to help manage freedom camping
The Western Bay of Plenty District Council has been granted $340,000 to help manage freedom camping this summer.  The council applied to the Government for additional funding through the Tourism Facilities Development Grants Fund to manage and improve facilities and monitoring for the...
Almost $500k NZ Community Trust grants awarded in BoP region in July
Almost $500k NZ Community Trust grants awarded in BoP region in July
New Zealand Community Trust awarded almost $500,000 of grants in the Bay of Plenty region in July.  AIMS Games Trust - $102,450 - Towards field set-up and pack-down costs for rugby sevens and football, marquee and equipment hire, media liaison services, salary of finance manager and St John...
New record for commercial builds
New record for commercial builds
Tauranga's building boom could see another record smashed with the value of building projects consented in the city 11 per cent higher than this time last year.  Priority One's latest monthly building consents report showed $547.45 million worth of building consents had been issued in...
Bold vision for prime Tauranga waterfront
Bold vision for prime Tauranga waterfront
The potential to transform Dive Cres has been revealed in an architect's vision for the northern end of Tauranga's downtown waterfront.  Called Taumata Kahawai, it was described by the council's city transformation chairman Larry Baldock as a blue-sky...
New multimillion-dollar townhouse development at Owens Place
New multimillion-dollar townhouse development at Owens Place
A multimillion-dollar townhouse development is taking shape in a commercial area at Owens Place in Mount Maunganui.  Two separate building consents valued at $12 million each were issued to Bayfair Developments for 72 townhouses built in seven blocks across 17-23 Owens Place in November...
Proposed special housing development in Pāpāmoa, homes starting at $200,000
Proposed special housing development in Pāpāmoa, homes starting at $200,000
Nearly 80 new affordable homes costing as little as $200,000 could be built in Pāpāmoa if a proposed special housing development goes ahead.  Developer Bluehaven Holdings has asked Tauranga City Council to make a vacant suburban residential site at 4 Emerald Shores Dr a special housing...
Employers warn of crisis in struggle to find New Zealand workers
Employers warn of crisis in struggle to find New Zealand workers
Employers warn of a looming crisis if New Zealanders continue to turn their nose up at available work.  And those struggling to fill vacancies are calling on the Government to help.  Representatives from the trucking, kiwifruit and aged care industries each warn that a crisis is coming if...
Wharf St embarking to become Tauranga's Eat Street
Wharf St embarking to become Tauranga's Eat Street
A vital step has been taken in the project to transform Wharf St into a pedestrian-friendly ''eat street'' by Christmas next year.  Tauranga City Council's city transformation committee unanimously agreed to spend $190,000 preparing a detailed design for Wharf...
Tauranga foreshore walkway another step closer
Tauranga foreshore walkway another step closer
The on-again off-again project to build a walkway linking Memorial Park with Tauranga's city centre is a step closer to reality.  An engineering report on the feasibility of building the 900 metre walkway and cycleway was considered by the council's city transformation committee...
$1.6m pedestrian and cycling overbridge opened in Tauranga
$1.6m pedestrian and cycling overbridge opened in Tauranga
A $1.6 million pedestrian and cycling overbridge across State Highway 29 Takitimu Dr in Tauranga has been officially opened and blessed.  A blue ribbon hung across the Whakapaewaka Bridge was ceremoniously cut this morning by Tauranga Mayor Greg Brownless and Parekawhia McLean, New Zealand...
Katikati’s new library to open next month
Katikati’s new library to open next month
Katikati's new library and service centre will open on August 21.  Western Bay of Plenty District Council has named the facility The Centre – Pātuki...
Medical cannabis industry aims to match the billion-dollar kiwifruit sector
Medical cannabis industry aims to match the billion-dollar kiwifruit sector
A Tauranga-based medical cannabis company is aiming to build an agricultural-industry to match the value of the billion-dollar kiwifruit...
Tauranga named in top 5 cruise destinations in Australasia
Tauranga named in top 5 cruise destinations in Australasia
Tauranga has been named among the top five cruise destinations in Australasia.  Tauranga came in fifth, behind Wellington (4) and Akaroa (3) in the 2018 Cruise Critic Cruisers' Choice Awards this...
Tauranga business owner awarded for innovative spray notification system
Tauranga business owner awarded for innovative spray notification system
A Tauranga business owner has won a prestigious annual New Zealand Kiwifruit Innovation Award for an inventive approach to orchard...
KiwiBuild attracts more than 4344 registrations in Tauranga
KiwiBuild attracts more than 4344 registrations in Tauranga
More than 4300 people have registered for KiwiBuild in Tauranga – the third-highest number in the country behind Auckland and...
One Love sister festival, Good Vibes, announced for Mount Maunganui
One Love sister festival, Good Vibes, announced for Mount Maunganui
Tauranga's two-day One Love festival has got even bigger with organisers announcing a sister event - Good Vibes Festival - will be held as a pre party offering three days of international and local roots, rock and...
350 new homes coming to Pāpāmoa
350 new homes coming to Pāpāmoa
A retirement village with 350 homes is on its way to Pāpāmoa.  The $250 million village on Grenada St is now under construction with the first stage of three-bedroom and two-bathroom homes to be built later this...
Council to assess Marine Park as new site for university research facility
Council to assess Marine Park as new site for university research facility
Tauranga City Council has unanimously agreed to assess Sulphur Point's Marine Park recreation reserve as a potential new site for the University of Waikato's marine research and educational facility.  Councillor and committee chair Max Mason said the council was committed to keeping...
Bay of Plenty Māori students to step into scientists' shoes for day
Bay of Plenty Māori students to step into scientists' shoes for day
Year 10 Māori students from six local colleges and kura kaupapa will participate in a day of science at the University of Waikato Coastal Marine Field Station next week.  On July 26, The Science of Māui will see the rangatahi [youth] working alongside scientists both in the field and the lab...
Te Ururoa Flavell confirmed as CEO of Te Wānanga o Aotearoa
Te Ururoa Flavell confirmed as CEO of Te Wānanga o Aotearoa
Te Ururoa Flavell is putting politics behind him and says he is excited to be back at the forefront of education and kaupapa Māori at one of the country's largest tertiary institutions.  Te Wānanga o Aotearoa today announced the former Māori Party co-leader as the organisation's new...
Tauranga student selected for London science forum
Tauranga student selected for London science forum
Pianika Ormsby can't help but smile when she talks about science.  Now, her infectious grin is proving to be the beginning of a promising career in the field she is so passionate about.   The 17-year-old is one of six students to be selected by the Royal Society Te Apārangi to...
Tauranga CBD revitalisation: $250 million of development inside 600m downtown stretch
Tauranga CBD revitalisation: $250 million of development inside 600m downtown stretch
Tauranga's CBD is on the precipice of enormous change.  Over the next five years, $250 million of major developments are scheduled to be completed within a 600-metre stretch from Elizabeth St to McLean St.  Pre-demolition work had started for the $100 million Farmers redevelopment on...
Tauranga economy on high as national and international companies express interest
Tauranga economy on high as national and international companies express interest
Business is booming in Tauranga with hundreds of new businesses and more than 2900 jobs created last year.  Data from Infometrics commissioned from Priority One shows in 2017 there were 798 new business units in the city and 2980 new jobs.  The city's economic agency also said it was...
Redevelopment of Tauranga's iconic Farmers' corner begins
Redevelopment of Tauranga's iconic Farmers' corner begins
The redevelopment of Tauranga's iconic Farmers' corner has begun, with local workers starting the demolition of two buildings on the site.  About 20 workers subcontracted to Hawkins will spend the next four weeks removing the former Subway restaurant and rear building at 56 and 58...
Final stage of Zespri hub included in nearly $60m of consents
Final stage of Zespri hub included in nearly $60m of consents
The final stage of the Zespri headquarters in Mount Maunganui was part of nearly $60 million worth of building consents issued in Tauranga last month.  Priority One's latest building report showed Tauranga City Council issued $58.7m in building consents in June, which included $3.8m for...
Tash Sultana, Shapeshifter announced for Bay Dreams 2019
Tash Sultana, Shapeshifter announced for Bay Dreams 2019
Bay Dreams has announced the line-up for its 2019 festival.  Earlier this year, Bay Dreams was announced to be adding a sister festival in Nelson - and the festival has confirmed the international guests will appear at both dates.  The line-up for both festivals includes Tash Sultana,...
Opinion: CBD transformation a major boost for Tauranga
Opinion: CBD transformation a major boost for Tauranga
Tauranga's CBD will be transformed over the next five years.  In total, $250 million of significant developments are scheduled to be completed within a 600m stretch from Elizabeth St to McLean St.  Pre-demolition work has started for the $100-million Farmers redevelopment on Elizabeth...
Bay of Plenty confident in kiwifruit and avocado sectors
Bay of Plenty confident in kiwifruit and avocado sectors
Experts say a significant increase in economic confidence in the Bay of Plenty was related to higher avocado and kiwifruit prices.  A Westpac-McDermott Miller Regional Economic Confidence survey for the June 2018 quarter showed a net 45 per cent of Bay households expected their region's...
'Cooking with gas': Half a billion dollars in commercial consents for Tauranga
'Cooking with gas': Half a billion dollars in commercial consents for Tauranga
Consents for commercial building projects have hit more than half a billion dollars in the past year, with one business leader saying Tauranga is "cooking with gas''.  Figures from Priority One show the value of consents from June 2017 to May 2018 was a record $516.4 million,...
Zany village springing up in Tauranga downtown
Zany village springing up in Tauranga downtown
A new vibe is springing up in Tauranga's downtown to help reverse the doldrums and create a zany community attraction.  Colourful containers have started arriving at the Willow St site formerly occupied by the now-demolished council administration building.  They are being assembled...
Work to begin on Mount Maunganui's new urban green space
Work to begin on Mount Maunganui's new urban green space
Work on Mount Maunganui's new urban green space development will begin on Monday.  The development at 123-141 Maunganui Rd is expected to be completed by December 2018.  It will feature grass areas, native trees, a flexible space for events and activities year round, a water feature...
New life for Tauranga's Cargo Shed
New life for Tauranga's Cargo Shed
A new era dawns for Tauranga's historic Cargo Shed, two years after art market stallholders were ordered to vacate the shed in controversial circumstances.  The harbourside shed will be available to be booked for periods ranging from one day to one month starting this summer, once the...
Massive Lego exhibition arrives in Tauranga
Massive Lego exhibition arrives in Tauranga
A truly international Lego exhibition has arrived in Mount Maunganui.  Brickman Wonders of the World was yesterday set up at Baypark Stadium Lounge, where it will be on show to the public from today until July 22.  The exhibition features 50 huge Lego models of some of the world's...
Tauranga teenager wins Prime Minister's Scholarship to Asia
Tauranga teenager wins Prime Minister's Scholarship to Asia
Niemke Cloete is looking forward to learning the art form she loves more than 8500km from home.  The Tauranga teenager was awarded the prestigious Prime Minister's Scholarship for Asia for a one-semester exchange to Nanyang Technological University in Singapore studying visual...
Private Tauranga school gets new principal
Private Tauranga school gets new principal
A new principal has been appointed to ACG Tauranga, the private school in Pyes Pa that opened three-and-a-half years ago.  Thea Kilian replaces Shawn Hutchinson on August 1 who leaves to take over as principal of ACG School in Jakarta, Indonesia.  It will be the school's third...
New 3D mural for Tauranga's Pop-Up Park
New 3D mural for Tauranga's Pop-Up Park
Waihi Beach artist Shane Walker will paint a large-scale 3D mural in Tauranga's CBD as part of an initiative to revitalise the Pop-Up Park on Devonport Rd.  Walker will paint the mural between July 21 and August 11, weather-dependent.  Downtown Tauranga spokeswoman Millie Newitt said...
Five-storey student accommodation planned for Tauranga CBD
Five-storey student accommodation planned for Tauranga CBD
A five-storey building could accommodate more than 100 students in Tauranga's CBD if resource consent for a student living facility on Selwyn St is approved.  Quintex Properties Holdings has applied with the Tauranga City Council for resource consent to build a 116-unit student living...
Climbers boost record AIMS Games entries
Climbers boost record AIMS Games entries
As the Anchor AIMS Games gets set to reach new heights, it’s only fitting that the climbers are on board.  A record 10,851 intermediate-aged competitors have entered September’s week-long long tournament in Tauranga, coming from more than 320 schools all over New Zealand and the...
Pāpāmoa sculptor Tawhai Rickard supreme winner of Tauranga's 2018 Miles Art Awards
Pāpāmoa sculptor Tawhai Rickard supreme winner of Tauranga's 2018 Miles Art Awards
The winners of the 2018 Miles Art Awards were announced at the awards and exhibition opening event at Tauranga Gallery last night.  Tawhai Rickard, of Pāpāmoa, has won the overall supreme award with his sculptural work titled Victorian Waka of Social...
Lights to illuminate a winter night’s sky
Lights to illuminate a winter night’s sky
Tauranga’s heart of the city will come to light at this year’s midwinter celebration Winter Nights Winter Lights.  The free, all-ages event, presented by Tauranga City Council, showcases a spectrum of interactive light installations, live entertainment, food and more on four...
Young filmmaker workshops return
Young filmmaker workshops return
Young creative Kiwis are being offered an opportunity to learn from the best at a three-day filmmaking workshop in Tauranga during the July school holidays.  Baycourt Presents is pleased to announce the IYSFF Young Filmmakers Workshops, delivered by Bay of Plenty Film, are returning...
Big Read: Tauranga promoter Pato Alvarez - a success built from hard work and big dreams
Big Read: Tauranga promoter Pato Alvarez - a success built from hard work and big dreams
Pato Alvarez roamed the streets for seven weeks — looking for a job during the day and a place to sleep when night fell.  He was 19. He couldn't speak English, and he was homeless.  It was April 2006, and he had arrived in New Zealand from his homeland, Chile, where he had been...
Tauranga Lawyer awarded Amnesty International Award
Tauranga Lawyer awarded Amnesty International Award
Tauranga lawyer Denise Arnold has been honoured by Amnesty International Tauranga Moana for her work in helping thousands of children in Cambodia receive an education.  Arnold, a co-director at Lyon O'Neale Arnold and founder of the Cambodia Charitable Trust, is the 2018 recipient of the...
Māori traditions showcased at Mauao Matariki celebrations
Māori traditions showcased at Mauao Matariki celebrations
Event organisers are hailing the 2018 Matariki ki Mauao celebrations held this week as a success.  Awhina August, general manager of the Te Puna i Rangiriri Trust, said about 2000 people had taken advantage of trust's week-long celebrations held in the campground at the base of...
Zespri's winning streak rolls on with record-breaking harvest
Zespri's winning streak rolls on with record-breaking harvest
More land with easy access to water is high on Zespri's wishlist as the blue chip national kiwifruit export marketer continues its winning streak with record harvests and sales.  Chief executive Dan Mathieson told a media gathering at Fieldays near Hamilton that while the company is on an...
Tauranga's Old Post Office building to be converted into hotel and restaurant
Tauranga's Old Post Office building to be converted into hotel and restaurant
People might soon be able to stay and dine in one of Tauranga's oldest buildings.  The Tauranga City Council issued resource consent for a $4.9m plan to convert the Old Post Office on Harrington St into a boutique hotel and restaurant, according to Priority One's latest building...
Traffic lights coming for two Tauranga 'crunch points'
Traffic lights coming for two Tauranga 'crunch points'
Traffic lights will soon be installed at two of Tauranga's busiest rush hour "crunch points".  The NZ Transport Agency has confirmed it will install lights at the roundabouts at Barkes Corner and the intersection of Elizabeth St and Takitimu...
Sod turned on $16m Kaituna River project
Sod turned on $16m Kaituna River project
More than 100 people, including representatives from six Te Arawa iwi, gathered to celebrate the start of construction works that will return freshwater flows from Kaituna River into Te Awa o Ngatoroirangi Maketū...
Weekend event: Popularity swellsfor 48Hours film festival finals
Weekend event: Popularity swellsfor 48Hours film festival finals
Bay of Plenty filmmakers are set to showcase their works at a film festival this weekend - and it is proving to be a popular event.  On Sunday, the 15 finalists in this year's Bay of Plenty 48Hours film festival finals will have their movies screened at Tauranga's Rialto Cinema before...
Building boom: Non-residential consents nearly double in 12 months
Building boom: Non-residential consents nearly double in 12 months
The value of building consents in Tauranga has hit its highest mark in 10 years.  This is largely due to the expansion of large retail developments which has increased 97 per cent in the value of non-residential consents from the year to March 2018, compared with the year...
Green light for $100m Farmers building redo in Tauranga CBD under accelerated timeline
Green light for $100m Farmers building redo in Tauranga CBD under accelerated timeline
Resource consent has been obtained and an accelerated timeline set for construction of the $100 million redevelopment of the new Farmers building in Tauranga's CBD.  Elizabeth Properties Limited, part of the James Pascoe Group that owns Farmers, this week finished the resource consent...
Opinion: Exciting times ahead for Tauranga's city centre
Opinion: Exciting times ahead for Tauranga's city centre
For years, Tauranga's CBD has been screaming out for a bit of life.  Its struggles have been well-documented - many shops have left the central city or closed completely, car parks have been lost, and many shoppers are choosing instead to spend their money at malls and shopping...
Funding approval for trial of free school buses in Welcome Bay
Funding approval for trial of free school buses in Welcome Bay
Use it or lose it - that's the message from Tauranga's mayor as the council approves funding for a trial of free school buses in Welcome Bay.  Councillors unanimously voted for the council to chip in $911,000 to support the trial, a joint project with the Bay of Plenty Regional...
Tauranga still a better option for Auckland first-home buyers
Tauranga still a better option for Auckland first-home buyers
First-home buyers worried that Tauranga is out of their reach are more likely to find an affordable home there than in Auckland, OneRoof analysis shows.  Although the number of Tauranga suburbs with a median sales price of less than $500,000 has shrunk from 16 in 2014 to five this year, the...
'Record returns' for avocado growers
'Record returns' for avocado growers
Avocado growers have seen "record returns" this season, with an estimated $150 million in sales for 2017-2018.  The New Zealand Avocado Growers Association said the industry's draft result for the season of $150m in sales was comprised of $105m from export markets and $45m from...
On yer bikes Tauranga: $100m investment in cycling agreed
On yer bikes Tauranga: $100m investment in cycling agreed
Up to $100 million will be invested over the next decade into making it easier and safer to ride a bike to work or school in Tauranga.  In a decision welcomed by cycling advocates, Tauranga City councillors unanimously backed speeding up the roll-out of the Tauranga Cycle Plan with a $20m bulk...
Opinion: Give us cycle stations, water shuttles, rail systems and trams in Tauranga
Opinion: Give us cycle stations, water shuttles, rail systems and trams in Tauranga
Cycle stations, water taxis or shuttles, rail systems, trams and buses.  These are public transport systems offered in many places around the world - and they seem to work. They alleviate traffic congestion, provide members of the public with reliable transport options, and they also encourage...
Construction of new surf club begins
Construction of new surf club begins
Construction on the $3 million rebuild of the Mount Maunganui Surf Life Saving Club is now underway.  The former club, which stood on its site on Mount Main beach since 1979, was torn down earlier this...
Tauranga to host Trustpower awards
Tauranga to host Trustpower awards
Tauranga has been announced as the host region for the Trustpower National Community Awards, which will be held in March 2019.  The Trustpower Community Awards is one of New Zealand’s largest recognition programmes for voluntary groups and...
$13m Tauranga research project focusing on 'nuisance' sea lettuce
$13m Tauranga research project focusing on 'nuisance' sea lettuce
A new $13 million research project in Tauranga will explore ways of using "nuisance" sea lettuce to develop food and medicine, and help reduce New Zealand's methane emissions.  The University of Waikato project will focus on algal biotechnology, looking at producing more algal...
Entrepreneur stars in 'stellar' business line-up for Tauranga's TechWeek'18
Entrepreneur stars in 'stellar' business line-up for Tauranga's TechWeek'18
A superstar of the business and technology world arrives in Tauranga this week to share tips on how best to trumpet the local market on an international stage.  Former executive director and chief technology officer for Lonely Planet Gus Balbontin is keynote speaker at a forum being held as...
Tauranga software firm SwipedOn launching office in America
Tauranga software firm SwipedOn launching office in America
Tauranga software firm SwipedOn's "innovative" visitor management app is expanding into the lucrative American market.  To help keep up with demand, the company has recently employed five extra full-time staff, and in the next four to six weeks SwipedOn's founder and chief...
TechWeek Tauranga workshops explore answers to future challenges
TechWeek Tauranga workshops explore answers to future challenges
Could the world in the future be run entirely by one big government? Or by hyper-local community groups?  These were the types of questions posed at a series of future-focused workshops in Tauranga to participants who were asked to brainstorm innovative ideas of how they would cope in...
Proposal to expand Tauranga's urban limits to include Tauriko West
Proposal to expand Tauranga's urban limits to include Tauriko West
People are invited to have their say on a proposal to expand the Tauranga city's urban limits.  The proposed change to the Bay of Plenty Regional Policy Statement would amend the urban limits to include land at Tauriko West to support demand for new...
Blessing begins $6.1m Durham St revamp as part of Tauranga CBD revitalisation
Blessing begins $6.1m Durham St revamp as part of Tauranga CBD revitalisation
Blessing begins $6.1m Durham St revamp as part of Tauranga CBD revitalisation.  A $6.1m project to turn Durham St and Durham Lane into a pedestrian-friendly student hub has kicked off with a blessing this morning.  The project is the first streetscape upgrade to take place as part of the...
Builders seek an extra 2000 apprentices a year with new app
Builders seek an extra 2000 apprentices a year with new app
New Zealand's booming building industry hopes to recruit an extra 2000 apprentices a year with a new app for high school students.  About 10,000 students doing building, construction and allied trades (BCATS) courses at secondary schools will be able to use the app to track their progress...
Tauranga to host Trustpower community awards
Tauranga to host Trustpower community awards
Tauranga will host next year's Trustpower National Community Awards.  About 150 people were expected to gather in Tauranga in March 2019 for the three-day event which recognises voluntary groups and organisations.  The Trustpower Community Awards programme operates in 26 regions...
Exclusive:  Tauranga's new university campus a year ahead of deadline
Exclusive: Tauranga's new university campus a year ahead of deadline
Tauranga's new university campus is taking shape in Durham St and students are able to enrol for the first semester in 2019 - one-year ahead of schedule.  The Bay of Plenty Times was invited on an exclusive tour of the new Waikato University city campus and Vice-Chancellor Professor Neil...
New Bay of Plenty Regional Council boss announced
New Bay of Plenty Regional Council boss announced
Fiona McTavish has been named as the new chief executive of Bay of Plenty Regional Council.  The appointment of McTavish, who is currently general manager strategy and science at the regional council, will replace Mary-Anne Macleod who indicated earlier this year she would not reapply for the...
TECT sells $144 million worth of shares
TECT sells $144 million worth of shares
The Tauranga Energy Consumer Trust has made $144m from selling a chunk of its power generation shares in a bid to diversify.  The trust sold 19.99 per cent of its 26.8 per percent holding in Tilt Renewables for $2.30 per share to Mercury New...
Tauranga toll road to close for cycling and walking bridge installation
Tauranga toll road to close for cycling and walking bridge installation
Tauranga's Takitimu Dr toll road will close for at least 14 hours next Saturday night while a $1.6 million cycling and walking bridge is lifted in to place.  The closure will start at 6pm on May 19 and last until about 8am on May 20, the NZ Transport Agency says.  A short detour will...
New app helps travellers track Tauranga buses in real time
New app helps travellers track Tauranga buses in real time
Local bus users will be able to easily plan their journey with the introduction of a new smartphone app.  Bay of Plenty Regional Council would roll-out the app that would provide real-time information for some...
Tauriko's record industrial growth: 'It's exciting times out there'
Tauriko's record industrial growth: 'It's exciting times out there'
A state of the art kiwifruit packhouse and coolstore is the biggest new build at the booming Tauriko Business Estate.  The estate is almost 60 per cent complete amid record growth, demand and land prices. It is fast becoming Tauranga's major business...
Rethinking public transport in Tauranga
Rethinking public transport in Tauranga
There are more cars on our roads than ever before, with Tauranga traffic worsening ever year.  One man who's spent a lot of time thinking about the issue is local architect Mark Wassung.  For the past couple of years he's been working on Tauranga CONNECT – his vision for a...
Council's $208 million funding bid
Council's $208 million funding bid
City councillors have approved a council bid for $208.6 million from the Government's Housing Infrastructure fund to progress big ticket infrastructure projects required for the city's ongoing growth.  The $1 billion HIF fund is created to assist councils like Tauranga with advance...
Mount Maunganui Lifeguard Service clubhouse to be levelled over the next few days
Mount Maunganui Lifeguard Service clubhouse to be levelled over the next few days
The old Mount Maunganui Lifeguard Service clubhouse will be levelled over the next few days.  A digger joins demolition crews from tomorrow and the new clubhouse building project will enter its next phase.  The current building has stood on Mount Main Beach since...
First electric boat launched in Tauranga
First electric boat launched in Tauranga
New Zealand's first purpose designed and built fully electric boat is in the water in Tauranga after a design and built process that's taken about two years.  Using Tesla car batteries to drive an electric motor has produced a boat that is quiet, pollution free, and provides buyers...
$1.6 million cycle bridge taking shape
$1.6 million cycle bridge taking shape
The span for the cycleway bridge over Takitimu Drive is expected to be lifted into place on the night of Saturday May 12.  The 200 tonne bridge will be lifted into place on the night of Saturday 12 May. It will be opened to the public at the end of...
TCC pushes for more road investment
TCC pushes for more road investment
Tauranga City Council is asking the Bay of Plenty Regional Council to use their 54 per cent shareholding in the Port of Tauranga to assist with infrastructure projects within the city limits.  The request is part of the council's official submission to the BOPRC Long Term...
Council fund seeds school garden project
Council fund seeds school garden project
Nurturing life is part of the learning at Oropi School, where pupils are discovering the rewards of growing their own food.  The Kokako Gardens, which dominate the school's backyard, are overflowing with vegetables and herbs that have been planted, nurtured and harvested by the pupils'...
Record sale for multi-storey building
Record sale for multi-storey building
A recently built building on Cameron Road has been sold for what is believed to be a record price for a Tauranga CBD property to a syndicate managed by Maat Group.  The property at 306 Cameron Road sold for $41.4m.  The public offering was fully subscribed by the closing date of April...
Holiday parks key to regional growth
Holiday parks key to regional growth
Holiday parks are central to driving sustainable regional tourism growth, says Holiday Parks New Zealand, as statistics show holiday parks now host more than eight million guest nights per year.  The latest Statistics New Zealand figures indicate that over the year ended February 2018, guests...
BOP Film to host international scouts
BOP Film to host international scouts
Bay of Plenty Film will be hosting international location scouts as part of regional film forum ‘Te Ata', being held at Otamarakau Marae next month.  On Tuesday May 1, three internationally-recognised location scouts from America will be arriving in the Bay of Plenty for a four-day...
Tourism spending up to $1.9b
Tourism spending up to $1.9b
Tourism spending in the Bay of Plenty is up to an estimated $1.9 billion.  This is according to the latest Monthly Regional Tourism Estimates released by the Ministry of Business, Innovation and Employment this week.  According to the stats, tourism spend for Bay of Plenty is estimated to...
ICONZ Edge mentoring programme to help more Tauranga boys
ICONZ Edge mentoring programme to help more Tauranga boys
Stu Thompson's mentoring programme has helped hundreds of young local boys.  The ICONZ Edge programme has been in place at Welcome Bay Primary School since 2010 and will soon roll out to other schools in the Bay of Plenty thanks to a $15,000 BayTrust...
Tauranga Cult Cinema Club launched
Tauranga Cult Cinema Club launched
Movie nights are perfect for chilly autumn and winter weather.  The Cult Cinema Club returns for its third film season at Tauranga's Historic Village from April to September.  Every Saturday fortnight, with films screening inside the recently refurbished Village Cinema, the main...
Tauranga City Council looks at cutting fees for Maori housing schemes
Tauranga City Council looks at cutting fees for Maori housing schemes
Tauranga City Council is considering discounting or deferring some upfront fees for Maori housing developments to help tackle Tauranga's housing crisis.  The council has agreed to look into changing how it charges development contribution fees, which are used to fund growth-related...
Escape to this year's Escape! festival
Escape to this year's Escape! festival
This year's Escape! festival is offering a workshop series ranging from identifying bush tucker to cartooning.  "Workshops are a real value-added component to Escape!," festival director Jo Bond says.  "We love being able to give people the opportunity to learn from the...
Tauranga City Council environment committee talks climate change
Tauranga City Council environment committee talks climate change
Climate change has been a hot topic for the Tauranga City Council meeting this week, with the environment committee looking at ways to better understand the issue.  Climate change initiatives at a national, regional and local level were part of discussions at a workshop, giving members the...
Tauranga Intermediate students 'inspire' with their city museum designs
Tauranga Intermediate students 'inspire' with their city museum designs
Hilary Yip may only be 12 but she has some award-winning ideas for a museum in Tauranga.  Hilary was the intermediate age-group winner of an art competition, run by the Tauranga Moana Museum Trust in collaboration with Taonga Tauranga, encouraging primary and intermediate pupils to be...
Plans unveiled for Papamoa East cinema, dining and shopping development
Plans unveiled for Papamoa East cinema, dining and shopping development
New details of Papamoa East's new $2.3m development reveal a boutique cinema and two-storey gastro restaurant are among the businesses set to open in time for summer.  Beauty outlets are also among the confirmed tenants of the eagerly anticipated...
Funding plan floated to avoid Tauranga traffic chaos
Funding plan floated to avoid Tauranga traffic chaos
A $580 million plan has been hatched to stop Tauranga descending into the traffic gridlock that plagued Auckland.  City councillor Larry Baldock wants the Bay of Plenty Regional Council to stump up with $400m over 10 years to help fund the completion of Tauranga's ring road...
Fenna Beets to graduate from University of Waikato in Tauranga
Fenna Beets to graduate from University of Waikato in Tauranga
As a curious toddler Fenna Beets always knew she wanted to explore the science world.  "Pursuing a science-based career was always a given for me. At five years of age it was the role of a 'dinosaur scientist' that had my attention, followed by the captivating occupation of...
Community day planned as Maungatapu underpass nears completion
Community day planned as Maungatapu underpass nears completion
The Maungatapu underpass is nearly done, with a community day planned for late May.  The New Zealand Transport Agency is warning people to expect delays as work gets underway to connect the underpass to Welcome Bay...
Graduation marks the end of an era for Tauranga students
Graduation marks the end of an era for Tauranga students
A total of 120 students are graduating in Tauranga today.  The annual ceremony at ASB Arena is the final one for the University of Waikato before the new campus opens in...
Comvita signals a takeover could be in the wind
Comvita signals a takeover could be in the wind
NZX-listed manuka honey company Comvita has foreshadowed it may be the subject of a takeover, with an unidentified third party undertaking due diligence to assess the business.  The Paengaroa-based company emphasised the possible acquisition remained for now "an incomplete...
Bay of Plenty consumers splurge $348.2 million
Bay of Plenty consumers splurge $348.2 million
Bay of Plenty consumers splurged $348.2 million in March, a 9.2 per cent increase on the amount spent for the same month last year.  Latest Paymark figures also show the number of transactions in the region also rose by 9.9 per cent to $7.44...
Tauranga duo named 'Tech Innovator of the Year'
Tauranga duo named 'Tech Innovator of the Year'
A Tauranga organisation has won a major technology award for its efforts to help keep children safe online.  Safe Surfer has developed a new "Lifeguard" device which can be attached to any modem. It blocks websites containing pornography, violence, gambling and other harmful...
High avocado prices predicted to drop with big crop
High avocado prices predicted to drop with big crop
A return to more affordable avocados has been forecast for next season after avocados hit a record end-of-season price of $4 per fruit in some Tauranga supermarkets.  The 2017-18 season was influenced by avocado trees producing very poor crops in many Bay orchards, with Te Puke grower Ron...
Tauranga student essayists wow judges in museum-themed competition
Tauranga student essayists wow judges in museum-themed competition
"It is within the mere walls of a museum that we are able to grapple with the conditions of man's existence."  That was written by a girl yet to finish high school, in an essay that has just won her a $1000...
Bay of Plenty law firm Cooney Lees Morgan marks 100 years
Bay of Plenty law firm Cooney Lees Morgan marks 100 years
Bay of Plenty law firm Cooney Lees Morgan kicked off its 100-year celebrations yesterday and marked the occasion with a town crier, a bagpiper and the delivery of birthday cakes.  The firm was started in 1918 when founder Hugh Owen Cooney advertised his services as a solicitor in Te Puke and...
IT researchers shine at Toi Ohomai showcase event
IT researchers shine at Toi Ohomai showcase event
A remote-controlled sensor to monitor orchard irrigation systems via the internet has launched a Toi Ohomai IT student and former graduate into the spotlight.  Jacob Van Silfhout and Sam Gough's presentation about their summer research project earnt them first place at the Institute's...
Tauranga Crossing development midway through Stage Two leasing campaign
Tauranga Crossing development midway through Stage Two leasing campaign
The second stage of the Tauranga Crossing development in Tauriko is now midway through its leasing campaign and is due to open in April next year.  Once completed, there will be 90 new stores and restaurants and a 1000-seat, six-theatre Event cinema...
Thousands enjoy Tauranga's annual National Jazz Festival
Thousands enjoy Tauranga's annual National Jazz Festival
Verena Funnell and Robin Grierson enjoyed a dance in front of stage three down at The Strand.  The Rongotai College Band played to a crowded street bathed in sunshine.  It was Saturday, day one of the Downtown Carnival for the 56th National Jazz Festival, and thousands of people were...
Tauranga community group to compete for supreme NZ title
Tauranga community group to compete for supreme NZ title
Bay of Plenty's Incubator will join the country's best and brightest voluntary groups and organisations at the Trustpower National Community Awards this month.  The arts development agency has previously been named Supreme Winner at the regional version of the awards last year. The...
Mayor Greg Brownless leads delegation to showcase Tauranga in China
Mayor Greg Brownless leads delegation to showcase Tauranga in China
Tauranga mayor Greg Brownless will lead his first delegation to Tauranga's sister city in China next week.  Trip organiser Greg Simmonds, the chief operating officer of economic development agency Priority One, said 24 people would spend 10 days in China and visit three cities.  They...
$30 million freight-distribution centre to be built in Tauranga
$30 million freight-distribution centre to be built in Tauranga
An agreement has been signed for the development of a huge new freight-distribution centre in Tauranga.  About 100 Mainfreight staff will be working on the seven-hectare site at Te Maunga adjacent to Trustpower's former head office.  The deal with the landowner Mangatawa Papamoa...
Kiwifruit sales to China, Japan set to hit $1 billion
Kiwifruit sales to China, Japan set to hit $1 billion
Kiwifruit marketer Zespri says latest sales to China are tracking at a record $500 million, while Japan looks set to make it a double, earning another half a billion dollars.  The two countries are Zespri's biggest customers. Most of the kiwifruit sold there in the 2017-2018 season was...
Western Bay students learn about opportunities in the hortculture industry
Western Bay students learn about opportunities in the hortculture industry
Western Bay of Plenty students have been given an insight into the jobs available to them in the horticulture industry.  As part of the Cultivate Your Career event, 150 students from 10 Western Bay of Plenty schools took a bus tour around Tauranga to visit Robotics Plus, Tūhono Whenua...
Plans to put more urgency into solving Tauranga traffic woes
Plans to put more urgency into solving Tauranga traffic woes
A new stand-alone transport centre costing up to $1 million a year has been proposed to sort out escalating traffic problems in Tauranga and the wider Western Bay.  Bay of Plenty Regional Council transport chairman Stuart Crosby said the plan to create a centre of excellence was brought about...
'Best party in town' : Greerton Village School principal
'Best party in town' : Greerton Village School principal
"The best party in town".  That's how Anne Mackintosh has described her vibrant multicultural school in the heart of Greerton Village.  Mackintosh has been principal for the past 15-and-half years and despite the many challenges of her role, she says every day is a joyful...
Thousands celebrate diversity at Tauranga Multicultural Festival
Thousands celebrate diversity at Tauranga Multicultural Festival
Torta from Argentina, pastries from Bolivia, peppermint crisp tart from South Africa and kimchi from Korea.  The smell of spicy and sweet mingled in the air at Saturday's Tauranga Multicultural Festival.  However, the large selection of culinary delights was not the only thing that...
Record $71m month for building consents in Tauranga city
Record $71m month for building consents in Tauranga city
Five major building projects worth $1 million or more contributed to a record $71.7m in commercial building consents being issued last month.  Tauranga City Council issued the highest value of commercial consents for January in 15 years, according to Priority One's latest monthly building...
Cricket: Bumper crowd expected at Tauranga's Bay Oval for Black Caps v England ODI
Cricket: Bumper crowd expected at Tauranga's Bay Oval for Black Caps v England ODI
International cricket returns to Tauranga this week and the Barmy Army is sure to bring some colour and noise to what is being touted as the biggest game ever held in the city.  The Black Caps will take on England in a One Day International at Bay Oval in Mount Maunganui under lights on...
Bay of Plenty leaders react to $3 billion Provincial Growth Fund
Bay of Plenty leaders react to $3 billion Provincial Growth Fund
Bay of Plenty is one of six "surge" regions identified as needing early investment in a $3 billion regional investment fund unveiled by the Government yesterday.  Tauranga and Bay of Plenty leaders have welcomed the news and have outlined what they think the local priorities should...
Tauranga campus major boost for Bay of Plenty students with new degrees
Tauranga campus major boost for Bay of Plenty students with new degrees
School principals are excited by some of the courses that will be on offer when the Tauranga university campus opens next year.  The University of Waikato was still finalising its prospectus but the Bay of Plenty Times Weekend can reveal some of the qualifications on...
International cruise visitors push coastal Bay of Plenty tourism spending to $1 billion
International cruise visitors push coastal Bay of Plenty tourism spending to $1 billion
Tourists spent more than $1 billion in the coastal Bay of Plenty last year, a target that was not expected to be hit for another 12 years.  According to figures released by the Ministry of Business, Innovation and Employment the region's tourism expenditure grew by $53 million over the...
Info day unlocking career potential
Info day unlocking career potential
An upcoming information day at Toi Ohomai is set to help people in the community to achieve their New Year aspirations.  The event promises to highlight all of the study options available in our own...
Dozens of drivers sign up ahead of Uber's Tauranga launch
Dozens of drivers sign up ahead of Uber's Tauranga launch
"Dozens" of local drivers have signed up to be a part of the ride-sharing app Uber which is scheduled to launch in Tauranga next week.  Mount Maunganui woman Bridgette Irwin has signed up to be one of the first Uber drivers in the area.  Irwin had been running her own driving...
New bill proposed to protect workers
New bill proposed to protect workers
The government has introduced a new bill to amend the Employment Relations Act 2000, with the goal strengthening the role of collective bargaining in the workplace.  Workplace Relations and Safety Minister Iain Lees-Galloway says the bill is designed to provide greater protections to workers,...
Tauranga's new upmarket alley
Tauranga's new upmarket alley
Durham Lane is about to be transformed from a nondescript back alley into an upmarket urban landscape.  The aim behind the redesign is to “encourage and protect pedestrian activity”, following the recent approval of detailed designs for the alleyway's...
Council decides what to consult on
Council decides what to consult on
The proposed museum and library will be among the topics up for debate when Tauranga City Council's Long Term Plan 2018-2028 goes out for public consultation in March.  Mayor Greg Brownless says the consultation topics reflect the council's aspiration for Tauranga to be a great city,...
Building boom tapers off for Christmas
Building boom tapers off for Christmas
Building consents issued for both Tauranga and the Western Bay of Plenty district tapered off slightly in December, but the annual growth is continuing.  Following on from the record breaking $1 billion in consents issued across the sub-region in 2016, the construction industry has continued...
Transit lanes for one of Tauranga's worst traffic hot spots on Hewletts Road
Transit lanes for one of Tauranga's worst traffic hot spots on Hewletts Road
Transit lanes are set to be introduced for one of Tauranga's worst congestion spots.  The Tauranga City Council has revealed plans to introduce special vehicle lanes (T3) to Hewletts Rd this year. The move will allow vehicles with three or more people to use allocated lanes, currently only...
Trustpower customers face important decision over future of TECT cheque
Trustpower customers face important decision over future of TECT cheque
The decision to potentially end the annual TECT cheque in five years has Trustpower concerned for superannuitants and low-income families who rely on the payment.  A change in how the Tauranga Energy Consumer Trust distributed its $30 million annual income could see each customer receive a...
Green light for $50m Cliff Rd museum in Tauranga
Green light for $50m Cliff Rd museum in Tauranga
Tauranga City Council has signed off a $50 million museum at Cliff Rd after a nine-to-two split vote this afternoon.  Ratepayers' contribution to the museum build cost would be capped at $20.65m. They will also be asked to fork out $20m for a new central library. The rest of the funding...
Sulphur Point site approved for marine research centre
Sulphur Point site approved for marine research centre
A new marine research and education facility planned for Tauranga could be "worth tens of millions of dollars to the region's economy", an economic development expert says.  Yesterday a council committee gave the University of Waikato a green light to proceed with planning for...
Let there be light at the Bay Oval
Let there be light at the Bay Oval
The Bay Oval's light towers will be flicked on for the first time Saturday night – and the occasion's being hailed as one of the great moments in more than eighty years of Bay of Plenty cricket history.  The $2 million dollar floodlights will go on for the Burger King Super Smash...
Bay's largest cinema complex and alfresco dining area set for Bayfair
Bay's largest cinema complex and alfresco dining area set for Bayfair
One of the Bay of Plenty's largest cinema complexes, an alfresco dining area and a new Countdown supermarket will be among 50 new retail stores on the way for Tauranga in a $115 million development.  The expansion of Bayfair Shopping Centre was given the green light with the official...
Kiwifruit leaders farewelled
Kiwifruit leaders farewelled
The significant contributions of three kiwifruit leaders, soon to leave the industry, were acknowledged last night by New Zealand Kiwifruit Growers Inc.  NZKGI chairman Doug Brown says Zespri CEO Lain Jager, Zespri chief operating officer Simon Limmer and Kiwifruit Vine Health CEO Barry...
Archaelogical work underway at potential Tauranga museum site
Archaelogical work underway at potential Tauranga museum site
Tauranga City Council is currently undertaking some digging and exploratory work at Cliff Rd to assess the archaeological significance of the site.  This is part of the council's work to assess the site and its cultural significance as a potential site for a...
The Kollective is filling rapidly
The Kollective is filling rapidly
Nearly 60 per cent desk capacity is already booked at the Kollective following the initial membership application drive for the TECT and SocialLink Tauranga Moana social service hub in 17th Avenue.  Applications have been received from 30 organisations, says The Kollective manager Gordy...
New speed limit for Tauranga Eastern Link
New speed limit for Tauranga Eastern Link
As of today, the State Highway 2 Tauranga Eastern Link toll road will have an increased speed limit of 110km/h.  Drivers will be able to travel 110km/h between the Paengaroa roundabout and the Domain Rd...
Uber seeking drivers in Tauranga
Uber seeking drivers in Tauranga
Popular ride-sharing app Uber is launching in Tauranga, and the company is looking for drivers.  A town hall-style meeting with the Uber New Zealand general manager and senior operations team will be held at Hotel Armitage from 6.30pm tonight to discuss the details of the...
Street art festival begins
Street art festival begins
Mount Maunganui art festival, Street Prints Mauao has kicked off another year with a bang.  The event began yesterday with a gathering on top of Mauao at 6.30am followed by breakfast at the base of Mauao at 8am.  Festival organisers Jah and Lovie Smith say they collaborated with Ngati Te...
New bridge to link Gate Pa and Bethlehem
New bridge to link Gate Pa and Bethlehem
A new biking and walking link will connect Bethlehem and Gate Pa via a bridge across the Takitimu Drive toll road.  The new link will open in May 2018, says Tauranga City Council.  The first phase of work started this week to build a shared pathway that links from the future bridge site...
Major improvements announced for SH2
Major improvements announced for SH2
The NZ Transport Agency is today announcing the final options for State Highway 2 from Waihi to Tauranga.  The programme will improve safety, journey reliability and cater for growth adding to the immediate safety improvements along the route which are already...
Support claim for $100m project
Support claim for $100m project
Most people surveyed about cultural facilities for the city support the concept of a new museum and library, according to a recent survey of 400 community members.  In a statement on Thursday the council says 64 per cent of those surveyed support the development of a museum for...
New bus services could be fast-tracked
New bus services could be fast-tracked
Bay of Plenty Regional Council, Tauranga City Council and the New Zealand Transport Agency are investigating fast-tracking some proposed changes to public transport in Mount Maunganui and Papamoa to make the services more attractive.  At a recent Public Transport Committee meeting, councillors...
Shared enrolment zone approved for Papamoa College
Shared enrolment zone approved for Papamoa College
Year 7 students living in the Tahatai Coast School zone can enrol at Mount Maunganui Intermediate School or Papamoa College as of next year.  The Ministry of Education directed and approved a shared enrolment zone for Papamoa College on December 1 after months of community...
Boost in October tourism
Boost in October tourism
Tourism spending in the Bay of Plenty for the month of October increased 11 per cent over tourism income in October 2016, according to the latest figures released by the Ministry of Business Innovation and Employment.  The Ministry's latest monthly regional tourism estimates show that...
Local company has environmental focus
Local company has environmental focus
A local engineering, planning, and surveying firm has recruited an environmental scientist to meet the legislation of environmental awareness.  Stratum Consultants, who range in single house, large sub division and commercial and industrial developments, has added to its services with the...
Tauranga filmmaker takes top award
Tauranga filmmaker takes top award
Young Tauranga filmmaker Tina Jeong has been crowned ‘best of the best' after winning First Place and Best Director in the 2017 International Youth Silent Film Festival New Zealand Regional Awards Final.  The 18-year-old and her silent film Tonight were both celebrated at the...
Bringing an arty Christmas to the CBD
Bringing an arty Christmas to the CBD
Tauranga City Council and The Incubator Creative Hub are bringing a community and arts focus to Christmas in the city centre.  Twelve Trees of Christmas involved 12 trees decorated by over 20 local schools, tertiary organisations and community groups being displayed in Red Square and on the...
Satellite i-SITE in the Mount
Satellite i-SITE in the Mount
Tourism Bay of Plenty is launching a satellite i-SITE in Mount Maunganui to aid in directing the flow of visitors over the summer period.  The Mount Maunganui satellite i-SITE will be located in Phoenix Carpark, 123 Maunganui Road and open daily from December 4 until April 3, 10.30am –...
Plans reveal detail of $1.5 billion Bay subdivision
Plans reveal detail of $1.5 billion Bay subdivision
Plans detailing the scope of a $1.5 billion development for 3000 homes at Tauriko West have been unveiled for the first time.  Artist impressions and broad-brush plans show the protection of the Wairoa River and shared community spaces will be enshrined in planning covering a total area of...
Second stage of Tauranga crossing under way
Second stage of Tauranga crossing under way
Developers of one of Tauranga's biggest construction projects, Tauriko Crossing, are gearing up for its peak construction period when 400 staff will be on site.  Stage two of what is described as one of Tauranga's largest construction projects would include a 1000-plus seat...
Young talent and ambition recognised with scholarship
Young talent and ambition recognised with scholarship
A Tauranga Boys' College student has won a $10,000 scholarship to go towards his tertiary studies next year.  At a prizegiving on Tuesday night Jimi Kameta receieved the $10,000 scholarship through the Acorn Foundation.  The Acorn Foundation Cashmore Family two-year scholarship would...
Number of house sales drop across Bay of Plenty
Number of house sales drop across Bay of Plenty
The number of houses sold in the Bay of Plenty has fallen since this time last year but real estate managers say the market is "back to normal."  Figures released by the Real Estate Institute of New Zealand compared the number of houses sold from October 2016 to October of this...
Every day is different for winning Bay business
Every day is different for winning Bay business
It is not uncommon for Mount Maunganui's 1st Call Recruitment to get a phone call at the end of the day requesting 50 people to fill vacancies the next morning.  In fact, general manager Angela Singleton said it was all part of working in recruitment.  She says no two days are the...
Toi Ohomai gets $700k for Maori health research project
Toi Ohomai gets $700k for Maori health research project
Toi Ohomai Institute of Technology has received $700,000 in National Science Challenge funding to research new designs for sustainable and affordable homes and identify how these contribute to health and wellbeing for Maori.  The research project - Toitu te Kainga, Toitu te Ora, Toitu te...
Floating water park in final consenting stages for Tauranga
Floating water park in final consenting stages for Tauranga
A massive inflatable water park planned for Tauranga Harbour is expected to bring thousands of visitors to the city centre.  If the plan goes ahead, the floating water park will be erected on the Tauranga waterfront and will be the largest in New Zealand and the first in the Bay of...
Tauranga transport upgrades could swallow $192m
Tauranga transport upgrades could swallow $192m
The four-laning of Turret Rd and 15th Ave has moved one step closer as part of a $192 million transport package being considered for Tauranga.  The $51m roading project to duplicate the Turret Rd bridge and four-lane Turret Rd and 15th Ave has been pencilled in to happen after...
Government fast-tracking its free tertiary education campaign promise
Government fast-tracking its free tertiary education campaign promise
New tertiary education students wishing to have one year of free education are being encouraged to apply by December 16.  The Government is fast-tracking its tertiary education campaign promises, with the Cabinet now in the detailed planning stage to introduce one year of free tertiary...
Innovation big talking point at Priority One AGM
Innovation big talking point at Priority One AGM
A local economy in "really good shape", high growth, and innovation will be some of the key talking points at Priority One's annual general meeting tomorrow.  The economic development organisation's chief executive, Nigel Tutt, said today that there was a lot of optimism...
Entries open on photographic exhibition
Entries open on photographic exhibition
Entries open this week for the second Trustpower Photographic Exhibition, following the success of the first one which resulted in the popular open air display of entries along The Strand earlier this year.  Downtown Tauranga Project Manager Sally Cooke says they're delighted the event is...
Experts hail Aims Games boost for Bay tourism spend
Experts hail Aims Games boost for Bay tourism spend
Tourism experts say the Aims Games and campaigns to increase the Bay's profile and attract visitors from Australia have contributed to an increase in tourism spend in the region.  The latest Monthly Regional Tourism Estimates released by the Ministry of Business, Innovation and Employment...
Housing experts consider shared equity options for the Bay
Housing experts consider shared equity options for the Bay
Shared equity programmes could help more Bay of Plenty first-home buyers struggling to get on to the property ladder, housing experts say.  Experts at a SmartGrowth Housing Affordability Forum workshop looked at shared equity programmes and impact investment as opportunities to bring more...
Making sense of science
Making sense of science
There's not too many people that can light up a room, but scientist Dr Siouxsie Wiles, with her long, hot pink locks, is definitely one of them.  The microbiologist, and head of the Bioluminescent Superbugs Lab at the University of Auckland, is one of four keynote speakers at the House of...
Garden & Art Festival calls for artists
Garden & Art Festival calls for artists
Keen for your artistic flair to add to the creative flavour of the next BOP Garden & Art Festival?  If so, it's time to make contact. The festival team is not only out checking prospective gardens, but is also calling for a show of interest from artists, from the Western Bay of Plenty...
Tourism spend up in the Bay of Plenty
Tourism spend up in the Bay of Plenty
Tourists spent $1.8 billion in the Bay of Plenty in the past year, up 6 per cent from the previous 12 months.  The latest Monthly Regional Tourism Estimates were released by the Ministry of Business, Innovation and Employment...
Omanawa Falls access mooted
Omanawa Falls access mooted
Opening up the Omanawa Falls to public access with the construction of $2.7million of new tracks and stairs is being considered today by the Tauranga City Council's Economic Development and Investment Committee.  Public access to the falls is currently denied by the council, which...
Tauranga cruise visitor numbers expected to bounce back
Tauranga cruise visitor numbers expected to bounce back
A 7 per cent drop in the number of cruise passengers into Tauranga last season is nothing to worry about, the city's tourism body says, and it expects visits to bounce back stronger than ever.  For the year ended June 2017, 12,097 fewer unique cruise passengers visited Tauranga compared to...
New private sports school planned for Tauranga
New private sports school planned for Tauranga
Plans are in place for a new private school in Tauranga which will allow talented young athletes to complete NCEA while honing skills in their chosen sport.  United World Sports Academy is set to open in February next year and will operate from the Bethlehem Community Church Centre on Moffat...
Silent film awards to be held in Tauranga
Silent film awards to be held in Tauranga
The best up-and-coming filmmakers will be celebrated with a red carpet event at this year's International Youth Silent Film Festival in Tauranga.  Festival organisers and the Baycourt Community and Arts Centre have today confirmed the New Zealand Regional Awards Final will be held on...
Port cargo volumes still climbing
Port cargo volumes still climbing
Cargo volumes through the port of Tauranga continue to grow, with shareholders at Thursday's annual meeting hearing trade volumes have grown 15 per cent in the financial year's first quarter.  Overall container numbers grew 26 per cent owing to a significant increase in transhipment...
Mount Maunganui start-up DROPIT raises  $5 million in two months
Mount Maunganui start-up DROPIT raises $5 million in two months
Mount Maunganui start-up DROPIT has raised $5 million in just two months in its latest funding round.  DROPIT, a reverse auction app platform which counts down the price of an item to $0 in 60 seconds, was founded in 2015 by Bay of Plenty brothers Brendan Howell, 41, and Peter Howell,...
Bay of Plenty leaders welcome $1b plan for regional projects
Bay of Plenty leaders welcome $1b plan for regional projects
City leaders have welcomed plans for an annual $1 billion fund for regional development projects but say it's unclear just how big a slice the Bay of Plenty will get.  The fund is one of the major policy gains for NZ First in a coalition agreement with Labour which also includes increasing...
Farmers building to include apartments, cafes, restaurants
Farmers building to include apartments, cafes, restaurants
Two large towers of townhouses, restaurants and retail space promise to bring a "Melbourne feel" to Tauranga.  Bay of Plenty Times Weekend can today reveal an artist's impression of the proposed $100 million-plus CBD building at the intersections of Elizabeth St, Devonport Rd and...
Bayfair confirms $100m expansion: Cinema + 50 new shops
Bayfair confirms $100m expansion: Cinema + 50 new shops
Tauranga shopping mall Bayfair has confirmed its long-rumoured expansion, revealing plans for a $100 million upgrade including 50 new shops and a seven-screen cinema complex.  The 30-year-old shopping centre, owned by AMP Capital, will grow by a third, with another 9000sq m of floor space...
New sponsor announced for young Mount Maunganui lifeguards
New sponsor announced for young Mount Maunganui lifeguards
The next generation of local lifeguards has been given a funding boost by a Tauranga school.  Today, ACG Tauranga announced it will become the primary sponsor of the Mount Maunganui Lifeguard Service's (MMLS) Nippers programme for the 2017/2018 season.  Principal Shawn Hutchinson said...
NZ sevens move into high-performance centre at Mount
NZ sevens move into high-performance centre at Mount
A new era of professional sevens rugby in New Zealand is officially here as All Blacks Sevens coach Clark Laidlaw introduces new talent, rejuvenates experienced legs and unveils a new home base for the squad.  This week marks the official start of a newly centralised sevens programme, based at...
Record $2.4 million property sale signals boom for Tauranga's downtown
Record $2.4 million property sale signals boom for Tauranga's downtown
A record $2.4 million sale price for an inner-city apartment in Tauranga has been chalked up by a development behind the police station in Park St.  The Real Estate Institute has confirmed that the $2.398m price paid for the northeast-facing penthouse of the Latitude Residences was the top...
Tauranga start-up receives $1m in Angel investment
Tauranga start-up receives $1m in Angel investment
Kiwi sports engagement app DROPIT has received more than $1 million in an investment from Enterprise Angels.  It is the largest investment which Enterprise Angels has ever made with a software company.  A reverse auction app platform, DROPIT counts down the price of an item to $0 in 60...
Revolution of robotics next topic of lecture series
Revolution of robotics next topic of lecture series
The revolution of robotics in primary industries is the topic of the next free lecture in the University of Waikato's Tauranga public lecture series this month.  Professor Mike Duke's lecture on October 19 will explain the work of the university's AgriEngineering Research Group...
Mills Reef winery scouts Tauranga for new front-of-house
Mills Reef winery scouts Tauranga for new front-of-house
Mills Reef is evaluating potential sites in Tauranga needed to shift the "front-of-house" side of the business by 2020.  "We are still trying to finalise a preferred site," chief winemaker and director Tim Preston...
Energy Consumer Trust pledges $1m to boost Bay Oval
Energy Consumer Trust pledges $1m to boost Bay Oval
Tauranga Energy Consumer Trust has announced today the trust will fund $1 million towards the redevelopment of the Bay Oval.  This comes after yesterday's announcement that the Black Caps will be moving their ODI match against England from Napier to...
Council looking to put $18m into buses
Council looking to put $18m into buses
More frequent bus services, new bus routes and the introduction and trial of five, state-of-the-art hybrid buses will form part of western Bay of Plenty's future public transport network.  The announcement comes following a Bay of Plenty Regional Council decision to tender for new...
Transport expert warns against continued focus on roads
Transport expert warns against continued focus on roads
If Tauranga keeps spending money on roads and not public transport, it will be an "absolute disaster".  That was the view of Patrick Reynolds, of the transport advocacy group Greater Auckland, at yesterday's Smart Transport Forum held at the Club Mount...
Tauranga to host more international events
Tauranga to host more international events
Tauranga could secure its place on the international events scene as officials try to lure more major events to the city, with two "significant" bids underway.  Tauranga City Council's City Events manager Gareth Wallis said his team actively sought international events to attract...
Tauranga transport forum to learn from Auckland's mistakes
Tauranga transport forum to learn from Auckland's mistakes
It is hoped a forum to discuss Tauranga's transport woes this week will help officials learn from Auckland's mistakes.  The Smart Transport Forum has about 150 people attending today and will include representatives from Bay of Plenty Regional Council, Smart Growth, Priority One,...
Business Expo heading to Tauranga next year
Business Expo heading to Tauranga next year
A brand new business expo will be heading to Tauranga next year.  The regional version of the very successful Wellington Business Expo concept has been launched in Tauranga this week.  The first business expo will be held at ASB Arena in Tauranga on March...
Harvest kicks off for Zespri in Italy
Harvest kicks off for Zespri in Italy
Kiwifruit harvest is in full swing in Italy this week with European SunGold volumes expected to increase by around one-quarter to 5 million trays as more of the recently-grafted vines reach full production.  Zespri Chief Operating Officer Simon Limmer explains Zespri is doubling its European...
Bay Oval to host 14 internationals under lights
Bay Oval to host 14 internationals under lights
It just gets better and better for cricket fans in the Western Bay.  Yesterday, NZ Cricket switched a ODI day-night international between the Black Caps and England to Bay Oval following delays in the re-turfing of Napier's McLean Park.  The Black Caps clash with England on Wednesday,...
New chief executive for Zespri
New chief executive for Zespri
The Zespri board of directors has appointed long-serving Zespri executive Dan Mathieson as the company's new chief executive, taking over from Lain Jager with immediate effect.  Zespri chairman Peter McBride says Dan has an impressive track record over his 15 years with Zespri, with his...
Making Tauranga more cycle-friendly
Making Tauranga more cycle-friendly
Schoolchildren from around Tauranga have been hard at work making videos sharing their thoughts on how the city can become more cycle-friendly.  As part of their wider engagement with the community over the future of transport in the city, Tauranga City Council ran a competition between the...
Mural artists ready to paint Katikati
Mural artists ready to paint Katikati
"I'm excited to come paint in your beautiful town," says Crystal Barbre, who arrived in Katikati this week from the United States.  The Seattle-based visual artist is one of eight contestants in the 2017 Mural Contest that gets underway during Arts Festival week. ...
No support to cut immigration despite pressure on Bay housing
No support to cut immigration despite pressure on Bay housing
Building companies in Tauranga are looking overseas to recruit skilled staff because the labour market is saturated.  "The industry needs more skilled labour and needs it now," Tauranga Master Builders president Johnny Calley said.  The significance of immigrants to the...
Call for developers to use special housing areas
Call for developers to use special housing areas
Tauranga City Council has put out a call to anyone keen to build to consider new Special Housing Areas.  The council said in a release today Tauranga developers and landowners could continue to approach the council before the end of October to potentially use the areas to their...
Record 86,000 visitors at Tauranga Art Gallery over past year
Record 86,000 visitors at Tauranga Art Gallery over past year
More than 86,000 people went to Tauranga Art Gallery last financial year - the highest visitor number since the gallery opened its doors 10 years ago.  A lot of that was thanks to its hugely successful Paradox Inside show, which was part of the Paradox: Tauranga Street Art Festival in March,...
Calling all gardeners
Calling all gardeners
The hunt is on for gardens to include in next year's Tauranga Garden and Art Festival.  The Tauranga Garden and Art Festival team is keen to hear from anyone interested in the possibility of their garden featuring in the November 2018...
$12.7m upgrade for Tauranga Airport confirmed
$12.7m upgrade for Tauranga Airport confirmed
A $12.7m expansion and upgrade has been announced for Tauranga Airport.  Over the next 15 months, the terminal passenger area will be expanded to cater for past, present and future increases in passenger volumes as there has been a significant increase in air travel regionally and...
Public views sought on development in Papamoa for 15,500 more residents
Public views sought on development in Papamoa for 15,500 more residents
Community open days will be held this week to find out what the public thinks about a proposed development that could increase Papamoa East's population by 15,500 people.  The proposed Te Tumu development would stretch over 5.5 kilometres of coastal land, extending Papamoa East to the...
Major shopping complex set to expand
Major shopping complex set to expand
A new mall at Tauranga Crossing and the multimillion-dollar redevelopment of Melrose Retirement Village have helped set a record for commercial consents last month.  Figures from Priority One show 29 commercial consents valued at $59 million were issued in August - the ''highest value...
AIMS Games gets underway
AIMS Games gets underway
As an athlete, it is important to look after your body and appreciate your supporters - that is the message two international sporting champions had for those competing in this week's AIMS Games.  The Anchor AIMS Games was officially opened with a ceremony at the ASB Baypark Arena...
Move people off the dole into work - report
Move people off the dole into work - report
More people are moving off the dole and into employment on the back of strong economic growth and thousands of jobs, new figures show.  An Infometrics quarterly economic monitor report commissioned by Priority One reveals there were 2905 Jobseeker Support recipients in Tauranga to June 2017 -...
$100 million development for Tauranga CBD
$100 million development for Tauranga CBD
More than $100 million is set to be pumped into a new development on Tauranga's iconic "Farmers Corner" providing another "massive shot in the arm'' for the CBD.  Elizabeth Properties Limited - part of the James Pascoe Retail Group that owns Farmers and other...
Booming Bay economy attracts new business
Booming Bay economy attracts new business
A local economic agency says it experiencing an influx of inquiries from business owners keen to relocate to Tauranga - with 12 new businesses deciding to make the move last month.  Figures showed 573 new businesses set up in Tauranga in 2016, four per cent more than 2015 and higher than the...
Tauranga house sales drop 26 per cent
Tauranga house sales drop 26 per cent
Tauranga house sales have dropped 26 per cent and first-home buyers only make up 14 per cent of the market, new figures show.  Data from CoreLogic shows in the 12 months to the end of July there were 3,608 house sales down from 4,883 sales over the same time frames to July...
Recipe to boost Tauranga tourism in winter
Recipe to boost Tauranga tourism in winter
Events, an all-weather tourist attraction and internationally branded conference hotel, are the keys to lifting Tauranga out of the winter doldrums.  Latest data showed the Western Bay was eighth equal with Wanaka for how much visitors spent in July, but the $59 million was only 2 per cent...
Papamoa beachfront section sells for record $1.7 million
Papamoa beachfront section sells for record $1.7 million
A beachfront section at Papamoa has sold for more than $1.7 million and set a new record for the suburb.  Statistics from REINZ reveal in the past three years only one section on Marine Parade at Mt Maunganui sold for more - at $2.5m in June...
Green kiwifruit orchard sale hits record price
Green kiwifruit orchard sale hits record price
A green kiwifruit orchard has fetched what is believed to be a record price of $500,000 per canopy hectare.  The unpruned and untied 3.6 canopy hectare orchard at 104 Casuarina Drive in Te Puke sold at auction for $1.8 million after a three-way bidding war on...
How Mount brothers' $30m app broke into the US market
How Mount brothers' $30m app broke into the US market
A pair of Mt Maunganui brothers have turned their app idea into a $30m tech business, disrupting the lucrative United States sports sponsorship market.  Brendan Howell, 40, and Peter Howell, 37, founded DROPIT in the Mount in 2015, building on technology from a previous...
Donors give $850 to Western Bay charities
Donors give $850 to Western Bay charities
More than $850,000 will be split between 126 Western Bay charitable groups in this year's Acorn Foundation funding distribution.  The amount is $70,000 more than what was given this time last year, bringing the total amount distributed since Acorn's inception in 2003 to $4.6...
Groundswell innovation festival attracts 7000
Groundswell innovation festival attracts 7000
Tauranga's first festival of innovation completely sold out.  Groundswell organiser Stacey Jones of Priority One said more than 7000 people took part in the week-long festival, which wrapped up yesterday.  She said every event had a waiting list, from little lunch and learn sessions...
New grant will boost leadership and strategic skills of Maori enterprises
New grant will boost leadership and strategic skills of Maori enterprises
A new $60,000 grant from BayTrust will be used to help upskill the leaders of five Maori enterprises across the Bay of Plenty to ensure their businesses grow and succeed.  The governance training programme will be delivered by Te Whare Hukahuka - a social enterprise which works with iwi...
International biotech conference begins
International biotech conference begins
A unique international conference opens in Tauranga today, bringing together scientists and researchers from across both the planet and marine bioscience disciplines.  Conference chair and Chair of Coastal Science at Waikato University Professor Chris Battershill says the Blue2Green Marine...
Building boom continues in Tauranga
Building boom continues in Tauranga
Tauranga's building boom continues to run at a steady pace, with Tauranga City Council issuing the highest value of single dwelling consents in the last two years in July, at $54.8 million.  There has also been a near record number of 134 new builds.  According to figures released by...
Zespri wins award for US sales
Zespri wins award for US sales
Zespri won Exporter of the Year and a Supreme Award at the AmCham-DHL Awards for their investment made to grow kiwifruit sales across the United States.  The AmCham-DHL Awards, which was held in Auckland yesterday, acknowledged Zespri's commitment to making the kiwifruit more of a classic...
NZ Teachers' Games coming to town
NZ Teachers' Games coming to town
We've got the AIMS games – now Tauranga will also play host to the inaugural New Zealand Teachers' Games in October.  The teachers' games are an opportunity for teachers and other school staff to have fun with their colleagues and compete either seriously or socially on the...
Port of Tauranga named biosecurity hero
Port of Tauranga named biosecurity hero
Port of Tauranga has been named one of New Zealand's biosecurity heroes by the Minister for Primary Industries Nathan Guy.  The port has won the industry category of the New Zealand Biosecurity Awards for its initiative to encourage everyone involved in working around the port to have a...
Papamoa sports zone to become special housing area
Papamoa sports zone to become special housing area
Tauranga City Council has backed the controversial plan to rezone 13.2 hectares of sports fields at Papamoa east to provide more land for housing.  It was part of Plan Change 25 for the Wairakei urban growth area following recommendations from an independent hearings...
New events for Garden & Arts Festival
New events for Garden & Arts Festival
Building on the heritage of showcasing garden and art in the region, the Bay of Plenty Garden and Art Festival is adding additional events to its programme.  The first event, ‘On The Couch', is an entertaining chat show hosted by comedians Michele A'Court and Ben Hurley, which...
Bay shoppers continue to ring retailers' tills
Bay shoppers continue to ring retailers' tills
Bay of Plenty shoppers spent $317.2 million last month - 7.1 per cent more than what was spent the same time last year, according to Paymark.  The Bay had the second highest spending growth in the country, behind the West Coast on 8.6 per cent, and ahead of Whanganui which was up 6.8 per...
New cinema part of Papamoa development
New cinema part of Papamoa development
Tauranga will soon get a new boutique cinema as part of a major new development in the rapidly-growing suburban area of Golden Sands.  Construction has begun on the second stage of the Excelsa Centre, located on the corner of Golden Sands Drive and Papamoa Beach Road.  The developers,...
Council approves $4.5m Katikati library
Council approves $4.5m Katikati library
Katikati's $4.5 million double-storied library and service centre building and single-storey community hub has been approved by the Western Bay of Plenty District Council.  District councillors voted to award the construction contract to Watts and Hughes for the amount of $3.8...
Multi-million dollar research institute for Tauranga
Multi-million dollar research institute for Tauranga
Tauranga is set to get a new multi-million dollar horticulture-focused, regional research institute that could deliver significant economic benefits for the Bay of Plenty.  Yesterday Science and Innovation Minister Paul Goldsmith announced the Government would provide $8.42 million in funding...
Growth 'explosion' at Tauriko Business Estate
Growth 'explosion' at Tauriko Business Estate
A commercial property ''explosion'' has hit the Tauriko Business Estate as demand for land reaches a record high and tens of millions of dollars are pumped into new buildings.  The latest survey from Element IMF Limited showed in February there were 94 businesses based at...
Plans for $50m 12-storey skyscraper
Plans for $50m 12-storey skyscraper
Plans for a $50-million skyscraper including retail, offices and luxury apartments have been unveiled for Tauranga's CBD.  The development will set "a new benchmark for the city" and attract more businesses to Tauranga, the project leaders say.  The current building at 2...
Overseas investors target Tauranga opportunities
Overseas investors target Tauranga opportunities
Overseas investors will travel to Tauranga later this year to target investment opportunities in the region.  Priority One chief operating officer Greg Simmonds said at two seminars in China in May, investors had expressed interest in Tauranga projects including student accommodation, hotel...
Room to grow Tauranga conference sector, say industry leaders
Room to grow Tauranga conference sector, say industry leaders
Tauranga's conference sector has huge potential with massive spinoffs for the economy but the city is being held back by a lack of accommodation, local leaders say.  Ervin McSweeney from Bay Venues and ASB Baypark said the Baypark arena had missed out on two major conferences because of a...
Nga Potiki launches subdivision of 240 houses
Nga Potiki launches subdivision of 240 houses
A new 240-home Papamoa subdivision which will include some housing subsidies for Maori could set a "precedent for the future".  The residential development - named Manawa, which means "Heart" - was on 20 hectares of Te Houhou settlement land Nga Potiki bought, and was the...
Port celebrates milestone
Port celebrates milestone
The Port of Tauranga is today celebrating the millionth container passing through its terminal in one year.  Transport Minister and Tauranga MP Simon Bridges has congratulated the Port of Tauranga at the celebration this morning.  "The Port of Tauranga is a leading New Zealand port...
Hawkins to build tertiary campus
Hawkins to build tertiary campus
Hawkins Construction will be building the new Tauranga CBD tertiary campus development.  On-site activity will start towards the end of July, with the campus scheduled to open in 2019.  Hawkins has a wealth of experience when it comes to delivering complex projects to a high level of...
Te Arawa business leader chosen for kiwifruit programme
Te Arawa business leader chosen for kiwifruit programme
The kiwifruit industry's next leaders will bring a breadth of experience to their future roles with the selection of four strong candidates to the Industry Governance Development Programme.  Kiritapu Allan, Debbie Oakley, Colleen Neville and Ngaire Scott have been selected for the...
Funds earmarked for regional film office
Funds earmarked for regional film office
Seed funding of $75,000 a year for the next three years to help establish a regional film office has been earmarked to come from Tauranga's commercial ratepayers.  Final council sign-off for the money awaits decisions from the Bay's six other councils to contribute an additional...
$15 million bonanza for city through events
$15 million bonanza for city through events
Millions of event-related dollars have been pumped into the Tauranga economy and the figure is rising fast.  Events funded by Tauranga City Council accounted for an estimated $10m in the 2016/17 financial year, while organisers of the World Junior Squash Championships next month expect the...
Mount chocolate maker's London win
Mount chocolate maker's London win
A chocolate bar made in Mount Maunganui has won an international award.  Tauranga-based chocolate brand Solomons Gold was among 600 entries from all over the world in the Bean to Bar category at the Academy of Chocolate Awards in London.  Solomons Gold smooth dark chocolate 70 per cent...
Tauranga's gung-ho commercial property market
Tauranga's gung-ho commercial property market
Tauranga's strong local economy has seen demand for office space rise across all quality grades and sizes over the past 12 months, along with a new low industrial vacancy rate and a surge in suburban retail development.  "The demand for office accommodation has triggered a supply...
Exporter Dominion Salt licks the rest in Tauranga awards
Exporter Dominion Salt licks the rest in Tauranga awards
One of New Zealand's oldest surviving manufacturing businesses, Dominion Salt, has been named the Bay of Plenty's Exporter of the Year.  The business, which is instantly recognisable by the huge salt stack in Totara St, won the top prize at the Bay of Plenty ExportNZ Awards on Saturday...
Kiwifruit orchard sales sets  $1m per hectare record
Kiwifruit orchard sales sets $1m per hectare record
The sale of a Te Puke gold kiwifruit orchard has set a new record, fetching $1 million per hectare.  The property was one of two big kiwifruit orchard sales in Te Puke this month.  Professionals Katikati/Te Puna agent Jeff Barbour brokered the deal for the sale of the two gold kiwifruit...
Maori eye bigger stake in kiwifruit industry
Maori eye bigger stake in kiwifruit industry
Maori growers hope to grow their multi-million dollar share in the kiwifruit industry.  Yesterday at the launch of the Maori Kiwifruit Growers Forum chairman Tiaki Hunia said Maori growers aimed to lift their current eight per cent share of Zespri production up to 20 per cent.  He also...
Commercial consents boom in Tauranga
Commercial consents boom in Tauranga
More than $700 million worth of commercial building plans have been approved in Tauranga over five years -- and a business leader believes these could help protect the city from an economic downturn.  Priority One figures reveal about $722.6 million worth of consents were issued from January...
Tauranga Farmers building to be demolished
Tauranga Farmers building to be demolished
The iconic Farmers building in the CBD is facing a demolition and rebuild, tenants say.  Langford Callard Optometrists has been based at 40 Elizabeth St for more than 50 years and was moving because of the redevelopment.  Tim and Jane Langford bought the business 40 years ago and Mr...
Bay of Plenty shoppers continue to open their wallets
Bay of Plenty shoppers continue to open their wallets
The tills keep ringing across the Bay of Plenty with more than double-digit growth in retail spending last month, according to Paymark figures.  Bay shoppers spent $315.9m last month, that's 11.5 per cent more than what was spent the same time last year, according to a Paymark...
Zespri's China sales strategy 'thriving'
Zespri's China sales strategy 'thriving'
Kiwifruit marketing giant Zespri won the supreme China Business Award and Exporter of the Year at the HSBC New Zealand-China Trade Association business awards on Wednesday.  For more than a decade Zespri has been exporting fruit to China, but the past three seasons have seen sales volumes more...
Al fresco dining urged for Tauranga's Wharf St
Al fresco dining urged for Tauranga's Wharf St
Strong public support has emerged to retain Wharf St's main retail block as a relaxed al fresco dining area.  A chance for people to have their say about the future of the street saw almost everyone opting to retain the current pedestrian-friendly environment of one-way traffic or turning...
Growth in Tauranga city causes infrastructure challenges
Growth in Tauranga city causes infrastructure challenges
"There's no magic bullet" to tackle the challenges associated with Tauranga's rapid growth, a business leader says.  The comments come after the latest Infometrics Quarterly Economic Monitor for the city showed Tauranga had continued to outperform New Zealand on a range of...
$30M investment into Bay Schools
$30M investment into Bay Schools
The government will invest about $30 million in school property in the Bay of Plenty as part of Budget 2017.  Details of the investment were announced by Education Minister Nikki Kaye and Associate Education Minister Tim Macindoe who were in town visiting Tauranga's Pillans Point School...
Sport strategy endorsed by all mayors
Sport strategy endorsed by all mayors
A new strategy, endorsed by the mayors and chief executives of all six Bay of Plenty councils, has been created to put parameters around the long-term investment and development of sport and recreation facilities in the region.  The Bay of Plenty Sport and Recreation Spaces and Places Strategy...
A plan to make Tauranga more vibrant
A plan to make Tauranga more vibrant
A new strategy is being developed to turn the Bay into “a hub for creativity and innovation, boosting tourism and the economy”.  Cross-pollination between technology industries and creatives, activated spaces in the CBD (year-round) and place-making that honours Maori stories at...
Shaggy to headline Tauranga's summer festival One Love
Shaggy to headline Tauranga's summer festival One Love
Reggae pop star Shaggy has been confirmed as the headliner for Tauranga's popular summer festival One Love.  The first announcement for the January festival also includes performances by Magic!, J Boog, Common Kings, Black Uhuru, Aswad, House of Shem and 1814.  Other acts on the bill...
Bay boosted by influx of skilled expats
Bay boosted by influx of skilled expats
Expats are flocking back to Tauranga, bringing a range of skills and experience to the city.  Recruitment agencies and businesses are reporting a surge in the number of New Zealanders moving to the Western Bay from overseas and say that many are bringing valuable skills learned working for...
Blooming Bay of Plenty tops NZ prosperity list
Blooming Bay of Plenty tops NZ prosperity list
The Bay of Plenty has had the biggest increase in prosperity in the country, according to new data from Statistics New Zealand.  But a concerned budget adviser says there are few signs that lower-income families are sharing in the prosperity.  The latest Statistics NZ figures released...
Tauranga housing value growth slows in latest QV data
Tauranga housing value growth slows in latest QV data
The Tauranga market is continuing to rise, according to the latest QV House Price Index, but at a much slower rate than before the loan to value ratio (LVR) restrictions introduced late last year.  Home values in Tauranga City were up by 18.3 per cent year on year and 0.6 per cent over the...
Last outdoor movie for the season on Friday
Last outdoor movie for the season on Friday
The last outdoor movie screening for the summer will play Moana on Friday night.  Night Owl Cinema's season will end with the last free movie under the stars at Mt Drury, starting at 6pm.  The 2017 Young Innovator Awards would also be launched at the screening.  Priority...
$40m student hostel planned for Tauranga
$40m student hostel planned for Tauranga
Tauranga's CBD looks set to get an injection of nearly 400 live-in students with the announcement of plans to build a high-rise hostel in Durham St.  QP Property Holdings has lodged an application with the council for a $40 million tertiary student accommodation complex, a stone's...
Tauranga council submits $256.1 million bid to infrastructure fund
Tauranga council submits $256.1 million bid to infrastructure fund
Tauranga city wants over $250 million from the Government to help pay for infrastructure for nearly 50,000 new homes.  The $256.1million, which the council says is needed to cope with the region's surging population, would also help pay for other projects including the Papamoa Eastern...
Tourism brings $63m more into the Bay
Tourism brings $63m more into the Bay
The Bay of Plenty's latest figures in tourism showed a $63 million increase in year-to-year spend.  Ministry of Business, Innovation and Employment's (MBIE) latest statistics show year-end spending to February in the coastal Bay of Plenty region was up 6.7 per cent, from $876m in...
Paper makes finals in prestigious media awards
Paper makes finals in prestigious media awards
The Bay of Plenty Times media stable is a finalist in two major categories of this year's prestigious Canon Media Awards.  The Bay of Plenty Times Weekend is a finalist in the Weekly Newspaper of the Year category, along with the Weekend Herald.  The Bay of Plenty Times is also a...
Paradox organisers overwhelmed with popularity surge that 'takes the cake'
Paradox organisers overwhelmed with popularity surge that 'takes the cake'
The people behind Tauranga's Paradox Street Art Festival have been overwhelmed, and a little stunned, at the huge amount of support it has received in its first few days.  Queues into Tauranga Art Gallery stretched out on to the street for most of the weekend, with people on Saturday...
Maori King opens new Seeka head office in Te Puke
Maori King opens new Seeka head office in Te Puke
This week's opening of Seeka's new head office in Te Puke was especially notable for the presence of the Maori king and the strong gathering of iwi leaders from across Waikato and the Bay of Plenty.  Kiingi Tuheitia officiated at the ribbon-cutting ceremony and unveiling of the...
55th National Jazz Festival will showcase some of the finest performers
55th National Jazz Festival will showcase some of the finest performers
Jazz fans are set to be treated to an awesome line-up of class acts at this year's 55th annual National Jazz Festival.  Downtown Tauranga is set to explode with live music and other entertainment which should keep people dancing and joyful all Easter weekend.  The festival runs from...
Tauranga's central city records resurgence
Tauranga's central city records resurgence
Tauranga's central business district is undergoing a revival, with particularly good growth in more skilled businesses, according to new data in an infometrics report commissioned by Priority One.  Tauranga Mayor Greg Brownless said the report was encouraging for those pushing to get the...
New EastPack grader with 40m tray capability opened
New EastPack grader with 40m tray capability opened
Prime Minister Bill English started New Zealand's largest automated kiwifruit grading and sorting line at EastPack's Washer Rd site in Te Puke yesterday.  The new 14-lane Compac grader is the first fruit sorter in the industry that is larger than 10 lanes. It packs 100,000 trays per...
Tauranga marine project gets $1.5 million towards costs
Tauranga marine project gets $1.5 million towards costs
The Bay of Plenty Regional Council handed over a cheque for $1.5 million to Tauranga City Council on Thursday as the first part of its $5m contribution to Tauranga's new Marine Precinct.  The project is the first to receive a payment grant from the council's $42.5m Regional...
Out of zone workers on the rise in Western Bay of Plenty
Out of zone workers on the rise in Western Bay of Plenty
A new report prepared for Smart Growth has highlighted how much of the Western Bay region's current and future employment will be based in "out-of-zone areas" - outside traditional business areas such as the central business district, and major retail and industrial park...
Heart of Tauranga group named
Heart of Tauranga group named
A group charged with guiding the transformation of Tauranga's central city has been appointed.  The nine members of the Heart of the City Programme technical advisory group (TAG) was named by Tauranga City Council this morning.  They are Graeme Horsley (chairman), Buddy Mikaere, David...
$225,000 of rates to lure movie makers to the Bay
$225,000 of rates to lure movie makers to the Bay
Tauranga's commercial ratepayers will be asked to stump up with $225,000 for the next three years to help lure movie makers to the Bay of Plenty.  The council's economic development and investment committee has backed an approach from the Bay of Plenty Film Trust to set up a Regional...
Tauranga to get big, permanent street art murals
Tauranga to get big, permanent street art murals
Six huge murals to be painted on central Tauranga buildings as part of a street art festival later this month will become permanent features of the city.  Agreements have been reached with building owners to allow the paintings to go ahead, and Tauranga City Council has confirmed that work...
Western Bay surges ahead in jobs, growth and business
Western Bay surges ahead in jobs, growth and business
The Western Bay of Plenty economy is performing well above the rest of the country, new reports show.  The subregion as a whole recorded GDP growth of 5.1 per cent last year - almost double the national average of just 2.7 per cent.  Tauranga's growth was 4.4 per cent, and the Western...
Tauranga's building boom resumes after slow start to year
Tauranga's building boom resumes after slow start to year
The region's building boom looks set to continue this year, with local councils granting consents worth near-record amounts after a New Year slump.  Figures compiled by Priority One show that the Tauranga and Western Bay councils approved 347 construction projects in February.  The...
Kiwifruit giant EastPack to spend $40m on tech upgrades
Kiwifruit giant EastPack to spend $40m on tech upgrades
One of the Bay's major employers is pumping millions of dollars into new technologies ahead of the kiwifruit harvest, which provides thousands of seasonal jobs in the region.  EastPack chief executive Hamish Simson said the company was installing the country's largest kiwifruit grader...
Western Bay of Plenty escapes 'zombie town' threat
Western Bay of Plenty escapes 'zombie town' threat
Populations in about 44 of the country's 67 authorities will stagnate or decline within 30 years, compared with 11 areas now, according to a new report by the Maxim Institute.  And while Tauranga and the Western Bay of Plenty were among areas where growth was expected to continue, other...
Calls for more land for Special Housing Areas
Calls for more land for Special Housing Areas
With an eye to increase the number of Special Housing Areas in Tauranga, city council is looking for land owners or developers with plans for a piece of land.  Establishing SHAs helped increase the supply of housing in rapidly-growing cities.  Council would be considering new SHAs in...
AIMS Games injects $3m into Tauranga but more beds needed
AIMS Games injects $3m into Tauranga but more beds needed
An event which transforms Tauranga into a mini-Olympics pumped more than $3 million into the local economy last year.  The AIMS Games generated $3.06m from 47,500 visitor nights and expanded the region's Gross Domestic Product (GDP) by $1.98...
Tourists spent $1.8b in BOP last year
Tourists spent $1.8b in BOP last year
Tourists spent $1.8billion in the Bay of Plenty in the last year - up 7 per cent from the previous year.  The latest Monthly Regional Tourism Estimates were released by the Ministry of Business, Innovation and Employment (MBIE) today.  Tourism spend for the Bay of Plenty was estimated to...
Squash champ teams announced
Squash champ teams announced
Teams have been announced for this year's World Junior Squash Championships, expected to take place in Tauranga in July.  Tauranga is hosting a select group of six nations - Australia, Canada, England, Germany, United States of America, and New Zealand.  The nations have competed in...
The Big Read: Working beyond age 65
The Big Read: Working beyond age 65
A new study shows just under a third of New Zealanders believe older people are valued in the workplace. Yet experts predict nearly one in three Kiwi seniors aged 65-plus will be employed by 2051, up from almost one in four last year. 48 Hours reporter Dawn Picken spoke to mature local workers...
New Pyes Pa school to open in 2019
New Pyes Pa school to open in 2019
A new school in Pyes Pa will open to primary age students in 2019.  Education Minister Hekia Parata yesterday signed an establishment notice for Pyes Pa West School in Tauranga as well as Flat Bush South East School in Auckland and Lincoln South School in...
$15k secures wheelchair access to Mount beach
$15k secures wheelchair access to Mount beach
Mount Maunganui looks set to become the first New Zealand beach to provide a mat enabling waterfront access for people in wheelchairs.  The community challenge to raise $15,000 to provide a wheelchair-friendly access mat has been met. The challenge to other businesses and organisations was...
Tauranga student wins national robotics champs
Tauranga student wins national robotics champs
A team from Tauranga's House of Science has qualified for the VEX Robotics World Championships in the US after winning the New Zealand VEX EDR Robotics Championships.  Last weekend's competition, aimed mainly at high school-aged students, was held at the Massey University Albany campus...
Work begins to turn Bay into arts and culture hub
Work begins to turn Bay into arts and culture hub
Work has begun to turn the Bay of Plenty into a hub for arts and culture.  A group of arts sector locals who want to see the Bay become a magnet for creativity and innovation - in turn boosting tourism and the economy - have begun plotting a strategy to make it happen.  Last year city and...
Young Innovators win Bay of Plenty internships
Young Innovators win Bay of Plenty internships
The Tauranga business and education community has had an opportunity to see the fruits of its support for the Young Innovator Awards (YIA) internships, which took place last month.  The internships were an opportunity for last year's YIA winners to have a follow-on opportunity to develop...
Plans for Tauranga museum gain traction
Plans for Tauranga museum gain traction
A museum for Tauranga is getting closer to reality.  Last September, Tauranga City Council adopted an amended a long term plan, and budgeted for three business cases for a museum, library and performance...
Bay unemployment now lowest in North Island
Bay unemployment now lowest in North Island
Unemployment in the Bay of Plenty has dropped sharply, bucking the national trend.  The Bay's unemployment rate is now the lowest in the North Island at 4.9 per cent, after dropping one percentage point in the year to December 2016.  Nationally, the rate rose 0.3 percentage points to...
Sport scholarships tipped to curb talent drain from Bay
Sport scholarships tipped to curb talent drain from Bay
USA-styled sport scholarships could be used to lure sporting talent to study at Tauranga's new university and help stem the drain of young athletes out of the Bay.  By the time the downtown campus opens in 2019, Tauranga businessman and former regional councillor Doug Owens wants the...
Celebrity speakers for Tauranga women's conference
Celebrity speakers for Tauranga women's conference
The Regional Business Women's Conference has secured a celebrity lineup for its conference in May.  The speakers will include scientist and social entrepreneur Sir Ray Avery, chief executive of Trilogy International Angela Buglass, former New Zealand Herald editor Tim Murphy, Women's...
Seeka kiwiberries find a market in the US
Seeka kiwiberries find a market in the US
Seeka is pushing ahead in the second year of its partnership with California-based Giumarra Wenatchee to market its kiwiberries.  "We are delighted to partner with Guimarra and for them to carry our brand for this high quality kiwiberry fruit," said Seeka chief executive Michael...
Tauranga tertiary students get new high-tech building
Tauranga tertiary students get new high-tech building
A new $8.5 million addition to the Toi Ohomai Institute of Technology's Windermere campus will officially open tomorrow. The 3000 sq m building, Te Ara o Mauao, features modern, flexible learning environments for students from all subject areas. It also hosted the creative arts students, with...
Million-dollar price tag on Tauranga land sought by council and Maori
Million-dollar price tag on Tauranga land sought by council and Maori
Resistance to a million-dollar price tag has held up negotiations to vest ownership of a prime stretch of Tauranga's downtown waterfront with the city council and a Maori trust.  A Memorandum of Understanding signed by the council and Otamataha Trust in 2010 secured a 50/50 ownership and...
Bay of Plenty's EastPack reports improved grower rebate
Bay of Plenty's EastPack reports improved grower rebate
Bay of Plenty kiwifruit post-harvest operator EastPack says its growers will share in more than $9.8 million worth of transactor rebates for the 2016 season.  EastPack chairman John Loughlin said the company's accounts were being finalised for release next...
New public transport ideas on the cards for Tauranga, blueprint shows
New public transport ideas on the cards for Tauranga, blueprint shows
Buses down Cameron Rd every four minutes, additional direct routes to the city and an express bus service from Papamoa are among options being explored to alleviate growing traffic congestion in Tauranga.  The Bay of Plenty Regional Council's senior public transport planner, Joe Metcalfe,...
Cycleway around Tauranga Airport draws praise
Cycleway around Tauranga Airport draws praise
The grand plan for the Western Bay of Plenty to tap into the burgeoning cycling holiday market has been boosted by a scheme to create a crucial link around the side of Tauranga Airport.  Chris Ingram of Tauranga Cyclists and Walkers said the cycleway skirting the airport and Omanu Golf Course...
Region hits 10-year high in Westpac McDermott Miller survey
Region hits 10-year high in Westpac McDermott Miller survey
Confidence in the Bay of Plenty's economy surged to a 10-year high in December as the region recovered its place on top of the national leader board, a slot it has held for six of the past seven quarters.  A net 50 per cent of households expect the region's economy to strengthen over...
Tauranga replaces Dunedin as fifth biggest city
Tauranga replaces Dunedin as fifth biggest city
Tauranga is now the fifth biggest area in New Zealand based on population numbers, Statistics New Zealand has revealed.  The Tauranga council area has overtaken Dunedin City Council's population by 1200 people which included a large area of Dunedin's hinterland.  The population of...
Bay spends $1billion on construction for first time
Bay spends $1billion on construction for first time
The Bay's building boom has crossed a major milestone, with councils approving $1 billion worth of construction in a calendar year for the first time.  Building consent figures showed Tauranga City Council approved $777 million worth of new construction last year.  When added to the...
Huge rise in job listings
Huge rise in job listings
One Tauranga recruitment agency "can't keep up" with demand as job listings rise exponentially in the region.  New figures released by Trade Me showed Tauranga job listings rose 37 per cent in the last quarter of 2016 compared to the same period in 2015, and 56.3 per cent in the...
Bay of Plenty business leaders positive about coming year
Bay of Plenty business leaders positive about coming year
Bay of Plenty small businesses have had an excellent year, boosted by the strong building and construction sector, and are confident of prospects for the coming year, say local business leaders.  They were commenting on the latest ANZ quarterly survey for October-December 2016, which showed...
Hot demand for small business as Bay migration grows
Hot demand for small business as Bay migration grows
Brokers specialising in buying and selling small businesses in the Bay of Plenty are reporting significantly increased demand on the back of increased migration, both from Auckland and other regions, and from returning expat...
Whakatane boat builder scoops award for Australia's best aluminium boat of the year
Whakatane boat builder scoops award for Australia's best aluminium boat of the year
Whakatane's Surtees Boats has scooped a major award with its 700 Game Fisher model being named Australia's Greatest Aluminium Boat by Australian media outlet...
Waterfront location for last day of 55th Jazz Festival
Waterfront location for last day of 55th Jazz Festival
Jazz fans will be treated to the excitement of a new location for the final day of this year's 55th annual Jazz Festival.  For years Tauranga's Historic Village has played host to the festival's final day of performances but this year the Jazz Village will be replaced by the TECT...
Firms eyeing Tauranga promise hundreds of jobs for the region
Firms eyeing Tauranga promise hundreds of jobs for the region
More than 520 new jobs and $111 million of capital investment could be pumped into Tauranga if prospective new businesses take the plunge and shift to the city.  Tauranga's economic development agency Priority One was currently working with 23 firms interested in moving to the...
More jobs available in the Bay
More jobs available in the Bay
Job vacancies in the Bay of Plenty listed online during September of this year grew by 2.6 per cent on August, according to the Ministry of Business, Innovation and Employment.  According to the MBIE's latest Jobs Online report, online job listings in the Bay also rose 53.3 per cent...
Tauranga Port expects improved earnings
Tauranga Port expects improved earnings
Port of Tauranga has seen a "reasonably positive" start to the year in its July-September first quarter 2016/17, chief executive Mark Cairns told the company's annual general meeting in Tauranga on Thursday.  Provided there were no significant changes to market conditions, the...
Two big ships this week
Two big ships this week
Two of the monster Maersk containers ships are expected this week, but only one will be arriving and departing in daylight.  The Carsten Maersk is expected at 9.15pm tonight and is scheduled to depart for China at 4.45pm Tuesday.  The Maersk La Paz is expected from Chile at noon on Friday...
Zespri kiwifruit wins double award
Zespri kiwifruit wins double award
Zespri SunGold Kiwifruit has won two awards at the NZ Innovation Awards.  Zespri took out Sustained Innovation Excellence and Export Innovator of the Year in Auckland last night.  Bryan Parkes, Zespri operations manager, said Zespri SunGold Kiwifruit had been a fantastic commercial...
NZ's record breaking net migration
NZ's record breaking net migration
The net gain of migrants arriving in New Zealand in the year to September 30 has set a new all time high, according to Statistics NZ.  A record 70,000 more migrants arrived in the country in the year to September 30, surpassing the previous annual record net gain of 69,100 migrants in the...
Third medical school for NZ
Third medical school for NZ
The Bay of Plenty and Lakes district health boards are set to benefit from a third medical school at the University of Waikato.  The newly-proposed Waikato Medical School will be a community-engaged, graduate entry medical school based in the Waikato and at about 15 regional clinical education...
$2.8M tidal stair contract awarded
$2.8M tidal stair contract awarded
Tauranga City Council has announced that it has appointed HEB Construction as civil works contractors for constructing the new tidal stairs, pier and pontoon at Tauranga's waterfront.  The contract awarded to HEB Construction has a value of $2.8 million.  Deliverables include 49...
Trustpower demerger gets final High Court go-ahead
Trustpower demerger gets final High Court go-ahead
Bay of Plenty-based power company Trustpower received the final go-ahead from the High Court this week to proceed with its planned demerger, which is scheduled to complete by early...
Special Housing Area scheme beginning to gain traction in Tauranga
Special Housing Area scheme beginning to gain traction in Tauranga
The pace of residential development under Tauranga's Special Housing Authority (SHA) scheme is beginning to pick up, say developers involved in the projects.  The SHAs are expected to eventually bring some 2700 new dwellings on to the market, though to date just under 1000 have been...
Homecoming for new Priority One CEO
Homecoming for new Priority One CEO
Priority One's executive board has announced the appointment of Tauranga-born Nigel Tutt as its new chief executive, after an extensive search that attracted interest from candidates around New Zealand and overseas.  For the past three years, Mr Tutt has been the Auckland-based chief...
Tauranga to host NZ's first coworking space event
Tauranga to host NZ's first coworking space event
Tauranga's Venture Centre is launching a New Zealand first event in the coworking space, the CoWork Hui, on 29-30 October.  Organisers say there has been a growth in the number of coworking spaces in the Bay of Plenty, driven in part by increased numbers of new arrivals turning their back...
Tauranga job listings spike 44pc
Tauranga job listings spike 44pc
Tauranga job listings have seen a huge spike in the past three months and businesses are struggling to fill vacancies - with one employer resorting to bringing staff out from the Philippines.  Listings for Tauranga increased 44 per cent in the last quarter when compared with the same quarter...
Bay of Plenty incubator aiming for seven portfolio companies by year end
Bay of Plenty incubator aiming for seven portfolio companies by year end
Callaghan Innovation has confirmed two years of additional funding for Bay of Plenty technology incubator WNT Ventures, and for two other incubators that won funding under a three-year pilot programme that got underway in...
Design of new University of Waikato campus praised by stakeholders
Design of new University of Waikato campus praised by stakeholders
The University of Waikato's new campus in Tauranga's central business district will be a "benchmark" tertiary building in its use of space and modern facilities, says senior deputy vice-chancellor Professor Alister Jones.  The approved design, unveiled yesterday, features two...
Megaship arrival in Tauranga ushers in new era for NZ shipping
Megaship arrival in Tauranga ushers in new era for NZ shipping
The arrival in Port of Tauranga of the biggest container ship ever to visit New Zealand was a historic day for New Zealand exporters and importers, Transportation Minister Simon Bridges said...
New name for Bay polytechnic launched
New name for Bay polytechnic launched
Waiariki Bay of Plenty Polytechnic is now officially Toi Ohomai Institute of Technology.  The new name was officially launched yesterday and comes after the merger of the Rotorua-based Waiariki Institute of Technology and the Tauranga-based Bay of Plenty Polytechnic at the beginning of this...
Tracking the building boom
Tracking the building boom
The building boom in the Western Bay continues to break new ground, with both Tauranga City and Western Bay of Plenty District councils breaking records in the number of consents being issued.  For the nine months to September 2016, the two local authorities issued the highest value of...
Artemis moving to Tauranga
Artemis moving to Tauranga
An innovative, multi-award winning plant medicine company is opening a new satellite office in Tauranga this month, based on the competitive advantages of being based here.  Dunedin-based Artemis sells organic natural plant medicines. It has been experiencing double digit growth in recent...
Auckland Waterfront expert shares vision in Tauranga
Auckland Waterfront expert shares vision in Tauranga
Tauranga can learn lessons from the development of Auckland's waterfront but getting the local community behind the vision is crucial.  Former Waterfront Auckland chief executive John Dalzell spoke to an audience of mainly council election candidates on Tuesday about how the revitalisation...
Conferences attracted to the Bay
Conferences attracted to the Bay
The Bay of Plenty is becoming an increasingly desirable destination for business and educational conferences, says the region's official tourism and marketing organisation.  Tourism BOP's head of marketing Kath Low says it's an exciting opportunity for the region to play host to a...
Cycle trail boosts economy
Cycle trail boosts economy
One of the government's earliest initiatives is reportedly paying huge dividends to the regions.  The New Zealand Cycle Trail, first conceived in 2009, has generated more than $37 million for the economy, including $1.2 million for the Bay of...
Tauranga city parking app goes live
Tauranga city parking app goes live
A mobile phone parking app that does away with the need for meters and pay and display tickets is going live in Tauranga.  Not only will PayMyPark make paying for parking easier, city transportation manager Martin Parkes says it will save parkers more than half a million dollars a year in...
Mountain film festival returns
Mountain film festival returns
An inspirational film festival that'll have your heart climbing every mountain and fording every stream is making a triumphant return to Tauranga.  The 2016 Tauranga Mountain Film Festival is back for its third year and will take place across three nights at the Tauranga Art Gallery,...
Early morning princess
Early morning princess
The first cruise ship of the 2016/17 season Sun Princess arrived today, four days earlier than originally scheduled.  The ship's New Zealand cruise is re-routed to begin with North Island ports because of poor weather in the South...
Biggest ship due next month
Biggest ship due next month
The biggest ship to enter the Port of Tauranga is expected alongside Sulphur Point on October 4.  The 347m long container ship Aotea Maersk has a cargo capacity of 9,640 TEU, and weighs in at 110,387 tonnes deadweight. It was built in 1999 as Svend...
Te Tumu development crucial for Tauranga's growth, say project managers
Te Tumu development crucial for Tauranga's growth, say project managers
Waiariki Bay of Plenty Polytechnic has announced Associate Professor Dr Leon de Wet Fourie as the new chief executive.  WBoPP council chairwoman Cathy Cooney said in a statement they were absolutely delighted to announce Dr Fourie's...
Waiariki Bay of Plenty Polytechnic announce new CEO
Waiariki Bay of Plenty Polytechnic announce new CEO
Waiariki Bay of Plenty Polytechnic has announced Associate Professor Dr Leon de Wet Fourie as the new chief executive.  WBoPP council chairwoman Cathy Cooney said in a statement they were absolutely delighted to announce Dr Fourie's...
First time voters are looking to the future
First time voters are looking to the future
First-time voters in Tauranga have their eyes to the future when it comes to casting their votes in the local body elections.  Despite voter-turnout for youths declining in the past few elections, four Otumoetai College students are keen to have their say come...
AIMS Games TV goes global
AIMS Games TV goes global
This year's NZCT AIMS Games in Tauranga reached an international audience, following the move to live stream many of the 21 sporting codes and provide daily video highlights.  Figures released today showed 502,775 views of the live stream feed of the annual intermediate-aged tournament...
Papamoa man wins big at international film festival
Papamoa man wins big at international film festival
Papamoa's Jonathan Gesthuizen has won a major award at an international film festival.  Mr Gesthuizen's short film Ice Cold, which he said was about love conquering all, has won the Best Foreign Film category at the Action on Film festival in Los...
Bay's building boom helps lead NZ as local economy soars
Bay's building boom helps lead NZ as local economy soars
New data from Statistics NZ and Infometrics' quarterly economic monitor show Bay of Plenty house building consents are now ranked second highest nationally, and strong economic growth across all areas of the Tauranga economy.  According to Infometrics figures provided by Priority One,...
Tauranga City Council goes for lease over owning new HQ
Tauranga City Council goes for lease over owning new HQ
The Tauranga City Council has agreed to pay $2.5 million a year to lease, rather than own, its new civic administration building.  The decision has helped set the platform for proposals to eventually spend up to $200m creating a civic heart for the...
Strong growth in value of Bay homes
Strong growth in value of Bay homes
Average house values in Tauranga City in August were up 28.5 per cent year on year to $633,638. Western Bay of Plenty homes also showed strong growth of 26.3 per cent to $557,640, according to the latest QV House Price Index.  Over the past three months, the average home value in Tauranga City...
$10m development to reshape Tauranga CBD
$10m development to reshape Tauranga CBD
A new $10 million development that will help reshape one of oldest parts of Tauranga city has been revealed.  The new office complex would be located at the intersection of Willow and Harington streets and would span three stories, plus a basement for...
AIMS Games to boost spending
AIMS Games to boost spending
It was a mixed bag for August spending in the Bay of Plenty, but the arrival of the AIMS Games is expected to be a "shot in the arm" for Tauranga retailers.  The latest Paymark figures released to the Bay of Plenty Times showed spending in August was $286.6 million.  This was...
Blazing hot year for Tauranga's construction industry
Blazing hot year for Tauranga's construction industry
A$2.5 million company headquarters and 20 beach villas are the stars among the city's latest building projects worth more than $60million.  Tauranga's red-hot construction industry continues to sizzle with August residential and commercial building consents totalling 254 and worth a...
Smartphone app to make parking easy
Smartphone app to make parking easy
Tauranga motorists will be able to pay for parking via a smartphone app from next month, a move that could save residents more than half a million dollars in a year.  Tauranga City Council has revealed they are preparing to launch the app in October in an effort to make life easier for local...
Comvita stake strengthens China ties
Comvita stake strengthens China ties
Bay of Plenty-based honey and health products company Comvita has signed a 51-49 joint venture with its long-term distributor in China, Shenzhen Comvita Natural Food Co. (SCNF), strengthening existing strong links between the...
Self-drive test in Tauranga
Self-drive test in Tauranga
The country's first official demonstration of a "self" driving vehicle using New Zealand roads is set to take place in Tauranga in November.  The New Zealand Traffic Institute, Volvo, New Zealand Transport Agency and the Ministry of Transport had come together to show how an...
Economic outlook for Bay strongest out of all regions
Economic outlook for Bay strongest out of all regions
The Bay of Plenty's economic outlook has been revealed as the strongest - topping the country for the sixth quarter in a row.  New cars, new houses and record exports of kiwifruit were helping keep the Bay of Plenty's economic growth strong, the Westpac regional roundup report...
Progress on Tauranga tidal steps
Progress on Tauranga tidal steps
Momentum is building on the transformation of Tauranga's waterfront.  Tauranga City Council staff and local leaders yesterday sat down to talk with two of the short-listed artists providing concepts to help revamp the...
China drives Comvita's positive growth
China drives Comvita's positive growth
Bay of Plenty honey and health products company Comvita's results came in right on guidance this week with a net profit after tax of $18.5 million on sales of $231m. Chinese consumers played a major role in the company's...
AIMS Games live streaming
AIMS Games live streaming
Next week THE bayofplentytimes.co.nz will have live streaming of the AIMS Games.  There are more than 20 sports included in the schedule but specific details are still to be confirmed.  More than 12,000 visitors are expected to begin arriving in Tauranga later next week for the 13th...
Major housing improvements needed for ageing Bay population
Major housing improvements needed for ageing Bay population
Major improvements will be needed for Bay houses, with only 3 per cent of new houses passing the age-friendly test last year.  Lifemark general manager Geoff Penrose said the lack of age-friendly homes would impact the Bay due to the large older...
Bay vanilla maker enjoying sweet taste of success
Bay vanilla maker enjoying sweet taste of success
Bay of Plenty-based Heilala Vanilla has won the title of Exporter of the Year to the US - Under $1million, at the 2016 AmCham DHL Express Success & Innovation Awards.  Company co-founder and chief executive Jennifer Boggiss said the American Chamber of Commerce awards win came as the...
New medical campus for Bay of Plenty
New medical campus for Bay of Plenty
Bay of Plenty is set to get a medical campus to cater for the increasing length of time trainee doctors are spending in the region.  Bay of Plenty District Health Board Clinical School head Professor Peter Gilling said it became an academic site for the University of Auckland medical students...
More car parks for Tauranga CBD
More car parks for Tauranga CBD
Visitors to Tauranga city centre can look forward to more car parking from next week.  The Elizabeth St parking building would be opening all floors, with a newly constructed top floor, and would be open 24/7.  Opening to the public on Monday the car park building would have 342 public...
Teaching First Aid in conflict zones
Teaching First Aid in conflict zones
Dennis Mundy is heading to Fiji.  It is his first overseas job since breaking his neck four months ago, coming just weeks after he got out of the metal halo needed to fuse his spine.  Dennis, 50, was celebrating son Finn's birthday when he broke three vertebrae jumping into a foam pit...
TEDx Tauranga delights listeners
TEDx Tauranga delights listeners
In its fourth year TEDx Tauranga has delighted and inspired listeners, who travelled here from all over the North Island.  This year's talk boasted 13 different speakers and live entertainment.  Auckland friends road tripped down to "be inspired" by the...
Firms vie for slice of Enterprise funding
Firms vie for slice of Enterprise funding
This week's Enterprise Angels meeting saw funding pitches from three companies, including Bay of Plenty-based Balex Marine.  Balex is looking to close out its third funding round of $900,000 and has already raised $415,000 in a rights issue from shareholders in its latest...
Grenada St link officially opened
Grenada St link officially opened
The Grenada St link officially opened, with about sixty people eager to be the first people to walk and scooter over the new road.  A blessing was held at the opening ceremony, held yesterday at 8am.  This was followed by speeches from Tauranga Mayor Stuart Crosby, Mangatawa Papamoa...
New approach as office makes move
New approach as office makes move
Harrison Grierson's new Tauranga headquarters is the first of the engineering and design consultancy's offices to fully adopt an activity-based workplace, says national marketing manager Karen West.  After six months' planning, design and fitout, Harrison Grierson moved from...
Bumper kiwifruit crop breaks record
Bumper kiwifruit crop breaks record
Kiwifruit exports rose $105 million in June this year to reach $331m.  The increase was up 47 percent, with goods exports rising $109 million (2.6 percent) in June 2016 (to $4.3 billion).  Figures released from Statistics New Zealand today show the June 2016 rise was across all our top...
Driving the region's growth strategy
Driving the region's growth strategy
Rotorua born and brought up in Tokoroa, Cheryl Lewis returned to the Bay of Plenty in 2007 after working in senior roles with NZTE and Treasury in Wellington.  She has since been a key driver in establishing the Bay of Connections, the region's economic growth strategy, where she currently...
Avocados:  Bumper crop coming this year
Avocados: Bumper crop coming this year
With prices finally starting to drop, and a bumper crop expected in the second half of the year, its good news all round for avocado fans.  While sky-high prices have kept Kiwi avo fans from their favourite toast topping, and even spurned an avocado black market, avo lovers should be able to...
TEDx Tauranga aims to inspire
TEDx Tauranga aims to inspire
TEDx Tauranga is back for its fourth year with local and international speakers lined up to educate the audience.  The event would include 13 different speakers, live entertainment, three official TED videos and a special screening of the winning video from the Enspire Youth Video...
Papamoa film-maker shooting for the stars
Papamoa film-maker shooting for the stars
Jonathan Gesthuizen's films are going from Papamoa to the world.  Mr Gesthuizen's short film about love conquering all will be screened at international film festivals after being officially selected for the Tokyo On-Line Lift Off festival, Access Code India festival, Eurofest in St...
Bay's 'silver economy' subject of conference
Bay's 'silver economy' subject of conference
A symposium next month will examine the challenges and potential for the Bay of Plenty of the 60-years-plus "silver economy", which the event's organisers say is now the third-biggest economy in the world after the USA and China.  The Silver Economy Symposium, to be held at Mills...
Port shipshape to handle large vessel
Port shipshape to handle large vessel
Port of Tauranga will this September welcome the largest container ship to visit New Zealand waters, carrying 9500 TEU (20-foot equivalent units).  Maersk Line, the world's largest container shipping company, and Kotahi, New Zealand's leading export supply chain collaboration,...
Council urged to change priorities
Council urged to change priorities
Priority One's submission on civic heart development amendments to the 2015-2025 Long-Term Plan (LTP) urges Tauranga City Council to reconsider its priorities and bring forward civic amenity projects being sought by the...
Accommodation 'absolutely booked out' for AIMS Games
Accommodation 'absolutely booked out' for AIMS Games
This year's AIMS Games is set to attract a record number of athletes and pump millions of dollars into the Bay economy - with most accommodation in Tauranga booked out months in advance for the event.  Tournament director Vicki Semple said the number of intermediate students for the event,...
Jobs up in the Bay
Jobs up in the Bay
Trade Me job listings for Tauranga are on the rise, new figures show.  Trade Me statistics released yesterday show job listings rose by 27 per cent in the second quarter of the year in comparison with the same period last year. It was the third biggest increase in the country behind Gisborne...
Half a billion dollars of consents issued in Bay
Half a billion dollars of consents issued in Bay
Half a billion dollars' worth of building consents have been issued in the Western Bay of Plenty so far this year - the highest since at least 2004.  Priority One figures for January to June the total value of consents issued by both Tauranga City and Western Bay District councils hit...
Green light for Tauranga Marine Precinct
Green light for Tauranga Marine Precinct
Tauranga's Harbour Marine Precinct is officially a reality, with a successful tender process completed for the sale of lots for Stage One of the project.  Mayor Stuart Crosby today signed sale and purchase agreements with Hutcheson Boatbuilders, Pachoud Yachts, Pacific 7, RMD Marine, SMF...
Hunt for Tauranga Waterfront artist
Hunt for Tauranga Waterfront artist
Tauranga City Council is searching for an artist to play a key part in Tauranga's Access to Water project and help create art for the new development on the Waterfront.  The council is looking for interested people and needs some examples of their work, a bit about their background and an...
Bay of Plenty international enrolments up 22 per cent
Bay of Plenty international enrolments up 22 per cent
There were almost 900 additional international student enrolments in Bay of Plenty last year, a 22 per cent increase for the region, according to the latest International Education Snapshot Report released today.  Tertiary Education, Skills and Employment Minister Steven Joyce said the report...
One Love Festival set to return to Tauranga
One Love Festival set to return to Tauranga
The One Love Festival is returning to Tauranga next year with a capacity one-third bigger than last year's sell-out event.  The festival will be returning to the Tauranga Domain next Waitangi Weekend. Earlier this year, a sell-out crowd of 15,000 people attended, bringing an estimated $5...
New chairman appointed to Tourism BOP board
New chairman appointed to Tourism BOP board
Tourism Bay of Plenty chairman Ian Smith has stepped down from the board after nearly a decade, with Des Hammond taking up the chair role.  Mr Hammond is an independent director and chartered fellow of the Institute of Directors in New Zealand, and is currently an active member on the Bay of...
First step for Poike Rd/SH29 overbridge
First step for Poike Rd/SH29 overbridge
The first official step to building an overbridge over busy State Highway 29 has begun.  Tauranga Mayor Stuart Crosby, Bay of Plenty MP Todd Muller and NZ Transport Agency acting Waikato/Bay of Plenty regional manager Dennis Crequer turned the first sod of the Poike Rd overbridge this...
Firms eager to relocate to the Bay
Firms eager to relocate to the Bay
Priority One is working with 16 firms that have the potential to create 327 jobs and pump $13.4 million of capital expenditure into the Bay - new data shows.  Figures from the economic agency also reveal that in the past six months four outside companies had relocated or started in Tauranga or...
It's official - Bay is still the most upbeat
It's official - Bay is still the most upbeat
The Bay of Plenty has been named the most positive region in New Zealand for the fifth quarter in a row.  The June Westpac McDermott Miller Regional Economic Confidence survey has found a total of 41 per cent of households believe the region's economic fortunes will improve over the coming...
Young scientists to get experience at world's leading institutions
Young scientists to get experience at world's leading institutions
Two students from Aquinas College are off to the London International Youth Science Forum next month.  Year 13 Aquinas College students Zeb Barry and Patrick Imrie are to attend the youth science forum and visit the European Organisation for Nuclear Research (CERN) in Geneva,...
Steven Joyce in Tauranga for post-budget briefing
Steven Joyce in Tauranga for post-budget briefing
Continued investment in innovation is the key to New Zealand's economic future, Business Innovation and Employment Minister Steven Joyce said at a post-budget briefing for Tauranga business people today.  "Anything you want to know about New Zealand's future development, it's...
Gold3 bids reveal strong demand
Gold3 bids reveal strong demand
Kiwifruit growers have oversubscribed the tender offer for Zespri's release of 400ha of new Gold3 licence, which is likely to sustain high pricing for Gold orchards.  There were 266 successful bidders out of more than 1000, who tendered for a total of 1300-plus ha. Zespri plans to release...
Preparing the ground to grow strong companies
Preparing the ground to grow strong companies
The confirmation that new Tauranga-based private equity fund Oriens Capital is on track for a $30million first close is great news for the region's business sector.  Oriens Capital's executive team have noted it will not focus exclusively on the Bay, with other regions also likely to...
David Porter: Tauranga a sensible solution to port problem
David Porter: Tauranga a sensible solution to port problem
Auckland's Port Future Study Group will soon release the final report from an Ernst & Young-led consulting consortium on its 50-year plus plan. The final recommendations will be closely watched throughout the freight logistics...
Bay employment listings jump 37 per cent
Bay employment listings jump 37 per cent
Bay of Plenty job listings jumped 37 per cent in the year to April and some recruitment agencies say they are now struggling to keep up with demand for workers.  The Ministry of Business, Innovation and Employment Jobs Online report for April, which measured vacancies advertised by internet...
Tauranga business boss steps down
Tauranga business boss steps down
Priority One chief executive Andrew Coker has resigned.  Mr Coker this morning announced he was stepping down from the role to focus full-time on his private start-up venture.  Andrew leaves the role after 10 years with Priority One, eight of which he was chief...
A passion for international education
A passion for international education
Education Tauranga regional manager Anne Young identified her future career path early in her life.  When she was growing up her father John Cronin - a long-serving Tauranga councillor - was involved with bringing overseas delegations into the Bay of Plenty. "That was what got me...
Allocation good news for region
Allocation good news for region
The Government's commitment to investing in business and innovation was "all very positive", chief executive of WNT Ventures Carl Jones said.  "They've shown that they are really invested and interested in innovation and investing in innovation," he said. "I...
Creating Tauranga's civic heart
Creating Tauranga's civic heart
Wednesday June 1 could be a significant milestone in creating Tauranga's civic heart.  Elected Members would be asked to adopt the Civic Space Options Programme Business Case, which recommended building a new Civic Administration building on Willow St, transforming Masonic Park into a...
Lights a go, for Bay Oval
Lights a go, for Bay Oval
Tauranga ratepayers are to make a $915,000 contribution to lights at Bay Oval in order to stay in contention for one-day and Twenty20 international cricket fixtures.  Councillors today voted 9-2 to contribute a third of the $2.745 million cost to install flood lights on Blake Park's...
Bumper crop raises Zespri's full-year profits
Bumper crop raises Zespri's full-year profits
The 2015/16 kiwifruit season broke records for the industry and Zespri with the biggest-ever total return to growers, highest-ever Green return per hectare and record sales volumes for both Green and SunGold kiwifruit.  Total sales revenue for the season also grew to $1.9 billion, up 21 per...
Comvita loan $3m for technology
Comvita loan $3m for technology
Paengaroa based Comvita Ltd is providing $3 million convertible loan to Nelson based SeaDragon Ltd to better enable a technology change.  SeaDragon (NZX.SEA), New Zealand's largest refiner and blender of high quality fish oils and fractions, announced on Friday that cornerstone investor...
Popular Pyes Pa west boost econony
Popular Pyes Pa west boost econony
The number of people living at Pyes Pa West has more than doubled in three years.  Figures from Tauranga City Council show about 1730 people were based in the suburb at April 30 compared to 785 residents in the March 2013 census. Pyes Pa West could have up to 3090 dwellings and was predicted...
Room to innovate in Tauranga tourism
Room to innovate in Tauranga tourism
Tauranga's tourism market has scope for new businesses but Bay leaders are divided about what new opportunities exist.  Tourism was highlighted in Westpac's latest regional roundup as one of the key driver behind the Bay's economic confidence topping the country for the fifth...
Bay film studio proposed by new film society
Bay film studio proposed by new film society
A not-for-profit society to showcase and grow the local film industry has launched and already has its sights set high.  The launch of Bay of Plenty Film last night came with a bold plan to explore the potential of developing a film studio in Tauranga.  BOP Film already had a membership...
Bay becomes subject of British reality TV show
Bay becomes subject of British reality TV show
The Bay of Plenty is set to appear on international screens.  The BBC was in Tauranga yesterday filming for the series Wanted Down Under, where British families look into immigrating to New Zealand.  The Goodson family was shown around three residential properties by a Bayleys real estate...
Building consents top previous record
Building consents top previous record
The first quarter of 2016 has seen the highest value of building consents issued since 2004.  Figures released by Priority One show both Tauranga City Council and Western Bay of Plenty District Council had continued successfully after March, which saw the highest value of building consents...
New boss for Tourism Bay of Plenty
New boss for Tourism Bay of Plenty
A new chief executive has been announced for Tourism Bay of Plenty - but she is remaining tight-lipped on details of her plans to grow tourism in the region.  Kristin Dunne, who has been the organisation's head of marketing for the past two years, was yesterday announced as the replacement...
Home values continue on the up for Tauranga
Home values continue on the up for Tauranga
Home values in Tauranga City continue to rise, up 3.6 per cent over the past three months and 21.5 per cent year on year.  The average value in the city is now $577,494. Western Bay of Plenty home values also continued to see accelerate up 7.3 per cent over the past three months alone and 21.2...
Dance-O-Mat for Tauranga waterfront
Dance-O-Mat for Tauranga waterfront
Get your dancing shoes on - a new Dance-O-Mat will be popping up on Tauranga's waterfront.  Trustpower has moved to town and as a welcome gift the company is donating the city a Dance-O-Mat.  The Dance-O-Mat is a coin-operated dance floor that anyone can use. You simply pop $2 in the...
Creative festival announced for Tauranga
Creative festival announced for Tauranga
A new creative festival has been announced for Tauranga this year.  The inaugural Tauranga Zinefest will be held at Tauranga Art Gallery in collaboration with The Incubator.  The festival will showcase speakers and demonstrations on Zines on Saturday, June 4 from 10am to...
Migrants pouring into Bay, highest in 26 years
Migrants pouring into Bay, highest in 26 years
Migrants are pouring into the Bay of Plenty with new figures showing net migration is the highest in at least 26 years.  Statistics New Zealand figures show a net increase of 1307 people moved to the Western Bay of Plenty in the year to March - the highest figure since at least 1990.  The...
Options developed for city centre
Options developed for city centre
Tauranga City Council's buildings are set to go, parking spaces are to be increased, and a new library and museum could be built under plans proposed for developing Tauranga's Civic Heart.  The Civic Space Options Project team would showcase three options, ranging in scale, to the...
Zespri tipped for record season
Zespri tipped for record season
Zespri is to investigate growing kiwifruit in China and is poised to expand its market reach in the country with a record-breaking sales season forecast in 2016.  The company is also looking to more than treble its staff numbers in the Chinese market in the next three years.  Prime...
$520m highway upgrade
$520m highway upgrade
Tauranga's long-awaited northern expressway has been given the green light as part of a record-breaking $521 million funding injection to improve safety and reduce traffic congestion between the city and Athenree.  Construction of the 6.8km Tauranga Northern Link bypassing Bethlehem and Te...
Bay represents in robotics world champs
Bay represents in robotics world champs
House of Science's robotics team is returning from the world champs proud after making it to the top spots.  The 2016 VEX World Robotics Competition held in the United States in the Kentucky Exposition Center in Louisville and New Zealand was one of 37 countries taking part.  The...
Cruise ship season breaks records
Cruise ship season breaks records
The Bay's biggest cruise ship season yet has almost drawn to a close with one last ship expected to berth in Tauranga next month.  Nearly 160,000 passengers arrived in Tauranga via cruise ships this summer and next season promises to be even...
$160k bridge for Western Bay cycleway
$160k bridge for Western Bay cycleway
Cyclists and walkers in Katikati will be able to cross the Uretara Stream via a new $160,000 suspension bridge to be built to extend the growing network of cycle trails around the town.  Western Bay of Plenty District Council has selected the new suspension bridge, designed by Abseil Access...
More choosing to work past retirement age
More choosing to work past retirement age
Home care worker Dorothy Harrison-Stafford, 74, works for Salvation Army HomeCare in Tauranga.  She puts in 16 hours a fortnight as a caregiver, something she's done the past 10 years after a stint in real estate.  "I wanted something more secure. I enjoy the company. I have two...
Bay's economy still showing good growth
Bay's economy still showing good growth
The Bay of Plenty is well-positioned in the current economy, says David Norman, industry economist for Westpac Institutional Bank.  Mr Norman told a recent presentation organised by BDO Tauranga that the Bay of Plenty had been the most confident region in the country for the past four quarters...
TCC approves high performance sports centre partnership
TCC approves high performance sports centre partnership
Tauranga City Council has approved a High Performance Sports Centre strategic partnership between Council Controlled Organisation, Bay Venues Limited and the University of Waikato.  The partnership was to ensure the sports centre is recognised nationally and internationally as an athlete...
Clever machine can print texture
Clever machine can print texture
Tauranga's The Print Tank is the first company in New Zealand to use an unusual new textured printing technology, says the machine's agent.  The Print Tank's ultraviolet digital inkjet printing machine has the ability to print realistic textured surfaces on a wide range of sizes...
Aucklanders drive home sales
Aucklanders drive home sales
Aucklanders are responsible for at least 19.5 per cent of all sales in Tauranga during the first quarter of the year, as soaring city house prices force them to look elsewhere.  Data supplied to NZME by CoreLogic shows that in the first three months of this year Auckland investors and movers...
Tauranga in need of major hotel
Tauranga in need of major hotel
Calls for an international hotel have gathered momentum, with global hotel operators expressing interest in the city and business leaders saying it could put Tauranga on the map as a conference destination.  But not everyone agrees, with an exisiting Tauranga hotelier suggesting the city needs...
Students join in youth environmental leaders forum
Students join in youth environmental leaders forum
Bay of Plenty students will be among young environmentalists from across New Zealand and the Pacific taking part in a forum in Nelson starting today.  Te Wharekura o Mauao school student Whakawa Kakau is one of those involved in the annual Youth EnviroLeaders Forum (YELF) which finishes on...
Bay becomes attractive option for new business
Bay becomes attractive option for new business
New and expanding businesses in the Bay are boosting jobs, new figures show, with more in the pipeline as companies eye the Bay.  Employee numbers at the Tauriko Business Estate have jumped 71 per cent to 1586 since 2014 while Priority One is working with 33 companies that could base their...
Bay building boom boosts businesses
Bay building boom boosts businesses
The Bay's building boom is creating a ripple effect throughout the economy as new-home construction is fuelling other businesses.  The Bay of Plenty Times informally surveyed a half-dozen local and national firms to learn how the building boom was having a positive knock-on effect in other...
Bay sees biggest growth in consumer spending
Bay sees biggest growth in consumer spending
Bay shoppers shelled out more than $300 million in Eftpos and credit card transactions last month and the region also posted the biggest annual spending growth in the country.  Paymark figures showed spending increased by 13.4 per cent compared to the year before, with $302 million ringing...
Aucklanders attracted to Tauranga property
Aucklanders attracted to Tauranga property
There has been a big spike in Auckland investors targeting the Tauranga property market - with one agent describing it as an Auckland "invasion".  Core Logic figures released to the Bay of Plenty Times Weekend show Auckland investor activity in the Tauranga property market has jumped...
Project develops tomorrow's entrepreneurs
Project develops tomorrow's entrepreneurs
The Venture Centre, headquartered at Tauranga's Basestation, delivered MashUp last weekend as part of its entrepreneurial eco-system development project targeted at youth.  "The aim of the event was to fill the pipeline of young entrepreneurs in the Bay and this weekend we've...
Bay students surpass NCEA average
Bay students surpass NCEA average
Western Bay students once again beat the national average in all of the three different NCEA certificate levels last year.  Aquinas College, Bethlehem College, Mount Maunganui College, Tauranga Girls' College and Te Puke High School all scored higher than average achievement...
Move to Tauranga a 'no-brainer'
Move to Tauranga a 'no-brainer'
Richard Smart and Kat Jensen say the decision to move from Takapuna to Tauranga "was a no-brainer" as they were able to buy a house and business with the sale of their Auckland home.  A former Whakatane "Bay boy", Mr Smart said the couple were living a reasonably good life...
Search for $3m cycle bridge design
Search for $3m cycle bridge design
A competition to design an iconic bridge across the Wairoa River is expected to be announced as part of the $7.7 million project to build a cycleway from Omokoroa to Bethlehem.  Project leader Gary Allis said their aim for the $2.5 to $3 million bridge was for it to be something quite iconic,...
Trade careers attract more women
Trade careers attract more women
More Bay women are opting to pursue a career in the trades as traditionally male-oriented occupations become more welcoming.  The Bay of Plenty Polytechnic said while the number of women enrolling in 'traditionally male' courses remained low it was increasing.  Sean Squires, group...
Curious minds graduate science class
Curious minds graduate science class
Donning their lab coats and name tags, 11 children from House of Science's inaugural Outreach Programme graduated on Monday.  The ceremony, held in-front of peers, parents, teachers, members of the Merivale Community Centre and House of Science volunteers, marks the culmination of an...
$350 million boom for CBD
$350 million boom for CBD
More than $350 million could be pumped into the Tauranga CBD within seven years thanks to future developments, on top of $150 million that has already been injected over the last five years, new data shows.  Another 13 companies are also contemplating a move to the Bay that may generate 186...
Internet opens up new career paths
Internet opens up new career paths
Pursuing an apprenticeship or going to university are still popular career pathways for Bay students, but online roles such as being a YouTube blogger or social media commentator have emerged as new employment options.  A study by the NZ Institute of Economic Research (NZIER) found that 46 per...
New courses help drive up student numbers at polytech and university
New courses help drive up student numbers at polytech and university
Student numbers at the Bay of Plenty Polytechnic have jumped by 10 per cent year on year since 2014 while the University of Waikato only experienced a slight increase.  Figures from the polytechnic showed 5900 students were enrolled in 2014 which climbed to 6308 last year while 4013 students...
House of Science robotics students impress US Ambassador
House of Science robotics students impress US Ambassador
United States ambassador Mark Gilbert challenged a robot to a game of catch at the House of Science yesterday.  Mr Gilbert was visiting the House of Science and met with its robotics team, who are travelling to the United States at the end of the month for the Vex World Robotics...
New academic boss for university in Tauranga
New academic boss for university in Tauranga
The University of Waikato has a new academic director for Tauranga.  The university has appointed Associate Professor Ken Perszyk to the position of Academic Director - Tauranga CBD Campus Development. He takes up the position in...
Astrolabe open for fishing and diving
Astrolabe open for fishing and diving
Fishing and diving at Astrolabe Reef (Otaiti) can resume today as the Rena wreck is no longer considered a hazard to navigation.  The Bay of Plenty Harbour Master has amended the exclusion zone to provide access for vessels under 500 tonnes from 8am today in response to the Rena's clean-up...
Free law lessons for Bay small businesses
Free law lessons for Bay small businesses
A drive to support small businesses in the Bay has prompted a Tauranga law firm to offer free seminars to existing and prospective business owners.  Lyon O'Neale Arnold, which is itself a small business, will launch its new Library Law Series at Tauranga City Library next week. ...
Living the dream Tauranga style
Living the dream Tauranga style
At Tip Top corner on Auckland's Southern Motorway there's a Metro billboard that shouts: "Love this city". I chuckle, because it happens to hang over the most car-clogged section of a road which, by that stage, I've already been struggling along for more than an hour. ...
Real problems help promote innovation
Real problems help promote innovation
The Young Innovator Awards (YIA) this year is focused on creating the innovators of tomorrow by taking them through the realities of finding ideas by examining problems, say organisers.  "I wanted to make innovation more real, especially for teachers," said Callaghan Innovation's...
City leaders discuss new CBD amenities
City leaders discuss new CBD amenities
Tauranga mayor Stuart Crosby today floated setting up a separate urban development authority to execute the delivery of new CBD amenities.  "I've got a very strong feeling that if we are going to kick off [the planned new civic centre infrastructure] now is the time," he told the...
Apartment complexes planned
Apartment complexes planned
Tens of millions of dollars will be pumped into the construction of new apartment complexes in Tauranga, real estate agents say - while figures reveal sales volumes in the sector jumped 68 per cent last year compared with 2014.  Real Estate Institute of New Zealand data showed 89 apartments...
Hi-tech sports research for Tauranga
Hi-tech sports research for Tauranga
Port of Tauranga is working with Zespri International and Tauranga Kiwifruit Logistics (TKL) under a new 10-year freight agreement to develop additional infrastructure to handle the surge in kiwifruit exports.  The agreement was disclosed in the Port of Tauranga's recently released...
Kiwi exporters enter 10-year agreement with port company
Kiwi exporters enter 10-year agreement with port company
Port of Tauranga is working with Zespri International and Tauranga Kiwifruit Logistics (TKL) under a new 10-year freight agreement to develop additional infrastructure to handle the surge in kiwifruit exports.  The agreement was disclosed in the Port of Tauranga's recently released...
Jazz festival creates 'awesome buzz' for town
Jazz festival creates 'awesome buzz' for town
Tauranga became a jazz hub this weekend, drawing people to the sunny city from all over the country for the 54th year of the National Jazz Festival.  Jazz festival director Becks Chambers said the event had so-far been a "really awesome buzz".  Performers included blues and jazz...
Tauranga's commercial sites coveted by big city investors
Tauranga's commercial sites coveted by big city investors
Tauranga's commercial property market is being touted as the next big location out of Auckland for investors - with one agency recording $85 million worth of sales this year, or 74 per cent of its entire turnover for last year.  New figures showed commercial building consents had also...
Small enterprises booming in Tauranga
Small enterprises booming in Tauranga
Tauranga's small to medium business community is "booming" as more companies move to the region or entrepreneurs start up new ventures, experts say.  Statistics from Priority One and compiled by Infometrics showed, in 2015, 65.2 per cent of businesses in the city were...
Angels aim for $6m with a second sidecar fund
Angels aim for $6m with a second sidecar fund
The Bay of Plenty's Enterprise Angels has launched an ambitious second sidecar fund targeting up to $6 million, which has already attracted more than $700,000 in commitments from members.  The early stage investment group, which now has 200-plus members across Tauranga, Rotorua, Taupo and...
Reefer ships the future: Zespri
Reefer ships the future: Zespri
Zespri shipping manager Mike Knowles says the next kiwifruit season could see the first use of new multi-purpose reefer ships commissioned by Seatrade, one of its key shipping partners.  Netherlands-owned Seatrade is the world's largest reefer vessel operator and owner.  Last year it...
Centre's redevelopment drawing ideas
Centre's redevelopment drawing ideas
A flood of opinions is swirling around the redevelopment of Tauranga's civic centre.  This week, Tauranga City Council staff were at Red Square seeking feedback from the public on a "once-in-a-lifetime opportunity" to create a new civic centre.  One hundred residents gave...
Bold kiwifruit move a boost for Bay
Bold kiwifruit move a boost for Bay
The Bay's billion-dollar kiwifruit industry is set to expand with Zespri releasing the additional licence for 400 hectares of SunGold this year. The move is being described as bold and exciting by business leaders.  "Enormous" spinoffs were also expected for the region both...
Extra houses for Papamoa
Extra houses for Papamoa
Council is recommending the establishment of new Special Housing Areas at Golden Sands and Palm Springs in Papamoa East.  Council agreed yesterday to recommend to the Minister of Housing that two Special Housing Areas (SHAs) be established adjacent to previously approved SHAs in the Wairakei...
Council to sell 5000sq m Historic Village section
Council to sell 5000sq m Historic Village section
Tauranga City Council this afternoon agreed to sell a 5000sq m section at the top of the Historic Village for the TECT Community Hub to be built.  The hub will house community organisations, targeting not-for-profit groups.  TECT chairman Bill Holland said the building would be of vital...
Business confidence coincides with business growth
Business confidence coincides with business growth
Business confidence is high across the Bay on the back of strong economic figures.  Newly released data from Statistics New Zealand shows gains in two key measurements for the business sector.  Both total and per capita gross domestic product (GDP) are at all-time highs, with GDP growing...
New facilities for kiwifruit companies
New facilities for kiwifruit companies
Bay post harvest companies have pumped more than $120 million into new facilities on the eve of the kiwifruit harvest which is expected to be a record breaker, industry leaders say.  Priority One chief executive Andrew Coker said the growth of the kiwifruit industry would have significant...
Tauranga waterfront the site for Hurricane Party
Tauranga waterfront the site for Hurricane Party
The National Jazz Festival is using its annual Hurricane Party on Easter Saturday to test a possible new concert venue on the city's waterfront.  Festival director Becks Chambers, pictured, said a large marquee would be erected on the grassed waterfront space on The Strand to host the...
Potential future for Tauranga CBD
Potential future for Tauranga CBD
A high-powered group has unveiled an exciting vision of how the city's downtown could look in 50 years.  The birds-eye view plan of the city centre was inspired by the council's call for public feedback on the proposed redevelopment of the area occupied by the civic block, library and...
House of Science to represent Tauranga this weekend
House of Science to represent Tauranga this weekend
The 2015 Trustpower National Community Awards will be held this weekend, with Tauranga represented by voluntary groups from across the board in Dunedin.  Chris Duggan and Jane Hoggard will be representing the House of Science Tauranga, and are confident they will hold their own.  Ms...
Planning ahead pays off for DMS
Planning ahead pays off for DMS
Bay of Plenty kiwifruit post-harvest operator DMS says the groundwork it has laid in recent years is paying dividends. The company has announced a 33 per cent increase in its grower rebate to 30 cents and an 8 cent dividend for its shareholder growers.  DMS operations manager Derek Masters...
Winning Tauranga artwork to go on display in Northland
Winning Tauranga artwork to go on display in Northland
A Tauranga artist will have his work immortalised in Whangarei after winning a local competition.  Two birds triumphed at Whangarei's fourth Sculpture Symposium, with Rex O'Brien's kukupa-shaped "Kaitiaki Manu" taking out the top prize.  The 10-day sculpting marathon...
ASB Arena to get two new courts
ASB Arena to get two new courts
The ASB Arena is set to expand with two new courts in the works.  They will be part of the new Bay Active Indoor Sports Pavilion, which will be located adjacent to the arena.  The courts will host indoor netball, football, cricket, bumperball, hockey and dodgeball action in...
Tauranga waterfront revamp buildings appointed
Tauranga waterfront revamp buildings appointed
Tauranga City Council will partner with engineering consultants Beca and LandLAB for the construction of tidal stairs, Masonic Pier and pontoon for the city's waterfront.  Beca have been appointed as the engineering designers for the Access to Water project, and will work alongside urban...
All-day carparks ease pressure on CBD
All-day carparks ease pressure on CBD
An extra 90 all-day carparks have opened up in the Tauranga CBD, costing commuters half as much as a return bus trip to the city centre.  The demolition of the former Tauranga Community Foodbank building on Dive Crescent has allowed for an additional 30 spaces, and an extra 60 spaces are up...
New reality TV show focuses on Bay vets and their furry friends
New reality TV show focuses on Bay vets and their furry friends
It's lights, camera, woof at Tauranga Vets as a new reality TV show has begun filming at the clinic.  Pet Medic centres on the challenges, heartbreak, vet skill and cute furry animals that are part and parcel of a day in the life of a Tauranga vet.  The show follows several talented...
Bay gets benefit of global experience
Bay gets benefit of global experience
Good governance pays off in improved business performance and growth, creating increased wealth and employment, says Zoe Attwood.  Ms Attwood relocated back to the Bay of Plenty at the end of 2014 to spend more time with her elderly parents after a lengthy career in Australia focused around...
Baygold takes out supreme Ballance award
Baygold takes out supreme Ballance award
A Paengaroa-based kiwifruit operation took out the supreme title at the 2016 Bay of Plenty Ballance Farm Environment Awards on Friday night.  BAYGOLD Limited, a large-scale kiwifruit operation which is owned by shareholders and directors who make up equity partnership Baygold Joint Venture...
Mountain bikers shift into high gear for 680km race
Mountain bikers shift into high gear for 680km race
A week-long inaugural international mountain biking event involving more than 100 riders and $100,000 prize money starts this weekend.  The Kiwi Crusade begins and end on The Strand, and runs from Sunday until March 5.  The seven-day race involves teams of two riding about 680km from...
New biosecurity initiative launched in Tauranga
New biosecurity initiative launched in Tauranga
A new biosecurity initiative has been launched at Port of Tauranga today.  Minister of Primary Industries Nathan Guy, who launched the event, said had the potential to be a model for other ports around the country.  Biosecurity Operational Excellence at Port of Tauranga is a scheme which...
Bay of Plenty top-performing region
Bay of Plenty top-performing region
The Bay of Plenty has retained its status as New Zealand's top-performing region in the latest ASB/Main Report Regional Economic Scoreboard.  ASB Chief Economist Nick Tuffley said the Bay of Plenty deserved its five stars as the region continues to outperform the rest of the country thanks...
Three Bay students top whole of NZ
Three Bay students top whole of NZ
Three Bay of Plenty students have come top in the country in their subjects.  Liam Ransley from Tauranga Boys' College placed top in the country in the scholarship physics exam while Francis Bridgman from Bethlehem College was top scholar for biology and schoolmate Annalise Wynn was the...
Kiwifruit sector sparks job boom in Bay
Kiwifruit sector sparks job boom in Bay
The booming kiwifruit industry is predicted to pump thousands of new jobs and millions of dollars into the Bay over the next four years as crop volumes increase.  Confidence in the city has also soared, business leaders say.  The latest figures from Trade Me showed job listings jumped...
Bay boom continuing
Bay boom continuing
The Bay of Plenty is continuing to enjoy a period of strong growth, according to the latest Westpac Regional Roundup released today.  Regional economic confidence continued to lift and the region as a whole appeared to have been less affected by the commodity price downturn hitting other...
Western Bay confidence at new high
Western Bay confidence at new high
Economic growth in the Western Bay of Plenty is nearly double the national average while self-employment rates jumped 29.7 per cent last year compared to 2014, a new report shows.  Confidence has also reached new levels as the kiwifruit industry booms and the district becomes a magnet for...
Chinese investors to the fore in CBD revival
Chinese investors to the fore in CBD revival
The tide is turning in Tauranga's CBD as out-of-town investors vie for commercial property and pump millions of dollars into the city, business leaders say.  The increasing interest is not just coming from around the country - with one agent saying about 33 per cent of his transactions...
Close vote sees pilot project for village given go-ahead
Close vote sees pilot project for village given go-ahead
Papamoa could become the testing ground for a pilot project to build an affordable housing village on land owned by the Tauranga City Council.  A knife-edge 6-5 vote yesterday saw the council agree that it could either lead or provide the land for the...
Newest Tauranga flight a sell-out
Newest Tauranga flight a sell-out
Tauranga has welcomed its newest airline partner with a completely full load on its first-ever flight out of the coastal city tomorrow, bound for Nelson.  Kiwi Regional Airlines chief executive Ewan Wilson said sales of seats on the twice-weekly flights to Nelson and on to Dunedin had been...
Guest night stays rise 7.8pc in the Bay
Guest night stays rise 7.8pc in the Bay
More visitors have been soaking up the sun and hospitality in the Bay of Plenty, new statistics show.  There was a 7.8 per cent increase in people staying overnight in the Bay of Plenty during December compared to the same time a year earlier.  Statistics New Zealand figures showed there...
Tauranga ripe for call centre market
Tauranga ripe for call centre market
Tauranga is well-placed to attract a share of the growing call centre market, says industry expert Giles Potter, who visited the Bay of Plenty last Friday to brief Priority One on the sector's potential.  Priority One business relocations manager Max Mason said attracting call centre...
City booms but wages low
City booms but wages low
Economic growth in Tauranga has outstripped the national average on almost every indicator a new report shows. However, incomes have continued to lag behind — with one business leader saying "our low wage reputation is not really something we should be proud of".  The survey...
City consents smash records
City consents smash records
Tauranga's growing retirement sector helped boost the building boom last month when consents reached $54.5 million - the best January since records began, new figures show.  builders expect 2016 to continue on a high note as demand continued to outstrip supply despite a shortage of...
Permanent i-site proposed for Mount
Permanent i-site proposed for Mount
Among the first of Tauranga City Council's tasks of the New Year is to time table the discussion about a new, permanent i-Site in Mount Maunganui.  There is a proposal to have an i-Site at or near the Port of Tauranga to cater for the continuing growth in the cruise ship passengers...
One Love festival on the move
One Love festival on the move
Due to overwhelming ticket demand, the One Love 2016 festival will be relocating from the Wharepai Domain to the larger Tauranga Domain this year.  The move to a larger venue has just further reinforced One Love's reputation as one of the most popular reggae festivals in not only New...
Leaders hungry for major events
Leaders hungry for major events
Bay leaders believe Tauranga has the potential to become an events destination which will pump millions into the economy and drive tourism growth.  The project has gathered momentum after the success of the AIMS Games and ongoing developments to Bay Oval that would cement its rating as a...
Couple drawn to 'friendly' Bay community
Couple drawn to 'friendly' Bay community
Georgia Williams and her husband Alistair moved back to the Bay about 18 months ago from West Auckland because they wanted their children to enjoy the lifestyle they grew up with.  "We felt it was time because Auckland has gone nuts."  The couple decided on the seaside suburb of...
Black caps win thriller match
Black caps win thriller match
New Zealand has won the first Twenty-20 against Sri Lanka by three runs in the last over of the match this afternoon.  Playing in front of a packed Bay Oval, Mount Maunganui, New Zealand's premier batsmen Kane Williamson and Martin Guptill got their side away to a great start with both...
Airshow's rare two seater star
Airshow's rare two seater star
Flights on a dual seat Spitfire aircraft are being offered as an entree into the Tauranga City Airshow on January 23.  Classic Flyers CEO Andrew Gormlie says, for around $3000, people will get a half hour flight in the New Zealand Warbirds Association operated...
Big city arrivals adding vitality
Big city arrivals adding vitality
The massive influx of Aucklanders moving to Tauranga is great for the city.  Yesterday we reported that Aucklanders accounted for more than a quarter of Bay of Plenty property views on Trade Me and about half of one real estate company's sales between January and November last...
Civic centre debate begins
Civic centre debate begins
A unique opportunity to influence a direction and style for the heart of Tauranga City over the next hundred years or so begins.  The first phase of public consultation over the civic centre re-development project begins next week.  What do you think the news city hall should look...
Boomtime has city setting the pace
Boomtime has city setting the pace
Tauranga's "tremendous" growth in 2015 has put it on track to becoming a world-class city, the city's economic development agency Priority One has proclaimed.  Chief executive Andrew Coker said economic development during 2015 could only be described as tremendous, with the...
Bay confidence soars
Bay confidence soars
The Bay's economic outlook has not looked this optimistic for six years, according to the latest Westpac McDermott Miller Regional Economic Confidence survey.  The survey saw the region's residents ranked as the most positive in the country for the third quarter in a row, with 41 per...
Continued development tops wish list for 2016
Continued development tops wish list for 2016
New city amenities, a civic centre, development of the downtown university campus, a revitalised downtown and improved roading are among the items at the top of Western Bay residents' wish lists for 2016. With the New Year upon us, reporter Sonya Bateson asked people what they would like to see...
Attracting and retaining skilled migrants focus of partnership
Attracting and retaining skilled migrants focus of partnership
Local councils are working together with Priority One and Immigration New Zealand to attract and retain skilled migrants to the Western Bay of Plenty.  Tauranga City Council, Western Bay of Plenty District Council, Priority One, and Immigration New Zealand have developed the Western Bay of...
All go for waterfront revamp
All go for waterfront revamp
The new project to revamp the Tauranga Waterfront has been given the go ahead by Tauranga City Council, with the support of local designers.  The councillors voted 10-1 at the council meeting yesterday to approve the Access to Water Project, which will create tidal stairs, a pier and pontoon...
Mural wins first place in Brooklyn contest
Mural wins first place in Brooklyn contest
Street art has taken Owen Dippie from Tauranga to the streets of Brooklyn, New York, and has landed him two placings in the prestigious Brooklyn Street Art 15 Most Popular Murals of 2015.  The former Tauranga artist featured two pieces in the countdown, with his Ninja Renaissance Masters...
New contracts help Bay of Plenty businesses grow
New contracts help Bay of Plenty businesses grow
The Government and Tauranga Chamber of Commerce have committed to a further five and a half years of support to help small businesses grow through the Regional Business Partner programme, Economic Development Minister Steven Joyce and Minister for Small Business Craig Foss announced today. ...
Firms lining up for booming Mount
Firms lining up for booming Mount
Retail space at Mount Maunganui is booked out as business confidence soars and downtown real estate sizzles amid an array of development projects mooted for next year, business leaders say.  Mount Maunganui Mainstreet manager Peter Melgren said it had a waiting list of people "that would...
Catamaran good for business
Catamaran good for business
Tauranga boatbuilder Pachoud Yachts is enjoying a resurgence of business after riding out the doldrums of the Global Financial Crisis.  A new long-range cruising catamaran, built for a Canadian client who wants to explore the Pacific, was the latest boat to emerge from Pachoud's yard in...
Subdivision to have concessions for neighbours
Subdivision to have concessions for neighbours
Tauranga City Council will sell Smiths Farm and fast-track its plans for the land to become a Special Housing Area.  However, Westridge Drive residents gained the victory yesterday when councillors agreed that access to the new development would not be on their road but through another...
Airport upgrade in response to city growth
Airport upgrade in response to city growth
Tauranga Airport will receive a $4.5 million upgrade to make space for the increasing number of passersby flying in and out.  Tauranga City Councillors yesterday voted unanimously to bring forward a project to upgrade the airport in response to the city's growth but said the changes would...
Council set to wipe $24m off debt forecast
Council set to wipe $24m off debt forecast
Tauranga City Council is expected to wipe more than $24 million off its debt forecast this year and hopes to end 2015 about $330 million in the red.  New figures show in the last five years it had slashed its debt by $65m while rates revenue had jumped $24m. But local ratepayer groups said...
Waterfront design gets green light
Waterfront design gets green light
Tauranga City Council has agreed to press ahead with the detailed design phase of the $3.2 million project to build steps down to the water's edge in front of the downtown waterfront playground and Hairy Maclary statues.  The access-to-water project also included the construction of a pier...
QV report reveals fastest rising Bay suburbs
QV report reveals fastest rising Bay suburbs
Five Western Bay suburbs have increased in value by more than 15 per cent in the past year, according to new figures.  Figures released by QV and Corelogic yesterday showed Tauranga South rose 15.9 per cent in the year to September. Parkvale was up 15.7 per cent, Bellevue increased by 15.3 per...
Instagram names Mount as second most snapped
Instagram names Mount as second most snapped
Instagram has named Mount Maunganui the second most popular tourist attraction in New Zealand after Waiheke Island.  Instagram, an online photo-sharing service, ranked the top 10 attractions by the number of photographs loaded to its app geotagged to specific...
Fifth Coastal Economic Symposium in Tauranga
Fifth Coastal Economic Symposium in Tauranga
The University of Waikato is hosting the fifth Coastal Economic Symposium in Tauranga in February.  Treasuring the Bay, Whakamana te taonga o te Moana a Toi, has become a firm annual fixture on the University of Waikato's summer calendar in the Bay of...
$8.4 million for wool research partnership
$8.4 million for wool research partnership
The Government will invest $8.4 million over seven years in a research partnership that could transform New Zealand’s wool industry, Science and Innovation Minister Steven Joyce and Primary Industries Minister Nathan Guy announced today.  The Wool Industry Research Ltd (WIRL) partnership...
2015 PM's scholarships for Asia announced
2015 PM's scholarships for Asia announced
The 2015 Prime Minister’s Scholarships for Asia have been awarded to 152 students from across New Zealand.  “These scholarships are a special opportunity for young New Zealanders to study, conduct research, or take up internships in countries that are hugely important to New...
Customer focus supports China tourism growth
Customer focus supports China tourism growth
Research released today focusing on Chinese visitors’ preferences will support further strong growth in the tourism sector, Associate Tourism Minister Paula Bennett says.  The China Visitor Insight report presents key findings into the needs of Chinese travellers to New Zealand and will...
Expansion of eVisas modernising travel to NZ
Expansion of eVisas modernising travel to NZ
Immigration Minister Michael Woodhouse welcomes the widespread roll-out of eVisas as a major milestone in modernising travel to New Zealand.  “The expansion of eVisas for online applicants will make the visa application process faster, cheaper and easier,” Mr Woodhouse...
Microsoft deal opens up new world of learning in our schools
Microsoft deal opens up new world of learning in our schools
A new agreement with Microsoft will reduce IT complexity for schools and enhance access to the online world for students, enabling them to learn anywhere, any time and on any device, says Associate Education Minister Nikki Kaye.  Ms Kaye announced the new agreement between the Ministry of...
Interactive art market to hit Tauranga
Interactive art market to hit Tauranga
Artists, potters, sculptors and artistic photographers will bring a vibrant and interactive market to Tauranga this Sunday, 13 December.  The Left Bank art market will be held at Masonic Park on the Strand, to give recognition to local...
Cafe win thanks to 'hands-on' approach
Cafe win thanks to 'hands-on' approach
Tauranga's Elizabeth Cafe and Larder won the title of best metro/CBD cafe at the New Zealand Cafe of the Year awards.  Owners Andrew Targett and Annmarie Cambie said the win was the "icing on the cake" of their three-year cafe journey.  "It was awesome. I had...
NBR Extensive Profile of Tauranga
NBR Extensive Profile of Tauranga
Priority One has been working with the National Business Review, which has put together a series of articles on Tauranga.  They appear in the issue dated 29 May, which features 17 pages on various aspects relating to economic development and growth in Tauranga.  Click Read More to...