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Company of the year: Zespri - Bearing fruit
Company of the year: Zespri - Bearing fruit
The kiwifruit marketing body — which represents 2500 New Zealand growers — lifted profits by 38 per cent to $101.8 million in 2018.  And it expects higher returns still in 2019, forecasting earnings of up to $180m and a dividend per share of up to $1.40, compared to 76 cents per...
Restaurant boom: More eateries opening across Tauranga
Restaurant boom: More eateries opening across Tauranga
Tauranga eateries are taking off with new restaurants opening in the CBD, Tauriko, Pāpāmoa and Mount Maunganui in what people in the industry are calling a hospitality boom.  Eighteen new restaurants will open as part of the final stage of the new Tauranga Crossing mall, which is expected to...
Plans for water polo on the waterfront
Plans for water polo on the waterfront
What beach volleyball was to Mount Maunganui, waterpolo could be to the Tauranga waterfront.  The Tauranga Waterpolo Club is well advanced with plans for Waterpolo on the Waterfront in late February next year.  A 25m by 15m pool will be roped off by the tidal steps beside The Strand and...
Tauranga hosting National Sevens tournament
Tauranga hosting National Sevens tournament
Tauranga will become Sevens central next month with the National Sevens being held at Tauranga Domain.  It was announced late last year the National Sevens tournament would take place in Tauranga with the tournament being shifted from January to December, to boost the number of top level...
Western Bay Museum remembers those who served
Western Bay Museum remembers those who served
The true heart of war service is reflected in the current Western Bay Museum exhibition in Katikati to commemorate the centenary of Armistice Day 1918.  Those Who Served is a collection of 25 original pastel charcoal sketches by New Zealand artist Geoffrey...
City centre to burst with Christmas creativity
City centre to burst with Christmas creativity
The city centre will be a hub of creativity this Christmas with more than 850 local artists and community members contributing to a unique Christmas experience in Tauranga.  Tauranga City Council, Downtown Tauranga, and Our Place Tauranga will be hosting a range of activities and experiences...
Hunt on for BOPs best young fruit growers
Hunt on for BOPs best young fruit growers
The hunt has begun to find the best young fruit growers in the Bay of Plenty.  Applications are now being accepted to compete in the 2019 BOP Young Fruit Grower competition.  Under 30s who have been employed fulltime in the fruit industry for at least three years are encouraged to...
A day out with Western Bay Principals
A day out with Western Bay Principals
Western Bay of Plenty principals took the day off from their busy schedules to build networks and discuss ideas for the future of...
New Bayfair stores will employ 500
New Bayfair stores will employ 500
The first stage of Bayfair Shopping Centre's $115 million redevelopment will be revealed to the public for the first time next month - just in time for Christmas.  More than 30 new stores will open early December, which include Seed Heritage, The Source Bulk Foods, Peter Alexander and...
Cruise ship passengers happy to pay bus fare into city centre
Cruise ship passengers happy to pay bus fare into city centre
Cruise ship passengers are giving the city centre a thumbs up despite one retailer saying the $15 return shuttle trip is a ''rip off''.  Bill Campbell of gift and souvenir shop Fancy That said the shuttle was ''way overpriced when you can get the Bayhopper for about...
Hall of Fame status for Mount Maunganui icon
Hall of Fame status for Mount Maunganui icon
A local icon at the base of Mauao has just been inducted into the Trip Advisor Hall of Fame.  Mount Hot Pools has received "Excellence" status from customer reviews for the past five...
Commercial consents hit $270m this year
Commercial consents hit $270m this year
Investor confidence is being credited for a boom in Tauranga commercial property consents as values jumped 22 per cent compared to the same time last year.  Priority One projects manager Annie Hill said the pace of growth had accelerated during the first 10 months of this...
Job increases a sign of a strong economy
Job increases a sign of a strong economy
The number of online job advertisements is up 16 per cent in the Bay of Plenty in the last year and is a good indicator of the strength of the local economy.  Latest data from Jobs Online, issued by the Ministry of Business, Innovation and Employment, measured changes in online job...
Tauranga's Business of the Year 2018 revealed
Tauranga's Business of the Year 2018 revealed
A Tauranga business which moved 11 employees from its Auckland operation to the Bay of Plenty has been crowned Business of the Year.  Jenkins Freshpac Systems prints labels for the fruit industry and opened a new purpose-built facility in Tauriko in August, 2013, when it brought its Auckland...
Migrant workers to ease kiwifruit labour shortage
Migrant workers to ease kiwifruit labour shortage
Bay of Plenty kiwifruit leaders hope up to 1750 extra migrant workers in New Zealand will alleviate the pressures of a critical labour shortage.  On Monday, the Government announced the Recognised Seasonal Employer (RSE) scheme cap would increase by 1750 to 12,850 workers nationally. How many...
One of the largest cruise liners in the world visits Tauranga
One of the largest cruise liners in the world visits Tauranga
It will be a busy day in the city as one of the biggest cruise liners in the world is making a return visit Tauranga.  The 168, 666-tonnes Ovation of the Seas with 4000-plus passengers on board docked at the Port of Tauranga at 4.30am and is expected to depart at...
International students inject $103m into Tauranga's economy
International students inject $103m into Tauranga's economy
International students have pumped $103 million into Tauranga's economy and supported 1167 jobs in just one year.  New research showing the economic benefits of international education for the Bay of Plenty revealed Tauranga hosted 2870 international students in...
Expo to welcome migrants to the Bay
Expo to welcome migrants to the Bay
A new expo designed to welcome people from other cultures starts later this month.  The inaugural Tauranga Bay of Plenty Migrant Expo is part of the Welcoming Communities pilot programme being delivered by Tauranga City Council, Western Bay District Council and Immigration New Zealand in...
Kids taught the science behind Air Force display
Kids taught the science behind Air Force display
Katikati school children have been treated to an Air Force parachute display followed by a science lesson.  Pupils from Katikati College, Katikati Primary School and daycare centres in the area turned out to witness the show from the NZ Defence Force Kiwi Blue Parachute Display Team...
Blooming wonderful - Garden and Arts Festival
Blooming wonderful - Garden and Arts Festival
Gardens are blooming, final touches are being applied to artworks, and details are being finalised for Bloom in the Bay.  It's time for the ever-popular, biennial Bay of Plenty Garden & Art Festival, which is only two weeks...
Singing legend to perform in the Bay
Singing legend to perform in the Bay
It will be incredible. If my gown had buttons they will be bursting all over the place.  Dionne Warwick doesn't get butterflies. Before she steps on stage for the first time ever in the Bay on November 11, she says she won't be...
Tauranga scientist heads to Europe on scholarship
Tauranga scientist heads to Europe on scholarship
Tauranga's House of Science director Chris Duggan will travel to Europe after being announced as a recipient of the 2019 Winston Churchill Memorial Trust Fellowship.  Duggan will observe innovative practices to engage 5-12-year-olds in science learning, to learn about what would be...
Commercial site sells for $6.25m
Commercial site sells for $6.25m
A large commercial site on the fringe of Tauranga's CBD has sold for $6.25 million after coming to the market for the first time in 40 years.  The high-profile block of land at 199/207/213 Cameron Rd was one of Bayleys Tauranga's biggest commercial sales under the hammer this...
Tauranga bursting at the seams
Tauranga bursting at the seams
Tauranga is "bursting at the seams" as developers say the city is running out of land.  However, Mayor Greg Brownless said the city's roading network needs to be addressed before more land is freed up for...
Tauranga honoured in NZ recreation awards
Tauranga honoured in NZ recreation awards
The Anchor AIMS Games and the Kopurererua Valley project have nabbed top honours at the 2018 New Zealand Recreation Awards held in Auckland on Thursday night.  But the good news did not end there. The Mauao Historic Reserve got a merit in the outstanding park...
Industrial development expected to create 150 jobs in Kawerau
Industrial development expected to create 150 jobs in Kawerau
The Government's Provincial Growth Fund (PGF) has been described as a "fantastic kaupapa" and Regional Economic Development Minister Shane Jones "not bad for a Tipene old boy" when a $2 million investment, expected to create 150 jobs, was announced in Kawerau this...
Tauranga City adopts annual report highlighting growth
Tauranga City adopts annual report highlighting growth
Tauranga City Council has adopted its 2017/18 Annual Report and Annual Report Summary, reviewing another year of growth and change for the city.  Tauranga's population reached 135,000 last financial year, and housing development reflected this with 1260 new dwellings consented in the year....
Public will benefit from marine research centre
Public will benefit from marine research centre
A University of Waikato professor says using reserve land for a new research centre will benefit the people of Tauranga.  Tauranga City Council has taken the first step towards revoking the reserve status of up to 7000sq m of public land in Marine Park, Sulphur...
Lots of opportunities for employment in Tauranga
Lots of opportunities for employment in Tauranga
Tauranga is in the midst of a perfect storm as industries across the board struggle to find skilled workers, despite strong interest from overseas and New Zealand to the city.  Recruitment agencies claim it is hard to fill some positions, with one saying there is a gap in the market between...
Ohōpe named most loved beach
Ohōpe named most loved beach
Ōhope Beach has once again been named NZ's most-loved beach on the AA's list of 101 Must-do's.  The AA' new 101 Must-Do's This Summer list showcases the country's hidden gems and local favourites and names the Bay of Plenty beach at the top of the country's...
One step closer for Tauriko housing development
One step closer for Tauriko housing development
A change to the Bay of Plenty Regional Policy Statement to amend the urban limits at Tauriko West will become operative later this month, to support demand for housing in...
Ōmokoroa Domain plan gets green light
Ōmokoroa Domain plan gets green light
Development plans for the Ōmokoroa Domain and Esplanade have been given the green light, with the first changes expected to be made in the next 12 months.  The Western Bay of Plenty District Council policy committee approved the development plans to change recreational space, access to the...
Surf clubs celebrate $800,000 in TECT funding
Surf clubs celebrate $800,000 in TECT funding
Mount Maunganui and Pāpāmoa surf clubs have been gifted $800,000 for their respective building projects just in time for the new patrol season.  The Tauranga Energy Consumers Trust announced the contribution as the new patrol season started on Mount Maunganui, Pāpāmoa and Waihi beaches on...
$10m hub for social sector opens
$10m hub for social sector opens
More than 50 people gathered at the Historic Village this morning to attend the blessing of its newest building - The Kollective.  The 1800m sq two-storey co-working space had been built by TECT to house 40 organisations from Tauranga's social service sector as well as the staff of the...
Huge 3D mural for downtown Tauranga
Huge 3D mural for downtown Tauranga
A huge four-panelled 3D landscape mural titled Devonport Reserve has been unveiled in Downtown Tauranga's Pop-Up Park.  The mural was hand painted by renowned local and national artist Shane Walker and commissioned by Mainstreet Tauranga in collaboration with Tauranga City...
Tauranga’s Pink Walk draws hundreds
Tauranga’s Pink Walk draws hundreds
Hundreds of people dressed in all shades of pink turned out to support Breast Cancer Support Service Tauranga Trust.  The crowd started from Masonic Park on The Strand at 5.30 on Wednesday night and made its way around the...
Tauranga could be a more economical logistics hub
Tauranga could be a more economical logistics hub
Tauranga could be a more economical logistics hub than Auckland for new companies importing and distributing furniture, electronics and apparel, a report says.  The Middlebank Consulting Group report said organisations looking to establish a distribution network in New Zealand should...
Workers needed to fill hundreds of Tauranga retail jobs
Workers needed to fill hundreds of Tauranga retail jobs
Hundreds of new retail jobs are expected in Tauranga as two major shopping developments near completion, but there is a shortage of local workers in the sector to fill them.  The Tauranga Crossing and Bayfair developments are due to be completed next year, and it is estimated up to 2500 people...
First cruise ship farewelled from Tauranga
First cruise ship farewelled from Tauranga
Hundreds gathered at Pilot Bay this afternoon to wave off the first cruise ship of what is expected to be a "record-breaking" season.  Majestic Princess, Princess Cruises' $700 million flagship vessel, arrived in port early this morning on the ship's maiden voyage to...
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