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$1.6m pedestrian and cycling overbridge opened in Tauranga
$1.6m pedestrian and cycling overbridge opened in Tauranga
A $1.6 million pedestrian and cycling overbridge across State Highway 29 Takitimu Dr in Tauranga has been officially opened and blessed.  A blue ribbon hung across the Whakapaewaka Bridge was ceremoniously cut this morning by Tauranga Mayor Greg Brownless and Parekawhia McLean, New Zealand...
Katikati’s new library to open next month
Katikati’s new library to open next month
Katikati's new library and service centre will open on August 21.  Western Bay of Plenty District Council has named the facility The Centre – Pātuki...
Medical cannabis industry aims to match the billion-dollar kiwifruit sector
Medical cannabis industry aims to match the billion-dollar kiwifruit sector
A Tauranga-based medical cannabis company is aiming to build an agricultural-industry to match the value of the billion-dollar kiwifruit...
Tauranga named in top 5 cruise destinations in Australasia
Tauranga named in top 5 cruise destinations in Australasia
Tauranga has been named among the top five cruise destinations in Australasia.  Tauranga came in fifth, behind Wellington (4) and Akaroa (3) in the 2018 Cruise Critic Cruisers' Choice Awards this...
Tauranga business owner awarded for innovative spray notification system
Tauranga business owner awarded for innovative spray notification system
A Tauranga business owner has won a prestigious annual New Zealand Kiwifruit Innovation Award for an inventive approach to orchard...
KiwiBuild attracts more than 4344 registrations in Tauranga
KiwiBuild attracts more than 4344 registrations in Tauranga
More than 4300 people have registered for KiwiBuild in Tauranga – the third-highest number in the country behind Auckland and...
One Love sister festival, Good Vibes, announced for Mount Maunganui
One Love sister festival, Good Vibes, announced for Mount Maunganui
Tauranga's two-day One Love festival has got even bigger with organisers announcing a sister event - Good Vibes Festival - will be held as a pre party offering three days of international and local roots, rock and...
350 new homes coming to Pāpāmoa
350 new homes coming to Pāpāmoa
A retirement village with 350 homes is on its way to Pāpāmoa.  The $250 million village on Grenada St is now under construction with the first stage of three-bedroom and two-bathroom homes to be built later this...
Council to assess Marine Park as new site for university research facility
Council to assess Marine Park as new site for university research facility
Tauranga City Council has unanimously agreed to assess Sulphur Point's Marine Park recreation reserve as a potential new site for the University of Waikato's marine research and educational facility.  Councillor and committee chair Max Mason said the council was committed to keeping...
Bay of Plenty Māori students to step into scientists' shoes for day
Bay of Plenty Māori students to step into scientists' shoes for day
Year 10 Māori students from six local colleges and kura kaupapa will participate in a day of science at the University of Waikato Coastal Marine Field Station next week.  On July 26, The Science of Māui will see the rangatahi [youth] working alongside scientists both in the field and the lab...
Te Ururoa Flavell confirmed as CEO of Te Wānanga o Aotearoa
Te Ururoa Flavell confirmed as CEO of Te Wānanga o Aotearoa
Te Ururoa Flavell is putting politics behind him and says he is excited to be back at the forefront of education and kaupapa Māori at one of the country's largest tertiary institutions.  Te Wānanga o Aotearoa today announced the former Māori Party co-leader as the organisation's new...
Tauranga student selected for London science forum
Tauranga student selected for London science forum
Pianika Ormsby can't help but smile when she talks about science.  Now, her infectious grin is proving to be the beginning of a promising career in the field she is so passionate about.   The 17-year-old is one of six students to be selected by the Royal Society Te Apārangi to...
Tauranga CBD revitalisation: $250 million of development inside 600m downtown stretch
Tauranga CBD revitalisation: $250 million of development inside 600m downtown stretch
Tauranga's CBD is on the precipice of enormous change.  Over the next five years, $250 million of major developments are scheduled to be completed within a 600-metre stretch from Elizabeth St to McLean St.  Pre-demolition work had started for the $100 million Farmers redevelopment on...
Tauranga economy on high as national and international companies express interest
Tauranga economy on high as national and international companies express interest
Business is booming in Tauranga with hundreds of new businesses and more than 2900 jobs created last year.  Data from Infometrics commissioned from Priority One shows in 2017 there were 798 new business units in the city and 2980 new jobs.  The city's economic agency also said it was...
Redevelopment of Tauranga's iconic Farmers' corner begins
Redevelopment of Tauranga's iconic Farmers' corner begins
The redevelopment of Tauranga's iconic Farmers' corner has begun, with local workers starting the demolition of two buildings on the site.  About 20 workers subcontracted to Hawkins will spend the next four weeks removing the former Subway restaurant and rear building at 56 and 58...
Final stage of Zespri hub included in nearly $60m of consents
Final stage of Zespri hub included in nearly $60m of consents
The final stage of the Zespri headquarters in Mount Maunganui was part of nearly $60 million worth of building consents issued in Tauranga last month.  Priority One's latest building report showed Tauranga City Council issued $58.7m in building consents in June, which included $3.8m for...
Tash Sultana, Shapeshifter announced for Bay Dreams 2019
Tash Sultana, Shapeshifter announced for Bay Dreams 2019
Bay Dreams has announced the line-up for its 2019 festival.  Earlier this year, Bay Dreams was announced to be adding a sister festival in Nelson - and the festival has confirmed the international guests will appear at both dates.  The line-up for both festivals includes Tash Sultana,...
Opinion: CBD transformation a major boost for Tauranga
Opinion: CBD transformation a major boost for Tauranga
Tauranga's CBD will be transformed over the next five years.  In total, $250 million of significant developments are scheduled to be completed within a 600m stretch from Elizabeth St to McLean St.  Pre-demolition work has started for the $100-million Farmers redevelopment on Elizabeth...
Bay of Plenty confident in kiwifruit and avocado sectors
Bay of Plenty confident in kiwifruit and avocado sectors
Experts say a significant increase in economic confidence in the Bay of Plenty was related to higher avocado and kiwifruit prices.  A Westpac-McDermott Miller Regional Economic Confidence survey for the June 2018 quarter showed a net 45 per cent of Bay households expected their region's...
'Cooking with gas': Half a billion dollars in commercial consents for Tauranga
'Cooking with gas': Half a billion dollars in commercial consents for Tauranga
Consents for commercial building projects have hit more than half a billion dollars in the past year, with one business leader saying Tauranga is "cooking with gas''.  Figures from Priority One show the value of consents from June 2017 to May 2018 was a record $516.4 million,...
Zany village springing up in Tauranga downtown
Zany village springing up in Tauranga downtown
A new vibe is springing up in Tauranga's downtown to help reverse the doldrums and create a zany community attraction.  Colourful containers have started arriving at the Willow St site formerly occupied by the now-demolished council administration building.  They are being assembled...
Work to begin on Mount Maunganui's new urban green space
Work to begin on Mount Maunganui's new urban green space
Work on Mount Maunganui's new urban green space development will begin on Monday.  The development at 123-141 Maunganui Rd is expected to be completed by December 2018.  It will feature grass areas, native trees, a flexible space for events and activities year round, a water feature...
New life for Tauranga's Cargo Shed
New life for Tauranga's Cargo Shed
A new era dawns for Tauranga's historic Cargo Shed, two years after art market stallholders were ordered to vacate the shed in controversial circumstances.  The harbourside shed will be available to be booked for periods ranging from one day to one month starting this summer, once the...
Massive Lego exhibition arrives in Tauranga
Massive Lego exhibition arrives in Tauranga
A truly international Lego exhibition has arrived in Mount Maunganui.  Brickman Wonders of the World was yesterday set up at Baypark Stadium Lounge, where it will be on show to the public from today until July 22.  The exhibition features 50 huge Lego models of some of the world's...
Tauranga teenager wins Prime Minister's Scholarship to Asia
Tauranga teenager wins Prime Minister's Scholarship to Asia
Niemke Cloete is looking forward to learning the art form she loves more than 8500km from home.  The Tauranga teenager was awarded the prestigious Prime Minister's Scholarship for Asia for a one-semester exchange to Nanyang Technological University in Singapore studying visual...
Private Tauranga school gets new principal
Private Tauranga school gets new principal
A new principal has been appointed to ACG Tauranga, the private school in Pyes Pa that opened three-and-a-half years ago.  Thea Kilian replaces Shawn Hutchinson on August 1 who leaves to take over as principal of ACG School in Jakarta, Indonesia.  It will be the school's third...
New 3D mural for Tauranga's Pop-Up Park
New 3D mural for Tauranga's Pop-Up Park
Waihi Beach artist Shane Walker will paint a large-scale 3D mural in Tauranga's CBD as part of an initiative to revitalise the Pop-Up Park on Devonport Rd.  Walker will paint the mural between July 21 and August 11, weather-dependent.  Downtown Tauranga spokeswoman Millie Newitt said...
Five-storey student accommodation planned for Tauranga CBD
Five-storey student accommodation planned for Tauranga CBD
A five-storey building could accommodate more than 100 students in Tauranga's CBD if resource consent for a student living facility on Selwyn St is approved.  Quintex Properties Holdings has applied with the Tauranga City Council for resource consent to build a 116-unit student living...
Climbers boost record AIMS Games entries
Climbers boost record AIMS Games entries
As the Anchor AIMS Games gets set to reach new heights, it’s only fitting that the climbers are on board.  A record 10,851 intermediate-aged competitors have entered September’s week-long long tournament in Tauranga, coming from more than 320 schools all over New Zealand and the...
Pāpāmoa sculptor Tawhai Rickard supreme winner of Tauranga's 2018 Miles Art Awards
Pāpāmoa sculptor Tawhai Rickard supreme winner of Tauranga's 2018 Miles Art Awards
The winners of the 2018 Miles Art Awards were announced at the awards and exhibition opening event at Tauranga Gallery last night.  Tawhai Rickard, of Pāpāmoa, has won the overall supreme award with his sculptural work titled Victorian Waka of Social...
Lights to illuminate a winter night’s sky
Lights to illuminate a winter night’s sky
Tauranga’s heart of the city will come to light at this year’s midwinter celebration Winter Nights Winter Lights.  The free, all-ages event, presented by Tauranga City Council, showcases a spectrum of interactive light installations, live entertainment, food and more on four...
Young filmmaker workshops return
Young filmmaker workshops return
Young creative Kiwis are being offered an opportunity to learn from the best at a three-day filmmaking workshop in Tauranga during the July school holidays.  Baycourt Presents is pleased to announce the IYSFF Young Filmmakers Workshops, delivered by Bay of Plenty Film, are returning...
Big Read: Tauranga promoter Pato Alvarez - a success built from hard work and big dreams
Big Read: Tauranga promoter Pato Alvarez - a success built from hard work and big dreams
Pato Alvarez roamed the streets for seven weeks — looking for a job during the day and a place to sleep when night fell.  He was 19. He couldn't speak English, and he was homeless.  It was April 2006, and he had arrived in New Zealand from his homeland, Chile, where he had been...
Tauranga Lawyer awarded Amnesty International Award
Tauranga Lawyer awarded Amnesty International Award
Tauranga lawyer Denise Arnold has been honoured by Amnesty International Tauranga Moana for her work in helping thousands of children in Cambodia receive an education.  Arnold, a co-director at Lyon O'Neale Arnold and founder of the Cambodia Charitable Trust, is the 2018 recipient of the...
Māori traditions showcased at Mauao Matariki celebrations
Māori traditions showcased at Mauao Matariki celebrations
Event organisers are hailing the 2018 Matariki ki Mauao celebrations held this week as a success.  Awhina August, general manager of the Te Puna i Rangiriri Trust, said about 2000 people had taken advantage of trust's week-long celebrations held in the campground at the base of...
Zespri's winning streak rolls on with record-breaking harvest
Zespri's winning streak rolls on with record-breaking harvest
More land with easy access to water is high on Zespri's wishlist as the blue chip national kiwifruit export marketer continues its winning streak with record harvests and sales.  Chief executive Dan Mathieson told a media gathering at Fieldays near Hamilton that while the company is on an...
Tauranga's Old Post Office building to be converted into hotel and restaurant
Tauranga's Old Post Office building to be converted into hotel and restaurant
People might soon be able to stay and dine in one of Tauranga's oldest buildings.  The Tauranga City Council issued resource consent for a $4.9m plan to convert the Old Post Office on Harrington St into a boutique hotel and restaurant, according to Priority One's latest building...
Traffic lights coming for two Tauranga 'crunch points'
Traffic lights coming for two Tauranga 'crunch points'
Traffic lights will soon be installed at two of Tauranga's busiest rush hour "crunch points".  The NZ Transport Agency has confirmed it will install lights at the roundabouts at Barkes Corner and the intersection of Elizabeth St and Takitimu...
Sod turned on $16m Kaituna River project
Sod turned on $16m Kaituna River project
More than 100 people, including representatives from six Te Arawa iwi, gathered to celebrate the start of construction works that will return freshwater flows from Kaituna River into Te Awa o Ngatoroirangi Maketū...
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