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One Love 2019 announced final line-up, plus camping experience
One Love 2019 announced final line-up, plus camping experience
A new campground facility and final line-up have been announced for One Love 2019.  The Tauranga reggae, roots, soul and RnB music festival has released its final line up today, as well as news of the off-site...
Festival of Architecture in Tauranga
Festival of Architecture in Tauranga
Have you ever watched a movie in a Tauranga laneway, worn a virtual reality headset to bring drawings to life or designed a city using lego?  If not, these are some of the experiences on offer at this year's Festival of Architecture where a range of events are running until September...
Frocks on Bikes' vintage ride
Frocks on Bikes' vintage ride
If you spot a gathering of ladies dressed in the vintage era cycling around the streets of Tauranga tomorrow, no, you haven't travelled back in time.  You have encountered Frocks on Bikes Tauranga - celebrating 125 years since women gained the...
Te Puke students impress Google's head of education
Te Puke students impress Google's head of education
Te Puke High School students have impressed Google's Australia and New Zealand head of education Suan Yeo with how they use drones and virtual reality in the classroom.  Yeo flew across the ditch last week to see firsthand how Te Puke High School integrates technology into its...
Avocado conference shows industry growth
Avocado conference shows industry growth
It is a tribute to the growth across the avocado industry and across horticulture that we had the honour of our Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern attending and opening our New Zealand Avocado International Industry Conference last...
Marty Grenfell takes up Tauranga City Council's top job
Marty Grenfell takes up Tauranga City Council's top job
His name's not on his office door yet, but former police officer Marty Grenfell has stepped into his new job as chief executive of the Tauranga City Council.  The Whakatāne District Council, which Grenfell has led for the past seven years, formally handed him over to Tauranga in a...
Dame Val to open AIMS Games
Dame Val to open AIMS Games
Tauranga Intermediate cross-country runner Renee Carey has her eye on setting a record - and given her recent results it's a goal that's within her reach.  The 11-year-old is one of 10,800 young athletes representing 326 schools next week at the 15th Anchor Aims Games, New...
Prime Minister to visit Tauranga this week
Prime Minister to visit Tauranga this week
Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern will make her first official visit to Tauranga as Prime Minister on Wednesday.  Her office confirmed that, while she has visited other Bay of Plenty centres since taking office, this will be her first time in Tauranga since the election campaign last...
Thousands visit new CBD container village
Thousands visit new CBD container village
Organisers estimate more than 2000 people visited new CBD retail and eatery destination Our Place for its official opening day.  The ribbon was cut to open the Willow St container village on the site of the demolished civic administration building on Saturday...
Increase in car registrations in Tauranga - a sign of strong economy
Increase in car registrations in Tauranga - a sign of strong economy
There are more personal and commercial vehicles on Tauranga roads than ever before - and city leaders say this is a reflection of Tauranga's growing economy and population.  According to the latest Infometrics Quarterly Economic Monitor Report, provided by Priority One, Tauranga's...
Can kiwifruit ease exercise-induced stress?
Can kiwifruit ease exercise-induced stress?
Kiwifruit may help combat a female stress response to exercise that's linked to menstrual dysfunction, infertility and osteoporosis later in life.  Scientists have begun investigating whether the vitamin C-rich food might ease exercise-induced stress in women, and were seeking participants...
Groups in line for $6.8m funding boost
Groups in line for $6.8m funding boost
A "record" $6.8 million worth of funding will be available to Western Bay of Plenty community organisations next year.  BayTrust chairman Kenneth Brown said they were able to increase their funding for 2019 to a record $6.8m because of their strong balance...
Tauranga new pop-up container village to open
Tauranga new pop-up container village to open
Tauranga's new pop-up container village will officially open next weekend.  Our Place on Willow St, created by Little Big Events, will open with a free event on August 25.  From 10am there will be free face painting, a photo booth, live music and workshops, as well as a cinema...
Small houses 'outperforming' larger ones in Bay of Plenty offer chance to upgrade
Small houses 'outperforming' larger ones in Bay of Plenty offer chance to upgrade
Smaller home values have "outperformed" larger home values in Tauranga and the Western Bay over the past five years, with first-home buyers among those creating...
Council receives money from Government to help manage freedom camping
Council receives money from Government to help manage freedom camping
The Western Bay of Plenty District Council has been granted $340,000 to help manage freedom camping this summer.  The council applied to the Government for additional funding through the Tourism Facilities Development Grants Fund to manage and improve facilities and monitoring for the...
Almost $500k NZ Community Trust grants awarded in BoP region in July
Almost $500k NZ Community Trust grants awarded in BoP region in July
New Zealand Community Trust awarded almost $500,000 of grants in the Bay of Plenty region in July.  AIMS Games Trust - $102,450 - Towards field set-up and pack-down costs for rugby sevens and football, marquee and equipment hire, media liaison services, salary of finance manager and St John...
New record for commercial builds
New record for commercial builds
Tauranga's building boom could see another record smashed with the value of building projects consented in the city 11 per cent higher than this time last year.  Priority One's latest monthly building consents report showed $547.45 million worth of building consents had been issued in...
Bold vision for prime Tauranga waterfront
Bold vision for prime Tauranga waterfront
The potential to transform Dive Cres has been revealed in an architect's vision for the northern end of Tauranga's downtown waterfront.  Called Taumata Kahawai, it was described by the council's city transformation chairman Larry Baldock as a blue-sky...
New multimillion-dollar townhouse development at Owens Place
New multimillion-dollar townhouse development at Owens Place
A multimillion-dollar townhouse development is taking shape in a commercial area at Owens Place in Mount Maunganui.  Two separate building consents valued at $12 million each were issued to Bayfair Developments for 72 townhouses built in seven blocks across 17-23 Owens Place in November...
Proposed special housing development in Pāpāmoa, homes starting at $200,000
Proposed special housing development in Pāpāmoa, homes starting at $200,000
Nearly 80 new affordable homes costing as little as $200,000 could be built in Pāpāmoa if a proposed special housing development goes ahead.  Developer Bluehaven Holdings has asked Tauranga City Council to make a vacant suburban residential site at 4 Emerald Shores Dr a special housing...
Employers warn of crisis in struggle to find New Zealand workers
Employers warn of crisis in struggle to find New Zealand workers
Employers warn of a looming crisis if New Zealanders continue to turn their nose up at available work.  And those struggling to fill vacancies are calling on the Government to help.  Representatives from the trucking, kiwifruit and aged care industries each warn that a crisis is coming if...
Wharf St embarking to become Tauranga's Eat Street
Wharf St embarking to become Tauranga's Eat Street
A vital step has been taken in the project to transform Wharf St into a pedestrian-friendly ''eat street'' by Christmas next year.  Tauranga City Council's city transformation committee unanimously agreed to spend $190,000 preparing a detailed design for Wharf...
Tauranga foreshore walkway another step closer
Tauranga foreshore walkway another step closer
The on-again off-again project to build a walkway linking Memorial Park with Tauranga's city centre is a step closer to reality.  An engineering report on the feasibility of building the 900 metre walkway and cycleway was considered by the council's city transformation committee...
$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...
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