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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...
Summerset plans $150 million village in first Tauranga foray
Summerset plans $150 million village in first Tauranga foray
Summerset Group expects to spend more than $150 million on its first retirement village in Tauranga after buying a plot of land in Papamoa Beach for an undisclosed sum.  The company wants to build a 280-unit village on the site, offering two- and three-bedroom villas and serviced apartments, a...
$19m in building consents issued for multi-units and apartments
$19m in building consents issued for multi-units and apartments
Nearly half of the $46.6 million in building consents issued for new builds in Tauranga last month were for multi-unit developments and apartments.  Priority One's latest building consent report for September showed $46.6m was issued for 75 new builds, which included $19.1 million for six...
Season's first cruise ship arrives in Tauranga
Season's first cruise ship arrives in Tauranga
The first cruise ship of what is expected to be a "record-breaking" season has arrived in Tauranga.  Majestic Princess, Princess Cruises' $700-million flagship vessel, arrived in port early this morning on the ship's maiden voyage to...
First phase of $150 million Tauranga Crossing mall opens
First phase of $150 million Tauranga Crossing mall opens
Tauranga Crossing mall retailers cheered as they opened their doors for their first customers this morning.  The opening was phase one of the $150 million enclosed mall being built in the Tauriko shopping centre, which also has an open-air retail hub and a big box lifestyle centre with a...
Intensive housing development planned for Papamoa East
Intensive housing development planned for Papamoa East
A controversial development in Pāpāmoa East has passed a crucial council hurdle despite strong opposition from neighbours.  A Tauranga City Council committee has unanimously agreed to move forward with a Special Housing Area that would enable 77 leasehold units to be built on 2.42ha at 4...
Cruise ship season expected to pump $91m into local economy
Cruise ship season expected to pump $91m into local economy
The first passengers of a "record-breaking" cruise ship season will arrive in Tauranga this week.  The passengers on board the Majestic Princess's maiden voyage to Tauranga on October 5 are among more than 200,000 passengers expected to visit during the 2018-2019...
Bay real estate companies win big
Bay real estate companies win big
Five Bay of Plenty real estate companies have been recognised in this year's Real Estate Institute of New Zealand Awards for Excellence.  Bayleys Success Realty in Mount Maunganui won the Small Residential Office of the year and the Medium Rural Office of the year award for its Tauranga...
Tauranga water project receives award
Tauranga water project receives award
Tauranga City Council’s Access to Water project at Tauranga waterfront received the Judges’ Choice Award last night at the inaugural Bay of Plenty Property People Awards.  The awards celebrate people in property, recognising excellence in leadership and innovation in the Bay of...
New $7m medical hub in Pāpāmoa
New $7m medical hub in Pāpāmoa
A new $7 million medical hub is under construction in Pāpāmoa.  The new 1200sq m commercial build will include a large medical centre which developer Daryl Scott hoped to one day make a 24-hour service.  Scott said the total project would cost about $7m and was expected to be completed...
Merit celebrated at BOP Property People Awards
Merit celebrated at BOP Property People Awards
Property Council’s first ever Property People Awards in the Bay of Plenty were announced at a vibrant event, held at Mills Reef Winery on Thursday September 20.  The Awards, which recognised seven category winners, celebrated the unique individuals who have shown excellence, leadership,...
Old building becomes Incubator's Jam Factory
Old building becomes Incubator's Jam Factory
The Incubator Creative Hub have been eyeing up a misplaced building at the village for four years.  Otumoetai Primary School's old music room, which is more than 100 years old, has been sitting unused at the Historic Village while the hub has worked towards making it...
Tauranga photographers finalists in NZ Geographic awards
Tauranga photographers finalists in NZ Geographic awards
Alan Gibson's image of a horse and woman illuminated by spotlight late at night was an image 25 years in the making.  Gibson is one of two Tauranga photographers this week named as finalists in the prestigious New Zealand Geographic Photographer of the Year 2018 awards. The NZME...
Bay Conservation Alliance launches in Tauranga
Bay Conservation Alliance launches in Tauranga
The Bay Conservation Alliance formally launched in Tauranga last night.  Chief executive Michelle Elborn said the organisation was set up to support community-led environmental restoration and nature conservation...
Māori berry company Miro could rival kiwifruit's Zespri
Māori berry company Miro could rival kiwifruit's Zespri
A Māori-owned and operated berry company based in Tauranga believes it could be as successful as Zespri - and experts say the berry export industry has the potential to rival kiwifruit.  Miro plans to become an export success story by putting tunnel houses on 500ha of underutilised...
AIMS Games end on high note
AIMS Games end on high note
The sun shone for six straight days as close to 11,000 young athletes took to the field, the court, the track, the pool and just about every other sporting arena imaginable.  The 15th Anchor AIMS Games – a week in which old records were broken and new friendships were forged – are...
Tauranga property market looking to flourish in spring
Tauranga property market looking to flourish in spring
Tauranga real estate experts say sale volumes are expected to pick up over spring, with buyers eyeing up "fresh" new properties to the market.  Real Estate Institute of New Zealand's latest data showed Tauranga sale volumes dropped 11.1 per cent to 240 in August 2018 from 270 in...
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