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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...
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...
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