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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...
Zespri staff move into new Mount Maunganui head office
Zespri staff move into new Mount Maunganui head office
Zespri staff moved into the company's new head office in Mount Maunganui today following the completion of the first phase of the new office redevelopment.  The new three-level office next to Zespri's former headquarters on Maunganui Rd can accommodate 340...
Mismatch in job and those looking for work
Mismatch in job and those looking for work
A tighter labour market in Tauranga has meant businesses are finding it harder to access employees with the right skill set despite more people being available to work, experts say.  Tauranga business leaders say there appeared to be a "mismatch" between the jobs available and people...
Seasonal labour shortage declared in the Bay of Plenty
Seasonal labour shortage declared in the Bay of Plenty
The Ministry of Social Development has declared a seasonal labour shortage in the Bay of Plenty and is extending the seasonal labour shortage in Hawke's Bay.  In Bay of Plenty, the shortage is for a six-week period between April 15 and May...
Tauranga CBD gets 35 new car parks
Tauranga CBD gets 35 new car parks
Tauranga motorists will gain about 35 temporary car parks in the CBD from today.  Tauranga City Council will provide the new parks as an extension to the existing temporary car park on Dive Crescent.  Three car parks will be provided for larger...
Tauranga bands win top honours at National Youth Jazz contest
Tauranga bands win top honours at National Youth Jazz contest
Two Tauranga school bands have won top honours at the 42nd National Youth Jazz Competition over the weekend.  The two-day competition at the Baycourt Community & Arts Centre on April 5 and 6 involved 380 students from 21 schools performing in Big Band and Combo band...
Hundreds of shoppers file in to new Tauranga Crossing mall
Hundreds of shoppers file in to new Tauranga Crossing mall
About 50 staff danced a welcome to their customers this morning, after the city's newest mega mall opened.  People have lined up since 5am to get a first look at stage two of Tauranga...
Tauranga to host world gymnastics at Trustpower Baypark
Tauranga to host world gymnastics at Trustpower Baypark
The 2020 Pacific Rim Gymnastics Championships are coming to Tauranga.  They are set to be hosted April 17-19 next year at Trustpower Baypark.  The biennial event gathers the best of men's and women's artistic, rhythmic and trampoline gymnastics from the 21 eligible Pacific Rim...
Memorial Park to city waterfront pathway seeks public input
Memorial Park to city waterfront pathway seeks public input
Tauranga City Council is seeking feedback from the community on a possible coastal pathway connecting Memorial Park and the City Centre via The Strand.  The proposed pathway has been identified as a key connection in city centre strategies and walking and cycling plans, the council said in a...
Tauranga leaders all aboard passenger rail investigation
Tauranga leaders all aboard passenger rail investigation
The viability of a passenger rail service in Tauranga is being investigated.  The Bay of Plenty Regional Council is leading an investigation into both passenger and freight rail in the Bay of Plenty, including looking at the viability of a rapid passenger rail system in...
Vietnamese scholarship students to study at Bay of Plenty schools
Vietnamese scholarship students to study at Bay of Plenty schools
Two Vietnamese students will head to two Bay of Plenty schools as some of the first recipients of a new government-led scholarship programme.  The New Zealand Schools Scholarship is the first of its kind exclusively offered to Vietnamese students and Rotorua's John Paul College and Mount...
New pedestrian bridge links The Lakes and Tauriko
New pedestrian bridge links The Lakes and Tauriko
State Highway 36 through The Lakes will be closed Wednesday night as a new overbridge is lifted into place.  The new bridge is intended to allow people walking and biking between The Lakes and Tauranga Crossing to cross...
Scholarships for uni students to study harbour water
Scholarships for uni students to study harbour water
Two University of Waikato students have each been awarded $5000 to research coastal waters in the Bay of Plenty.  Megan Ranapia and Georgina Flowers are the latest recipients of BayTrust Bruce Cronin Scholarships which are administered by Universities New Zealand and awarded to postgraduate...
Kiwifruit growers and All Black talk personal wellbeing
Kiwifruit growers and All Black talk personal wellbeing
Talking about personal wellbeing was on the agenda when a group of lucky kiwifruit industry members met with an All Black to discuss mental health and self-care.  All Black lock and Crusaders captain Sam Whitelock spoke to a group of kiwifruit growers and industry members about the importance...
Rescue food festival gives food for thought
Rescue food festival gives food for thought
A festival to celebrate food destined for the dumpster was held on Saturday.  Ian Mikkelsen from Robert Harris was among the many people taking part in the Food for Thought: Rescued Food Festival at Our Place in the Tauranga...
Cinema announces new complex at Tauranga Crossing
Cinema announces new complex at Tauranga Crossing
EVENT Cinemas Tauranga Crossing has announced its complex will officially open next Thursday with six big screens.  It will be the largest cinema complex in the Bay of Plenty region and will include the first VMAX screen outside of Auckland featuring a massive 24m wide by 10m high...
Kinetic sculpture installed at Tauranga Crossing
Kinetic sculpture installed at Tauranga Crossing
A kinetic sculpture created by world renowned Kiwi artist Phil Price has been installed at the Tauranga Crossing.  Price, regarded as the foremost kinetic sculptor of his generation, created the bespoke features, known as The Fernery, as part of the landscaped gardens and dining...
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