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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...
One Love crowd feels the vibes in Tauranga
One Love crowd feels the vibes in Tauranga
The 20,000-strong One Love Festival crowd filled Tauranga Domain with good vibes this weekend.  The sold-out two-day event, now in its fifth year, drew straw-hatted fans of roots, rock and reggae music to sunny Tauranga from all over the North...
Greater confidence in Bay economy creates more jobs
Greater confidence in Bay economy creates more jobs
Growing confidence in the Bay of Plenty's economy has sparked more job vacancies, with one local employer desperately searching for an extra staff member "dead or alive".  The latest Westpac-McDermott Miller regional economic confidence survey found 37 per cent of Bay of Plenty...
$350m commercial consents planned in Tauranga’s city centre
$350m commercial consents planned in Tauranga’s city centre
Tauranga's booming commercial sector is expected to continue to grow this year with about $350 million in commercial construction already underway or planned for the city centre alone.  The $39m new CBD university campus, $30m Latitude Apartments on Cliff Rd, and $5.7m Quest Apartments on...
Free school bus trial starts next week
Free school bus trial starts next week
A trial of free school buses for some Tauranga students will begin next week.  The Welcome Bay school bus trial will establish whether free fares for students can assist in Tauranga's traffic congestion at the start of Term One for Welcome Bay...
New Farmers plans revealed: Building set to get bigger
New Farmers plans revealed: Building set to get bigger
One of Tauranga's biggest developments is about to get even bigger.  Tauranga City Council has granted a resource consent variation for an extra two apartment levels on the $130 million Farmers building, which will go from 10 to 12 storeys...
Tauranga City Council approves further $60,000 in Our Place funding
Tauranga City Council approves further $60,000 in Our Place funding
Tauranga City Council has approved a further $60,000 in funding for the CBD container village Our Place, with one councillor calling it "a bailout".  The downtown retail and eatery precinct has already received $357,824.78 of ratepayer...
Air New Zealand opens new lounge in Tauranga
Air New Zealand opens new lounge in Tauranga
Air New Zealand has opened its new regional lounge at Tauranga Airport today.  The lounge will cater for about 90 customers, which is nearly double the seating offered previously, Air New Zealand said in a...
Toi Ohomai students take up summer internships at Scion
Toi Ohomai students take up summer internships at Scion
Seven Toi Ohomai students are undertaking internships at Scion, a New Zealand Crown Research Institute, this summer in a new initiative created to develop highly-skilled...
What Instagram tourists love most about NZ
What Instagram tourists love most about NZ
To the surprise of absolutely no one at all, New Zealand remains solidly one of the most popular destinations for travellers on Instagram, travellers who can't get enough of the photogenic beauty of...
Tauranga's retail spending hits $187 million in a month
Tauranga's retail spending hits $187 million in a month
New data shows retail spending in Tauranga sky-rocketed over the last year.  Economic experts said the trend was a sign of business confidence and a growing population, but a budget advisor warned some consumers are racking up big...
More than $25m investment announced for Eastern Bay of Plenty
More than $25m investment announced for Eastern Bay of Plenty
Regional Economic Development Minister Shane Jones has announced the Provincial Growth Fund (PGF) will support several projects in Eastern Bay of Plenty to boost the economic potential of the region and unlock new opportunities for local...
Funding proposal could benefit region
Funding proposal could benefit region
The city's controversial i-Site project could get a significant boost if an iwi-backed funding proposal is given the green light.  The tourism project has progressed slowly and has been mired in controversy and funding issues.  Tauranga City Council has already agreed to contribute $4...
Papamoa's $4.5m new surf club gets official green light
Papamoa's $4.5m new surf club gets official green light
Papamoa's $4.5 million new surf life saving club has been given the official go-ahead, gaining a building consent last month.  This was the largest building project consented in Tauranga last month, according to the latest figures from Priority One, and was one of 235 consents issued in...
High learning students offered business management degree pathway
High learning students offered business management degree pathway
Higher level learning students will have greater access to postgraduate diplomas in management thanks to a partnership between Toi Ohomai Institute of Technology and New Zealand Management Academies.  The agreement, signed by both parties in Tauranga today, allows NZMA to begin teaching the...
Tauranga's Bayfair revamp open after massive $115m make-over
Tauranga's Bayfair revamp open after massive $115m make-over
A Bay of Plenty mall has officially been blessed and opened this morning after a $115m overhaul.  The official blessing of Bayfair began at 7am, commemorated with a song and dance by children from Te Kura o Matapihi and...
Commercial builds soar as house builds drop in Tauranga
Commercial builds soar as house builds drop in Tauranga
Commercial construction in Tauranga is experiencing unprecedented growth while the number of home builds has flattened off, according to a new economic report.  The latest Infometrics quarterly economic report provided by Priority One showed non-residential consents in the city were up 48 per...
North America for kiwifruit orchards as Sungold sales take off
North America for kiwifruit orchards as Sungold sales take off
North America is set to be Zespri's next kiwifruit growing territory as consumer demand there soars for its Sungold variety.  Chief executive Dan Mathieson said Sungold sales jumped 32 per cent this year in the US and...
Biggest summer yet for Bay of Plenty
Biggest summer yet for Bay of Plenty
Tens of thousands of visitors are expected to flock to the Bay of Plenty this summer to enjoy the impressive line-up of events with promoters saying undoubtedly ''it will be the biggest summer yet''.  Accommodation providers are gearing up for a busy season with Holiday Houses...
New art gallery director relocates from LA
New art gallery director relocates from LA
Alice Hutchison has been appointed the new director of the Tauranga Art Gallery.  Tauranga Art Gallery Trust Board chairman Peter Anderson said the board was absolutely delighted with the new...
Global retailer H&M announces first Tauranga store
Global retailer H&M announces first Tauranga store
Global fashion retailer H&M will open its first Tauranga store next year.  The multinational Swedish clothing-retail company, known for its affordable fashion, will be one of the 80 additional stores at Tauranga Crossing set to open in April...
Giant advent calendar for Tauranga CBD
Giant advent calendar for Tauranga CBD
A giant advent calendar is going to be installed in the heart of Tauranga's CBD area from Saturday.  The calendar is designed to be an interactive experience for people shopping, working or visiting the central city and it is a collaboration between Tauranga City Council and Downtown...
Greenpark School leading the way in freeing up roads
Greenpark School leading the way in freeing up roads
Hundreds of Greenpark School pupils are helping to free up our roads by joining a rewards scheme to keep children safe during the busy 3pm pick-up time.  The initiative called Active Travel involves the school, NZ Police, and Tauranga City Council's Travel Safe teams working...
Tauranga's soaring population 'better for business'
Tauranga's soaring population 'better for business'
Tauranga's population has soared 10.8 per cent in five years - reaching an estimated record of 135,000 this year.  The surge in new residents has resulted in increased demand for services such as care at Tauranga Hospital but business leaders say the boom brings great things to the...
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