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Partner in one of the Tauranga's top law firms steps down
Partner in one of the Tauranga's top law firms steps down
Well-known Tauranga lawyer Bill Holland is stepping down as a partner of Holland Beckett Law firm after 40 years in the role.  The 67-year-old joined Holland Beckett in 1976 at age 24 and became a partner in 1979 after his late father William Sydney Holland, also known as Bill, passed the...
Kiwifruit industry pumps $108 million into Bay of Plenty pack houses
Kiwifruit industry pumps $108 million into Bay of Plenty pack houses
More than $108 million has been pumped into kiwifruit cool stores and infrastructure in the Western Bay and 160 new growers have joined the ranks as the industry continues to break records.  The news comes hard on the heels of Zespri's forecast that sales for the 2018/19 season could reach...
Auditions for Tarnished Frocks and Divas this weekend
Auditions for Tarnished Frocks and Divas this weekend
This weekend, your life could change for the better simply by turning up to Tauranga Boys' College gym.  If you are female and aged 40 or over, and ever fancied yourself on stage as a dancer, model, singer, or just a diva, then now is your chance as auditions are on Saturday and Sunday for...
Tauranga City Council budget out for feedback with 3.9pc rates increase
Tauranga City Council budget out for feedback with 3.9pc rates increase
Tauranga City Council has signed off its draft budget for the next year for consultation with a 3.9 per cent rates increase.  While councillors were pleased to see a controversial swimming/spa pool registration fee of $136 dropped, few had anything good to say about the council's long term...
Tauranga to host 2020 Pacific Rim Gymnastics Championships
Tauranga to host 2020 Pacific Rim Gymnastics Championships
Tauranga has secured hosting rights for the 2020 Pacific Rim Gymnastics Championships.  Gymnastics New Zealand announced today the event would take place April 17 to 19...
Hundreds of students gather across the city to strike for climate change
Hundreds of students gather across the city to strike for climate change
More than 400 children across the city gathered yesterday to make their voices heard in the strike over climate change.  Loud chants echoed throughout the central streets of Mount Maunganui and Tauranga, as passionate students and pupils as young as five were there for their...
Tauranga City Council budget out proposes 3.9pc rates increase
Tauranga City Council budget out proposes 3.9pc rates increase
Tauranga City Council has signed off its draft budget for the next year for consultation with a 3.9 per cent rates increase.  While councillors were pleased to see a controversial swimming/spa pool registration fee of $136 dropped, few had anything good to say about the council's long term...
Hundreds of international students welcomed to Tauranga
Hundreds of international students welcomed to Tauranga
Hundreds of international students have been officially welcomed to Tauranga this morning.  A total of 770 international students attended this morning's official mayoral welcome at the Holy Trinity...
Local expert artists unveil works for Awhina House
Local expert artists unveil works for Awhina House
Art created by expert artists specifically for Awhina House has been unveiled ahead of the opening of Tauranga's first women's homeless shelter.  On Sunday a majority of the 12 artists involved in the project met at the shelter to celebrate the completion of their creative projects for...
Pride Picnic a celebration of diversity
Pride Picnic a celebration of diversity
"Be yourself, everyone else is taken."  That was the motto of the inaugural Tauranga Moana Pride Picnic on Saturday, which aimed to raise the profile of Tauranga's LGBTQI (lesbian, gay, bi-sexual, transgender, queer and intersex)...
Tauranga will host 2021 Men's World Teams Squash Championships
Tauranga will host 2021 Men's World Teams Squash Championships
With a successful junior world squash championship under its belt, Tauranga has secured another global event, being named as the host of the 2021 Men's World Teams Squash Championships.  The announcement comes just two years after running the much-lauded World Junior Squash Championships...
Total $58m issued in Tauranga building consents
Total $58m issued in Tauranga building consents
Tauranga City Council issued a total $58.1 million in building consents during February, new data shows.  Priority One's latest building consents report showed a surge of construction activity during the first two months of...
Prestigious awards on offer for Bay of Plenty retailers
Prestigious awards on offer for Bay of Plenty retailers
Retailers from across the Bay of Plenty region no matter how big or small are urged to enter the prestigious 2019 Retail New Zealand Awards.  In a written statement, Retail New Zealand's public affairs general manager Greg Harford, said the aim of the awards was to celebrate the "very...
Public invited to Trustpower National Community Awards
Public invited to Trustpower National Community Awards
The public is being invited to attend the Trustpower National Community Awards to hear volunteers share their stories.  The awards celebrate volunteers and representatives and will feature representatives from the 26 voluntary groups named Supreme Winner at their regional Trustpower Community...
Tauranga Moana Pride Picnic a first for the city
Tauranga Moana Pride Picnic a first for the city
Tauranga's waterfront is set to be transformed into a colourful and vibrant hub on Saturday when a picnic celebrating diversity takes place.  The inaugural Tauranga Moana Pride Picnic is being held from 12pm to 3pm before a Pride Walk along The...
New stores, restaurants and 800-seat cinema to open at Tauranga Crossing
New stores, restaurants and 800-seat cinema to open at Tauranga Crossing
Brand new stores and restaurants, including an 800-seat cinema, will officially open next month as part of the grand opening of stage two of the $150 million Tauranga Crossing development.  A total of 45 new retailers and 17 restaurants and eateries will open in stage two of the enclosed mall...
Sustainable buildings a 'new era' in construction in Tauranga
Sustainable buildings a 'new era' in construction in Tauranga
Developers of some of Tauranga's newest commercial builds have invested millions of dollars in making their buildings sustainable as the city moves into a "new era" in construction, experts say.  Tauranga business leaders and environmental experts say while building...
Mount Maunganui named NZ’s best beach
Mount Maunganui named NZ’s best beach
Mount Maunganui’s Main Beach has been named New Zealand’s best beach by TripAdvisor’s 2019 Traveller’s Choice awards for the sixth consecutive time.  The rankings are generated by...
Surge in jobs hits business growth as Tauranga worker shortage bites
Surge in jobs hits business growth as Tauranga worker shortage bites
Some Tauranga employers believe their inability to find staff is hindering growth as job vacancies continue to soar.  Figures from the Ministry of Business Innovation and Employment show job advertisements in the Bay of Plenty jumped by 4.8 per cent in the quarter to December and 15.1 per cent...
Local science students join hands-on physics experiment in Europe
Local science students join hands-on physics experiment in Europe
Tauranga science students will head to Europe next month to join in physics education research and get hands-on with two particle experiments.  Twelve students from both colleges will be among the first Kiwi participants in the hands-on physics teaching facility S'Cool Lab Plus at the...
New rescued food festival in the Bay
New rescued food festival in the Bay
Sustainability and community will be highlighted in a big way on March 23 when New Zealand's first rescued food festival will be hosted in downtown Tauranga.  The event is being held to raise awareness of waste and fundraise for local charities Good Neighbour and Te Aranui Youth...
Kiwifruit packhouse announces living wage
Kiwifruit packhouse announces living wage
A Bay of Plenty packhouse has revealed today it will pay a living wage to fulltime permanent staff - affecting more than 30 employees.  Apata, a kiwifruit and avocado post harvest company, announced its decision this...
Growing for Good grants helps kids' sustainability projects
Growing for Good grants helps kids' sustainability projects
Thirty schools, including three from the Bay of Plenty have been given the Growing for Good grant to lead sustainability initiatives in their schools.  In applying for the grant, operated by Countdown, schools were asked to reveal what project they wanted to be...
What could Tauranga's new university campus mean for the region?
What could Tauranga's new university campus mean for the region?
Students on Monday will become the first to take classes at the University of Waikato's new Tauranga campus, opening nearly a year ahead of schedule. More than a building, the $55 million facility is a sign of the area's transformation, according to local leaders. Bay of Plenty Times...
Tauranga airport freshened up with terminal expansion
Tauranga airport freshened up with terminal expansion
Tauranga's airport has received a facelift, and it's a "big improvement".  The expansion would enable the airport to continue operating at capacity for the next decade, which was experiencing 12 to 15 per cent more traffic each year, according to Tauranga Airport manager Ray...
Tauranga's first Pride picnic
Tauranga's first Pride picnic
Be proud of who you are is the theme of a new Tauranga event, the Tauranga Moana Pride picnic.  The free, family-friendly picnic, on Tauranga's waterfront, offers the opportunity to get together and be super proud of our diverse...
Water Polo on the Waterfront will be back in Tauranga in 2020
Water Polo on the Waterfront will be back in Tauranga in 2020
The first Water Polo on the Waterfront event may have had some challenges with the tides and the weather conditions, but after all the positive feedback from athletes wanting to come back organisers are committed to running it...
Record $83 million building consents issued in one month
Record $83 million building consents issued in one month
A record $83 million in building consents issued in January includes the multimillion-dollar transformation of a Tauranga retirement village.  Priority One's latest figures showed Tauranga City Council issued $83m in consents, $38m more than December...
Tauranga mall redevelopments: $285 million and more than 3000 jobs
Tauranga mall redevelopments: $285 million and more than 3000 jobs
More than $285 million is being pumped into the redevelopment of Tauranga's biggest shopping malls.  The redevelopments are also expected to have provided upwards of 3200 jobs on...
Need a job – kiwifruit industry wants you
Need a job – kiwifruit industry wants you
The kiwifruit industry is spearheading a job campaign to fill thousands of vacancies and avoid the 1200 worker shortfall that happened last year.  New Zealand Kiwifruit Growers Inc chief executive Nikki Johnson said the kiwifruit harvest was forecast to be even higher than 2018, meaning about...
New university campus blessed in Tauranga
New university campus blessed in Tauranga
Tauranga's $60 million new university campus was blessed before sunrise this morning for the arrival of its first students and staff.  About 100 staff and educations representatives gathered outside the University of Waikato's new CBD campus on Durham St for a special karakia ceremony...
Secret dinner in Tauranga to lure people in white
Secret dinner in Tauranga to lure people in white
No less than 1000 people are looking forward to attending Le Dîner en Blanc Tauranga on March 9. They will be dressed beautifully in white from head to toe, and ready to enjoy a spectacular night where friends, food, and entertainment take centre...
House of Science breaking down scientist stereotype in schools
House of Science breaking down scientist stereotype in schools
If you ask a class of primary school children to draw a picture of a scientist, often they will draw a man in a white lab coat.  But, on the eve of the United Nations' International Day of Women and Girls in Science on February 11, there are many New Zealand women scientists trying to...
Tauranga Crossing and Bayfair malls announce next new additions
Tauranga Crossing and Bayfair malls announce next new additions
Two Tauranga malls have announced the next wave of stores - including competing arcades - opening as part of multi-million dollar developments.  At Tauranga Crossing in Tauriko, popular women's fashion, sports and streetwear brands and an amusement arcade will open alongside global...
New school in Pyes Pa attracts 150 new pupils on day one
New school in Pyes Pa attracts 150 new pupils on day one
Tauranga's newest primary school has officially opened with about 70 more pupils than expected.  Taumata School in Pyes Pa opened its gates to 150 pupils yesterday, with children, teachers and parents welcomed on to the site for the first...
Consents exceed $1 billion for third year
Consents exceed $1 billion for third year
Some of the city's biggest commercial developments have pushed the combined value of Tauranga and Western Bay building consents over $1 billion for the third consecutive year.  Priority One's latest figures show $870 million worth of consents were issued in Tauranga and $236 million in...
Tauranga's booming population hits schools in 2019
Tauranga's booming population hits schools in 2019
Tauranga's surging population is forcing schools to build new classrooms and repurpose existing buildings as they prepare for a big influx of new students in 2019.  Schools say the "rapid growth" in their rolls is down to growing families and locals returning to Tauranga to...
Council approves $5.2m cycleway bridge over Wairoa River
Council approves $5.2m cycleway bridge over Wairoa River
A "crucial" $5.2 million cycle bridge has been approved as part of the Ōmokoroa to Tauranga cycleway.  Priority One's latest figures show the Western Bay of Plenty District Council has issued a $5.2 million building consent for the clip-on cycle bridge over State Highway 2 at Te...
Indian fans bring lively atmosphere to sold-out Bay Oval ODI against NZ
Indian fans bring lively atmosphere to sold-out Bay Oval ODI against NZ
The grass banks were heaving as one of the largest and loudest crowds yet at Bay Oval settled down for a day at the cricket.  Saturday's ODI between the Black Caps and India was a sell-out (9143 people being the official count) and walking around the Mount Maunganui ground under a...
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