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Dale Carnegie – class of 2020
Dale Carnegie – class of 2020
Instep has partnered with Dale Carnegie and the Acorn Foundation to provide a life-changing opportunity for youth to broaden their boundaries and abilities. The three day ‘Skills for Success’ course was recently completed by students from each of the 11 WBOP secondary schools and...
Cycleway provides safer commute
Cycleway provides safer commute
The Omokoroa to Tauranga Cycleway provides 19 km of off-road paths connecting Omokoroa and Te Puna into Tauranga’s existing urban cycleway network. The route is made up of 25 sections of new and existing off-road shared paths and local road connections – and once completed it will...
Luxury motor yachts in demand
Luxury motor yachts in demand
Amongst the myriad of marine specialists in the Western Bay of Plenty is one which generally flies under the radar, unless you’re in the market for a luxury yacht or catamaran. Tauranga-based Pachoud Yachts is New Zealand’s leading builder of luxury motor yachts, specialising in...
Regional Skills Leadership Group
Regional Skills Leadership Group
Greg Simmonds, Priority One’s Chief Operating Officer, is one of 12 Bay of Plenty appointed members of a new government initiative to better manage changing skills and workforce needs in our regions and cities and to support the recovery of local labour markets. “I’m excited...
Vessel Works Marine Precinct
Vessel Works Marine Precinct
The Vessel Works Marine Precinct is New Zealand's newest and premier facility for refit and maintenance of commercial and recreational vessels, boasting New Zealand's largest capacity mobile vessel hoist (the 350 tonne Hikinui), deep water access and 6,300 sqm of hardstand. Located just 5...
Busy season ahead for Super Yacht Coatings
Busy season ahead for Super Yacht Coatings
Sitting in pride of place in the Tauranga Marine Precinct is vessel painting company, Super Yacht Coatings. Back in February the company laid the foundations for its new 1,300 sqm refit shed which will include fully protected spray and refit facilities as well as office space. The project, due for...
Resilience of Bay of Plenty exporters shines through
Resilience of Bay of Plenty exporters shines through
Guest writer, Joanna Hall, Regional Manager ExportNZ – Bay of Plenty, shares with us an update on the local export sector. Exporters for the most part are quite resilient as a group, and this has served them well through COVID-19 and will play a big part in their future development. In the...
Tauranga City Council Annual Plan consultation
Tauranga City Council Annual Plan consultation
Tauranga City Council are currently consulting on their Annual Plan, a delayed process due to COVID-19.  The part that will interest most businesses is the planned increases to commercial rates. There are three components to the proposed increase: 1.    The overall rate...
6 Signs of an Economic Recovery
6 Signs of an Economic Recovery
What should an economic recovery look like? Follow these 6 economic indicators for signs of a recovery: 1.    Employment It’s difficult to talk about an economy in recovery if people aren’t getting back to work. There are such things as ‘jobless recoveries’,...
An opportunity to build a stronger, more resilient and inclusive economy 
An opportunity to build a stronger, more resilient and inclusive economy 
This week’s move down to Alert Level 3 sees more of our economy able to get back to work, albeit differently than before. It’s been great to see the flux of people and businesses prepared to support one another through what remains a tough operating environment. Many businesses...
Winstone Wallboards to bring manufacturing and distribution to Tauranga
Winstone Wallboards to bring manufacturing and distribution to Tauranga
Priority One and Tauranga City Council welcomed today’s announcement by Fletcher Building that it will be relocating its Auckland-based Winstone Wallboards manufacturing and distribution operation to Tauranga. The new state-of-the-art plasterboard facility presents a circa $400 million...
Busy Tauranga road 15th Ave to see roading improvements
Busy Tauranga road 15th Ave to see roading improvements
Major changes are coming to 15th Ave from next week as Tauranga City Council aims to improve traffic flows on one of the city's major arterial routes.  Works include adding traffic lights at the road's intersection with Burrows St, creating a bus and T3 lane, closing the exit from...
Finalists announced in Bay Hospitality Awards
Finalists announced in Bay Hospitality Awards
Finalists have been announced in the Bay Hospitality awards.  The competition includes all areas in the region, aside from Rotorua which has its own dedicated awards, and showcases the top-notch dining establishments in the region as voted by the hospitality...
Kopurererua Valley track and Matawa Pā Bridge officially open
Kopurererua Valley track and Matawa Pā Bridge officially open
After months of waiting, people can now enjoy the newly opened Kopurererua Valley Reserve cycling and walking path and the Matarawa Pā Bridge over SH36.  The NZ Transport Agency and Tauranga City Council announced today the opening of the two transport projects in a written...
The Kollective exceeds its own expectations
The Kollective exceeds its own expectations
Tauranga's new collaborative workspace for not-for-profit community services has already surpassed its own predictions of success less than a year since it opened.  This month, Dame Patsy Reddy will attend The Kollective's official opening.  In October, the building on 17th Ave...
Primary ITO recognition confirmed by Minister
Primary ITO recognition confirmed by Minister
Primary ITO has received the Minister of Education's seal of approval to continue its work as an industry training organisation.  Under the Industry Training and Apprenticeships Act, ITOs apply for "recognition" every five years, undergoing a thorough check by central agencies...
Bay of Plenty region's finest home builds announced
Bay of Plenty region's finest home builds announced
A Whakamārama home in Tauranga has been recognised as the "standout winner" of the Supreme Award at this year's regional House of the Year competition.  The home took out the top award for the region with the best new build in the Bay of Plenty Central...
Moochi returns to the Mount with new store
Moochi returns to the Mount with new store
With the opening of the moochi main store in the Mount, it is back to where it all started for Moochi husband and wife team Chris and Kellie Taylor, who started the popular fashion brand in Mount Maunganui almost 20 years...
New free festival announced to celebrate Bay of Plenty volunteers
New free festival announced to celebrate Bay of Plenty volunteers
A new free festival celebrating the significant contribution volunteers make to the community will be held at the Historic Village this year.  Volfest is being organised by Volunteering Bay of Plenty to showcase all of the opportunities that exist in the volunteer sector on November...
Free school buses for all Tauranga students in year-long trial
Free school buses for all Tauranga students in year-long trial
School buses will be free for students in Tauranga from January as part of a year-long trial aimed at helping alleviate the city's congestion and affordability for parents.  Bay of Plenty Regional Council will fund the year's trial of a city-wide free school bus fare scheme for...
Primary sector drives increase in May exports
Primary sector drives increase in May exports
Exports remained at high levels in May, driven by increases in primary sector exports including dairy, fruit, and fish says Stats NZ.  In May 2019, the value of total goods exports rose $455 million from May 2018 to reach $5.8 billion.  Exports of dairy products led the rise in exports,...
Orca in Tauranga Harbour
Orca in Tauranga Harbour
Kayaking in Tauranga Harbour turned into a “very cool” sight for a handful of people on Sunday.  Cosmo Goode and his mate Jack were out in their kayaks at 4.50pm, when they were joined by a pod of orca at the entrance of the...
$1m funding for Kulim Park redevelopment
$1m funding for Kulim Park redevelopment
The Project, Services and Operations Committee voted unanimously to support an additional $1m for the Kulim Park redevelopment on June 18.  The funding would come from historic development contributions, which are fees used to fund the infrastructure required as the result of the growth of...
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...
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