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Community opening of new and improved Kopurererua Valley track
Community opening of new and improved Kopurererua Valley track
The transformed walking and cycling path in the Kopurererua Valley Reserve will be officially opened on July 14.  Associate Minister of Transport Julie Anne Genter will open the path at 10am with a community event until...
Climate emergency declared by Bay of Plenty Regional Council
Climate emergency declared by Bay of Plenty Regional Council
Bay of Plenty is the latest region to declare a climate emergency.  Bay of Plenty Regional councillors agreed to declare a climate emergency and work with the community on transitioning to a low carbon future and adapting to our changing climate at a council meeting...
ExportNZ Bay of Plenty Awards winners announced
ExportNZ Bay of Plenty Awards winners announced
The big winners of the ExportNZ Bay of Plenty Awards have been announced, with the winners coming from a broad range of industry sectors.  The 29th annual awards were presented last night at a glamorous 'A Night with the Stars' gala dinner in Tauranga.  You Travel Best Emerging...
Zespri and Scion best exhibitor sites at Fieldays
Zespri and Scion best exhibitor sites at Fieldays
Scion and Zespri were among the winners as Fieldays exhibitors were recognised for their effort and ingenuity in the Fieldays 2019 Exhibitor Site Awards.  The first round of judging took place on Wednesday last week, with 16 volunteer judges.  Judges assessed their assigned sector based...
AIMS Games breaks more records
AIMS Games breaks more records
More than 11,500 intermediate-aged athletes will hit Tauranga in September as Anchor AIMS Games entries went on another record-breaking rampage this week.  The 16th edition of the week-long tournament has seen 361 schools register, a sharp jump from last year's record 320, with more than...
Kiwifruit company Trevelyan's reports big environmental gains
Kiwifruit company Trevelyan's reports big environmental gains
Bay of Plenty kiwifruit company Trevelyan's released a report today showing the business has reduced its carbon footprint and is working towards operating as sustainably as possible.  The company released its fifth annual Sustainability Report which indicated its carbon dioxide emissions...
Building consents surge in Western Bay but slide in Tauranga
Building consents surge in Western Bay but slide in Tauranga
A new car sales showroom, a superette fit-out in Golden Sands and Claymark's $11 million expansion project has helped to drive up building consents issued in the Western Bay.  Tauranga and the Western Bay of Plenty issued $528m of building consents so far this year. That's almost $12m,...
World-first robotic logging truck scalers designed and built in Tauranga
World-first robotic logging truck scalers designed and built in Tauranga
The world's first two automated logging truck scalers, commissioned by Mount Maunganui-based ISO Limited, are now scanning logs at Port of Tauranga.  The Robotic Scaling Machines (RSM) give a faster, safer and more accurate measure of logs on the trucks and trailers than the manual...
BOPRC outline benefit to North Island supply chain
BOPRC outline benefit to North Island supply chain
The substantial benefits that the Port of Tauranga’s current operating and governance arrangements bring to the local, regional, and national economy were outlined at a meeting in Tauranga on Thursday.  Bay of Plenty Regional Council highlighted the significant growth expected in the...
NZ prepares for its avocado congress bid
NZ prepares for its avocado congress bid
We have been very well connected across the world of late as we prepare the bid we will make at the World Avocado Congress in Colombia to host the same event in New Zealand in 2023.  This year our board approved the bid to host the congress, as they had four years earlier when we narrowly lost...
Bay Oval to host first test cricket match against England
Bay Oval to host first test cricket match against England
Bay Oval finally looks set to host its first cricket test match this summer.  New Zealand Cricket is expected to release its schedule for the 2019-2020 season late on Friday morning and the Bay of Plenty Times understands Mount Maunganui's Bay Oval will be included as hosting one of two...
Tauranga lawyer retires after nearly 50 years’ service
Tauranga lawyer retires after nearly 50 years’ service
For almost 50 years Michael Cooney has led from the front, making his mark on Tauranga's legal fraternity, business community and the city itself.  After a stellar career at leading Bay of Plenty law firm Cooney Lees Morgan, founded 100 years ago by his grandfather, Cooney has now...
Tauranga residents make Queen’s Birthday Honours
Tauranga residents make Queen’s Birthday Honours
Two Tauranga residents have made this year’s Queen’s Birthday Honours List.  Current captain of the Black Ferns Sevens Sarah Hirini is receiving a New Zealand Order of Merit for her services to rugby, and Paul Adams is to become a Knight Companion of the New Zealand Order of Merit...
Datacom open expanded Tauranga office
Datacom open expanded Tauranga office
More than 80 staff will be housed under one roof following of the new Datacom offices in Tauranga.  The new office will also accommodate 40 additional people, leaving room for significant growth.  Datacom has a long standing presence in the regions, and this expansion is a demonstration...
KiwiBuild homes revealed in Ōmokoroa
KiwiBuild homes revealed in Ōmokoroa
The first of 27 KiwiBuild homes are on the market for people needing affordable housing in the Western Bay of Plenty.  KiwiBuild representatives, Classic Builders and Western Bay of Plenty District Council made the announcement in Ōmokoroa yesterday, offering a tour of the area and the homes...
Students cultivating career options
Students cultivating career options
Te Puke High School students were among a group of around 280 who were part of the annual Cultivate Your Career event recently.  Organised by New Zealand Kiwifruit Growers Inc (NZKGI), the event inspires students to consider the Bay of Plenty's booming horticulture...
Tauranga Techweek answers questions about technology's future
Tauranga Techweek answers questions about technology's future
How will things like robotics, artificial intelligence and quantum computing impact our jobs over the next 10 years?  How can the powerful tool of data insights drive improvements in business decision making?  What are our local tech innovators doing for the good of the world?  What...
Tauranga robotics team among world's best
Tauranga robotics team among world's best
A small robotics team from Tauranga is taking the world by storm.  The House of Science Tauranga robotics team made up of four students from schools across the region competed at the VEX Robotics World Championships in Louisville Kentucky, and they are coming home with three...
Bayfair‘s new alfresco dining precinct
Bayfair‘s new alfresco dining precinct
Bayfair Shopping Centre’s new alfresco dining precinct features seven new eateries, including new-to-the-Bay names. Flavours from around the world will make a delectable arrival in Tauranga when the new alfresco dining precinct opens at Bayfair Shopping Centre from the end of May....
Bayfair to adopt living wage for employees
Bayfair to adopt living wage for employees
Tauranga’s Bayfair Shopping Centre is one of six centres to adopt the living wage.  From July 1, AMP Capital, the manager of six shopping centres will have cleaning and security providers, who are their largest contractors, paying all their employees the living wage.  Employees will...
Bay of Plenty artists win awards at international mural fest in Tasmania
Bay of Plenty artists win awards at international mural fest in Tasmania
Two Bay of Plenty artists have scooped up prizes for their winning brush strokes at an international mural art festival in Australia.  Tauranga's Shane Walker won the competition while Marc Spijkerbosch from Rotorua took out the People's Choice...
Three Bay of Plenty tourism businesses scoop up sustainability awards
Three Bay of Plenty tourism businesses scoop up sustainability awards
Rotorua Canopy Tours, Kaitiaki Adventures, and Redwoods Treewalk have been announced as three of seven winners of the new prestigious Qualmark 100% Pure New Zealand Experience award at a ceremony hosted at...
Robot redundancy: four future scenarios for Kiwis' jobs
Robot redundancy: four future scenarios for Kiwis' jobs
We've long been hearing about the threat of "robot redundancy" – and just whose jobs are at risk of automation.  Fewer than 5 per cent of jobs can be done entirely through automation today - and researchers have thrown out wildly varying forecasts how this might soon...
More than $29m allocated for Bay of Plenty roll growth
More than $29m allocated for Bay of Plenty roll growth
Almost $30 million has been allocated to "chock-a-block" Bay schools in the last four years to help cope with rapidly growing rolls.  Some packed Bay schools have resorted to using existing spaces in novel ways to cope with their growth - one is using its sports shed as a music room...
Bay shoppers help keep tills ringing hot this Easter
Bay shoppers help keep tills ringing hot this Easter
Bay of Plenty shoppers spent nearly $93 million over the Easter break, more than 14 per cent up on the same period last year, according to Paymark figures.  Spending in the Bay of Plenty region for the week ending April 22 in the smaller regions outpaced the percentage growth in...
Second nursing intake offered for the first time at Toi Ohomai
Second nursing intake offered for the first time at Toi Ohomai
Toi Ohomai Institute of Technology is offering a second intake for its Bachelor of Nursing course for the first time.  Prior to the merger with Bay of Plenty Polytechnic, Waiariki Institute of Technology only ever provided an annual intake in January for the...
Rare piece of undeveloped commercial land up for sale
Rare piece of undeveloped commercial land up for sale
A rare piece of undeveloped commercial land in central Mount Maunganui is up for sale.  Two freehold sites on the corner of Rata St and Nikau Cres will be auctioned on May 1 through Bayleys Tauranga.  Real estate agents say potential buyers will have the opportunity to build up to 12m...
Thousands pack out The Strand for Tauranga's annual Jazz Festival
Thousands pack out The Strand for Tauranga's annual Jazz Festival
The sun was shining, the tunes were flowing and the crowds were grooving as Tauranga's 57th annual National Jazz Festival's 'downtown carnival' got under way today.  With the sparkling waters of Tauranga Moana in the background, The Strand came alive with thousands of...
$50m Salt beachside development taking shape in Mount Maunganui
$50m Salt beachside development taking shape in Mount Maunganui
Construction of 71 new apartments and townhouses is under way in Mount Maunganui, with almost a third already snapped up by Aucklanders.  The 52 apartments in the $50 million boutique residential village on the former Golden Grove Holiday Park campsite on Girven Rd are set to be completed late...
Project team to lead the Bay's urban development and transport initiative
Project team to lead the Bay's urban development and transport initiative
A project team has been appointed to lead the Western Bay of Plenty's Urban Development and Transport Initiative.  The appointments of Robert Brodnax as project director, Janeane Joyce as project manager, and Ben Peacey, as technical specialist, were announced during a SmartGrowth...
Comvita opens sustainably-designed warehouse in Paengaroa
Comvita opens sustainably-designed warehouse in Paengaroa
More than 150 people turned up to see NZX-listed Manuka honey exporter, Comvita, officially open its new sustainably-designed warehouse in Paengaroa today.  Comvita chief executive Scott Coulter cut the ribbon to the company's 3500m2 East Wing warehouse, which features the Bay of...
New workers help kiwifruit industry pick and pack
New workers help kiwifruit industry pick and pack
About 250 new employees are set to bolster the kiwifruit industry's worker shortage.  New Zealand Kiwifruit Growers Incorporated (NZKGI) said that since the announcement of the declaration on April 5, about 250 people have successfully applied to vary the conditions of their visitor visas...
New school in Pāpāmoa East could help ease rapid roll growth
New school in Pāpāmoa East could help ease rapid roll growth
A new primary school is to be built in Pāpāmoa East and will accommodate 650 pupils.  Principals in the area say the new school will help ease increasing pressure on school rolls.  Education Minister Chris Hipkins has approved the establishment of a new Years 1 to 6 primary school in...
New university to change face of Tauranga CBD
New university to change face of Tauranga CBD
The opening of a new university in the heart of Tauranga is injecting new blood and new life into the CBD, say city leaders and workers.  Former Prime Minister Jim Bolger was among the dignitaries at the opening of the new University of Waikato's new Durham St campus...
Final cruise ship of season to dock in Tauranga
Final cruise ship of season to dock in Tauranga
Tauranga has welcomed more than 228,000 passengers on 115 cruise ships during the 2018/2019 season, which ends today.  The final cruise ship - the Noordam - arrived early this morning and will leave at 5.30pm...
First look at Tauranga's newest university campus
First look at Tauranga's newest university campus
It was once a gravel parking lot but now Tauranga's iconic university campus towers over the city centre.  Large glass windows on each of the two buildings' levels reveal enticing views of the CBD, the harbour and Mauao, a different scene at every turn.  Polished concrete floors...
Hollywood studio executives scout Bay of Plenty locations
Hollywood studio executives scout Bay of Plenty locations
Bay of Plenty has been visited by Los Angeles-based film studio executives scouting the region for potential filming locations.  Eight executives representing heavyweights such as HBO, Netflix, Apple TV, Universal Studios, Annapurna Pictures, Legendary Television and Fremantle Media visited...
History of Tauranga's National Jazz Festival to be exhibited on The Strand
History of Tauranga's National Jazz Festival to be exhibited on The Strand
Photographs will soon line The Strand as part of a photographic history of Tauranga's National Jazz Festival.  The exhibition will be one of the features of the Easter event from April 19 to 23 and will feature all who have contributed to the festival in the past from the beginning in 1963...
Record $68m in Tauranga commercial consents issued
Record $68m in Tauranga commercial consents issued
The majority of a record $68.7 million in Tauranga commercial building consents issued during March was for retail development, new data shows.  Priority One's latest building consents report showed Tauranga City Council issued the highest value of commercial consents ever in just one...
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